• Inspiration,  Life,  My Story,  Philosophy

    Sometimes you win while sleeping (usually after sacrificing lots of sleep)

    I awoke to a flight attendant tapping my shoulder and urging me to pull down my tray table. Odd, don’t they usually wake you up so you can do the opposite? Groggily, I pulled down the tray in a dreamy, Charlie pre-golden ticket state to reveal a (not gold but) yellow sticker proclaiming, “Congrats! You found the lucky seat, you lucky so-and-so! You’re like a leprechaun born with a rabbit’s foot finding a heads-up penny underneath a horseshoe in a field of 4-leaf clovers. #spiritluckyseat” Still in a fog, I only nodded as I was handed a voucher for 5,000 free miles on Spirit and my seat number was announced…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Business,  Inspiration,  Life,  Philosophy

    10 Resources to keep you “Inspired” in life and business

    After a chat with a fun and quicky realtor James Bruney (if this doesn’t feel quirky – just you wait. ;-P He’s got some big ideas in store! ) We discussed many of the resources that inspire us – and I realized a lot of these people have become integral to my daily life – to staying motivated and to keep the “inspired” in “Inspired Video Marketing”. If you feel your life and your business struggling due to the affliction of unmotivation or stagnation, the best medicine is to pursue the knowledge that all of these greats have! Without droning on too much, let’s get to it. “Crushing It” by…

  • 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…

  • Life,  Philosophy

    The 4 Questions to be Asking Yourself on the Daily

      Going back to boot camp a couple of weeks ago, (seriously, some days you learn more and have more ideas in one day than in many spans of days!) I came up with several questions to live by and so far, when applied, they are doing me well. Perhaps you saw the “why” video, the first two are along that line. When dealing with current clients, potential clients, friends and anyone in your life, ask yourself: #1 Am I MORE after dealing/interacting with this person or situation? I don’t care how you define “more”. Happier, maybe. More knowledgable, inspired, entertained etc etc, I think you can FEEL what it means…

  • Life,  Philosophy,  Updates

    Thank you 2017, Hello 2018!

    One year ago today I launched “Inspired Video Marketing” as my full time gig. (Okay FINE, hecklers, it wasn’t called “Inspired Video Marketing back then). I don’t remember what thoughts I had going into it. What I DO remember is that half of January 1, 2017 was spent on my bed, listening to an audiobook, wondering what the heck I had done in quitting my full time job to pursue video marketing. I remember being scared, I remember needing to go through the “What’s the worst that can happen?” exercise. I also remember being hopeful. We all dream of doing that one thing, of not being beholden to someone else,…

  • Business,  Life,  Meet the artist,  Philosophy,  Sample work,  Updates

    10 Legendary Lessons on Video Chronicling a Legendary Pool

        This summer has been a whopper! You all know that after having worked Pool Construction for 3 years while doing Video Marketing part time, I made the leap to video full time January 1 of this year. Somehow this summer I ended up marrying the two and have been chronicling the making of a Legendary Escape these last 4 months. (For info on what a Legendary Escape is, click here) Each day, my cameras, tripods, mics and I would commute or carpool the 1 1/2 hours to this Legendary site and capture the magic unfolding while, yes, helping out as needed. The goal was and is to make…

  • 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…

  • Life,  Philosophy

    Musings

    Our assignment in my weekly Marketing club was to read the first chapter of Mike Dooley’s “Life on Earth”. For those of you who don’t know, Mike Dooley is the master behind TUT.com and the inspirational Universe notes that we can get daily. He is New-agey, but also uber positive, and when I read his reminders or in this case his book, I feel reassured. I just read a passage where he talks of our “amnesia” in this life where we have forgotten how great we are. And we only need to “wake-up”. “Prior to time and space, you had it all, but it was boring. Then you learned how to…