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Why Come to the Outer Banks?

Posted on August 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

The wonderful islands of the Outer Banks provide for some amazing vacation destinations. The many unique towns that run along these narrow strips of sand will make your vacation unforgettable. Once you cross over the bridge you’ll realize you reached paradise. From the northernmost tip which borders Virginia to the island of Ocracoke, which is accessible only by ferry, the diversity is truly breathtaking.

Many people make a must stop to see the wild mustangs of the Outer Banks. The horses are protected in sanctuaries in Corolla and Ocracoke. These mustangs believed to be brought here early along with settlers have amazingly survived the harsh conditions of the Island. The horses are believed to be direct descendents of Spanish Mustangs the first settlers brought with them.

Another must see is the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. What more can be said about the change two brothers from Ohio made on the world. This is truly something to be seen to take a minute and appreciate the accomplishment that was aided by the prevailing winds of the Outer Banks.

A local state park that you can see from the highway but you must pull in to feel the full effect is Jockey’s Ridge State Park. This state park is the largest sand dune on the east coast. The total height is always changing based on the winds. It is never the same place twice. It is one place I would recommend you visit every time you visit the Outer Banks. The view and tranquility is worth every minute you are here.

The Outer Banks besides these few vacation ideas are full of restaurants, art galleries, and many local stores that flavor the islands. You definitely want to make a trip to the Outer Banks if you never have. The abundance of things to do and places to see make for a fulfilling vacation year after year.

The Art Of Forex Portfolio – How To Create Optimum Forex Portfolios

Posted on August 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Forget about using just one automatic Forex trading system to reach your financial goals, because that’s essentially putting all your eggs into one basket and that’s a big no no when it comes to risk management in Forex. portfolios are how the top banks and hedge funds have been making billions of dollars in Forex trading profits for years, and there’s no reason why you can’t use the very same secret techniques and strategies that are all laid out in The Art Of Forex Portfolio.

The Art Of Forex Portfolio covers everything you need to know about the selection of portfolios, the testing & optimization of portfolios, and the balancing of portfolios. As experienced as I am in Forex trading systems development, I still learned many profitable techniques and strategies from it. It’s a must have resource for every serious Forex systems trader’s library, and by the end this of The Art Of Forex Portfolio review, you’ll know exactly how it can help you to design an optimum Forex portfolio.

The Art Of Forex Portfolio helps you choose the best automatic Forex trading systems for your portfolios, and to choose the best currency pairs to run them on. Selecting the right types of automatic Forex trading systems is crucial to your success, because you’ll want to have systems that complement each other. The Art Of Forex Portfolio will teach you how to identify these systems and how to minimize your risk while maximizing your profit even further based on currency pairs analysis.

Once you’ve made your portfolio selections, then you’re ready to begin a proper backtest of each one of your automatic Forex trading systems. Don’t worry if you’ve never done any backtesting before, because The Art Of Forex Portfolio runs you through the entire step by step process using the Metatrader Strategy Trader that comes together with your free Metatrader 4 software program. You’ll also learn how to analyze the results of the backtesting and make the necessary optimizations to your automatic Forex trading systems to create the best portfolios.

The final step in creating an optimum portfolio is to find the ideal balance between the risk and reward of your portfolio. This is the most important part of the puzzle that most people get wrong when putting together their portfolios, which is why The Art Of Forex Portfolio puts special emphasis on teaching this part so that it’s easy to understand and simple to apply to your portfolio. Once you’ve completed this part, then all you need to do is to set your portfolio on autopilot and you’re ready to start collecting those Forex profits like you’ve never done before!

So there you have it, the complete guide to designing your own portfolios so that you’ll never experience another huge drawdown on your capital ever again. The Art Of Forex Portfolio has all the step by step guidance you need to put your portfolios together like a pro, so that you can set things up and enjoy the benefits of consistent and reliable trading profits. That way you can rest easy at night, knowing that you have a proven system in place to achieve financial freedom and build long term wealth at your fingertips.

Funding A Film – The Art, Science and Business of Film Production

Posted on August 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

The profession of an artist is probably one of the least predictable occupations you can engage in, and success as an artist is a subject unfortunately never taught in school. School teaches you the craft, the trade, the method, the process, the result; and all at a very hefty price. But the moment will come when you will be faced with a realities that just about every artist faces: How do I fund my work? and How do I pay my bills?

Of course, for film makers, there’s film school (and the equivalent performing arts MFA equivalent for actors), but I’m sure by college graduation time (if you were lucky enough) you’ll realize that higher education is not free. You may also question whether or not the educational value matched the time and money that you put into it. It may come as no surprise to you that the prestige of film school is just a fancy facade for a place to get some contacts and an opportunity to create your first collaborative short film with like-minded artists (funded from your own pockets no less!). Okay, but then, now what?

Certainly the skill of film directing and acting doesn’t pay for itself (you’re essentially a contract employee), Craigslist is filled with so much no-budget aspiring productions attempting to solicit your so-called skills for free in exchange for a share of the profits (of course, since these postings were created by people in your same boat, they most likely have no idea how they’ll ever make money from it). And as we recently learned from our recent trip to Burbank, you could have easily qualified for a job waiting tables without an expensive degree.

