Create More Than You Consume

Happy October!  (I know, October already?!?)   

This fall I find myself absorbed in a number of creative projects - from collecting selfie videos of people without shirts on for my new music video "Shirtless" (yes I want your video too!), to leading my 40 hour yoga training Yoga Masterminds, to making connections at various film festivals around the country that have screened my 2016 dance film Not Immune (the pic below is from Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs, CA).

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This recent work load has gotten me thinking about a key concept that I believe can help all of us creatives to move forwards in any project we have on our plate: we must create more than we consume.

It's obvious that if you want to lose 10 pounds, a greater input of calories vs. output of calories would prevent you from getting to your health goal. Taking this idea further, I believe that a greater input of ideas and information compared to your output also prevents you from reaching your career or personal goals.  

In other words, to ensure progress, don't just be a passive receptor of information and ideas (listening to podcasts, reading books on social phenomenon, tuning into NPR etc.).  It's only when we take those experiences and create our own concrete products and services that we become more skilled and expert at what we do.  

Progress can only happen when we create more than we consume.

I'll end with this: I'm definitely not saying that when we commit to creating that everything goes smoothly and that it all just "works out".  In fact, I actually think the inevitable twists and turns we encounter on the path help us to build the muscles and wisdom we need for the next, more complicated, and bigger adventure ahead.

So continue to create more than you consume and watch your work and life transform into all that you want it to be.

I'm here cheering you on,

PS. Here are some inspiring things a few of my friends creating these days:

Cave Day (my productive friends Jake Kahana, Jeremy Redleaf, and Molly Sonsteng)

The Joy List (the ever so joyful NYC based Jillian Richardson)

24 Violins (talented music producer Jonas Petersen)

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Not Immune - Official Music Video

The future of America will not be dictated by one person. As artists, we have the awesome responsibility to create art that reflects the hopes and values we want to see in our nation. Through our collective efforts, we will communally build the world we want to live in.

This video was created by a group of millennials of different ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual orientations: we are black, white, latino, and asian, male and female, a few of us are gay, others straight, some of us are second generation citizens with immigrant parents, some of us have family that been here for hundreds of years. Despite all these differences, we are all American; and more importantly, we are all human.

We are the new America, and through our art we will spread the ideas of radical inclusion and tolerance for all. We will not build up walls because we truly believe we are stronger together.

I hope the story in this video speaks to you, and that it brings you closer to the realization that despite all the ostensible differences, we are actually one.

Composer/Musician/Director/Producer: Andrew Abaria
Videographer: Ian Asbjørnsen
Choreographer: Jenn Rose
Dancers: Chad Allen Ortiz and Kingsley Ibeneche
Special thanks to Josh Hankey

*click on HD to watch in full quality

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Not Immune Music Video - Debuts tomorrow!

Now more than ever, through media and in our art, it is our duty as content creators to show the world the kind of America we believe in.

Tomorrow, we will debut the music video for a song I wrote called "Not Immune".

We are black, white, asian, and hispanic - each a different race, but we are all American. We are all human.

Kiss Me This Christmas - Video Preview!

Are you a good kisser???

If so, I need you for my next video project!!

I'm about to release a new Christmas single called "Kiss Me This Christmas" and the accompanying music video will be a compilation of images of people I love (if you're reading this, this means you) kissing the people and things that you all love! Here's a quick teaser for the video, so you get the idea.

If you to contribute all you have to do is Facebook message me a 5-10 second video of your best smooch! It doesn't have to be recorded on a fancy camera or anything - video recordings on your phone are perfect - just make sure you are holding the camera horizontally as you capture the video.

Feel free to kiss anyone/anything that you like - babies, significant others, pets, inanimate object, etc. The important part is that you are kissing something or someone you absolutely love!

Private message me if you have questions - would love for you all to be a part of this!