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"When you Smile, Are you Happy or Pretending to Be?" - Chatting Photography with @rd.click
helene photoshoot
Witnessing my photographer friends lose sight was an eye opener to live in the moment & cherish everything that I have right now
— @rd.click

Link to the episode: bit.ly/Ratan_LivesDisrupted

In my spare time, I sometimes like to do some modeling. 

So back in LA, I got it touch with Ratan to plan a photoshoot downtown.

He had recently moved to town and needed some content for his portfolio, while I wanted some nice pictures for myself (and Instagram :) ).

Turns out we were both keen on in-depth conversations and got to know each other quickly during the shoot.

I was floating from one emotion to another as we were telling each other’s about our passions, vulnerabilities, fears and dreams.

Truth is, Ratan is specialized in female portraits, with a focus on raw genuine emotions.

He blends storytelling and photography to create unique portraits that tell a story through the eyes of the models he shoots.

He also has a superpower that makes his creations unique.

Find out what it is in the podcast.

Find you way in the episode:

0:00 - Chasing the light and telling a story

2:10 - Being colorblind as a photographer: turning a weakness into a strength 

6:00 - Getting laid off and picking one’s camera for the first time

10:00 - The street-smart way of learning photography

14:00 - Why smile is a distraction on pictures… Are you happy or pretending to be?

18:00 - Capturing expression through the eyes after having model share their story

21:00 - Witnessing a famous photographer lose sight

More podcast episodes on Apple Podcast under Lives / Disrupted

Life happens 4 You, not 2 You

Find your way in the episode:

00:00 Having an entrepreneurial mindset and the point of skipping college

05:00 Cultural shock in Los Angeles in the music industry and Instagram Vs real-life

07:00 The lucid dream that kickstarted the dream life

10:00 Dealing with haters and the shit that life hands you

13:00 What's your why? Tell yourself a hundred times a day and you'll remain motivated

14:00 Unconditional love

16:00 This luxurious life you want is more attainable that you think

JPR message - life happens for you, not to you

I met Jordan at a cacao ceremony in LA, a couple weeks back (random, you say). He's the type of guy that you simply get attracted to like a magnet. He has the biggest smile and the most positive mindset you'll know.

Proof is in his art: see, he is a rapper. But. He doesn't drop guns, BMWs and pussies in his beats. He rhymes about dreams, self-love, hard work and hustle. He makes music for entrepreneurs. 

If you're anything like me and follow people like Gary V, Tim Ferris and others, you know the mindset. 

I interviewed him about his secret sauce for putting everything behind to follow his creative career, moving to LA and saying hell no to the classic Ivy League - white collar - white fence life.

Life is a Domino Effect
Estimated reading time: 2'30

Estimated reading time: 2'30

As I was visiting LA for interviews, I caught up with a friend who had just directed his own short film.

We chatted about his passion for movies.  

- "I have always been interested in the movie industry, but originally on a superficial level. I did a couple plays in high school, and one day a friend introduced to a photographer who took some model shots of me, which led me to job opportunities. He was showing the pictures to agents who would say "Who's that guy?'. It was a snowball effect, that contact led me to participating in dating shows, commercials, a telenovela... Until I acted in a movie. I realised this was what I wanted to do with my life.
At that time, I was 29, about to turn 30, and felt that I was drowning, back in Miami. When I decided to leave for good, my girlfriend wouldn't believe it because I was talking about it for so long, and she had been holding me back. But I did not have the patience to wait for her to follow me anymore, so I packed everything and drove away. 
At first I was naive, shy and not acclimated to the Californian culture. I did not have this laid-back mentality as I came from Miami where people have the latino blood. I did not know anyone and did not know about the bar diving culture as a way to meet people. One friend introduced me to it, and from then on, I created my network, which led me to more opportunities, by word-of-mouth.
I started to take things more seriously and work towards my goal: I took acting classes, got myself an agent and decided to move to Hollywood. But it wasn't it. I did commercials for 10 years, and nothing major happened,
I wasn't focused. I wasn't trying hard enough.
So as things evolved and as I started to believe in myself more and try harder, I got into a couple more movies and music videos, first as an extra, and then as small parts. Now, just like Ben Affleck and Matt Damond did, I've decided to take it to another level and show Casting Directors a product. So I drafted my own script, and teamed-up with friends to do a short film, in which I could display different facettes of my acting skills. 
I truly believe that everything in life happens when it is supposed to. There is a domino effect. I worked in a certain bar, met certain people etc, which led me to where I am now. I still have a long way to go, but if you had told me that I would be an actor in Hollywood when I was 18, I would have thought you were crazy. 
There is an expression saying that if you keep looking at the sky, you won't see obstacles. My dream is to have an Oscar, and that's what I keep in mind everyday. I won't give up, no matter difficulties, and no matter the time it will take, until I finally hold it in my hands".
Speak Up!
cat calls of New York

