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Auckland Pirates Video

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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PIRATES

Hi it’s me Pirate Matty or just Matt when I’m at home and I just wanted to take the opportunity to make a video talking about my work entertaining kids, my experiences, and where there’s potential for the Pirate Matty character to develop.

So I started as a pirate working at the fairy shop where little girls could hold birthday parties in the fairy grotto when I was 19 – They were trying to meet the demand they had to do parties for boys and a friend knew I’d be perfect. So I became the mainstay of their boys parties as well as corporate events etc. I was in demand, and I got two big pay raises, but unlike in never neer land where peter pan didn’t grow up – no one plans to be a pirate all their lives, my interests turned elsewhere and I couldn’t maintain the commitment.

Fast forward a few years to the break out of my small business kurb promotions, internet marketing, entrepreneurism, I was looking for new business opportunities, something that was a service that paid well offering maximum profit margins, and yet was unable to be performed by few other competitors or made obsolete by technology. Suddenly realising I could return to doing pirate birthday parties and keep the full fee, tripling my pay, knowing that it was such an exclusive skill with a market in place – I knew it was a winner and I’ve been doing it for some 7 years now.

The reason I do it is because it is almost effortless to me, I know I have an unthreatening presence going in to a strangers home to entertain their kids and I am a natural performer, I have long since abandoned any kind of structure for my birthday parties other than a game to start and kid the kids interacting, and the treasure hunt as the finale, these two aspects book end the performance which essentially is just an amalgamation of the dozens possibly over a hundred parties I’ve improvised my way through with imaginative quests and adventures around the immediate space I’m in.

The pay is great, however it is really exhausting working with kids and I cannot quite work out why! But of course the reason I do it mainly is because of the human connection I get. Whenever I arrive I’m there to put on a show in a professional capacity, but the kids are only there to have fun, and when everybody is having a great time and the kids are happy, so the adults are happy, so I’m happy, it’s a great feeling. The kids don’t want you to leave, the parents are handing over the money with beaming smiles and praise.

As it was when I left the fairy shop, my passion in life isn’t to be a children’s entertainer, but when you’re good at something and it gives joy to people, of course you want to do it, it’s a great feeling, so as long as I am physically able to keep up with the young kids, I will likely continue to do it, but there also exists the possibly to branch out into doing more media content, creating a show for larger audiences that could be performed in schools or small theatres over summer, and touring to different parts of the country where I could also offer limited opportunities for private birthday parties also.

Bringing more women on board would create the opportunity to begin marketing parties for girls based on my brand, also giving me more performers I could use to develop more videos, which I see as a natural way to promote what we’re doing here on youtube. My experience in business is that you offer new ideas up and you see what your clients are interested in paying for, and that’s what you run with.

But of course as a performer the pirate matty character begins to share aspects of my personality and tell of a more personal story and philosophy, looking at how kids learn not just what is right and wrong but why it is right and wrong. Pirate Matty is child like – naively optimistic and self interested, making him adventurous and cunning – maybe too clever for his own good – character whose ambitions are usually challenged by basic dilemmas everybody faces in trying to get what they want and managing the competing interests within a group. Like a crew of pirates who rob and steal. Or the interactions between Pirate Matty and the fairies learning to reconcile their goals which alludes to how men and women can work together.

This to me actually reveals a lot of potential for Pirate Matty to do some interesting stuff aimed at a broader audience once you accept the premise that I am not a real pirate, I am merely an actor and that whether you’re a little kid or a grown up, a pirate or a businessman, life’s challenges have familiar aspects we can all relate too – and so there is a hidden authenticity there, in that not only do I play the role of an actor playing a children’s entertainer, but you can actually book me to perform at your kid’s birthday so narrative aspects of the story as “fiction” start to blur.

This aligns with something more personal to me – the ability to tell a story that resonates, especially when you’re able to create something that appeals to little kids but has profound meaning behind it.

So to wrap up well I’ve been doing pirate birthdays in people’s back yards for over 15 years and there’s no need for me to stop doing that any time soon, but I am excited about where things could lead. It’s about where I want to be that the audience wants me to be, I would love to develop my show, develop my content, bring more people on board, or perhaps even branch off into something with more cerebral or artistic undertones, but that’s just a matter of what opportunities come up, but one thing is for sure, Pirate Matt is me, and I’m Pirate Matty. Arrr!

Archiving Information for Auckland DVD Duplication

Monday, September 8th, 2014

At the moment I’m trying to resolve a lot of loose ends in my business by going over old writings, accounts, content, pictures, etc. looking at what can be done, are we to use this content, is there something that can be brought forward from this, distilled down, or are we best, in the interest of minimalism, flexibility and clarity to simply zip it up, sling it on some back up drives and get on with our lives?

I swear this archiving game is real because it comes forward. There is everything that is, and everything that will be.

There are still strains of concepts here that are important enough to be drawn out and used, drawn into the threads of concepts we are moving forward with, if even just as experience and understanding of what we won’t be going into.

There’s so much a business can do, it’s good to know what you won’t be doing, and why.

I’m going through a lot of old articles that I wrote when I doing music marketing as part of my general archiving efforts, I just want to put everything straight – everything I’ve ever done!

Hold it right there in one or two 2tb hard drives, and say that’s it! That’s me! No need to concern myself too much, it’s all there. There’s not a missing idea, I went back and checked them all, I thought about what mattered.

I learned a lot in that time, I am holding on to the articles because there’s no point throwing them out, although will I ever going to want to push content out like that on my site? Is this really what I want to do with my life? Like I was trying to do crazy blogs then, and 6 years later here I am. But I know it’s because I’m trying to unstick myself from a work routine and learn to vary my efforts.

But isn’t it an efficiency to arrive at the point where I say, no I don’t want to publish lots of rotten old content, this is not how I will pursue a future need to generate income, my resolve is that I have at least 2 years left in this business, I have to be prepared to get out in 6 months, maybe a year to be honest, or possibly I will still be eking out a living in 5 years from cd copying and dvd duplication.

I am serious right now about focusing beyond the business, and that’s not to say I wouldn’t go back to music marketing management again, but it has made me think, it seems unlikely. It seems that I am too crafty, and that little incomes of $100-300 a week are easy to come by and maintain if you’ve got smarts and patience, I’ll always have a few of those, and my income needs will tend to be flexible.

That was always the plan. I stay in auckland pirates, video production, music gigs, talent, I just stay there, and there will be money around if I just put a few months preparation into it. But really we want to avoid that. My belief is that cd dvd duplication, printing etc will continue to earn me $300 a week on average, for another 10 years. I will have pirates and video as good second strings. The talent and music may never be professional, but can possibly claim losses and make me look busy. In addition I believe my investment and business skills will expand so that I can also make cream there on top of my projections,

It always returns to the known end point, at that point we have RC and the pirates. RC, a more comedy based format is harder to embrace because it’s comedy and it’s such a punt, pirate stories have the back bone of being a business proposition.

Where it all returns to of course is the moment of saying well, we’re doing pirates. I think we need to do it to do it.

Are we going to start advertising? Sure, but the main thrust is to construct a 40 minute show I can do with a fairy for say 50 kids or a school or whatever and swag $300 or whatever in the deal. 2 shows for $500.

We got this great little plan for crowdfunding the pirate visits down there, get my $500 and we’re done!