Our production is currently in the later stages of its its fund-raising phase, and we’ve gathered enough momentum to see our project through, so we thought we’d take a moment to share some hard-learned lessons with actors, directors and producers out there on how to initiate success in your careers.

As you continue reading, keep several things in mind: success comes from balancing artistic aspirations with practical expectations, and growth stops at the point of resistance.

Aspire & Grow

This is probably the catalyst that propelled you to go into this field, but we mean this in the broadest sense. That is, you’ll have to grow on every front required for your success. It may mean constantly learning new ways to say a line, effectively budget your grocery money, programming your own website, intelligently reducing your tax liability, or fixing your car tire when it blows out on your way to an audition. You likely know your aspirations well, and you’ll likely know what direction you want to go in. Just be open to what you’ll have to learn along the way, and don’t hesitate to improve on something even if it may not feel directly relevant to your artistic goals.

Compromise (a.k.a. Don’t take your position for granted)

You knew you’d have to do this eventually, you just didn’t think you’d have to do it THAT much. A job is never waiting for you, it’s NOT just about the art, the production is not always the vision of one person, and exceptional talent is NOT all that there is to getting ahead. Do you hate dealing with money, the law, negotiating with insurance companies, the politics of film distribution, the politics of film unions? As an entrepreneur, you need to have the same attitude regardless of what field you’re in. And if you can’t compromise and learn what needs to be learned (and be good at it), be prepared to get a day job.

Treat Yourself (and others) Like A Business

Nothing is free. Your time and services should not be free either. And nothing erodes this more than projecting an image to others that you do not take your own work seriously. Separate your personal and business profile, create separate bank accounts. You can establish a sole-proprietorship at first, or even an LLC and a corporation depending on how you sell yourself. Create a website with samples of your work and your talent profile. When you pitch yourself, remember that you’re selling your business.

However, this does not mean you shouldn’t work for free. Spec work has its place, and experience can go a long way. When you work, try to get the most value for your time and services. But remember, treat every opportunity like a business, and be especially wary of people who are just asking for free labor (there’s a difference between working for free and working on deferral!).

Do you think that giving up your services for free now will land you big exposure, referrals and get you more work down the line? More than likely, it will not. The only thing you’re setting yourself up for is for more free work. Since you’re treating yourself and others like a business now, you’ll quickly learn that everyone knows that nothing is free, they won’t work for free themselves, yet they’ll always ask you to do it. So should you? It depends. You can usually tell if a production is serious by how they manage their business; and though it may not always mean they have millions of dollars to throw around, you can get a good sense of how much they value your services based on how they expect to compensate you for your time.

Finance and “The Deal”

It is one thing to dream, it is another thing to make it a reality. Money and power are the politics of the world, and there is no getting around this. Good intentions will motivate you to begin a film, but it will never complete it. A great idea will compel you to become a director, but it won’t keep the electricity flowing through the camera and lights. Film making, acting and film distribution is a business. One way or another, you need to view your own business in terms of investment and return.

This means planning ahead many steps to develop a clear goal, not only how money will affect your production (the equipment, the kind of actors you can hire – or should hire -, the kind of distributors you will talk to), but also how your work will be viewed, exhibited and earn that money back and more in order for you to continue pursuing your life’s passion. After all, if acting, directing and film making means everything to you, you should be doing everything in your power to keep it that way.

As an actor/director, do you know how to market yourself? As a producer, do you know how to hire and pay people? How to talk to investors? How to raise the money yourself? How to incorporate a company? Deal with lawsuits? Negotiate with vendors? Drafting a leasing agreement between yourself and the distributor? See a film from the very beginning to the very end? (and by end, we mean very very end to the moment someone hands over a $20 bill for a ticket)

Before you make any sincere attempt to convince yourself that your no-budget masterpiece will be the biggest thing next to curly fries, we strongly discourage you from thinking like this. You may not have millions to throw around, but that shouldn’t excuse you from approaching this as a professional endeavor. Approach it as you would any other business; NEVER take the lowest common denominator just because you “don’t want to deal with money and business”. You’ll get some experience from it, so it may benefit you, your cast and crew (beyond food, credit and copy if you even bothered to pay them) in that sense. But this mindset can be dangerous if you ever plan on pursuing film making seriously. Sure, your friends and family will come to see it (but then, that makes your film more like a “home movie”, doesn’t it?), but if you can’t convince a total stranger that there is something about your production that’s worth their time and money, your chances of ever seeing a return on your investment is practically non-existent. So while you COULD pay that unknown actor $100/day to star in your production, paying a name actor 10 times as much will infinitely boost your chance of getting some kind of distribution deal, even someone who is only locally well known.

Conclusion

Film making, theater, and the performing arts are very fun professions, but it is a business as well. And like any other business, and it is riddled with many of the same issues. Nine out of ten businesses will fail within five years. Of those that survive, nine out of ten will eventually fail. And if it took 100% of your effort just to get your foot in the door, it will take 200% to keep up the momentum, and 500% to maintain your success once you’ve attained it.

Aspire, but be realistic (artistically and financially) about your goals. It’s very tempting to just dismiss the business, financial and bureaucratic side of art and film making, but you have an infinitely greater chance at success adopting a practical step-by-step approach than you ever will taking a “I’m not interested in business or return on investment. It’s all about the art” attitude.

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