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“You have to start from where you are, and you are where you are for a reason, your life is the way it is for a reason.” — - Bunmi Laditan, The Honest Toddler

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    One Step Forward

    You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead. – George Lucas

    This past weekend I celebrated completing my final shoot on a short film I started years ago. It feels good to be one step further along on that project. It’s amazing how actually taking a step forward gives you more energy than staying put.

    Have you realized that?

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    START FROM WHERE YOU ARE

    On Monday of next week, the weekly Firebelly interview with The Honest Toddler creator,  Bunmi Laditan will be released. Bunmi created the The Honest Toddler Twitter feed which now has over 280,000 Twitter followers and her Facebook page >> over 198,000 followers. Since creating The Honest Toddler, she was offered a book deal, wrote a book, and is now in talks with producers who want to create a television series based on The Honest Toddler.

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    Happy 2014

    What are you hoping to accomplish in 2014? Is there a project you want to finally complete or maybe finally start?  Know that I’m pulling for you.

    I have to complete a major creative project this year, which I will tell you more about later. It’s overwhelming to think about, but I know it is just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other.

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    The best jobs are free

    How do you get your foot in the door of an industry, or a company, or with a specific individual you want to learn from? Work for free.

    My belief is that the best jobs are free.  Yes, you heard that right. At least at the beginning. Working for free absolutely jump-started my career.

    As a college student in Los Angeles, one of my first free gigs was working as an intern every week at MTV Networks. Once a week, I would grab my music and hop on the bus in Westwood. I remember looking out that bus window feeling like I could do anything in the world. I was so eager, passionate, and grateful that I lived, went to school, and worked in a city that was inhabited by such creativity.

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    My Creative Idol: Les Blank, A Godfather of Documentary Film

    W.W.L.D: “What Would Les Do?”

    When I moved back to California from Chicago in 2002, I went to my first Les Blank Retrospective at one of my favorite movie theaters, The Rafael, in San Rafael. I had been producing for a large television show back in Chicago and was eager to find my own voice, style, and expression through art and media. I had an intense craving (and still do) to seek people out

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    Tabula Rasa: Create You Now

    TABULA RASA:
    CREATE YOU NOW.

    [from Merriam-Webster Dictionary: tabula rasa: 1. the mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions 2. something existing in its original pristine state]

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    TWO QUESTIONS: I HEARD THEIR CALL.

    It’s been almost three weeks since the devastating and heartbreaking events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Like many others, I’ve gone through many emotions: disgust, anger, sadness, and a feeling of extreme helplessness. I have been scanning my brain for answers to two questions: (1) Why did this happen? (2) What can I do?

    I cannot comprehend what the families and friends of the 28 individuals who died are feeling, or imagine the fog-like thick emotion that must be settling through the streets and homes of Newtown, Connecticut. Heavy sadness must be holding up the make-shift memorials, while at the same time boundless love pours into their small tribe from all corners of the Earth.

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    Welcome to The Firebelly Chronicles

    The Firebelly Chronicles is a place to soak in inspiration, passion, and is here to support you on your creative journey. If there is anything I have learned in my life so far, it is that to not follow that fire in your belly is to not really live.

    Ever since I was a little girl, I have always questioned the purpose of life, what it all meant, and why we were all here.

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