Except that we know we won’t be motivated to do it for the money, and so that’s not the avenue we’ll find ourselves turning into.

We’ll need to be doing birthday shows most weeks, and trying to hustle appearance etc. More like milford. The reality is that we won’t be motivated to do it unless we have people working with us, to get alongside, and build the thing, so it gets easier for me, and in turn I can improve what I am delivering into new situations.

So ideally what do I want? 2-3 birthdays a month and a 2 day road trip where I

But if your videos actually catch you have to expect $1000+ a week of bookings. 3+ shows. Fine.

I’d make a school show $300 and a birthday $150. $100 for my fairy, $100 for other costs.

I won’t really do much, that will be part of what I’m about, it’s my character, I improvise. I want one school booking, and 1 party booking a week which I expect to spend $50 a week to get, but 1 party or appearance, which could even be as a DJ etc is through the youtube hipster following.

My belief is there will just be too much overflowing from me paying girls to do videos and doing street crawls which I also record, I’ll have a lot of video, hopefully it will build up. The videos form the basis of the show which is the dvd as well, so yup yeah.

How long are we talking? A year? Maybe. Where are the challenges?

Getting those bookings, we will have to be super confident. Doing a party every week, I think sure, maybe not every week. I could make it happen, but crossing over to schools? We’d have to start by offering a product that was too good to reject. Blanket bomb the schools for an hour around with a $250 deal, if you can aim for 10. Well it’s not a matter for counting. I guess I will try and put the feelers out and come up with a solid plan once I get there.

But I guess the idea is to get these fairies on board, get them making videos and hitting the street, until we get more parties going, and once we’ve got regular parties and decent videos to string together funnies, this could easily take 6 months, then we can launch our show, that is the big one. Likely we would have changed out several girls by then, but each one that comes along can see what their predecessor did.

It’s some Dr. Who deal.

Again we see the pirate thing becoming it’s own regular series, and the RC thing possibly and it slowly coming together as one thing.

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I look at the articles as they get archived away and think how excited I was once upon a time to offer all my marketing and promotions services.

That time will never be again. Sure I write a lot still, more than I did, but I guess it speaks to the fact I found a way to plan and write that also helped me to get what I’m doing out there to people who wanted to purchase cd dvd duplication auckland. And that allowed me to reach my market, refine my process, and come up with a successful strategy, so that I need not consider such a thing again.

Maybe it might be fun to look and learn and consider as I am right now one day, just to think about how things develop. I know in a lot of ways most of what I am doing right now is the same thing. It is writing for my own sake that really becomes only as useful as the footprints that follow me here.

If I hadn’t taken the steps I wouldn’t be here, but much of what transpired is of no purpose.

I’m thinking about those archiving videos I wanted to make for cd dvd duplication, the concept momentarily lost. It’s supposed video that spans across themes of business, and art, and even greater purpose. We have to continue to explore what it means.

It seems like closure, in the way that putting away all these marketing blurbs for kurb promtions has been, to see, to think of it, to not have much to say in this instance but to acknowledge we probably won’t be doing any online marketing for musicians in the future.

There were exciting thoughts, but they were just excitement, and it wasn’t that it ever had to be. In this way it is my opportunity to say goodbye and close that door, to have closure and finality realising I won’t ever be a person who finds themselves hustling as a consultant.

I’m done with that. And knowing that hustling as a consultant, in that as a consultant I have to be a salesman and a motivational coach, the reward isn’t there. The work will always be undervalued.

But when we tackle this issue with auckland dvd cd duplication, then it will be to a grander scale, in that there is enough significance to warrant a video.

It’s not about a project we’re describing, but a way of moving on from something in a significant way, that recognises what we’ve gained and what we’ve lost.

We don’t grind away on this for money any more, but we do appreciate how media has come into peoples lives, and how helping people use media to communicate and understand, and share culture and information.

Old CD and DVD Copying Jobs

Friday, August 1st, 2014

We are still dealing with all these old DVD’s – old dvd masters for cd dvd copying that are now years old.

The most basic appraisal is that I am not using the space for anything else. But I felt that resolving the physical space in my life is a strong concept of minimalism.

What is the purpose of these objects now that my obligations to the clients who have long since exited the scene are fulfilled? My thoughts turned to a future where the information on these DVD’s could be the only evidence of such a thing ever existing.

We used to have this idea that we would save them all and make some kind of time capsule. It’s a weird one.

Is there a future where a computer could watch all these DVD’s and pinpoint the individuals, and build data from being able to place so many individuals at an exact time and place, to be able to render them into actual realities? If it is so, is it important? Is it important to who I am right now.

We go on pretending that somehow these things matter, when really it just takes up space in our mind.

Suddenly the themes seems to be that if I make a video about it, then that’s what it is all about. It’s not about preserving the DVD’s so much as my experience of it. But what we’re talking about is the digital experience. What is the meaning of these DVD’s, the content they hold, what is it’s meaning from now? What is my responsibility to it?

Well it’s obviously something I am thinking about, and I want to use video to create communications, so this is where the overlap exists. I just can’t help but think that it’s a little indulgent. Continuing to make videos about whatever I think is important, simply because I’m thinking of it, so it must be important.

But no it creates the space for some interesting ideas about preserving the past, why we do it, and what we are hoping to achieve, and how that aligns with what I am trying to achieve. There is a story that bridges small business, personal histories, technology and how it’s changing, and the philosophy and emotion of it, not to mention the minmalist approach. And to be able to write something up that communicates that spectrum of messages coherently, and also provides visuals and can be used as an example of my video production presentation material. As well as knowledge of CD and DVD copying of course!

This is an effort to create content more regularly. In the past we have been disappointed to work so hard on video productions that haven’t really been paid much attention. Now we are looking to produce content but in ways that don’t take much effort.

It’s hard to know what will interest people, but as long as I’m attempting to tell a story, which is perhaps only interesting to me because it’s my story, at least I know it’s interesting to somebody! This is my job to make these concepts more interesting.

Now we also have to think about the CD copies, the issue here is that in a lot of cases we won’t know what state the audio is in. We have to start listening to what we’re getting so if we have a clear idea that it’s not worth saving, we can flush it out.

What’s not worth saving? Anything where the music is unexceptional and the recording has been damaged. Just forget it.

What are we hoping for? Well if we can salvage 50-100 recordings and lock them into an archive, then we can offer selections some great recordings that may have been lost otherwise.

That’s the story, we did a lot of CD’s over the years for aspiring artists, most of who would never make it, but often they may have had a tune or two with a little bit of magic. It’s a story that holds on to what could have been, at that many come so close, and yet that’s still meaningful. Many don’t get to have their dream simply because so few do, and I am of a generation where many believed they could be the one who cut through, not realising how many voices were calling for their ideas to be heard and seen.

There’s a story in that, and in that story, I get to clean out my spare room, and see if I get some extra samples. Discover something. This was music that came to me. Perhaps only a handful of songs will prove to be of any use, but I have audited this, and I will send them on into the night with peace.

But then after the process, whatever comes from it, I have emptier rooms, emptier hard drives, and emptier life, but with space ready to be filled by what could be this or that.

