Posted at: 12:31 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Marc Mauro
*** NEW RULE CHANGE! ANYONE CAN NOW ENTER THE CONTEST! ***
So first off this should have been posted a little earlier than I wanted.. but.. life is life.. and.. that is just the way life works out sometimes.. so.. MARC MADNESS 2012 starts today! ENTER NOW!!!
OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT RULES POSTED BELOW!!!
MARC MADNESS 2012
Here are the OFFICIAL 2012 MARC MADNESS RULES:
1. 64 People will enter in a head to head bracket style tournament. There will be 6 rounds. Each round will start at 12am on the dates below.
2. Rounds will coincide along with the Dates of the March Madness tournament the dates for the following rounds are as follows:
(ALL TIMES ARE EST)
ROUND 1 (64) starts on March 13th at 12am to March 16th 11pm
ROUND 2 (32) starts on March 17th at 12am to March 18th 11pm
ROUND 3 (SWEET 16) starts on March 22nd at 12am to March 23rd 11pm
ROUND 4 (ELITE 8 ) starts on March 24th at 12am to March 25th 11pm
ROUND 5 (FINAL 4) starts on March 31st at 12am to April 1st 11pm
ROUND 6 (CHAMPIONSHIP) starts on April 2nd from 12am to 11pm
4. CONTEST will be hosted on www.Facebook.com/MarcMauroWorldWide. Photos will go Head 2 Head according to how brackets are set up. Each Person will compete against 1 other person in each round. Pts. will be based on likes and shares. 1 POINT = LIKE. 2 POINTS = SHARE. At the end of the round I will add up the likes and shares. Who ever has more, will win that round and move to the next one. To win the entire tournament you will have to win 6 Rounds.
IMPORTANT NEW RULE CHANGE!!
3. TO ENTER. Email MarcMauro@Questionmarc.com with your contact information, the full name of the person that will enter. A photo of the person, couple, pet, vehicle, etc. who/whatever will be competing, and a short description of why. ANYONE.. I REPEAT.. You guys asked me for you.. you guys got it.. ANYONE CAN ENTER! Full time model.. aspiring model.. anyone who has been shot before.. can NOW ENTER.
4. This Sunday March 11th, I will hold a random drawing for everyone who entered, I will post a video showing the me pull the 64 Entries that will compete in the tournament. On Monday March 12th I will post the brackets on here and facebook. on Tuesday March 13th the tournament will begin!
5. The Tournament will continue until there is 1 Winner. The Official contest winner will win a 4 Hour Shoot with me as well as a 2/3 Min EPK Electronic Video Press kit. ANYONE CAN ENTER!!! So if you are a Model who has never been photographed professionally, An Artist who has never had the budget for a shoot or an EPK, If you know someone getting married who can’t afford a wedding photographer, have a child you would like to have photographed, a car, a bike, a business, corporate photos, a pet, WHATEVER YOU CAN THINK OF, YOU CAN ENTER!!!
6. IMPORTANT. IF ANYONE REPORTS A PHOTO IN ORDER FOR THE OTHER PERSON TO LOSE THEIR LIKES AND SHARES. I WILL SHUT DOWN THE ENTIRE CONTEST. This contest is based on the HONOR SYSTEM.. by doing something foolish, you can jeopardize the entire tournament and a shoot for someone.. so THINK about what you are doing!! There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON why anyone should be reported! PLAY FAIR! WORK HARD! WIN!!!
GOOD LUCK! SEE YOU GUYS THIS SUNDAY WITH THE ENTRIES!!!
Posted at: 3:48 AM on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by Marc Mauro
So here it is.. what you all been waiting for.. MANIPULATION MONDAYS!!!!! YES!!! So.. I am working on a format as we speak to bring you the very first manipulation.. not exactly sure how I am going to do it just yet? Might be a quick written out blog with step by step photos.. or.. i might go get crazy and attempt to make an interesting video with me.. your’s truly voicing it over.. either way.. only time will tell! SO.. as always.. please be patient!
The FIRST tutorial stars NIKI GONZALEZ.. and.. her love of the GIANTS.. since the GIANTS just won and the parade and all took place.. etc.. i figured it might be a good theme to start this whole MANIPULATION MONDAYS off with.. so.. hey.. here we go! if you can’t read the promo.. just click on it.. it will get bigger for you.. and as always.. just want to thank you very much for supporting what I do and hope you enjoy it.. and don’t forget to follow along and subscribe and do whatever else you need to do to keep up with all the updates and whatever else is going on around here at the studio.. PEACE!
Posted at: 11:04 AM on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 by Marc Mauro
time.. is.. running.. out.