There are few guerrilla street art projects that can catch your attention and trigger emotions in you like Catcalls of NYC does. Just imagine walking down the street and reading the sentence "come blow me" or "I deserve to touch that ass"  in rainbow colors under your feet... Impossible to remain impassive.

Sophie Sandberg started chalking pavements in New York shortly after puberty, when realizing that not only men were catcalling her on a regular basis despite her young age, 15, but that passersby weren't paying attention to it.

She decided to dedicate her studies and past time learning about gender equity and raising awareness on sexual harassment, in the hope of empowering both victims and witnesses to speak up.

Listen to her inspiring story and share your experience of sexual harassment in the comments below.

Find your way in the episode:

1:00: How the project started

2:00: Compliments or harassment?

4:00: Feeling powerful by making someone feel uncomfortable

4:50: The #metoo movement

6:00 Tips to learn to speak up

8:00: Why women should be empowered

Appreciate the Small Things in Life <3
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EPISODE #2 - LOCKEDART

In this second episode, I have interviewed a Venice artist on the art of being aware of little things and present in the moment, and the idea that it only takes a couple seconds to brighten someone's day.

He has been leaving hand-written quotes all over town anonymously for a couple years, such as "Trust your dopeness", "The world is full of nice people, if you can't find one, be one", or "Hey, it's going to be okay".

We discuss what let him to want to bring some of the European "joie de vivre" to Los Angeles, after having himself been able to travel, disconnect and enjoy doing "nothing".

 

Find your way in the episode:

01:30 The tourist's eyes

04:00 Art as a way to disconnect 

08:00 Adding positivity in the world

12:00 How it all started - Le Pont des Arts, Paris

14:00 Destiny

17:30 Turning point & cultural shock: moving on after traveling and playing soccer

20:00 The importance of self-love

23:00 Being present in the moment, the difference between Europe & the States

 

References:

His Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lockedart/

His website: www.coffeeandtings.com

 

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Appreciate the smaller things in life
— Lockedart
Climb the Wall
Estimated reading time: 1'

Estimated reading time: 1'

I am one of those who likes to try new experiences. Including workouts.

So I showed up one day to a circus class, excited learn how to climb on a trapeze and wind around aerial silks.

Acrobatic arts are one of those sports that looks so gracious and easy, but when you try it for the first time, you understand the high level of dexterity and strength required.

As I was asking the teacher, Alexa, for tips, she simply told me:

"Just do it.
Don't think don't think about falling.
This is a general life advice".

As I was repeatedly failing at mastering the movements in style, my frustration was growing, and I wondered how it was like for her when she started to practice:

"It was exactly the same.
Actually, the silks are my favourite types of acrobatics BECAUSE they are the most challenging (in my opinion), not like the trapeze or aerial hammock, on which you can sit and rest.
So keep pushing until you reach "the wall".

The wall... It got me thinking.

Anything new is difficult at first.

Like climbing a wall. It gets more and more difficult as you go. You do not see the end of it. You think about the pain. You're close to giving up. 

Until you eventually reach a turning point. 

"When you get to the other side of the wall, you get more pleasure.
You feel more comfortable, strong, aware of your body. You find muscles you didn't know you had or needed.
You feel like possibilities are endless, there is no finish line.
You can keep being creative and do new things".

I have kept this symbol in mind ever since that day.

And you, which wall have you climbed?