“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” ― Sun Tzu

Reflections on the Journey

OK. Well as some of you might have read yesterday I woke up fresh and early on my Bday and wrote a very deep thoughtful blog. I tried to attach a picture and I lost it all. It was snatched my techno gremlins but I think it was to teach me some lesson. Basically,  It was reflective ramblings about my journey. The basic gist of the post was that I’m at peace. I don’t feel I have anything to prove to people in regards to my art. Once long ago people use to laugh when I said I wanted to be a film actor/filmmaker. This journey has taken me to remote waterfalls in the Costa Rican jungle. I’ve sipped whiskey and listened to the hauntingly beautiful call to prayer sounded as the sun fell beneath the Ooty mountains in India. I’ve felt the power of tropical storms slam the mansion of a mango estate in the Philippines. I could go on and on and so I feel blessed that I believed in myself. I pushed on when I felt like quitting.  I feel good in knowing that if I was to pass on from this life,  folks could spend a week or so exploring all the art I’ve helped to create. I’ve done what I set out to do. The fan mail from different countries telling me of their favorite film and how it touched them moves me deeply. Now I look ahead and think of the many more stories I’ve yet to tell. I’ve been visualizing on the next 8 years and what more I will look to do. It has and will continue to be an exciting journey. I implore you all to stay the course on your own journeys. The rewards of touching others with your art is beyond words.

Now that my Birthday has passed I have to say it was one of my best. I was with some good people from different stages of my life. Friends from my days as a martial arts instructor, old school friends and soccer mates. The CDI Tribe was represented of course and so overall it was just a great day. I was also so humbled by the online wishes from all of my dear friends, fans and peers. Thank you so much to all of you and I look forward to working with many of you again. To all the fans – thank you so much for your support. I’m inspired to do these films for all of you. I will continue to give you everything I have when the camera rolls.

One film update I will include is…

The premiere of a wonderful film I did in NYC called “Benjamin”.  Here is a posting I received for the 1st showing of it in NYC next week.

June 29th at the Lighthouse International Academy Theatre for the first showing of “Benjamin” by Director Jon Osman and Starring Carlucci Weyant Niki Saletta Robert Miano James Russo Richard Perry Alma Saraci Yang Miller Melissa Ferraro Richard Mazda Erol Tamerman and more Part of the 6th Annual Manhattan Film Festival. For Tickets, go to www.manhattanfilmfestival.org. More Information plus trailer to come.

Today I took the day to relax and appreciate where I’ve been and where I plan to go. I will be back at it Monday working on my long list of TO DO’s. Right now I think I need a small nap before we have an epic soccer battle against the league champs. I promise I will have many great film updates in the coming weeks.

Enjoy your Sunday.

DJ

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