As much as I’d like to believe that I am someone who leaves a mark in this world that lasts, time has taught me differently. I think we all would like to believe that we are someone a little bit larger than who we really are, and hey, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that! There’s nothing wrong with a little self confidence in who you are, in who you perceive yourself to be. If there is anyone who believes in the statement.. what you believe.. what you perceive.. you will achieve.. it’s me. I happen to be very fond of and think very highly of my art/work at times, but the harsh reality of life is, time will leave you behind and keep you forgotten unless you consistently keep knocking on eternity’s door until it lets you in!
I think everyone who has been in the public eye from time to time can tell you that, it’s not easy keeping up the intensity and the intestinal fortitude that it takes to remain there. That’s right, you read correctly, I did use the saying, intestinal fortitude. It can be stressful at times to set a bar of success for yourself so high and remain there. Some, accomplish it by mistake, others, plan for it, either way, when success hits, it is quite a shock to the system. Sometimes it is a little hard to handle or put it into focus when it happens. Most can’t. For whatever their reasons are, fear, stress, take it for granted, don’t think they are good enough, don’t think they deserve it, etc. Whatever the case may be, when you have it, and you lose it, you sort of look back in time and realize that, time didn’t care about you at all. It never did. I believe the famous saying goes, time waits for no one.
This is for anyone with a dream, or a purpose, or a goal in life. Every minute that ticks away, is a lost minute that you were not out trying to accomplish it. Every minute that you lose to a nightclub, drinking, drugs, senseless crap that you find entertaining at the moment, is a lost minute that you will NEVER get back. When we lose focus of what we want, when we don’t set goals, we get distracted. It is human nature to allow ourselves to be distracted by the most intriguing things too. Things that I like to call the video games of life. See whenever I get stressed about something, or work to long on a project, or I just can’t see my vision of something clearly, I will take a break. Take a walk to the park, do something mindless, sometimes I’ll even play a video game. You see video games I feel are an escape from real life. Mentally, you have to concentrate on a game so hard that you forget about everything else that is going on in life. It technically in a sense can be a drug. Isn’t anything that makes you feel good and forget about your problems such a thing? Why do we put obstacles in our way? Why do we make life harder?
time.. waits.. for.. no.. one.
I think most people can tend to be procrastinators. I think we will procrastinate about something until the very last minute. Most of us anyways, I know I am. I don’t actually take anything too seriously until my back is up against the wall. It takes a special type of person to remain focused on success 24/7. Even I slip from time to time no matter how focused I am. I slipped for a very big moment in my life. Looking back, when I was at what I felt to be a very large peak, I started to entertain myself with reasons and people who I’d call pet projects. I don’t know why I decided to help; maybe I just like to help people along the way? Give people an extra kick in the ass so to speak. But the more I tried, the more I became distracted, I became, intrigued. I mean isn’t that what a video game does? Doesn’t it distract you because you become so involved in trying to figure out how it works, what you need to do to get to the end? It basically becomes a challenge. So instead of worrying about things I should have been worrying about, for some reason I placed all these other reasons in front of me that basically, weren’t my fuckin problem.
Distractions are a killer in this life. We use them to distract us from the hard work that needs to be done in order to accomplish what we wish to accomplish. I don’t even think we realize that we do it. Well.. here’s the good news.. as long as you are ALIVE, it is never too late to stop. Here’s the bad news. Time doesn’t care about you. You will be replaced in minds and memories as fast as you were able to put yourself there. Which only means 1 thing; you cannot ALLOW yourself to be distracted. Not for one minute. Not one second in life. Not when you have a goal or a plan to accomplish a dream. Sometimes I think people even might confuse themselves to what that dream might be. A dream can be anything, not everyone dreams the same thing, some dream about love and a family, others a success at a position in a certain job, being an athlete, an artist, an actor, a singer, a model, so forth and so on.. hey if your dream is to be a potato farmer.. shit.. God bless you.. may you plant the finest potatoes in Idaho. Bottom line is.. it’s none of my business, but somewhere deep down inside you, everyone wants something out of life. My point is, everyone’s dreams are different, no one better than the next. The only thing that matters is whether or not you consistently stay focused on what you want out of life.
Life doesn’t wait for you, time doesn’t wait for you. Neither life nor time will sit around and wait for someone to.. figure it out. This means you are constantly in a race against time every single minute of the day. That client that is driving you nuts, he isn’t the enemy, time is, get rid of em. That significant other that cheated on you or that you think you can change, the one destroying your year, that person isn’t the enemy, time is, get rid of em. That job you really wanted, that you didn’t get, or that screwed you that you are bitter about isn’t the enemy, time is, forget about it and move on. Sometimes we get so caught up in the less important dramas of life, that we forget the clock is ticking. And it is so easy to get caught up in all of it too. From the video games of life to the events that happen that we are not prepared for, to the ones that happen that we expect, ALL OF IT, doesn’t matter. Not when it comes to your life.