It seems like the incessant need to create more money and more space have a limited application if you are successful at requiring less money and less space to be satisfied. Sure it sounds like I’m no longer talking small business or am I? I feel like I’m successful because my business is successful in meeting my needs, I don’t work full time and I don’t require a full time income because of the way I’ve streamlined my whole operation.

I wouldn’t be being honest if I was blogging about bleeding every source dry in pursuit of financial success. It simply doesn’t need to be that way.

So it gets interesting when you settle to a point you’re happy with your income, happy with your environment, but want to strive to do more, to change your life so that you feel fulfilled and empowered.

***

I just was able to do a full music video edit in less than a day, took about 9 hours, the whole thing! This has got me very inspired, not just for my channel but the idea that I can charge US$300 for this standard of work, and people will get a decent video. I will get a fairly decent days pay, but what’s more, it’s more experience and more footage I can put under my belt.

Definitely a hustle worth playing for.

But how would we push that out? Advertising and blogging, and then going from there.

It’s an exciting possibility but right now it just doesn’t seem to be something we want to invest money and effort into, I will simply keep posting on the blog, and keep dealing with the inquiries as they come in, and keep pushing the idea in thinking areas such as this, that we could get into producing these super budget music videos.

We can’t do it until we’re ready to give it the big push, in the mean time we focus on the content itself, improving the videos for my own creative satisfaction so that in 2 years time when we do offer a music video production service what they’re getting for $300 is a sweet video. I need to keep pushing on.

My idea now for the buzzing music video is to shoot about half a dozen girls in the bee outfit, then shoot tama, and shoot me in town, plus some bee videos, yay its done. Okay so we spent $100 on costumes, oh well. Maybe $100 or $200 on talent, well it didn’t cost so much. Let’s just get on with it, and part of what we’re doing is paying to get good videos with our marketing talent in them. We just are not succeeding in finding a way to use money to make something happen and now I am believing we can just zap something together for buzzing.

We’ll also be doing Your Mine, with the digital neon cowboy vibe, I think we can work it, again, just getting these girls to do some basic shots.

We’ll have to deal with the old cd and dvd copying archives at some point, but until we do, the primary production of new content we can offer comes first.

The Domains of Auckland Video Production, Printing and Copying

Friday, June 13th, 2014

So I am trying to get my latest music video projects moving but it doesn’t seem to be making much progress I need more people in auckland – auckland models, auckland camera operators, auckland video editors auckland film crew auckland videographers, auckland people who can help me because the good news is we seem to have good business in dvd copying once again, but we’re stuck on pushing our video projects forward and that in turn stifles the flow of other concepts we hope to have bubbling up.

We are not near to connecting in a big way with video and music projects, doing that promotion, so we need to be moving faster, not getting snagged up dawdling over video projects, that’s why we need to pay ninja commandos to come in, models on the screen, camera persons shooting them, and awesome editing fx people making it all look awesome so I just have to think of all the stupid ideas and the awesome crew of the brilliant underpaid young cohort will have me producing video that gets thousands of hits and that I can show off and promote and sell sell sell on the quality.

I’ll bring high end arty swish quality to my kurb promo vides saying look, come on, hey, I will sell you this. This thing right here you will look professional and awesome the cohort are all coming to do it, models, cameras, editing and fx, here’s hundred bucks each for half a days work and I’ll put $200 in my pocket and we’re all happy now.

I also need to practice optimizing my outsourced video costs and providers retained for such tasks.

What I am really selling here is access to cheap skilled labour and the means to communicate between parties in those regards, which I can also use to do my own little video projects, which in turn spread to push other enterprises, pirates, gigs, food carts, talent services, whatever.

Here at Kurb it’s the auckland printing and copying services – especially dvd copying and cd copying and printing that keeps us busy by my oh my isn’t so much going on in the background!

We know we are too dependent on dvd printing and duplication services and we are trying to scuttle about getting ourselves future proofed and one of the ways of doing that is offloading costs and a bad one for me as an entrepreneur is too many domains. That’s up there.

Too many ideas that are never going to turn into something so do everybody a favour and knock it on the head. Give yourself more potential with less opportunity, less choices, less investment spread too thinly across too many ideas, just forget it!

Which one? I’m not quite sure. All the vanity sites and the dodgy sites too.

I was talking about potential issues that can distract us moving forward – making sure all bills and taxes are up to date – I still owe ACC money. I haven’t handed in my tax, but I’ve done all the numbers, I just have to hand it in before August.

I still have 65 domain names, at least 30 I’m trying to sell and I have to get rid of them – I counted 34 I want to sell or ditch in the short term, this year. I have to accept that a lot of those domains will never sell and I’m better to cut my losses before I lose another $15. Of the 30 left well, I would a dozen are fundamental for business and art, and another dozen are fall backs, back up positions for particular activities.

Still costs me $500 a year, $10 a week to run those domains. That’s quite a bit, I counted 16 sites that I felt were absolutely worth $15, so it will be my aim within 2 years to have only 20 sites. Will not renew, so I’m aiming to have less than 50 by the end of the year, 30 by the end of next year, and 20 in two years.

I see that I have 25 sites currently up for sale. I am putting them down again, and sites with customized lay outs and good domain names are going out the door, it makes me think I should spruce the whole thing up. I have already established my desire to make $3k out out of these sites, and I believe I should try peddling them elsewhere, as self contained businesses, for example.

Doesn’t it just seem like something that could be done? 10 of these could easily be pushed off for $500. Or $1000 as part of a bigger package to set someone up and support them.

Is that something I ever want to do? Writing sites, design sites, video sites, youtube sites, other sites, I could build them all into a beautiful package and make $20k but is that something I would want to do? Well I’m lucky enough to believe that 40 sites would pull in the $3k I need to make back even if it costs me $1000 to keep them going for 2 years until they all sell. I just might have to be realistic that they won’t sell on godaddy.

There are 17 somewhat dodgy sites I could try and sling for $1000. leaving me with almost 30 sites with some of the juicier offerings there. Because it’s likely by this time next year, I will have to ditch them, and cut my losses some $500 at least, so we have to move on it.

If I start making a lot of money I will make the cut myself, simply because I want to see this resolved because it’s a potential goblin, it’s a good $600 a year I don’t need to be spending.

There are about 10 websites that represent writing, graphic design and youtube services, music services, those are the ones that could kick up $200 or maybe $500 sold to someone with the direct attention, they’d be sold last in the last hope of recovering $2000.

There are about 10 there that are related to business ideas I’d like to push – video production and talent management, I want to keep the idea of those businesses alive even though I couldn’t really sell those domains, but I am willing to spend over $100 a year to wait to see if I want to take that idea forward, solid ideas that could work, that are an insurance policy in a world where I only need to make $500 a week to live comfortably.

So now that the domains are under control, I have to think about the websites I am developing themselves.

The plan I am laying out for websites is to wait for the 27 entries to be done, but I am also pushing forward with the cohort section, and I’ll have a separate plan for the cohorts, and I might think about a new front page with a new vibe. But I might wait to see where my next video direction is going now I am turning away from music videos and towards videos that tell a more intimate and artistic story.

This may give me new ideas about how I want to front my site, what I want to hit people with when they first arrive from that direction.

But right now with domains as with the site, we’re waiting for leadership and ideas to come from elsewhere before we make the decision.

Cohort is the concept we can solicit support for auckland video production services and projects.

