Look Up

In this crazy technology filled world that we live in, I think “Look Up” is some great advise for all of us. This video will hit home for just about everyone.

Acoustic Performance: Sam Hunt – Take Your Time

One of the coolest parts of my job, is I get the opportunity to shoot videos withs some of the biggest stars in the music industry. When you get in a room with an artist you see them in a different light and watch them come alive. I’ve not been anymore excite to film someone than I was a month or so ago with Sam Hunt. Sam is going to be a huge star, and this is one of the videos I got to shoot.

OkDoThis

Let me introduce you to an app that just got released in the app store, that you are going to want to checkout. Founded by photographer Jeremy Cowart, this isn’t just another photo sharing app, OKDOTHIS has a goal of eliminating creative block. DO’s as they call them, help generate creativity during the creative process. The video below explains in more detail.

Meet OKDOTHIS from OKDOTHIS on Vimeo.

$1.99 in the AppStore, and can be downloaded here.

Follow me if you download. @zackmassey

Artist To Watch: Sam Hunt

Being in the music industry, I get exposed to a lot of artists in every genre. Personally for me it’s really rare to get overly excited about one particular artist. That’s not the case with Sam Hunt. From the moment I heard one of his mix tapes, I was hooked. You are already familiar with him and don’t even know it. If you have heard Kenny Chesney’s song “Come Over”, Keith Urban’s “Cop Car”, or Billy Curringtons newest single ‘We Are Tonight” – then you have already heard Sam’s writing.

I really believe this guy is going to be a star, so get on board now.

You can download his entire mix tape for free here.

Follow him on twitter: @SamHuntMusic

2013 Word of the Year: Selfie

“Selfie – a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

The word selfie has been named the Oxford Dictionary word of the year for 2013. It had a 17,000% increase over it’s usage in 2012.

Personally, I find this to be a small snapshot as of to where our world is headed as a whole. We are engulfed in this narcissistic it’s all about me idea. Facebook, twitter, instagram, snapchat, vine, and every other social media outlet feed this beast.

While I am a huge proponent for social media and feel like that it’s uses far outweigh the negatives – I do feel like that it is really easy to get sucked into the dark side of social media. There becomes this constant need for affirmation, instant feedback, and validation. Making life all about you and consistently drawing the focus on yourself, in the end does only one thing – leaves you with yourself. If everyone wants the attention, then no one gets it.

In today’s society we have completely replaced the we, with me. There is no longer a us, it’s I. Community, real friendships, and a true support system for when “life” happens – no longer exists. People are left empty, hurting, and alone. No matter how many followers or likes you have, it will never replace a physical person in your life. Everyone is so focused on themselves that they don’t take the time to listen to others, find out what’s going on in their life, or even really get to know someone. What then happens is people turn to the only outlet where they get response and can express themselves, social media.

The road to recovery starts with being intentional about friendships and not keeping people at a social media’s distance. Reading what people are doing with their lives and feel like you understand what they are going through, is like watching a documentary and telling people you know know someone. You know details, but you don’t know the person. If we really care about people, we need to dig deeper and truly be there to support each other in this crazy world. If you seen someone is hurting through social media, reach out to them personally – that will do more for them than just liking their post.

If the word of the year for 2014 was selfless, I think we would have a much better society to live in.

Coin

Every so often there is a product announced that makes you go, wow – that’s a game changer. This week one of those products were announced. Let me introduce you to Coin. You can pre-order yours now for half price. Visit this link for all the details.

Greatness

Everyone in a leadership role, is always looking to improve. This video is one of the most practical and simplistic talks I’ve ever seen on leadership and how to achieve greatness in your leadership. The talk is given by a nuclear submarine captain, take a look.

It’s All Because of Jesus

Nothing gets me more excited than hearing stories about peoples lives that have been changed by Jesus, absolutely nothing.

This story proves that no matter where you are at in life, if you are still breathing – GOD IS NOT DONE WITH YOU!

Most people would have written Chris off, but he had 1 friend that didn’t, and it caused his life to be changed forever.