Skydiving for the First Time
Jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet with 60 seconds of freefall? I've booked my reservation and now there's no turning back! Up until recently, any time I would think about my impending jump/doom, I was crippled with overwhelming fear...sweaty palms, pounding heart, and of course the dreaded butterflies. What if I slipped out of my harness? What if our reserve parachute malfunctioned? Thankfully, I stumbled upon a YouTube video of Will Smith skydiving for the first time and it reminded me that the the best things in life are on the other side of fear. Now I can’t wait. Let's do this!
Director of Marketing
Lenita by Grita
This month I want to give a shout out to my favorite (and only ... that I'm aware of) LA flower truck, LENITA BY GRITA. The proprietor is Nemuel Depaula, an artist and wonderful person who makes a damn fine flower arrangement. His bouquets are beautiful, unique, fresh and reasonably-priced, and they will last much much longer than your average store-bought arrangement. The truck is across from Salt & Straw in the Arts District every Sunday, and it's a favorite stop for my wife and I (and the dog of course).
Full Stack Engineer
This month I'm excited about MasterClass! MasterClass is an online library of educational courses taught by professionals in their respective fields. Right now I'm learning production from Timbaland, cooking from Gordon Ramsay, and economics from Paul Krugman. Definitely feels like a far more productive use of my time than my Netflix subscription and I'm excited to dive into the wide variety of courses they have!
Customer Success Manager
I try to catch Soul Clap and their funky grooves every time they come to LA. I'm particularly excited about this show because it's being held in the LA Historic Park's Viaduct venue which I've never been to but heard great things. Now that Summer is here, let the outdoor shows begin!
Director of Social Marketing
The Fish that Ate the Whale: the Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen
Have you had a Chiquita banana recently? I was amazed to learn the remarkable story behind the brand, which began with a poor Jewish immigrant struggling to feed himself.
The Fish that Ate the Whale begins with Sam Zemurray arriving in America in 1891 without a dollar to his name. By the time he dies in New Orleans sixty-nine years later, he is one of the most influential men in the world. His complete story is remarkable; filled with mercenaries, corporate takeovers and, of course, bananas. The book is a great case study of American business in the early part of the 20th century.
Head of Ad Operations
The thing i'm into in June is Electric Forest Festival. It's a weekend festival with a focus on electronic and jam band genres, held in Rothbury, Michigan. This will be my first time going to Electric Forest, but've been told the art/light instillations in the forest are a show in themself. I really enjoy everything that comes with a camping festival and can't wait to experience EF. Heading north and getting a break from the Texas heat will also be nice!
Neon Genesis Evangelion
One of my favorite anime series of all time dropped on Netflix this past week, which I instantly devoured. I remember torrenting each episode over a decade prior. Originally debuted in 1995, The EVA series is a spectacular work of art not only in its composition which was ahead of it's time but also for the themes incorporated, specifically with the characters' emotional struggles and mental illness throughout the story. Even now, EVA is aesthetically brilliant. Hoping it starts another anime renaissance.
Heard It In a Past Life by Maggie Rogers
The spirit of being caught in the moment between youth and adulthood is the overarching theme of Maggie’s first album, Heard It In A Past Life. The tracks make me personally feel as though I’m lost in a daydream of vulnerability and acoustic perfection. Although released more than six months ago, Heard It In A Past Life is the essential album to enter summer solstice with: it’s impossible to not allow the music to expand into the air and consume you with pure exhilaration and push you toward beginning an arduous search for love that will ignite firework-like sparks
Letting my nerd flag fly here, this month I'm talking about Mordhau. It's a multiplayer video game where you play as a medieval knight trying to hack other knights to pieces using weapons like swords, maces, and catapults. It's insanely difficult, but it's so rewarding when you send your opponent's head flying with a well-timed chop of your battleaxe.
American Revolution Podcast
I'm on episode 71 of this podcast by Michael Troy. it’s a chronological history of the Revolutionary War, beginning at the French and Indian war and continuing through the War of 1812 (also known as the Second War of Independence). I would highly recommend it.
i like this podcast because it gives you a detailed and transparent understanding of how the United States came to be. No fluff. Plus, there are a surprising number of parallels between the lives of colonial Americans and Americans today.
Director of Partnerships
Romantic comedies are having a resurgence (thank you, Netflix), and I've been revisiting some of my favorites. Say Anything came out in 1989, but it feels timeless and perfect, even today. This was Cameron Crowe's directorial debut, John Cusack's breakout role, and the source of that iconic boombox-held-over-head shot you've probably seen imitated or parodied a million times. Funny and sweet, with characters who are more vulnerable and real than many we find on-screen today, Say Anything will have you searching for your own "dare to be great situation."
Head of Education
I've spent most of June obsessed with the Tweet Storm by Naval Ravikant, founder of Angel List and Silicon Valley VC-turned philosopher. The tweets caught my eye for two reasons:
- They are incredibly popular right now
- There are a lot of time-tested principles mentioned related to wealth creation that I believe to be true
With that being said, there are certain points that I disagree with (i.e., that faith and positive speech will lead to an increase in material wealth).
Event Arena Marketing Conference
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Event Arena Marketing Conference in Toronto, Canada. It was my second year at the conference and I met innovative marketing teams from all around the world that were trying to find new ways to improve and promote their shows. Event marketing is constantly evolving with new technological advancements and an increasing number of venues and promoters out there. So, it is really interesting to hear how these teams are standing out against their competition by taking their artist gifts, promotions and advertising efforts to the next level. I’d recommend this conference to anybody within the event marketing space, so keep an eye out as EAMC 2020 location has been set to Minneapolis, Minnesota! Also, *Go Raps Go!*