We need to face up to the actual challenges and this is what the cohort means. The cohort is about enlisting support, and we need a payroll, we need to have a budget to pay people to help make what we’re doing good. If you can’t think of what to spend your money on, well, it’s the cohort. Pay people. Your biggest issue to push through right now is making videos that people will think are awesome.

When you revisit the challenges of getting these next two videos done, use your surplus to grease the wheels, get moving to the next challenge.

The next challenge appears in the shape of the pirate game. Again, how can we make decisions about the domains, the website and our pirate performer business when we don’t know what’s happening around it? Is money coming from DVD duplication? Well then we won’t want to do pirates, and we’ll be happy to spend on improving our websites.

If not, we need pirates in the equation we need to fall back there.

SO we have all the B plans on standby, what’s the A game? What is the game based on the fact that DVD’s will sputter along and keep us alive somehow for 2 years?

Well that is video production coming through and hopefully the ideas from that pushing the website forward with ideas that will resonate, that projects that are good content that is what the website is behind, its not really a thing in itself. Video production is also pushing the pirate thing into the niche it fills whether being it’s own marketing or evolving into something else.

The pirate thing is evolving, the website is evolving, I am somehow making my $500 and I am somehow finding myself with 40 less domains, I think that is adequate. If we want a new domain for a new auckland website whether it for printing or copying or whatever else, I’m sure it can be managed as a new

Yes well that’s fine but where’s the clear plan?

Complete music video production, then move onto more narration / narrative based productions, we’re talking about new beats, the new RC, which then flows onto new pirate story videos.

So the truth filtering through is how dependent we’re becoming on video progress to make any progress at all, and is that to say we’re dependent on auckland video production ideas to move forward, is that where our goals lie?

Video Production and DVD Reproduction Auckland

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

I have been going okay in my efforts to make this blog better in terms of posting blog posts that actually make sense around a theme.

And one theme is getting things done by breaking it down and getting on with it.

In the last post I finally got my video update for the business up on the blog site here, and I was talking about a few issues – I think we have solid strategies in place to weather the storm, we have enough nuts collected, my concern has been making the very most of the down time and thats where my frustration was at, getting inspired and motivated to push forward with video communication – using videos to get messages across, that’s what this update was all about, practicing for presentation of information.

That’s what my interest in video production is based around, the power of video as a communication medium that is falling dramatically in its cost to produce and distribute. This is where I made my money with DVD reproduction and CD burning services over the last few years, technology allowed me a gap of 5 or so years to provide that service of producing CD and DVD printing etc. and a very competitive price where new kinds of consumer behaviour meant that people wanted to use cd and dvd duplication for as cheaper price as possible.

As for the future of communication, cheap video production is valuable, it matters, we have to keep our skills sharp in this area. That’s why I bothered to film an update, because I can always use the opportunity to sharpen my skills when business is slow, and to think about the long term future of this business providing budget communication and media services.

So that’s why it’s still all about the videos. I’m continuing to work on my own video production projects to bring my skills up while the dvd duplication keeps the bills paid, and it seems we have enough jobs coming in to take the heat off now, so while I don’t have the same total freedom of time, I’m not under pressure to make changes to make the business sustainable.

The more time we buy, the better, in fact I think of all the ways this has helped me to refocus and to consider all the options available when eventually I can’t rely on dvd duplication to pay all the bills.

So firstly we are finishing off a few more music videos before we change direction.Although we’re waiting on the audition to sort themselves out – which means I have decisions to make before things can move forward.

It’s getting harder to simply wait for things to happen, and that is a poor strategy regardless. It seems like the time grows now to be more active especially in video production where it seems it’s going to take more work to break the surface.

Things can get sloppy, mistakes get made, results are regrettable. But that’s what you have to deal with, we seem to be trying to reach beyond the plans we have in place so we can start formatting new concepts in video that could connect a lot better, that could work. Could work to get me more excited, more involved. I want to do something people are interested in.

But right now we still have to push through these last few music video projects. To do that we need to get excited about what is coming next.

What’s coming next is a transition from focusing on the music videos, to doing more arty style vids that are on the fly, and give me an opportunity to investigate concepts, using narration, seeing what can be done when shooting under compromising circumstances. Because we still have to complete the music videos first, we won’t go too much into that.

We are trying to finish a music video for the song “Shadows”, but it’s hard to get excited knowing people aren’t really interested in what’s going on here, it doesn’t seem like it’s something worth spending more than a night or two on because people just aren’t that interested. We’re only doing it so that we feel that we’ve stayed on point with what we’re trying to do.

Which really is about setting ourselves up to making videos people are interested in, and often to create a quality product, you’re on a journey which is going to involve a lot of lessons. Another reason why we want to reach out to others interested in cheap video production and youtube video production.

So in other areas beyond the actual video projects we have down to be completed, I want to start looking at the cohort, which is a concept i developed to get people involved in doing video projects. Again, this concept is about having these last 2 music video projects completed, so I can put my first modest little project video up. Then I have a video to start basing new page lay outs around. Once I have a video and a landing page, I can set up an ad campaign, just to see how it feels, take a step back and look at what it looks like.

We’re looking for a selection of people who are probably in their 20’s or maybe someone similar to me, still looking for an in late in the game – who are pretty unlikely to be pretty girls for a start, they are not actresses or models but people interested in producing video. so my aim is to find a few people who want to commit a few hours either once a fortnight or a month to filming something, whether it’s a music video, a comedy skit, something weird or arty, anything – I help them do something one time, they help me one time. A co-operative attempt.

What are you trying to achieve from this?

Well taking my video to the next level – not just my skills, but my ability to deliver something that people want to see and are getting excited about. They want to share, they want to be involved.

But it’s also about getting me excited. I’m not giving it everything right now because I’m tired of doing music videos on my own. It doesn’t it matter what I try next, I want to be excited and confident about it, and I know if I’m connected with other people who are excited I can possibly achieve more, learn more, and reflect better on where I could improve.

Hopefully I will have an opportunity to reflect on what we could do, what kinds of video we could produce that is effective and simple.

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What are your plans in business outside of these preparations in cheap auckland video services? Well advertising I think can add $200-$500 to weekly turnover in auckland dvd duplication, so it’s worth pursuing.

When we reach the stage with video production we are looking at pirate stories again, then we have to think about wether that’s what we want to be doing. I think we are certainly not backing off. Whether we want to build an empire, I’m not so sure. If all we really want is to do a couple of parties a month, then maybe we have to think about that.

But this question is coming up because we want to move forward and we have this question of what we want to make more money with, and what we want to do with video and the pirate stories concept is strong there, but we have to be sure that that is what we are excited about doing.

Value in Auckland Video Production

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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So recently we decided to start cleaning up the blog by putting in a little more effort to make the blog a bit more interesting to read.

Rather than raking over the same minutiae of my business and various half hatched aspirations, I decided I wanted to attempt to make the blog something that if somebody found it, or I started directing people twoard my blog, or because they were interested in what I was working on, they could read and engage – more reader focused than a personal problem solving focus. I know I have some writing skills but if I don’t stretch them then I don’t have the ability to demonstrate them or put them to use improving my situation. I can’t link to my posts, because they are not good enough for the average reader, but by working on this, slowly, I may get to a point where I can begin letting people know I have a link, I have some writing.

