Monday Motivation

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Today you are one day closer to you goal

IF you are working towards it.

Do you have a plan for where you are going?

Do you have a plan for what you want to do?

Take 5 minutes today and think about what your plans are. If you aren’t deciding what you want in life other people will decide for you. This lack of planning will cause  you not  to be in control of your life. Go out and change the way you approach life. It’s your life. You get to decide.

Be different. Take charge and start today. I know you have what it takes. We are all given a talent. See what you can do with that talent and GO share it with the world.




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Are you and OCD multi-tasker?


I used to be and OCD multi-tasker, before I learned the simple art of following through with one task and getting it done. I found working on one task would save me valuable time, desk real estate and piece of mind.

I admit it. I used to think being a multi-tasker was the greatest skill ever. How amazing it is that I can do so many things at once. I can talk on the phone, create reports, have a sidebar conversation with whoever was in my office, check my Iphone for the latest text from a client and drink coffee. Whoo-hoo, GO ME.

Then…some of the proverbial project balls starting falling on the ground as I started multitasking.  And it was hard to pick them up with out enough coffee in my system.

So I wised up. And did a little research and decided that I need to de-stress and delegate instead of diving into the fray of too much to do and so little time and doing it all myself. And as a result, I’m a better film producer, a more creative publicist and and a more artistic stylist.

To get on with what I learned:


  1. Multi-tasking leads to stress and burnout.
  2. Multi-tasking is inefficient.
  3. Multi-tasking will increase the amount of time to finish multiple projects.
  4. I lost my workflow jumping between different types of activities.
  5. My decision making slowed down.
  6. It was easier to get distracted by unnecessary things.


But my biggest reason for quitting my OCD multi-tasking was because my quality, and creative skills increased when I focused on one item at a time. Now that doesn’t mean that I only work on one project until it is 100% done. What it means is that I schedule tasks in blocks of time and work on specific areas of the project. And as a result I have several books in the works, films in the making, photoshoots planned and everything done one at a time. And what an amazing time it is to spend “being in the moment.” But that is for another post.

Share with me what you plan to do? Are you giving up OCD multitasking?



Check out some of the great articles I read:

Why Humans Are Bad At Multitasking

Multitasking Makes You Less Efficient: Study

Don’t Multitask Your Brain Will Thank You


NOTE: For the record my desk never looked this messy, and truth be told, this isn’t even my desk, but I hope it proves the point of how great desk real estate is when you need it. Cheers for a clean desk.









You, only better in 5 years


Yes, I have been missing in action from this blog and with good reason. It’s that time for realignment and development of myself and career. This post is all about moving forward and getting in alignment with where you want to be. 

I have often heard “It isn’t where you start, it’s where you finish.” But really how do you end up where you think you want to go? Especially in an industry as tough as TV and Film? 

Take my situation for example. I started in the world of film and television and am still in television as I write this. I started not at the usual place which is film school for most but as an Actress, TV Host, Writer, turned Hair-Makeup-Special Effects Artist, turned Producer/ Publicist. (And this isn’t the end point.)

I didn’t just get here by accident. I had a plan. And it’s part of this plan that I want to share with you and help you get farther, be more creative, and to challenge yourself to go above and beyond what you ever imagined.

I have worked all over the world, and with some amazing actors and broadcasters at the top of their field. I couldn’t be more happy…but, and yes there is always a BUT. I want more. To do more, be more and achieve more without overburdening myself and stressing myself out. And what is the answer to achieving that you ask?

I’ll tell you the answer…by asking some really good questions. And not just any questions, questions that get you to think about how you want to live and experience life both personally and professionally.

Take a look at these following questions. These are what I used to help me. Keep in mind that everyone’s questions will be different, because obviously we want different things.


What do you feel your life is like right now?

What do you want your life to be like?


Where do you want to be personally in 5 years? Own a home? Finish college?

10 years? Have a family?

15 years? Move to a different city?

20 years? Taking more vacations?


And then of course ask yourself the same questions of yourself professionally:

Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years?

10 years? At the top of your industry?

15 years? In a new position in the TV/Film world?

20 years? Retired?


Think of this as the start of your road map to where you want to be. Consider this a form of exercise in personal and professional development. Starting now will help you create the life you want doing the work that you love. You don’t have to be perfect and know all the answers. What is important at this stage is to just start. Start right where you are and explore where you want to be if you don’t already know.


For those of you who already know where you want to be check to make sure that you are still in alignment with what your goals are. And if your goals have changed redevelop your plan and take action. There are some amazing works to be achieved in the world of television and film. Where will you be? You will still be you, only better.

Share your thoughts on the matter and let’s make this happen.


To your success! Cheers!



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Celebrate National Old Stuff Day and Do Something Different!


Today is National Old Stuff Day! At this point you must be thinking what is it and why do Americans need a day for everything?

National Old Stuff Day has plenty of disagreement about what the day actually means, but here are the different meanings and you can choose for yourself:

National Old Stuff Day is…

– a day to stop doing the same old stuff and do something different in life.

– a day to clear out the clutter and make way for the new.

– a day to celebrate things that are old and dear to you.