Don’t be that person looking back wondering if you would of.. could of.. should of. Don’t be that person that sits around being upset at themselves because of all that time you wasted on a number of insurmountable reasons in life that you couldn’t do anything about. Because guess what, looking back and dwelling, is only a video game of life too. Haters are not holding you back, there isn’t an “invisible force” out to get you, the ONLY person to BLAME is yourself. As life moves on, the harder it becomes, the older you get, the more things start add up, that’s life. But you have one small thing to realize, that NONE of it matters the second you recognize that you get ALL of your time back the instant you begin to FOCUS on what you need to do in order to accomplish your goals. If you want it bad enough, you will find a way. Nobody realizes how much time they waste on the most ridiculous things until their back is up against a wall. It is human nature to get comfortable, to become, complacent in life, to accept things the way they are, and then look back and say, damn. If only I would have zigged, instead of zagged.
Life will forget about you in a flash, the minute you take your foot off that pedal. Don’t take your foot off the pedal, for anything or anyone, that doesn’t help fill up your gas tank. But don’t forget to check that you are not driving around in circles either. Time will turn your ass to dust and make you a relic faster than you can blink, and you will be forgotten, unless you make it your sole purpose NOT TO BE. IF, that is your thing? If you are just trying to make it through, then hey.. keep doing what you are doing. But it’s not mine, and the people I wish to associate with, need to know, that I don’t associate with anyone who isn’t looking to go down in history. Because history, is the ONLY place where you WILL be remembered.
“..That’s why no one will remember your name..” – Achilles
~ a personal note..I just want to say a personal thank you to everyone who shows continual support and love! I count on you guys every morning when I wake up to help spread my work/art/thoughts across this wonderful information highway, and in return for it, I will ALWAYS attempt to give something back. I might not hit the mark every time for every person, but the intentions to INSPIRE in some way.. shape.. or form.. are always at the core intentions of my thoughts. Sometimes it’s hard for me to share some thoughts I might have, but non the less, I put it out there with hopes that someone might gain something from it. So, I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you, and if there is a photo you gasped at, something I wrote that meant something to you, or whatever the reason.. it means a lot to me when you share it around.. because honestly.. I depend on you guys to help me spread my thoughts.. my work.. my art.. Thank you again. Marc
Posted at: 3:56 AM on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Marc Mauro
CASTING CALL FOR TUESDAY JANUARY 18, 2011
FOR MARC MAURO, TWELVE TEN MAGAZINE, OVERDRIVE PRODUCTIONS
DATE: Tuesday, January 18th 2011
MODELS NEEDED: 3 FEMALE MODELS NEEDED. Ages 18+Experience a PLUS but not required.
TYPE OF MODEL: Need Female with possible referee shirt. Looking for Club/GoGo Type Models. Clothing is club/dance/GoGo outfits. Sexy. Skimpy. Hair and MUA provided.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Photo shoot for Twelve Ten Magazine COVER/FEATURE Article. DJ SKRIBBLE and DJ. SL. Brother Vs. Brother. Models will be needed to pose with DJ’S for article layout and possible cover appearance. Live FILMING of shoot will be taking place, behind the scenes footage and tutorial for www.MarcMauro.com will also be filmed.
COMPENSATION: TEAR SHEETS/POSSIBLE COVER APPEARANCE. EXPOSURE. TEARS and PHOTOS will be released after magazine is published and is on stands for FEBRUARY.
Posted at: 2:10 AM on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 by Marc Mauro
I have been terribly busy.. with the construction on the studio.. V.2 is about to happen.. lol.. So.. I am a little bit excited/exhausted. But yes.. the project is coming to an end.. which I am very excited! I will have a pretty climate controlled space to be working in. Which I will be sharing room while I run my other company out of the other half.. lol.. Gotta make it work! Much like Cassidy says.. “You might be the Hustla.. But I’m about to show you how to hustle man!” So.. here it is.. every ounce I have left to make the final run.. the word “fail” does not exist in my vocabulary no longer.
That all being said.. I ask you all very kindly that you hang in there just a few more weeks.. and I will be back to focusing on the site and my regularly programmed nonsense.. lol. Until then.. thank you.. and I know your watching.. nibbling on your nails.. pondering what is coming?? 100’s of you? 1000’s of you maybe? lol.. I know a few names that are probably watching this intensely.. lol.. you know who you are Anyways.. yes.. there is no lose.. so .. just hang in there for a little bit.. because I give you my word I am gearing up for a damn good time!