When I post comments on others blogs, or a new community I find, then the trails that lead back to me don’t give the appearance I’m simply a muppet in the game trying my luck trying to drum up support and business, because I’m desperate to establish myself in this.

One of the little things I’m doing is I will be publishing more links which I feel have interesting points worth mentioning. Not necessarily to promotion, or specifically business related themes, but items of interest related to being more understanding or successful in various operations.

In a my clean up post I talked about an article discussing how you can work on yourself as much as you like but the results will only ever be measured in terms of what you can offer the world. If you’re not getting what you want, it’s only because you’re not offering enough to get it.

It doesn’t matter how much work you do to become a better person on the inside, the result it produces is what you will be measured by.

This made me think of my archiving work, my website work, my promotions on my artists site and how so much that I do is failing to provide value to the outside parties – the fans, the clients – I need to attract to make the thing work.

Even writing these blogs endlessly, I mean sure, it looks like I’ve plowed through over 1000 words today already but to what purpose? Make that 2000. Sure, it proves I can write a lot of words. But to what purpose is it all ultimately serving?

So we’ve begun by taking the step to make the blogs more readable and accessible so at least it provides a good look, I can’t really call myself a blogger just by vomiting words onto the screen for the purpose of pushing up search engine rankings, once they become readable articles, well then I have the opportunity.

One idea I had today was that it was time to get on with resolving the issue of all these blank printed discs we have that aren’t really doing anything. But then I realised, again . . . this is just a selfish idea that is convenient for me.

Does auckland, does new zealand want 1000 old CD’s burned with some crappy misprint on them full of my songs or videos? I’m not sure. Just because it’s convenient it doesn’t mean it’s something that’s worthwhile. What I think we need to focus on right now is what people want.

One idea that struck me though is that on one hand, you need to be valuable to other people in order to get what you want.

And yet the less you want, the less you are required to find a way to be valuable.

Let’s have a link then. This from philosophers mail

The dirty truth about Capitalism is not that it is inefficient, but that its ambitions as yet have been so lowly and so restricted.

When we get furious about bankers’ bonuses . . . What we really hate is the idea of bankers getting paid a lot of money when we can’t see how they have helped other people.

Rather than wanting to wind back big corporations, we should have a different and better ambition: we should want them to learn to make their profits by a strangely odd-sounding but in fact plainly obvious goal: truly helping other people.

I guess that explains a little of why we’ve chosen to blog this way, and leads to more to be said for trying to really help people, really look to what they want and need.

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Because of this return to the value of production, we slowed up on our archiving project, and switched round and started firing out more videos. I’m not sure what we’re heading towards, but we know when you want to produce videos or anything else it starts with getting started.

We’re getting started showing our skills in presentation and fronting up.

What comes after that?

Well more videos. You have one more music video you want to complete in the next month. And also the cohort getting cohesive. We set up a page, and we set up ads, wow it’s really ambitious. But it is also the point from which our honest investigations into local new zealand youtube culture can begin, now that we’re cleaning this blog up a bit more so you can actually read and follow it.

So I want to reach out on star now. I want to jump on star now and say check out my music videos im doing teamed up with auckland actors on star now, who wants to get out there and make some god damn videos for youtube new zealand, okay???

So we get people starting to roll up because they want to be into video editing, they want to be shooting filming auckland youtube videos, theyre in there, doing the yards and we’re producing videos, a lot of videos, and we’re getting good, we’re getting better and better and youtube video production!

We’re doing pirate videos. This is serious. We have a lot of funny kind of “get out there and do it” kind of concepts we want to roll with but we need to get real we need to get serious with these cohort people who want to get out there and do it with us!

A lot of the material we’re doing now, is just warming up for more assured material coming further down the line because we know how the professionals, the showmen work – they have their routines which they work through, we just have to convey that kind of assurance.

But it’s a lot of work scripting and shooting these videos!

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I have finally finished shooting 4 vlogs, wow how did it take me 48 hours to write and shoot 4 videos of me just sitting there talking? I guess I kind of forgot how hard this work is, but that’s a reminder that it’s not an easy skill which is what makes it valuable. Also it’s important we do some more this month, so we keep our youtube video presentation skills sharp.

The skill is only valuable as long as I can maintain my skill level and improve. Not that I see a big future in presenting videos! I just want to be able to push my efforts forward in this area, to take a shot, have a go, and comeback with thoughts on how to improve for next time.

I am now slightly confused about where I’m moving to now, and what my thoughts on this whole process will be.

The first answer is we go back to the 27 archive entries. But as discussed we also have video and the youtube video producers cohort on this list, and then music and video promo is the next thing coming up.

Are we ready for promo? Are we ready for the cohort? Before we ask those questions we can see how it’s all flying at us now we’re not working so much, the highway is getting chewed up as me roll through. It won’t be long until wide spaces begin to open up where we get to shape new priorities and new directions.

Yes I am sensitive to the fact that none of this is putting money in the pocket, it’s not arresting that issue of producing value and could be considered a distraction, but at the same time I salute the ability to march onward, we build on each hard fought step forward, we don’t know how many steps remain but we soldier on regardless, not tied to the belief that salvation lies around the next corner. We are ready to turn a lot of corners before we get back to where we want to be.

A few extra hundred dollars, well up until recently, it would have made no challenge, and we have to remember out fortunes could easily change, and we have to prepare to answer the question of where we can go once we’re back on budget with our core services of auckland cd dvd reproduction and printing.

Event Management and Promotions Experiences, Auckland

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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I started kurb as a promotions company which was based on my experience marketing gigs and events around auckland. So it was mainly my postering, poster printing flyering, flyer distribution services that I started the business with.


I was not great at promoting gigs, I’m not really that charismatic and skilled as a social networker, but what I am good at is organising on a tight budget. So I used those skills to build my business of kurb promotions in auckland and also adding cd duplication and dvd duplication services which would become a major component of my business.

It is funny that with the change in my personal circumstances we see that kurb is likely to change at least somewhat.

We still want to do postering and cd dvd duplication as that is our core business but there’s no need to experiment with new profit and growth driven ideas that haven’t been really considered and valued. We want to focus on music, gigs, children’s entertainment and video production.

Now that I’ve been more successful with my business I am feeling my own personal interests are more of a priority in the mix. This is still business, we want to profit and we want to grow where it is possible to do so without heavy stress and effort.

So what is the big idea, that is of personal interest? Do I turn now to pirates seriously? I don’t really see myself wanting to hustle right now, if I work all week, I don’t really want to go out and do a pirate birthday n top of that.

Maybe it’s simply a matter of getting more towards a content factory – from pirates to whatever else, maybe it’s just about making videos, knowing that if I make a video every week, and it gets 1000 views, if you say 50 x 50,000 views it equals $7500 in youtube pay outs.

It doesn’t seem like much when you could be advertising some service, or building up a more powerful brand.

And there are opportunities to do that, but what is also clear is that it’s time to curtail and curb a lot of old ideas that are presented here so we can make room for what we are going to do – here on kurb or otherwise.

By doing that, choosing what youre not going to so, you make room for understanding what you might then choose to do instead.

Should I sell the music marketing management site? Would I take $1000 for it? I’m not sure. What am I talking about? All parts of my business that are just gone to seed basically, just tear it out of our consideration, and then spruce up what’s left, leaving what remains to exist as what is for some years until a more final resolution can be reached.

