I don't often reveal too much of my “personal” stuff online. I prefer to keep things “professional”. But today, I got an email from a fellow attorney that inspired me to post this. So here goes:
I was that A/V kid in high-school. That's where my abiding love for theatre and the arts really came into full view. I was the kid who ran the sound for the plays and musicals. That led to a similar love for all things entertainment industry. I love the work, the art, the politics, and the people in these crazy businesses. Because I get to help folks take their careers and businesses in these fields to the next level (whatever that means), I have the best job in the world.
Badly. (Actually, it's been years since I played, so “badly” may not be a strong enough adjective).
My daughter thinks it's purple… but it's green.
Pasta is my drug of choice. I could eat pasta for every meal.
I know… me, the guy who blogs, podcasts, makes youtube videos, networks, speaks in public, yada yada.
But really, I'm shy. My boyhood best friend, Bob, is the opposite. For him, being social, being public, and performing come naturally. It's almost like he HAS to do this stuff. I admire that about him, and I've tried to emulate his approach. But I have to WORK to get myself out there. It's gotten easier, but I still get very self-conscious and anxious. My secret is that I overprepare for every speech, podcast, video, meeting, whatever. The fewer curve-balls, the better.
When I was about 14, I stood on the highest point in the continental United States. Climbing to and standing atop the peak of Mt. Whitney (14,492 ft) was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Especially when a pair of F-15's waggled their wings as they flew by BELOW us.
I was there when the First Space Shuttle mission landed. I camped out overnight in the desert to be there. Cool, huh?
If you know me well enough to know this stuff, maybe you know something I've left out. Leave it in the comments.
Got a question? Leave it there, too.
Maybe I'll even answer. If it's not too personal.
Thanksgiving, and the Winter holiday chaos that ensues are just around the corner. Once they arrive, most non-retail businesses can expect things to go into a sort of “standby” mode until after the new year. the entertainment industry, in particular, goes pretty quiet at this time of the year.
So, before the holidays really start getting in the way, here are a few to-do items you might consider to make sure your business hits the ground running in the New Year.
For many of us, especially those in Entertainment and Media, intellectual property like Copyrights and Trademarks are our primary, most valuable assets.
Yet many folks, individuals and businesses alike, neglect taking the important (and relatively simple) steps necessary to protect these assets against loss by infringement, dilution or downright theft.
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The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/## Here’s what we talked about… In this Episode: 1 CBS Must Pay $1.3 Million for Violating Podcast Patent (followup) 2… Continue Reading
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What is an Active Investor, and why does it matter?
In this video, Entertainment Attorney Gordon Firemark examines the use of an Active Investor financing structure for your theatrical or independent film project. Continue Reading
Episode 54 of my Entertainment Law Update podcast Is now online. Listen here or visit http://entertainmentlawupdate.com/54 In this Episode: [hide] 1 Ed O’Bannon Victory over NCAA 2 Monkey Self-Portrait Copyright 3 Ricky Bobby Restaurant Changes Name (Follow Up) 4 Frozen Trailer (Followup) 5 Jay Z Big Pimpin Lawsuit (Followup) 6 Sherlock Holmes Rights Dispute… Continue Reading
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