Till then.. god bless.. good night.. sweet dreams. Marc
So.. we are about 4 blogs into the creation of www.MarcMauro.com.. and I must say.. I am quite excited about this site! I feel good! I feel REAL good! I have sent it to a few of my friends for some opinions.. some have read.. some haven’t. The ones who have.. Thank you. The ones who haven’t.. better be careful.. if you don’t start reading soon.. you might get a text with MY BALLS!
Ok.. ok.. so by now.. you are probably wondering.. what in the word does this mean?? Well.. It’s simple.. one day my friend G www.facebook.com/georgenewyork and I were talking.. and I said to him.. ever deal with people who are just full of sh*t?? I mean.. the ones who think they are actually fooling you into thinking they are serious about something?? or the ones that are SO FULL of sh*t that they even believe themselves?? or what about the ones that stress you out?? or how about the ones that take themselves so serious that they just don’t know how to laugh?? or how about the ones that just like to complain all the time about something for the sake of complaining?? Come on?? No?? EVERYONE knows someone.. that much I can promise.. I happen to know a bunch of them! If by some strange reason you don’t know one.. well.. that means one of two things.. either.. you ARE one of them.. or.. you can’t spot them. If you are the latter.. give me a shout.. I can easily put you in touch with a few! For some reason, I am a magnet for them! These are the people who every time you come into contact with them..they just talk.. talk.. complain.. talk.. bitch.. talk.. complain.. about what.. I have NO IDEA.. because nothing EVER gets accomplished during these conversations.. it’s just a complete transfer of stress from their life to yours.. these people just LOVE to waste your time.. I don’t know why?.. they just basically have NOTHING better to do? They just love to call you up and stress you out for no good reason other than making themselves feel better. It can be anyone.. a friend.. a client.. a coworker.. a business contact.. ANYONE.
Well.. nowadays.. nobody calls anymore anyways.. people only text.. which.. I’m not really complaining about.. I mean.. some people I just DON’T want to talk to.. so if a 5 second text saves me a 45min phonecall.. wonderful!! But that’s enough for now.. let’s get back on track.. SO.. I was asking G.. one day.. how do you handle these types of people?? AND.. 1 minute later.. I got a text message.. OF.. Drummmm Rolllll Pleaseee… a picture of his BALLS! Hmmmmm. Silence…….. G then told me.. Send em’ THA NUTZ! At first I was like.. G.. come on.. seriously.. how do you handle these people? And he repeated.. Send em’ THA NUTZ!
NOW.. let’s backtrack a bit for a second. <<<REWIND<<< Being VERY excited about this new blog.. I started to share it with a lot of my friends! And like I said.. some read.. some didn’t.. some had opinions.. some won’t say nothing at all.. maybe they are afraid I will start blogging about them or sending them balls?? Who knows? However a few people have said to me.. that they see sort of a repetition thing going on?? They are saying where are these tutorials? They told me I sound a like I’m tainted or stained and that that I should stick to the tutorials.. and that I am showing weakness and bitterness.. and.. It made me think a little bit. After thinking.. you know what.. THEY’RE RIGHT! I am tainted just a little bit.. I AM BITTER! I’m tainted from people who love to WASTE my time. Why is it that people feel the need to waste other people’s time? In this world.. they’re two types of people.. either you DO.. or you DON’T.. either you ARE or you AREN’T… either you are a mexiCAN or you are a mexiCAN’T.. (ok.. Johnny Depp said this line in Desperado 3) and I mean.. really.. how many times can you possibly use this line in life without getting yourself killed or called a racist.. so.. I NEVER get to use it.. but I like it.. so.. I’m using it now!
So..NOW.. I ask you.. which one are you? If you know me.. and you already got THE BALLS.. then I KNOW which one you are already.. if you haven’t.. then you are good!
If you are one of these people that.. DO.. ARE.. and CAN.. than.. I’m with you! Call me.. let’s do some business. Some lunch. Some shopping. Some drinking. I LOVE these people.. why? Because they MAKE THINGS HAPPEN! THEY GET THE JOB DONE! NO TALK.. ALL ACTION. The others.. the.. DON’T.. AREN’T.. and CAN’T.. well they are the ones always calling about a problem or an issue of some sort. They like to stress you out. They like to come up with all these excuses why they CAN’T get the job done.. why they AREN’T going to be there.. why the DON’T think they can do it.. and personally.. I DON’T CARE WHY!!! And this is just not about business either.. this is about LIFE. There is one thing on this earth that no matter how much money you have.. you can’t buy it.. you can’t purchase it.. you can’t find it.. you can’t bid on it on ebay.. and you can’t search for it on craig’s list. Can you figure it out?? IT’S TIME! And that’s why they say.. time is $$. And I don’t know about you.. but my time.. is precious.. I don’t have too much of it.. and I like to spend it on things that make me happy and smile. So.. I ask you.. what is your time worth?? If you are one of those people who feel your time is that damn valuable.. then.. NOW.. let me introduce you to.. the POWER OF THE BALLS!