I do like the idea of minimalism, if you havent used something in a year, then you don’t actually need it.

But it’s different, this is heritage conditioning, I am preparing to make the last alterations to this site so it can gradually peter out over a decade and I needn’t concern myself, the site, nor I, require it to be impressive and compelling.

It is certainly a time to signal the end of the old way of trying to expand into new promotions services and such, we will only grow with serious intent and consideration now, it’s not really motivated by profit, it’s about other outcomes in business.

And herein lies the opportunity to decide to stop developing these sites and favouring low maintenance approaches so I can focus on what I’d rather do.

What you then choose to do has better thought out outcomes. We’re still doing event management, tour management, event promotions but from a personal perspective.

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This was written as a sort of sign off post, that while business was good in CD DVD duplication auckland, and auckland promotion services in general, then we wouldn’t have to pound out nonsense on this blog to keep the SEO functioning at a level that brings me in enough customers.

We pound away on this blog, writing away hoping that amongst our efforts to impress the search engines, we will also be offered so kind of revelation of our own, about how we could bring this business back around despite the fact that cd duplication may not last as a seriously viable choice. We may have to try some different ideas.

Being aggressive in terms of the business we can secure for disc burning and copying, is the first step, and I believe for the next couple of years, enough business will dribble in, it just may not afford me the means to really be aggressive about what I’m trying to develop and push here. In that case we have to build skills, and have those skills be not only the thing that brings me income, but also allows efforts in my own promotional projects that can benefit me.

Pretty soon there will come a time where we need to do more than simply write on this blog, and it means cheap cd duplication, it means auckland poster distribution, bill stickers, flyer distribution and it means childrens entertainment, and it means auckland video production all offered and aggressively cheap prices, because that is the service we provide. We are aggressively competing on price knowing that we need to establish our client base, our reputation, at once the business is proven to be viable and the market is established, then we can get more practical about what we offer and the prices we charge.

There will be advertising and aggressive price competition but we also have to remember that we have the luxury of being able to watch things play out, and being tactical and strategic.

I already sense that I need a new project, something new I can get fired up about because I don’t think I can play this minimalism / simplicity game for too much longer, I have the skill sets to build and promote an idea online, I just want to discover something I am excited about doing, and that often comes back to video simply because we have the ability to make the videos and to present them also.

I guess this was meant to be a sign off post, and I am completing it because I am in pursuit of simplicity and minimalism, I want to leave unfinished business – even unfinished blog posts behind me – but whats a bigger goal we can aim for in this regard?

Well we want to confront the cohort issue. We want that, we want to push forward there. When loose ends are tidied up, I can commit more fully to finding people who want to work with me to create interesting videos in auckland. I’m not even that fussy about what the videos are about, it’s about working together to capture something cool and interesting.

Maybe we want to create some kind of “youtube club” just for star now. I even started searching for NZ youtubers and realised there is a bunch of young dudes doing it, all younger than me, but what the hell. I have to get with my people. I have to clean up my act, and start fronting in the game.

I’m here to get views. I’m here to make beats. That’s what it is. But I’ll have to clean up my act before I start fronting and that is what this post is really coming to. Once upon a time I started a business for auckland postering, and then it was all cd dvd duplication, and now I must make my return to the online promotions that has lurked around and in the background of this thing for so long.

It’s the online promotion and content creation, doing it for myself, doing t for someone else, just doing it.

Just as this was a sign off post meant to leave things steady as they are until the next chapter unfolds, I can see the signal is here, I will have to start writing my blogs properly. If I am going to spend large amounts of time just blogging and thinking, because I have the financial security, then I have to become more disciplined about what I write, and putting together pieces that will actually connect with readers, rather than me rambling endlessly for the benefit of google.

WHAT’S NEXT?

What is the next job after the sampling? I think we just have to remember and believe that once this sampling is done, we will have a great many samples and a whole lot of music to enjoy, but also a wisdom in having arranged all these archives, about what kind of music we want, about making music, we just have to restore our passion there more than anything. There are many archives from the cd duplication business to work through, but once that is done, we have the freedom to try something new.

For now we want to keep the cd dvd duplication auckland services alive and kicking for as long as possible.

CD DVD Copying For Archive Storage

Sunday, April 20th, 2014


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We’re beginning a huge archiving and cataloging exercise because we are pursuing minimization.

Being able to reduce what you’re doing or what you have and achieve near the same result is incredibly more efficient, taking up less time, taking up less space, and having good systems, organised in regards to everything that needs to be maintained and stored according to the needs of your operation.

We have thousands of old masters from cd duplication and dvd copying jobs we have done in the past and over the years I sought a way to manage this – not only for convenience to our returning customers, but also to keep a record of all the great independent music and productions, local New Zealand and Auckland productivity we’ve been involved in.

This includes my own writings, music, video recordings and libraries of images and pictures.

When I leave here, I don’t want to take a bunch of DVD’s and CD’s with me.

I don’t want to think there are unresolved ideas that could be valuable.

What is the end goal here? That moving forward in music, video, concepts, that we have the foundational tools on hand. We need our sample libraries organised, as well as easy access to a selection of idea that still have some hope.

This is the same with design etc., we have so many designs that are the same as samples, half finished and finished pieces that served a purpose then, we need to ask what purpose they are serving now. Remember the narrative excursion project, where I used old half finished songs and cobbled them into a set? We need to visualize these kinds of outcomes.

A half finished song or a half finished design is to be moved forward, left behind, or stored as a resource for a future possibility that hasn’t formed yet?

Well it needs to be grouped, once we can see the kinds of groups and the kinds of themes we’re seeing there, ideas emerge. Maybe there is a concept there. Maybe it’s obvious to see there’s a lot of crappy shit that has no future. Maybe it’s obvious to pick out just 2 or 3 projects that could have a future reincarnation.

Does this item have a future on the website? Does it have a future on the website? Or does it have a future as part of a bigger project or as inspiration? Or does it need to proceed to the trash?

As we do the archiving a lot we discover a lot of thoughts and concepts that have been left behind. Little ideas keeping pushing themselves up in this promotions game. Thinking about writing for money, the most important thing is that we write something worth reading before we worry about whether anybody wants to pay to read it or pay me to write more.

We thought about the shape of promotion budgets that could see our videos being promoted, so that having the resources to put $200 into promoting a video, having over 2000 targeted people see it. We are experimenting here with low budget promotion options for music video productions, through low level, affordable publicity options – what is the extent of what we can make happen with a couple of hundred dollars to get underground interest on new video content, new artist content?

Then of course there is video production itself, continuing to produce the content despite much certainty on where uptake might occur. Any way we can get filming as a secondary aspect to what we’re trying to carry out – just like I do with these blogs, we need to use video in such a similar way. Bring the message to people’s faces by actually doing it, filming it, putting it on youtube actually, not just presentable content but the details and thoughts fro which is is emerging. Ideas. Discussion. Thought.

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The archive situation is bringing up some interesting items. We have a lot of resources we’ve written to promote our online services. I am just being given such a huge reminder of how caught up in business I’ve been in the years passed, how many ideas I had that were crazy and were going nowhere. But that doesn’t mean they have no use. The purpose of these items in terms of the greater goal may yet to be seen but at some point we must say this has no value. There must be some way of discerning whether such an item has value. I think that has to do with finding out, determining a greater purpose to all this.

