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Bread & Circuses

The 1% owning everything while the 99% fight each ther for scraps is not a new concept. “Panem et Circensus”, literal translation being ‘Bread and Circuses’ was a formula created …

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Shut Up, Caveman!

5am this morning I woke up terrified. I don’t just mean a bit scared, here. I mean terrified, the kind of paralysing, mind-numbingly, oh-my-god-i’m-gonna-die type terror that I last felt …

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Exploding Heads, Limbs and Comfort Zones!

Film making and acting has always fascinated me. I’m a huge fan of movie making and I did quite a bit of stage acting when I was younger, but lost …

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Anyone For Anaesthetic?

There’s a great moment in the great David Fincher movie ‘Fight Club’ when a bloodied up and buff Brad Pitt empowers the members of fight club to rise up and …

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Wanna Wear Your Undies Over Your Jeans And Save The World?

As I’ve mentioned before on my blogs, there are several massive upsides to embracing real creativity in your life, your business and your Industry. You see, those individuals and organisations …

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From Leonardo to Led Zep, the magic is all in the gaps.

Whenever I need a surge of energy, swagger and attitude I always turn to the same place. I get the Led out. For many reasons, and to many millions, Led …

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Don’t Believe The Hype: We are ALL Creative

My mate has a younger brother who works in marketing for a global food brand. To the outside world, he is a ‘creative’ and carries with him every marketeer creative …

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IDEAS are the new ‘Little Black Dress’

In these, the greatest times of uncertainty we humans have probably ever faced, it’s good to know that there are some things in this world that can always be relied …

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Seize The Day…Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Hi folks. It’s been ages since I last blogged – mainly ‘cos (a) I didn’t really know what to say or why, and (b) cos i’ve been busy writing albums, …

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People Who Inspired Change Through Music #3 – Mozart

I was ten years old when I went on my first ever holiday abroad. Mum and Dad had saved for years to take us to Playa de Palma in Majorca, …

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Exploding Heads, Limbs and Comfort Zones!

Film making and acting has always fascinated me. I’m a huge fan of movie making and I did quite a bit of stage acting when I was younger, but lost touch with it when I was encouraged, by those apparently older and ‘wiser’ than me, to take up more ‘normal’ (or easier to make money in) pursuits. But I’d always felt called to it. So, a few years ago, I discovered it again. I bit the bullet and started studying it and doing it.

Anyhow, for the last IMG_4160few days, I have been acting in a fantastic British Horror film called ‘Lab Rats’ (there I am, second from the right) and for the special effects to be at their most awesome, bloody, gruesome and spectacular, we needed to shoot through the night.

Now, this was the first time I’d ever been involved in a full-out blood and guts horror film. It was also the first time I’d worked right through the night for a number of days running (whilst also needing to function in the daytime with my kids and ‘normal’ clients etc). And as I sat on set, in the middle of this new experience, and as the heads and limbs and guts stretched and exploded on set around us, it occurred to me, like a moment of clarity, that something else had stretched and exploded too.

My comfort zone.

They say that “we are that which we experience“, and so to stretch and to grow we must learn about different things and see the world from as many different perspectives as we can. And boy did I learn some great stuff….

I learned about how amazingly talented, dedicated, passionate and detail-obsessed the crew had to be to make it work, and that I’d have to really step up my game and my focus to be able to deliver the same great results as they were delivering.

I learned how hard a night shoot was, how your body does different things to try and keep you sharp (and, quite literally functioning), but how exhilarating, satisfying and magical it is to see the sun rise as you finish your ‘day’s work’ and drive home.

I learned how adaptable, agile, flexible and disciplined I can be if I choose to be.

And that’s the real trick……Because I could have chosen to stay at home instead and say ‘nah, horror isn’t me’. Or ‘nah, I ain’t shooting through the night‘. Or ‘don’t they know I have things to do in the day?‘ or ‘I just can’t do that‘.

But Instead, I turned up and did it.
And I loved it.
And I learned from it.
And it changed my worldview.
And it lifted my horizons.
And it stretched and exploded my comfort zone.
And I found that spark, that lightning bolt, that illumination, that ‘magic’ in life.

What new stuff will you do today??

DC

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