>>>FAST FORWARD>>> Back to G.. the NUTZ and the text message. G said.. Send em’ THA NUTZ.. So.. I thought about it for a while… and thought about it some more… and the more I thought about it.. the more I liked the idea. NOPE! I LOVED IT! IT WAS GENIUS!! I was NOW excited to try it!! NO!! I was actually looking for people who I know are FULL OF SHIT and waste my time.. to appear.. I was bubbling with anticipation of seeing the reaction of sending someone a text message with MY BALLS! And so.. let the games begin!!! Now for the sake of not hurting feelings.. I am not going to name names here.. but.. I started watching.. waiting.. hoping.. for someone to appear.. and what happens.. I got quite a few text messages over the last few weeks from people that just.. well.. ARE FULL OF $HIT.. and have wasted nothing but MY PRECIOUS TIME! And so.. the POWER OF THE BALLS.. began!! I rapidly started reading these peoples text’s and found myself stressed out immediately.. from a text?? Really?? NO! from seeing their name on my phone.. from feeling tainted for some reason from knowing them.. from the association of stress.. why?? I don’t know?? Maybe it was a business deal gone bad?? Maybe it was one of my clients who I feel always take advantage?? Complains?? Someone who doesn’t appreciate my worth or work?? A personal relationship that I feel brings too much stress into my life?? An old friend that I just don’t think was ever that much of a “friend”?? I mean this really could stand for anyone.. I didn’t think about if I liked the person or not.. or if I thought the person was a good person or not.. I purely judged it on whether or not them being in my life caused me stress or anxiety in any way shape or form.. everyone knows what I’m talking about.. it’s that text message that shows up on your phone.. the one when you see it.. you just don’t want to deal with it? Or it really gets you upset? Or you see their name and you just don’t want to bother? WELL I FINALLY HAVE YOUR ANSWER.. THANKS TO G.. HA! I SEND EM THA BALLS!!! and guess what?? It works!!!
It’s amazing!! I started frantically sending my balls to everyone who drives me crazy.. and.. who would have thought?? IT ACTUALLY WORKS!! It’s a complete conversation stopper. You know who else did this.. my brother.. and when he told me that he was doing this.. I didn’t know what to think?? I am VERY sorry that I didn’t take him serious when he told me this from the beginning.. but who knew??.. I mean the first time you hear something like this.. what would you think? Anyways.. he was RIGHT!! He was right all along!! These people.. who are out there sending their balls everyday.. THEY ARE LIVING!! They are saving their time.. they are saving themselves stress.. it’s amazing.. I got two reactions.. either total silence.. OR.. I could say whatever I wanted with them not saying a word in return. I LEARNED AND MASTERED THE POWER OF SENDING THE BALLS!.. I mean.. what do you say to that? How do you answer? Just imagine you are ranting and raving aimlessly about some nonsense and the next thing you know you find yourself waiting for an answer and instead you are staring at a picture of NUTS! Ha! Genius! It works.. it shuts them up. There is NO answer!! It saves you time.. energy.. stress.. AND YOU GET A LAUGH. WAKEUP!!! It means NOTHING to them.. and EVERYTHING to you. They don’t care if they are wasting your time.. what do they care?? They don’t value their own time.. so why do they care about yours?? Feel me?? Do they ever ask if you are busy?? Working?? In the middle of something?? NO! they just start interrupting and they don’t stop till they are done saying whatever it is at that moment that they feel the need to say.. do they ever start off with.. “Hey! do you have a minute to talk?”..NEVER! They just get this thought in their head and then.. boom.. they just start contacting you.