That is the point of minimalism. Being that there is less to consider there is more opportunity for a new unknown possibility. Aspects that seemingly offer little advantage need not be over analysed.

Or analysed at all. At the moment we are simply grouping things as much as we can. A lot of stuff doesn’t even need to be looked at until we start recognising what wants to be finished or represented, a bunch of pictures of clowns or hipster animals? No, not really required. Not required to be trashed, throw it in a pile, but it on a hard drive or something, forget about it.

Thinking minimization, what is so big and annoying? Discs for cd copying, dvd copying, cd printing, littering the place. Then the clumsy surplus of samples for when we’re writing music, files for work scattered everywhere, drum and bass, the possibility of design galleries, the possibility of old songs reemerging in new forms, video content taking up so much room.

SO what are we left with?

MASTER MUSIC
MASTER IMAGES
NEW SAMPLES
VIDEO
WEB DESIGN
CLIENT ART DESIGN
DRUM AND BASS
CD ARCHIVE
MP3’s
DOCUMENTS

MUSIC 2 SORT / NZ MUSIC / 2nd video / Jazz & Soul / Storage

That still seems like a lot of stuff. Now I made a sorting pile. What is to be done to sort all the clients artwork for cd designs and disc surface dvd printing? Well much as with all of this archiving process, we have to group it together and have a look at what we’ve got.

Right up to 2013 thats ended up around 7GB not counting this year, or any crustiness turned up on some old discs. I’d say pick through for clients that there’s a vibe about them returning or their content, and dump the rest onto hard drive, knowing we may resurrect old client content for whatever reason. There are some of these areas we don’t want to deal with right now, there’s nothing to be gained, video stuff for a start – too much rotten old material where enough time hasn’t passed to let us know it’s no good.

Cd duplication designs from 5 years ago for some corporate data storage disc, we know we don’t need to keep it. Off cuts from old video productions, video presentations not needed.

So we know it must soon be audio cd duplication archives to get started on. Some music can be kept, listened to, curated, some music can be sampled, and then there will be a lot of music there simply is no reason to keep, and like 5 year old cd copy art, just bung it on a hard drive and forget it.

We will have taken all the good music, and all the good samples so dispose of the rest.

We have 14 gb of client music and 13gb we’ve picked up elsewhere we have to deal with. Drum and bass over 20gb. New zealand music, almost another 7gb.

I think we will hit that 13gb first because we can strip it and send it to the knackers once we’re done.

So I’m talking moving forward with these archives in the pursuit of minimalism. I’ve already said that pursuit of these 27 write ups that we went in on is just an extension of the archiving that allows a platform for the results of that to be published and included.

Images, music, writing that has a future on the website.

But once there is a precedent in establishing that material, well we’ve already discussed, the website is simply a stage. So what’s the actual next activity planned? A cohort focus, and a new front page, new swag. New swag is definitely planned for cd duplication and auckland dvd duplication.

Using video production to establish cohort concepts. Looking at how fans could be brought on board, and how the design of the site could support that.

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Making Auckland CD Copying Happen

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Work has been getting pretty tough recently and has not been easy for me. Mainly having a lot of work to catch up with and having ongoing issues.

If it was just catching up on being behind, or just trying to sort out some production issues, then it would be hard, but something you work through in a few days. But having both at the same time? Stress and pressure can really break you down and get the better of you. It becomes harder to choose the right way to proceed. Choices become critical, this is managing a business. The decisions you make at this stage can dictate how much you fall behind in the long term.

There are safe guards you have to have in place so whatever your core activity is – such as cd duplication, cd copying, keeps moving forward, I need to recognise in advance where I could be tripped up and fall flat on my face.

The actual cd duplication copying machines are not so much of an issue, but we must always seek to improve and create back up options in case we find ourselves caught short in such a way again.

– ensuring there are clean printheads ready to go. The only way to do this is by setting up a second station with 2 printers, knowing that I have 6 is not only the power to churn out 1000 discs in several hours, but that if 1 fails, 2 fail, it’s not really an inconvenience. I wanted a 2 printer set up in the superhive so if you had jobs under 200 you could just do them as you worked.

– running out of discs only happens every few months also. It’s only a problem when everything else is a problem. Otherwise, you just suck it up and pay $10 extra. Even if it costs you $100 extra on a big job, well, is it really that big a drama? Well what we want is the safe guard. Running out of discs for disc duplication isn’t a problem, it’s when it happens at the same time as something else

– the burners, the cd dvd duplicators are again not likely to become a significant problem again this year, but we plan in advance for next year by trying still to refurbish one of the other cd burners. What this also does is buy our time lost over the last 2 weeks back when a job that would occupy our mind for 6 hours can be cut down to 4 hours. We have to source some decent sata drives and begin trying to create a frankenstien creature that can perhaps live in the front room so if the girls are chilling for a few hours they can easily burn a couple of hundred discs.

– after that it is all stuff like tax and fines and acc and unpaid debts all niggling little things lurking around. My car. Yeah just when it wasn’t sounding so bad, my car needs a lot of attention. The water bill. The tree in the yard. So it goes on. But you know that once I start blitzing this lot, life gets a whole lot easier.

So what happens then?

Well it’s the work and stay workstay business going on again. They come in, they do all the work. What do I do? I go back to finishing up my artist managament work, and then turn again to the children’s entertainment and artist tours.

It’s about how I work the opportunities I have with children’s entertainment, video production, artist work new ideas for services such as a food truck and getting my workstay people on in there with this.

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Okay what have I got to do now, seriously?

wedding cd copying: 90
church+astro: 200
hitler doco: 600
hair: 500

Okay it will be nice to get more of those hitler docos done, but we will also smash everything else, and possibly the hair dvd production also, so that’s about 1000 in 3 days, though that could easily be 4. Which is just plain easy.

So now the gardening experiment is all over I have to accept that growing my own was not a

You could see it a different way – that is was a great little project while I was getting business back on it’s feet but I think I know right now that it’s for the best.

It looks to me I was only saving $50 a week, where the power alone was $20. Did I spend more than an hour a week on related activity? certainly I did.

Think of all the drawbacks, the smell, and the dirt, the work, the secrecy, all of that, is that worth saving $30 a week for? The answer is staring you in the face and you know it. Because on top of that we’ve got the whole girls and borders thing going on. I knew it was kind of a favour to me to make me realise.

And don’t even start me on the archive.

But let’s get serious because this whole situation with the gardening means we have blown the whole work stay thing wide open, we can have girls, and they are coming and they are coming to clean, and work and cook and are you ready?

What I’m seeing is the cleaning and the work will just get rolled through and then what next? They’re archiving it all already? They’re challenging me as to how we can move forward, are they doing my tax and whatever else? They’re cleaning, they’re working, I get my car sorted, I say yes I want this tree dealt with and gone.

I want a moment to feel rich so I can zap some bills. My fines. My water bill, ACC etc., so I can get ready to kill that tax.

Then, finally this what is happening I am challenging these girls – wait theyre challenging me – with ideas to help me move forward. Fresh ideas, and it can’t be avoided. It’s coming. Ideas in video, in promotion. Cd duplication auckland too obviously.

