The prospect of moving? It seems it might soon be time to move from my home town of Malvern and live in a city. Recently I have been evaluating how much I earn and if it is enough to help advance where I want to go in life. I can honestly say no it’s not helping. So I have been looking for jobs in Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol.
These three cities over the same type of job that I am on now, but with huge salary increases for less work. It is a no brainer then, that I take the risk of a fresh start in a new city and apply for jobs.
The Prospect of Moving
Moving to another city is daunting, especially as I’m happy being comfortable right now. The issue is moving all of my belongings, starting a new job, and then making friends. Obviously, I have a few friends in each of these cities, but obviously, the more the better. Fortunately, I’m quite independent and if in doubt, I can always become a hermit and play video games all the time.
So what sort of jobs am I applying for? Well, I’ve applied for social media and digital marketing roles with at least a £25,000 salary. The cities mentioned above all have these roles as options.
So today I spent the day with Dean Cueson a local of Birmingham walking around town. Dean gave me a taste of some of the places I’ll be spending my time at in Birmingham. I also used this as an opportunity to purchase some more clothes.
Picture of Birmingham
Recently I’ve failed to take photographs, but I wanted to take a few. The weather wasn’t the best so I made do with what I could. Below is a selection of mediocre photos.
They say that you should never take anything for granted. This is entirely true, so you should always repay debts and be kind to others.
Help Those Who Help You
Since starting at Teme Industries I’ve pushed to involve the local scene to come support the shop. I have always done my best to help them out whenever I can. One person who has helped out an insane amount is Jack Lannie. Jack has sent customers across Worcester to our shop and repped hard since I began. This level of dedication was never asked for and has been a staple in the character that Jack has. I want to help out my friends and I do not want this hard work and friendship to go unnoticed.
So as of today, I’m excited to announce the Jack Lannie having spoken with my boss about it over the past few months is now the first rider to be repping the brand Teme BMX. He’ll be sporting the frame (only five were made in this colour), wheels, forks, and bars. I couldn’t let him have half a bike, so we hooked Jack up with fresh Odyssey and BSD parts to complete the ride.
Teme BMX is not interested in paying riders insane amounts of money. We want to help local riders and build a scene based on community, not money. Jack is a shredder who has a positive attitude to riding who travels about the UK with other riders and his other sponsor Unit3Sixty.
Today I am proud to announce a new venture that will be launching in the very near future. This website will be a combination of a past project and entirely new focus for BMX media.
What’s in the Cookie Jar?
The project will launch in August and will focus on people and their opinions and views on topics in an uncontrolled, raw, and unfiltered scenario. How they’re perceived is based on how they react. I will not allow anything or anybody to dictate their views on the subjects covered. If they feel comfortable discussing a certain subject, it is up to them to filter themselves.
Video content will be a key platform for growth with the new venture. HangupTV which has not been active for over three years has almost 700,000 views on a mere 7 videos, this to me is incredible statistics and it is something we can improve upon with the right content and people.
I have a number of people involved already who will be contributing opinion pieces and interviews.
HangupTV will be the source of video content. I will capitalise on the YouTube channels success and integrate this as a main feature of the website. Opinions will be exactly that; if someone in the BMX industry or an established pro has something to say about the state of BMX culture or economy they are welcome to submit an article or counter article to the website and if it is of a high quality we will publish it.
Interviews will be a key promotion of this website. We want Pros, those who vanished, and those who make decisions to have a voice.
I and my team aim to launch LogicBMX.com in August. We hope you will join us on this adventure.
You will see more content with people like Dean Cueson and with a lot of hard work, we will see Logic BMX become one of the pinnacle BMX media sites for those who want engaging and entertaining content.
I’ve been one of the most critical people of vlogging in the past, but in recent years I’ve come to love the medium as a form of learning and entertainment. To me, a successful vlog needs to be put together well, have character, interesting topics and content with good flow.
So why title this entry as “The Great Video Debate”? It all stems down to what I’ve said above, I’ve become a fan of vlogs, I follow many entrepreneurs, tech, and camera vlogs and they present a new unique view on life and everything around us. I’ve been debating whether to partake in vlogging during my upcoming travels. I’m not a huge fan of presenting myself on camera; as I’m not what you’d call an entertainer. I’d consider myself a voice of reason in the background, a coach, and someone who helps people understand their potential. I am usually the guy people come to for help and advice on things. That’s why recently when I became that person it was very hard for me.
This will be the route to the beginning of vlogging
What content will you produce?
If I were to take on this role, what content would I produce? Well firstly, travel and adventure is something I would love to portray. Day to day activities consist of work and some form of a social or unsociable act and when I’m at home I am waiting for the next day; this clearly wouldn’t be interesting content. Another avenue that I could essentially re-visit is BMX. I ride with a lot of characters and some great people. I’d love to document these people once again like I used too, but with a more relaxed and non-filtered vibe. I have also thought about doing little vlogs about the restaurants I visit, why? because I like to go to quirky and well-reviewed restaurants (no Nandos vlogs here).
What camera will you use?
Now the ultimate question is, how on earth am I going to shoot vlogs without owning a camera? This is the tricky part in my mind. Looking around the internet at it seems the most highly praised vlog cameras are the Sony a7s and a7r. The affordability of both of these cameras right now is a big no no. Spending over £2,000 on a camera and lens for vlogging is not going to happen. I understand I’d use it for a lot more, but it is such a large expense when I no longer earn money from filming. My obvious choice would be to utilise the camera on my iPhone 7+. I’ve filmed BMX clips with my phone and the quality has come out excellent, add that to the fact it has built in image stabilisation and 4K 30fps recording. It would be foolish to not give it a try.
Over the past few days, I have been revisiting old videos I produced for such companies as Vital BMX, Total BMX, and various others brands to showcase on this site. While viewing these videos I came across this video I produced of Jack Dumper.
Jack was the first person I filmed where I felt I had to put as much effort as I could into getting his story across. He was born with only one arm and has gone on to inspire so many people with his riding. Using his hoodie as a makeshift arm and support to balance and pull tricks is a testament to how resourceful and incredible he is. Not only is Jack one of the most talented people I’ve met, he is also one of the most humble and wisest people.
Please take 3 minutes of your time to watch this short video we produced back in 2015.
Meet Jack Dumper – A One-Armed BMX Rider on Vital BMX
After suffering fairly bad sunburn from a full day of riding the previous day, riding didn’t work out too well today. However, I did manage to snap this shot of Jack Dickinson.
After succumbing to the heat, myself and George headed into town for new shoes. I snapped this portrait of George Taylor outside Two Seasons in Worcester.
Dean Cueson is one person who helped kickstart my career in media and filming. Since then we parted ways when I quit filming and unfortunately had to sell my bike due to financial reasons.
That was until recently when Dean reminded me that he was at University in Worcester. This has allowed us to hang out more and ride together since I recently acquired a new bike.
Being such a good rider that he is, I love taking photos of his riding using my iPhone 7+
Today we visited Hereford skatepark, a park I used to visit frequently and a park that Dean has only visited a handful of times. If you do not know Dean, he likes to go fast and high. Hopefully, this photo will articulate that fact.