So now.. I have taken the time.. to collect a bunch of photos above for all of you to download and send to your phones if you feel weird about taking a picture of your own balls and sending them.. I believe EVERYONE should have a set of balls on their phone ready to go! I think these phone makers should start issuing pictures of balls on the phone when manufactured. And if that person who annoys you.. stresses you out.. if a conversation gets out of control.. if someone you don’t want to work with wont leave you alone.. if you hear from someone you don’t want to bother with.. if you see a name pop up and you just laugh to yourself and think.. go away.. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and.. just kindly respond.. with a picture of.. YOUR BALLS! And POOF.. it’s like *magic*.. they just disappear. OR.. you have the choice to then say something that leaves an impact because they are just staring at their phone trying to figure out how to answer you.. WHICH LEAVES THEM RECEPTIVE TO TAKING INFORMATION IN.. because at that moment they are stumped! What does this mean? Why did he send me his balls? Does he want to have sex? Is he being perverted? Are those really his balls? Are they really that big? Is that a birthmark? Did he want to just show me his scrotum for some odd reason? Am I the right person he sent this too? I don’t know what to say? I feel so strange.. violated.. excited.. EXACTLY!!! IT’S A SHOWSTOPPAAA!!! And it allows you to save yourself time.. energy.. headache.. and take control of the conversation in a polite and kind manner in order to let them know.. I don’t feel like talking to you today.. I will give you a call.. when I am ready. Thank you very much.. GOOD LUCK! GOD BLESS! So forth and so on.. AND.. you do it in a nice and gentle manner without confrontation… simply put.. IT WORKS!
And so.. I would like to kindly thank my friend George for turning me on to this little trick that I would now love to share with all of you! Because that’s what I do.. I share. Ok I know I know.. what about the photography stuff and the tricks and tips.. yea yeaaa it’s coming.. but in the meantime.. a guy needs to rant a rave a little too.. you know?? So how about you get to know me and my balls a little??.. laugh a bit.. and just calm down and relax.. otherwise.. you never know.. the next time you contact me.. you might get sent a picture of…
**Legal Disclosure** USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! I, Marc Mauro, am not responsible for any legal action that is taken against you in any way shape or form if you so happen to decide to take part in this tactic.. and send someone THE BALLS! Also.. I don’t know if it works for women in the same way as it does for men.. I guess I will have to do some research about that.. or a female can kindly shoot me an email and let me know in their opinion what works for them.. and I wil be happy to post a follow up blog for what works for women. Thank you. The Legal firm of Lebowitz Lemkin & Lopez(Now if anyone can tell me what that line is from.. I’d be impressed!)
Posted at: 3:04 AM on Friday, June 11, 2010 by Marc Mauro
Hustle & Flow
Lemme holla at you for a second mang! I guess my feeling on this post is.. I can sit around and try to write about some cool new movie that is opening this summer.. OR.. I can actually write about something that has a lot more meaning to me, and it can be worth SO MUCH MORE to someone who is spending their time hanging out on the site.. so.. why not make it worth your while.. HUSTLE & FLOW.
Hustle & Flow came out about 5 years ago. I haven’t seen this movie in a bit.. but every now and then I come across it on my shelf.. it always seems to come into my life JUST at the right moment. I guess where do I start?? I mean there is just a lot of great lessons to learn from this movie.. first off.. kudos to John Singleton and Terrance Howard! What a great collaboration. I mean.. the entire CAST.. WOW.. great performances by Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji P. Henson, DJ Qualls, and Ludacris. LUDA! They ALL did such a fantastic job.. however the one thing I do love about the film is it’s chemistry.. the characters.. the interactions.. the stories.. they were just REAL.. and I am all about REAL. I felt like I was there too! and to me.. when I watch a film.. that is VERY important. If I don’t believe the characters and the story.. their struggle.. their pain.. their journey.. their destination.. then I just don’t buy into a film.. and well after I don’t buy into it.. I pretty much pop the DVD out and put on the next brain dead action movie with bullets and testosterone flying and then continue to do my hustle while it plays in the background. But this movie.. had me sold. I would say about 95-98% of movies don’t.. SO.. that says a lot about this film. AND if you have not had the opportunity to see this film yet.. I really suggest that you take a minute to rent it or buy it and check it out. I think it is well worth your time!