To address the issue of Americans having days for everything I would like to think that it keeps ordinary lives interesting, teaches new things in extraordinary ways, brings awareness to the mundane and is just plain entertaining.

And on that note I’m going to celebrate National Old Day by doing a few things:

1. Do something new. See a new movie, cause after all I do work in the industry.

2. Value the old. (Hmm, this one is tricky, do I visit the experienced parents? Notice I didn’t say old, I said experienced, in case any family members are reading this. Or see an old movie like Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat, because today is also Dr Seuss day!

3. And clear clutter. I have tons of things I can donate and help give those items new homes.

Sounds like a win-win!

ACTION POINT: What are you going to do today?

SUGGESTIONS: If you work in TV, Video or Film, check out the newest issues happening and how they are changing your work. Or if you work in other creative areas see what new techniques or workshops are publicized and how it will benefit your business.

I’d love to hear about your efforts and share in the process. Tweet me @suzettemariel or leave a comment.


Hollywood Post Alliance gives you what you need to be current in production and post


Do you work in production or post production? And yes this includes you media stylists, hair designers, makeup artists and actors. This post is for you. This week I had the privilege to attend the Hollywood Post Alliance in Palm Springs, Ca.

If you work in TV, film or video you know how important it is to stay current on the latest information in the industry. HPA is the platform to stay current, be a part of making change, sharing knowledge with others and more. Massive amounts of tech information flowed from various stages and breakout sessions covering archiving data, working in RAW, managing workflow, IMF, audio, file based workflow, foreign language translation and the impact on TRT, higher frame and technical aspects, asset management in production, centralized broadcasting, workflow for mixing in Dolby, color correction LUTs and more.

As a freelancer, one of the great things about conferences is learning new techniques and tips for being more efficient in your workflow, managing systems, implementation of presented ideas, clarification of processes and introduction to new products and loads more. But what does this mean for the actor or the makeup artist or the sound guy who works at the local level and is a freelancer? Well, let me tell you, the higher ups who are making the policy decisions and updates will demand change on how you do your job. You must learn how new systems and cameras, such as the release of BlackMagic Design’s new Cinema Camera will or can input or output audio, how the BMDCC will change how you style hair, how technology can make acting in a dangerous scene safer through the use of CGI and other new industry developments that arise everyday.

Everything I’ve stated seems common knowledge, but believe me, many new people in the industry and a few veterans haven’t updated their toolkits and aren’t familiar with the changing landscape of the industry. Things are ever evolving and it’s our job to change and keep up as well.

Action Point:
Now is the time to dust of the old ways, build new skills or update the old ones. Check out what conferences are happening in your industry and attend them. Be a part of what’s happening, instead of letting life happen to you. Make it a goal to attend at least one conference a year.

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas, Nevada is coming up next, will you be joining me there?

Connect with me on twitter @suzettemariel or Facebook and get the latest news on happenings in the TV, Film and Video Industry.



Happy heart day means love yourself too!


It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate love than taking care of yourself? So often as freelancers and small business owners we work more hours than we do taking care of ourselves.

So today and at least once during each month take time for yourself and discover what you can do to honor yourself . Still not convinced? Check out this collaborative blog post that I participated in with 24 other business experts discussing extreme self care and why you deserve to help yourself first.

Share with me what you do to take care of yourself first. I would love to be able to implement your ideas and learn some new techniques. After all isn’t that what  life should be about, sharing, learning and exploring?

Feel free to decide what social media site works best for you to connect with me on:

twitter @suzettemariel or Facebook

Happy Birthday Lincoln, here’s how Hollywood celebrates you…


It’s President Lincoln’s birthday here in the US of A and what better way to celebrate the man than to show some behind the scenes footage of  the movie “Lincoln”, and well if you are a shopper I guess there are sales you could go to and celebrate that way instead. But if you enjoy movies and reading, checkout these videos and articles.

If you aren’t up to speed on Lincoln the movie, here is the link to the official website: or you can view the trailer here for a quick overview

Can’t get enough of behind the scenes action? Checkout this great interview and video spotlight with Daniel Day Lewis discussing how he interpreted the role.


And because I feel the crew never gets enough spotlight here are some of the great workers behind the making of Lincoln

Composer– John Williams

Producer- Kathleen Kennedy

Visual Effects Supervisor- Ben Morris

Costume Designer- Joanna Johnston

Production Designer- Rick Carter

Editor- Michael Kahn, A.C.E.

Director of Photography- Janusz Kaminski

Executive Producer- Jonathan King

Executive Producer– Jeff Skoll

Executive Producer- Daniel Lupi

Screenplay- Tony Kusner

For full cast and crew credits here is the link to IMDB. And if you aren’t familiar with this url it is Internet Movie Database, the leading authority on all things movie, TV and celebrity information.

And for more interesting info just to stir things up a bit, checkout this article that gives you the scoop on what Hollywood got wrong about the Lincoln era.

Further more updated information there is an open letter sent about criticism of the errors. And you can read that here as well.

Happy Lincoln’s day! Hope you enjoyed the trip down Hollywood’s version of history and learned some behind the scenes info on how we get things done in the entertainment world.



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