Month: October 2012

You are Somebody (in your own story)

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Recently a person told me, “Nobody will ever tell you that you’re a somebody. Don’t undervalue yourself. You’re a somebody when you say you are.”

Many times we think of ourselves as ‘wannabes’ or ‘amateurs’. We’re looking for validation. Some measure of success that will proclaim to others who we are. We don’t really have the confidence to say we already are what we want to be. It’s frightening. Scary.

But is it true?

Does 100,000 Twitter followers make me successful? What about 1001 email subscribers to my blog? 999 Tumblr followers must mean I’m successful…right?

Whether you aspire to be a writer, a producer, an accountant or a business man – there a moments in life where we all share that feeling. We look at other people’s success. We compare ourselves to them and wonder, “How come I’m not there yet?”

It’s taken me a while to realise that it doesn’t take a number to define success. It  doesn’t take tons of awards or testimonials. It just takes one moment. One single moment when you make a choice. In other words, it takes a plan.

A 24/7, 365 day plan that is. It’s about dedicating yourself to what you want to achieve and just heading in that direction. It’s a start.

Just don’t stop. Keep going.

I don’t consider myself amazingly successful at the moment. I have no major Hollywood credits to my name, no book deals, no million dollar bank account and no Mercedes-Benz to back it up. However, I do feel I have one thing.

I feel I’m a somebody.

I may not have all of those things just yet (don’t get me wrong, I’m aiming for a mansion haha)…but I have little things.Little things that have changed and touched — on teeeny weeny scale — some people’s lives.

Not in a big way — but little successes. Sometimes, it’s just about starting.

Here are my starts:

I have a story that’s currently in development at a major television network. It’s a start.

I have two fully completed novels that are awaiting to be edited. It’s a start.

I have a blog that I feel connects with people on some level and is the beginning of something perhaps even greater. It’s a start.

I had an idea this morning about a young girl that changes the life of a murderous cyborg. Hey…it’s a start.

Starting is the hardest thing. Just remember you’re a somebody. And the more starts you have, the more possible endings you will create for your own story. So here’s to starts.

Why don’t you tell me yours? 🙂

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Catch up Post…with a Little Soul Searching!

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while but I’m finally back! These last few weeks have been pretty hectic, but I’ve finally managed to catch a breather heading into the final few months of the year. Someone once told me life is good when it’s busy, so I’m trying to adopt that mantra from here on out! Wish me luck!

As you’ve probably seen, I’ve also been working on a few projects that I hope to get off the ground soon, as well as, catching up on a few others that I’ve been neglecting. Buuut..in between all that work, I did something else.

Two weeks ago, I visited my old secondary school. I don’t know how that idea came about. I think I wanted to explore my past a little bit more and soul search – to get reacquainted with my past (and much more creative) self. That’s deep right?

Anyways it represents a pretty huge chunk of my life – from ages 15 – 18 (I migrated from England to Singapore…so I had to be put back a couple of years). And during that visit, I discovered a whole bunch of cool things.

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Yep that’s my name engraved in my school’s plaque for ‘Best Overall Student 2005!’

It’s pretty cool and I didn’t know it even existed until I visited. All I remember from 2005 is that I studied like a mad man for two years. I sacrificed a  lot back then, and I’m pleased that it has, in some way, paid off. I  did well in my exams that year which has eventually led me to where I am right now. I’m grateful for that and all the teachers that got me there.

Anyways, it just goes to show how somethings come full circle. You really don’t know the impact of your current actions until you step back and look at it from a distance. I know nobody has probably wondered who I am from looking at that plaque, but to me, it represents a lot of effort, people and good times. It’s those lessons I will take with me into my professional and personal life in the future.

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They also have a little picture of me after I received my Diploma. Niiiice!

I’m currently now working on an ebook/animation bible called ‘Dinosaurs…with Problems’. The major change right now is that I’ve changed the protagonist from a wild courageous boy to a neurotic girl (kinda like Nancy Drew..if she was terrified of everything and a complete control freak).

I’ve been trying to figure out the main story and how it would flow over the series. To me, weird characters just appeal to me more. They need quirks, fears and nuances. The more the better. They can’t all be good..or righteous or fearless. The best characters are always flawed and sometimes, deeply so.

For Dinosaurs…with Problems, it’s still a children’s comedy adventure aimed at ages 8-15, so I think I can have fun with it. Can’t say much else, other than it is a hybrid of Jurassic Park meets Pokemon!

Stay tuned for details on that!

In the meantime, how about you tell me about your secondary school experience! Was it a nightmare? Or the best time of your life?

Time Travelling: My O’Level Art Piece…FOUND!

Time Travelling: My O'Level Art Piece...FOUND!

I went back to my old secondary school a few days back (expect a bigger post soon!).

Decided to get back in touch with some of the teachers and just experience secondary school again. I know that’s crazy. Many people want to forget. But it seems it was a good choice. I was in for more than one surprise.

After arriving I quickly met up with my old art teacher, the always enthusiastic Mr.Goh. He showed me my O’Level art piece that I painted back in 2005 hanging at one of the school staircases! He also proclaimed to his work mates that I was “his best student!”

I haven’t seen this in 7 years! I immediately had flashbacks of all the hard work I had put into this. It was the first canvas painting I have ever done on this scale.

Inspired by Salvador Dali, I wanted to create a fantasy piece merging technology and human beings. Really I was just speaking about my feelings about it and the nature of identity. It was entitled ‘The Face Factory’. Eventually, I achieved an A for this which I am, to this day, happy about!

Disregarding the grade, painting this was one of the best times of my life.

A Dodo Bird – Let us remember them

One day I shall write an epic tale about a Dodo Bird that rises from the ashes.

By the way, I DO REQUESTS for little drawings of different animals, birds, reptiles, dinosaurs and fantastical beast alike.

If you need a hand drawn picture for a presentation or project, do let me know. Depending on the size and complexity, we can work out something that is mutually beneficial. Just contact me at kaneholder@gmail.com with the details!

*Please let me know if you’d like to use this image for anything. I would greatly appreciate it.*

‘Dinosaurs…with Problems’ Character Art: Amber the sister

Amber the sister

This is Rock’s older sister Amber. She’s slightly neurotic. ‘Slightly’ as in…a lot.

She enjoys hiding in shadowy corners, collecting Sherlock Holmes memorabilia and extreme yoga.