• Business,  Inspiration,  Life,  My Story,  Philosophy

    What does the “Inspired” stand for in “Inspired Video Marketing”?

    “A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr The day I woke up and was to meet with my resident agent to sign my business LLC, I had no idea what my business would be called. For the past 2 or 3 years, I had been working part-time doing videos and video marketing, not really with a name, but calling it “Katie Curtis Video Marketing” for lack of anything else and because there was pressure on me to call what I did something. Aaaaand I kind of hated that name. Scratch that, I hardcore hated the name. It still makes me go “ick” to…

  • Business,  My Story

    Living Legendary – the Pirate Pool Premiere recap

    Two weeks ago brought a whirlwind of a day fraught with nerves and technological issues but also love and support. Two weeks ago we had a Red Carpet Movie Premiere at the Historic Howell Theatre showcasing “Living Legendary: The Making of the Pirate Pool”. Which happens to be a full-length feature that I created. (Wow, that sounds weird when I type it like that). Let’s just start with this: I am surrounded by freaking amazing people, doing kick-butt awesome things and sometimes their awesomeness leeches into me. Last summer I was able to help create and chronicle the making of a “legend” – in this case the Pirate Pool. My…

  • Audio,  Life,  My Story,  Technology,  Tutorials

    Aha! How I Converted Micro Cassettes to Digital with Equipment I Already Had

    I’ve been on a crusade to turn my mementos digital, thus solving the problem of having way too much clutter due to nostalgic items. Along the way, I found 5 micro cassette tapes from 2005 – mostly recording my little sister Molly (she’s 13 now – see below) as a baby. I knew I had them, but kind of ignored them as there didn’t seem to be an easy solution to digitizing them. Until today! Scanning in some old documents (old notes from my original video tape recordings -yes, I’ve always been thorough it seems) I found the tapes and decided today was the day! I searched on the internet,…

  • Cameras,  Life,  My Story,  Philosophy

    When you lose your bag in Amsterdam

    Some of you probably saw my vlog two weeks ago (hint: it’s this one) Then radio silence: And now, I’m back! With interesting stories to share. The biggest one being that, on my way from the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam into Amsterdam Centraal (the main train station) I left my day bag (sorry Jesse!)(not featured in the video as I added it later) on the train. I had taken it off and set it on a luggage rack while having to stand on a fully packed train. At the station, I was in such a rush to get off before the doors closed that I somehow forgot it. And didn’t…

  • My Story

    What is my “Why”, and what is YOUR “Why”?

    Why do you do what you do? And the answer is not “for money”. At the core of it, WHY do you do… anything? Everything? What you’re doing? Here is my answer to that question. In case you were interested. 😉 Happy #VlogsonSaturdays y’all!   Slowly but surely, I am getting on track and figuring out the best way to get regular content out there. Stick with me, peeps, we’ll get it!   To knowing what’s in Focus, Katie       Thank you Simon Sinek! (To see the #TED talk, visit here: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action#t-149616) Also referenced is the book “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles. Here is a…

  • Life,  My Story,  Updates

    I’m married! *gasp*

    Last Saturday, in a flurry of activity and snow, I was wedded to my boyfriend of 5 years. I’m married! Eeeek! It was a wonderful adventure where my husband broke his glasses 30 minutes before showtime and had to tape them up in true nerd fashion (look below to and you can see it), our officiant asked me if I would take Daniel to be my wife, and we all braved frostbite in order to capture some Winter Wonderland photos. (For the record, I was going for “Elven Princess”.) My mom and my family did amazing work turning a simple Pavillion cabin into a very official and beautiful hall, and…

  • My Story

    The brief history of Katie and her Camera

    I bought my first camera in the fall of 2005. I was almost 13. It was a Kodak Easyshare with a lens that didn’t even extend past the body of the camera. I paid $100 for it, (and as a 12/13 year old, that’s quite a sum!)  I took 1000s of pictures with it and I was enamored. I was taking selfies before it was cool. Rawr. Gotta love the braces. This camera even had video capabilities! Of course, the video quality was low and there was no audio, but what an amazing thing for a 13 year old to have (at the time, now my 11 year old sister has an iPhone).…

  • Life,  My Story,  Updates

    Sometimes we have to fall, to fly

    Last Saturday, I checked it off the bucket list. The Thursday before, I was writing in my journal, musing about my upcoming decision. While skydiving is fairly safe, 1 in 100,000 don’t make it, and those are WAAAAY higher odds than winning the lottery.   Thinking “I want to be at peace with my choice. Yes, if I forgo it, I’m safer. But at what cost? Letting the fear win is NOT the answer. This experience, skydiving, is symbolic. Will I fly, or fall? Will I let my fear consume me and back down? I’ve been living in fear. Not all the time, not dramatically. But it’s there. The fear of failure,…