Making videos of pirates for kids, making crazy food truck plans, working out how to get a show on the road. Making it happen.

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Maybe you need a place for just a couple of weeks or a month or so where you can chill out and make your next plan – well you can come stay with me.

I am a youngish entrepreneur who is always busy, often at home with my own projects. I got this house so I could be in control of any disruptions to my business dealings, but I figure it would probably be good to have someone around who’d help pay for the place . . . but just not for too long they end up driving me crazy.

The house is no oil painting outside, in fact to be frank from the outside it looks like crap. (nonetheless – a good security measure as a deterrent I’d suggest) but is fairly typical inside, and the new paint job helps.

The lounge is a separate and very large room (6m x 4m) that I don’t use at all. (I’ve taken the 2nd bedroom and I use the master bedroom as my office/social/relaxing space), and there’s also a small bedroom/sun room that opens on to the back deck (3m x 3m) that’s free. Spacious kitchen + seperate laundry, lots of osp, large yard, and a large garage with power which I don’t use at all, so yeah – there’s heaps of space.

I’m big on quiet and space for people to do their thing. It’s good to have someone around but as long as their not bugging me. Smoking outside I’m okay with (I smoke outside), I got no problems with people having an after work drink but I really don’t appreciate drunkenness.

Being a straight, white, educated male, I’ll say I’m tolerant of other lifestyles as long as common courtesy is observed, the one thing I am not tolerant of is intolerance.

how about a link exchange out there people? I’m after anyone with “duplication, copying, printing, marketing, auckland, music, video” in domain or page title.

Auckland CD Copying and CD Printing Service

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

We are still working on SEO again for this site and this blog since we found out things have really slipped, and although we are doing well in terms of the bottom line because we have a good base of customers now, we may be missing out on opportunities to rake in a little bit of extra cream and make things better all around so auckland cd duplication and new zealand cd copying are the terms I want to see some traction on because we’re already pretty healthy for the dvd duplication side of things.

But we’re much more interested in new ideas, as much as improving our core business, because we have so much opportunity to make a bold new idea in business work.

Okay, next, next, next.

Next to what even? Look it’s easy.

What have you been doing? Well it’s holidays. Not much business is happening, I’m going away, and I need to think of how I’m slotting back into my business activities when I get back.

Mainly the work and stay stuff I’ve been looking at. There are going to be people who want to work and stay, and they will do a lot of work around here, so not only do I not have to earn as much because I’m not needing to make as much profit, but people will come and do most of the work. The issue maybe finding work for them to do!

I think the more people we have coming to stay the more we will find things for them to do as we see what has to be done. Especially if I am then able to work less, then, I can be planning projects such as filming etc. and I think if it becomes clear that we can have 3 girls every week then I will have to come up with something they can do.

Especially on the week I have a gig. If I can send the girls out with the mission of selling 10 tickets, or if it’s a free gig, just say look, just bring as many guys into the place as possible – but the next two gigs we have on, will be definitely door entry so we need a more strategic strategy! A more tactical tactic!

But there’s a few things we can do, we can push pirates, and we can push to see if the girls want to hit the road to be my support crew.

That’s a critical area, where can we put these workstay people so that they can directly help certain outcomes? Video, publicity and

I guess looking at what management services we can get involved, but before we get management we need a suitable presentation for the entertainment we mean to provide – we need a show to do a show!

It’s later in 2014 we can expect to be fronting pirate shows and tacking the DJ possibilities onto that. It may start with one pirate and one DJ on different nights but if we’re going away to come back with $300 then yay and it’s all good.

But it is time to start putting plans in place and building a bridge from here to there. Which means we really have to start working on the pirate thing. We need to have an act that is solid that we can start booking, and then as I mentioned, the thought for the artist management side, and bringing those threads together, so I have one person able to manage that.

Having a show to book, being prepared; then making and managing the bookings; then making arrangements and going off and doing it.

That’s an easy 3 part break down. Then I can refine what structures I have in place where management and support people are involved.

So then when you’re booking as a pirate, you’re booking as a DJ and you’re doing cd duplication and dvd videos, it’s just about being organised to complete the tasks, and that’s where our support people are coming in and getting involved. If I can get the balls in the air myself, I can then bring in people to keep them juggling, and like I said, moving to a point where I just chat to the people once on the phone a few days before, roll out my plan, and roll off.

Somebody else takes the booking, makes the arrangements, and does the invoice. The idea is to get 1 gig nailed 6 weeks out and try to build 3 more around it. Often it might be 2 gigs on 2 days and that’s it. We need to get a phone hustling person operative, to handle this.

I’m thinking of a more passive technique, why would we spend money on management and promo when I can just drop my fee from $250 to $195 and make it a killer proposition?

Then you go away, do 4 gigs, get $800, the gas and the room costs you $300, you make $500. You’re making a little top up if you do it once a fortnight. Or once a month and a local gig every other week. But a little top up may surely be all that is needed right now if cd duplication and dvd copying keeps trucking along

And so it comes back to the fact we may have a lot of time on our hands and we need to keep ourselves occupied taking steps towards real goals. Getting into this pirate stuff and getting next level confident in the pirate shows and artist shows, and so I have to be more involved with that.

I need to improve my product there, and then sell it nice and cheap.

What are the moves that will take us forward rapidly?

– Sorting out better pirate costumes and tricks and such, and sorting out my DJ sets so they are more solid in terms of broad appeal, we need to archive that music much better.

– We fire up the advertising online and we get someone hustling on the phone. Ringing schools, ringing venues.

– finish the pirate scripts, website write ups. Make preperations for the cohort instigation – write ups, web pages, ad concepts.

Man we’re running out of action plans, fast!

Well what is your plan for a pirate show? Where are we going to be targeting? Who will be the one to do the legwork? These are the serious questions that need to be answered before we make any progress. I will front up to try to make the initial arrangements but from that point

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So I’m just running some numbers to work out if our budget is covering all our spending plans so I don’t have to save any profits for a rainy day, I just need pump back into the business for things I would like to see.

We have funds earmarked for vehicles, work wear, computers, video projects and web projects

There is no money earmarked for putting on shows, travel and similar luxurious expenses or perhaps other equipment outside of computers. But when we see that surplus profit bubbling up, that’s where it can go. I want to blow $500 on a video, and $1000 on a gig, I want to do that, I want to blow a grand on luxury, and buy some new equipment.

It would be good to suss out our issues with cd copying and auckland dvd copying, and of course getting everything organised for work and stay people, workstay auckland to all work out what kind of jobs they can do to help me.

I guess I’m also thinking of bringing along a few more things I can do while I’m mobile.

But now I’m getting more onto my work vibe, I am thinking about what I have to do now to get things flowing.

Getting a new duplicator for cd copying and making sure all our cd printing issues are behind us, it’s only for a little while longer, maybe only 2 weeks we have to deal with the fall out from christmas, holidays etc, it is really just the next history documentary and the dance school dvd videos that we have to process through, the rest should be fairly easy as we find ourselves fronting up onto the front foot.

New jobs mean new cash, and new cash means moving forward. But I think we still need to think about the steps moving forward, buying a new copying machine, getting the inks so we can afford to experiment with new ways of getting all our cd printing done, but then what?

Well move the helpers, the workstay, homestay people on in to do the work? well sure. Building the systems that people can jump into and do this.