...debuts tomorrow! Stay tuned to see 45 kissing scenes!!! :)
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.
*click on HD to watch in full quality
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!
There's a connectedness that happens when we watch people doing things they absolutely love doing. Seeing other human beings filled with joy and happiness, I think, enables us to more easily see ourselves in others. And as some of us create this positivity for our own lives, it becomes infectious - the rest of us naturally become inspired to create our own joy and happiness too.
The world could use a few more positive images these days, so I am excited to be releasing the music video for a song I wrote called "Champion". I hope this video encourages you to excitedly work on the things you need to work on, rather than focusing on the weaknesses of others. That it urges you to spend time more doing things that you love. That it inspires you to become your best self, because as you become your best self, you are giving others the permission to do the same.
So thank you to the 38 athletes, artists, and survivors featured in this video. I hope your stories transform all of us into more positive, compassionate, and connected people.
CHAMPION cast (in order of appearance):
1. Diane Padre
2. Cissoko Adams
3. Logan Blomquist
4. Jonathan Grant Jackson
5. Zorahgail Balino
6. Garrett Larson
7. Vilte Radzvilaviciute
8. Antwoine "Mr. Man" Dorm Jr. (Antwoine M Dorm)
9. Amanda Patzke
10. Yves Nicollier
11. Matt Lundin
12. Shay Murphy
13. David Nieuwenhuizen
14. Coty Blue Tatge
15. Kapos Dinamic
16. Stefan Mundy
17. Amy Irby
18. Kris Noel
19. Tim Sullivan
20. Jed David
21. Joseph Sison
22. Thanh Vo
23. Antonio J. Martinez
24. MacKenzie Kozlowski
25. Krystal Abaria
26. Alison Sunshine Chavez
27. Lawrence Wood
28. Megan Densmore
29. Adam Bobrow
30. Valley Catholic Volleyball (Tiffany Beth and Becky Kemper)
31. Maura Creighton
32. Laura Wagner
33. Gerwin de Haan
34. D'yan Tee
35. Paul Michael Gibbs
36. Maria Zavala
37. Ryan Wurz
38. Simo Partinen
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Portland was a blast! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support!! Up next - York, PA #music #musicislife #song #singer #singersongwriter #originalmusic #acoustic #acousticmusic #piano #pianist #albumrelease #pdx #pdxmusic #portlandoregon
Champion Spotlight Profile #1 - Diane Padre
I met Diane when we were students at USC. We both were involved in the Filipino Club Troy Philippines, and one of her best friends (still to this day)Amanda Arce became my ading or "little sibling" in a matchup mentor program. Amanda, Diane and I quickly bonded and have kept in touch ever since.
My first impression of Diane was that she was unwaveringly positive and a hard worker. She was constantly smiling, open to new people and new conversations. As we continued to keep in touch throughout the years, I noticed she regularly posted on social media about her involvement in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. And of course I was so honored when she submitted video for the music video for my new single - Champion.
Diane says that Jiu Jitsu grounds her. Not only have the people in her studio become like family (she been invited to many of their weddings!) but the art itself teaches you to be present - to make real time decisions based on "what is": your own body and its current capabilities, the moves/positioning of your opponent, and the exact physical and mental situation you both find yourselves in.
She also says her study of the craft has pushed her to become more present and a better decision maker on and off the mat, and it shows in all the things she does. Diane is currently in medical school - studying to become a family doctor who also specializes in sports medicine - is an avid piano player, and devotes much of her time and attention to her family. Despite being a woman of many talents, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been a huge part of her life for the last 8 years and counting.
Diane says a champion is someone who never quits, who never gives up despite the hardships. A champion works hard everyday and despite the current difficulties, looks forward to a better tomorrow.
If you'd like to submit video for #Champion, private message me and I'll send you details as to how you can contribute. And if you know of anyone who would be great for this video, please spread the word!!
I will get up, hold my head up, I won't let up
No I won't be broken, i'll keep going
Cause I know that I'm a Champion
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