Behind My #MondayMotivation Series

Behind My #MondayMotivation Series

Today on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I debuted a new weekly motivational video series. This is me sharing a little bit of the pep talks I give myself in the mirror, in case they might help you too. So why am I doing it? People have been telling me for years that they are inspired by some of the things I say. I never feel like I’m saying much, but if I can make a positive impact on another person, I’m in. I also just need the practice behind my camera designing visuals. I hate the lighting in this first video. I hate the shadows. I hate the echo in the sound. But that’s why I started it. To give myself a small project to relentlessly refine like a cinematography student would in film school. This was thrown together in about four hours, and yet I learned a ton about what to do differently next time. So I hope this is as helpful for you as it is for me. Fifty-one more Mondays to...
Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

The last two years have been an amazing experiment. An amazing journey in discovering who I am and what I’m capable of, and where I want to go in the film industry. Now, it seems like plans and intentions are coming together in ways I could not have manufactured myself. When I first arrived in LA I was interested in doing anything in film, and being told I had to pick a lane, so I picked shooting. I shot red carpets, commercials, short films, brand events, behind the scenes… but I’m not confident in my skill set for major film/TV set work. I needed more freedom to focus on learning. I moved to a cheaper place in January and again in April, so I could afford to do more free work and build up my experience. I did more projects and started volunteering with the mobile film classroom. I even went to Trinidad to see family and work on a documentary about my family heritage. Going to Trinidad was everything to me. But then I had to move again, and I knew rent wouldn’t be cheap anymore. Full time work went from an option to a necessity. I knew I could bring in full time income as an editor, but I knew once I branded myself as an editor out here it would be a pain to dig my way back out to shoot again. The other option was to do something completely outside of the industry and focus my off hours on studying cinematography. Then I could build my portfolio and jump when I was ready. Then came...
Life Approximate

Life Approximate

This update is way past overdue, but it’s been really hard to find the energy to work on this. Every time I tell myself I’m going to do this update, the other side of my mind quietly finds something else to do.

How I Ended Up on BuzzFeed

How I Ended Up on BuzzFeed

I got to make an appearance on some BuzzFeed videos. A lot of people have been asking me how that happened so here’s the rundown. If you haven’t seen them yet they’re at the bottom of this post.

My First Two Months in LA

My First Two Months in LA

My first reaction to my first thirty days in LA, was how much I missed driving cross country. Even when I was crossing the flattest, most mundane landscapes, I knew I was getting somewhere. I kept seeing signs that told me I was getting closer to my next destination. Here in LA? On a day to day basis, I have no real idea if any of my efforts are getting me where I want to go. The only thing I’m sharply aware of is how quickly my money is going out the window, and how little is coming in. I spent a lot of my time just meeting up with people and applying for jobs. Tried to do the roommate thing with two different sets of people… neither worked out. I dumped all my stuff into a studio in North Hollywood, left enough room to lay down my mattress, and went back to my laptop. I got a response to my application for a couple gigs, but neither panned out. After about two weeks of scurrying for work I took some time off the hustle and went to the beach in Santa Monica. It was amazing to see the Pacific for the first time, especially since that meant I had just finished traveling coast to coast. It was a good break from the hustle of finding a place, unpacking and looking for work. And it also ended up being my break before things started to pick up. Over the next two weeks, I was driving all over town. I got my new driver’s license, registration, car insurance. I was...
Moving to LA: Driving Cross Country

Moving to LA: Driving Cross Country

So, first question: did I drive to California? Yes, I did! I drove because everyone in LA told me I need my car. I didn’t want to pay to ship it, and my siblings are telling me you don’t want to drag your car behind a U-Haul truck. I’ve seen before what it costs to rent a truck big enough to hold my car and all my stuff… not gonna happen. Also, I didn’t want to play that game of putting my car on a train and trying to see if I could meet the train after I got off the plane…. It’s a small thing but it’s still a thing, right? And so I drove cross country! They say it usually takes people three or four days to make the trip. I did it in five or six days instead. I drove for two days, then took a day off in Austin by my sister Debbie and my brother-in-law Greg. Then I drove for two and a half more days to reach Los Angeles. My first day was from Maryland of course, to Nashville, Tennesse. Then from Nashville I pushed through a long twelve hours to Austin. After my day off I took a short five hour drive to Fort Stockton, Texas. Then I drove to El Paso, a town right on the border with Mexico! I’ve never been to Mexico (or don’t remember) so it was cool to see it from the highway. I stopped in Phoenix for the night and then finally I drove from Phoenix to Los Angeles. I drove into Los Angeles in the...
Moving to LA: Part 2

Moving to LA: Part 2

Hey everyone! I’m in LA and I’m alive! Thank you for all the well wishes and all the time so many of you have shared with me over the last few weeks. I’m super thankful for all the love and support people have been pouring on me. I want to answer some of the questions that I’ve been asked since I announced my move, so this vlog is more of a preview to those upcoming entries. Also, from now on you can find a soundcloud audio version of each post on my website, along with a text version if you prefer to read. If you’re the podcast type, my blogcast (see what I did there?) is also on iTunes under Anton Vidale, so you can get easy updates when you’re on the go. And please, let me know if all that is helpful. Speaking of easy updates, subscribe to my monthly email newsletter at antonvidale.com/newsletter to get a digest of all the major updates on my adventures right in your inbox. That’s it for now! I love you guys and can’t wait to share with you what I’m experiencing out here in...