So.. where do we start.. Damn.. Terrance Howard.. I’ve always like you Mang!.. you’re a REAL dude.. you always push the role as far as you can possible take them.. you always bring so much HEART to a line and your delivery is always spot on par.. you even recorded the tracks for the movie! GOD BLESS YOU MANG! Terrance plays a pimp in the film. Not the way I normally call my boys pimps.. to make them feel like superstars.. NOPE.. a real PIMP in Memphis. A broke hustlin’ drug dealing pimp.. that’s his job.. that is his hustle.. he pimps ho’s and slings weed. At this point maybe some are you saying… REALLY?? This is what this blog is about.. pimps, ho’s, and drugs?? And you know what.. YEAAAA.. EXAAAACTLY.. that’s EXACTLY what this blog is about.. HO’S and DRUGS.. so if you don’t like.. go back to facebook you closed minded judgmental comment leaving monkeys. Anyways.. Yes.. where was I.. oh yes.. so a pimp.. and well.. he does what pimps do.. only problem is.. he isn’t a very successful pimp.. if you ask me.. Taryn Manning “Nola” in the film is the real HUSTLER of the group.. DJay is just a dude trying to find his way and wasting time, sort of searching for a PURPOSE in life. You see.. that is the problem I find with most people.. even myself.. we all need a purpose in life.. EVERYBODY HAS GOTTA HAVE A DREAM.. otherwise.. we just sit around for most of our free time.. doing whatever it is we do.. I don’t know.. sit on a couch and watch ESPN.. do the 9-5 thing.. mow the lawn.. play with the car engine.. card night.. sit on facebook.. smoke weed.. go to the gym.. workout.. play video games.. shop for clothes.. whatever your thing is.. live for the weekend? I guess.. go back to work on Monday.. same ole shit.. same ole day.. everyday is the exactly the same as the next. Well.. let me tell you.. what if I told you.. everything can change in your life just by adding a DREAM?
So you say a DREAM? Well what can I possibly do now in my life?? I’m broke.. or i’m stuck.. or I have kids.. or I have no money.. or I’m too old.. or I don’t know anyone.. where do I even begin?? Well how about the GRAVE with that attitude??.. go ahead .. jump right in.. you already have 1 foot in it.. why waste time? Here’s your shovel!! I mean.. doesn’t everyone have.. or had.. at one point in time.. a dream? Didn’t you ever dream when you were a kid?? Anything?? Or did everyone tell you NO! NO you can’t do this.. NO you can’t do that.. I grew up in one of those families.. it’s not that they were against it or didn’t support it.. but I come from a very “old school” family who feels.. that you should have that 9-5.. to be “safe”.. THEN YOU CAN.. go for your dream.. problem with that is.. when you go for a dream.. sometimes.. having that fallback plan in place.. well.. it’s like a safety net.. you get comfortable. Knowing.. if you fail.. there is something there to catch you. And THAT is where the problems lies in having DREAMS and fallback plans. If it isn’t ALL or NOTHING.. if EVERYTHING ISN’T ON THE LINE.. then it will always be.. comfortable.. and you will ALWAYS fail. You won’t push yourself that extra step.. and 9 times out of 10.. it’s that one last step.. that is needed before you break through. So close.. but yet.. So far.
Hustle and Flow The Choir Scene
Djay was an UNDERDOG. Ha! Everyone knows how much I LOVE the underdog.. SHIT.. I’ve been one my whole life. Djay wasn’t tall, dark, and handsome on wall street with a suit. He didn’t come from money. His job was a pimp and a drug dealer. He didn’t have opportunity handed to him. He didn’t know the “right” people. He wasn’t born into something. Life was what it was for him. He got a raw deal when it came to a dream. Dream or no Dream… life just ended up being… what it was… and he was cool with it… BUT he knew… he ALWAYS wanted MORE. It wasn’t until one day when he met Key (played by Anthony Anderson.) Man Anthony makes me laugh… he always had this kind of cool nonchalant swag about him. Key invited Djay to come see what he does… and that scene… the Choir scene was probably one of the most MOVING scenes I have EVER seen produced on film… I am not sure what it was… the song?… the sound?.. the silence?.. the singer?.. who by the way did just a BEAUTIFUL job “Jennifer Bynum Green”… the movement of the camera?.. the feeling?.. WOW… WOW… what an amazing performance and scene… I really wished that song was on the soundtrack… the soundtrack to this film is GREAT by the way… I just wish that performance was on it. MASSIVE kudos to Terrance for laying down the four tracks too.. AWESOME! That dudes got flow.. I’d buy an album if he ever decided to switch careers.. most just record and lip-sync.. but SHIT.. those tracks were him.. GOOD SHIT! Anyways.. back to what I was saying.. he got caught up in this time stopping performance.. and it made him realize.. what am I doing with my life? It catapulted him into a midlife crisis.. and at that moment.. he realized.. it was ALL or NOTHING. So what now mang?
It was all about making that first step. It was all about realizing he had a talent.. and acted on it. You see we all have a talent.. EVERYONE on this earth has some sort of talent.. and if you let that talent go to waste.. well then that is the real sin. So he showed up at Key’s house.. and Key said something very interesting.. he said.. there are 2 types of people in this world.. those who talk the talk, and those who walk the walk. But what I found even more interesting is.. when he said.. sometimes.. those who walk the walk.. don’t talk.. because they are busy walking.. and those who talk the talk.. are always busy talking about walking.. and most of the time.. they are busy talking walkers into doing the walking for them. HA! That’s totally me.. always too afraid to do the walking.. so I spent so most of my time talking.. and trying to talk people into doing the walking for me.. I never really got anywhere like that because most of the time they would walk me into walls. Because talkers don’t really know how to walk.. they are normally walking around talking themselves into walls. Because in this life.. there is only one person who can do the walking for you.. and that is YOU! And so.. NOW.. I AM WALKING!.. and I still do occasionally talk But hey.. I like to talk.. it’s what makes me.. me.
