Just Do It

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So many times in my life I’ve listened to the voice inside my head that stops me from living life to it’s full potential. We all know this dude, he’s called self-doubt.

This year I’ve been making a huge effort to not let him take control and instead throw myself into the deep end. I find he comes in many forms, it can be little things like not wanting to join a sports club because you’re afraid you’ll make a fool of yourself or not starting a passion project because you’re worried no one will like it. Guess what? That voice. He’s right. There will always be opportunities to make a fool of yourself and there will always be people who don’t like your work. However, what he doesn’t tell you is how rewarding following through with goals and dreams can be – small or big. He doesn’t tell you that you’ll learn huge amounts and meet amazing people along the way. He doesn’t tell you how incredible life can be when you face your fears and just do it! At the end of the day you’ve got more to lose by listening to that voice than you do pursuing your goals with all the energy you can muster! As soon as you stop worrying about what others are thinking and focus on who you really are; your confidence will grow and that voice inside your head telling you ‘no’, will go away.

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With so many film projects I’ve thought next month I’ll do it – I’ll make it happen. The month would come and something would get in the way and the vicious cycle would continue. I’d lose confidence in myself and start to believe that horrible voice in my head. He’d become stronger and drown out my ambition.

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It wasn’t until recently that I realised that if you wait for the perfect time to do something, you’re going to be waiting your whole life. There will always be obstacles that get in your way. The only person who’s going to jump over those obstacles and make it happen is you! You’re the master of your ship, you’re the commander of your own destiny. Not your friends, not your mum, but you!

To make it happen you might have to work longer hours or sacrifice a night out. But who said anything worth fighting for was easy? If it was, we’d all be doing it!

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I challenge you this month to think about something you’ve put off for too long and go out and do it as though your life depends on it! There will always be a million reasons why you should wait until next month. Just don’t forget how precious life is and that there’s no better time than the present to just do it!

What’s a goal that you’ve put off for too long? How are you going to make it happen? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Photo Credits: Olav Solberg, Emmi Eckmiller, Emily Martin and Karl Drury.

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50 Kisses – Premiere

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Happy Valentine’s Day World!

Our short film ‘Colton’s Big Night’ was selected to be part of the collaborative feature film  ’50 Kisses‘ and last night we saw the finished film on the big screen at the world premiere! It was an amazing night and very rewarding to see all the filmmakers hardwork come together. I’m so proud of what we achieved and I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who made it possible. Here’s a few a snaps from the night:

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It’s  been amazing to be a part of ’50 Kisses’ as it’s such an ambitious project! With the development in modern technology it’s now possible to collaborate and share your ideas and projects with people from around the globe. As a filmmaker and movie lover this is exciting because it means anyone who has access to a camera and a computer can create their story and share it with an audience. 50 Kisses is a great example of like-minded people from around the world coming together to make something extraordinary and I’m truly grateful to be a part of it.

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A shot from ‘Colton’s Big Night’

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Team Colton!

Here’s a behind the scenes look into the making of Colton’s Big Night:

Shot & Edited by Kieran Chauhan

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Everyday Miracles

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Over the last few days I’ve been all over London filming sunrises, sunsets and other interesting cutaway shots for the feature film ‘Nothing Like This’. It’s been really fun seeing London with fresh eyes and going to places that I wouldn’t usually explore. It was like being a tourist all over again and it got me thinking how exciting life can be if you have a child like wonder for the small things in life. Whether that’s a stranger smiling at you on the bus or seeing a beautiful sunrise light up the sky. We can often get so caught up in our everyday struggles that we forget to take a breathe and marvel in the daily miracles that are happening all around us.

I challenge you one day this week when you’re stressing about the amount of work you have to do to take a moment and think about all the things you are grateful for. I’d love to hear what some of your everyday miracles are – feel free to post them in the comment bar below.

Here are a few iPhone photos from my adventures around London over the last few days:

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