The turning point in the film to me was when Djay kicks Yevette out the house.. He DROPS the anchor loose.. lol. Amazing? No not really.. the day he decided to go after his dream.. is the day he decided to surround himself with successful people. The day he decided to surround himself with success.. is the day he started realizing.. maybe not everyone around him was right for him? Maybe everyone around him didn’t support him the way he thought. And so.. he started dropping anchors.. if you are interested in learning more about anchors.. you can read about that here.. BE MORE.. Anyways.. it was at this moment where I believe.. Djay.. had made up his mind.. that he was going to succeed. And that it wasn’t.. over for him. And HENCE.. IN COMES THE LAVA LAMP.
The Lava Lamp. Everything you need to succeed is right in front of you.
THE LAVA LAMP.. brought in by the “Bottom Bitch”.. lol. I suspect the Bottom bitch was a nice way of saying.. now there is a woman who hangs around no matter what! When you hit bottom.. she’s there.. you see.. it’s EASY to hang around when you are flying high.. shit.. everything is wonderful when you are flying high.. but life isn’t just about the highs.. it’s about the lows too.. and that is when you REALLY find out what people are REALLY made of.. because the weak minded.. can’t handle the lows.. the weak scatter.. they scurry like roaches for new options.. they run from hard work.. they are scared about the bottom because they don’t know how to get themselves off the bottom.. they don’t know how to handle it. They whine, complain, look for new options, disappear.. I call them the “bigger better party people”.. they will always go to the bigger better party when the party they are at.. starts to suck.. they are not “ Bottom Bitches.. “ Shug.. played by Taraji P. Henson.. walks in on the boys recording and fighting.. more fighting at the moment then recording.. to put a LAVA LAMP on the studio table.. she explains.. that.. she saw this lava lamp in a real studio.. and she thought that it would be cool.. if they had one too.. and in that moment.. I must say.. THIS was my favorite part of the film. It made me realize when Djay said.. we have EVERYTHING we need.. right here in front of us.. everything we need to succeed.. It made me think about me. It made me think about my dream.. one that I somehow lost vision of for a while. You see I always thought I needed to know BIG industry people.. or I needed a fancy Manhattan loft space to succeed.. or I needed to surround myself with a bunch of people who could help me.. but I came to realize I don’t.. I don’t need any of it at all.. I just needed.. to open my eyes and look around at what is in front of me.. and use what I have. EVERYTHING I need.. is right here. I don’t need anything more than a camera, the internet, a talent, a vision, and of course.. a dream.. not to mention the balls to take that first step. In the words of Djay.. “I’ve been trying to squeeze a dollar out of a dime and I don’t even have a cent.” .. I understand Djay.. me too.. I never had the patience.. I never did.. and Key was right when he said.. “It takes time.” Time and perseverance.. and who would have thought.. it was all inspired by a “Bottom Bitch”.. isn’t that something? Everyone needs to find themselves.. a “Bottom Bitch”.. they are the ones that you KNOW who will be there when the chips are down.. and you are laying in the dirt. They will NEVER hurt you.. They will NEVER give up on you.. they will be the first to grab you by the back of the shirt and start pulling you out of the dirt.. they will ONLY help.
Djay.. was a man with a dream.. he became someone with a PURPOSE. He had a hard time achieving that purpose.. he didn’t have the confidence he needed to accomplish that purpose until he surrounded himself with people that believed in him and shared in achieving that purpose. And in return.. he gave those people a purpose too.. So many people in life.. look for a purpose. A Purpose is a really an important thing in life.. Djay showed a lot of people that they had a purpose by having a purpose himself.. he showed them they ALL had a GIFT.. and he showed them they ALL had a choice.. they could either step up.. or bow out. Against All Odds… they ALL went up against every odd out there.. as a team.. they all went out and decided that “It wasn’t about the size of the dog in the fight.. but it was about the size of the fight in the dog!” Not only Djay.. but EVERYONE put EVEYTHING on the that line. ALL or NOTHING. It all came down to one thing..
1 man and his skills.. EVERYBODY HAS GOTTA HAVE A DREAM! What’s yours?
I guess I can keep going on and on about this.. but I don’t really want to ruin the rest of the movie. Luda did a fantastic job as Skinny Black.. he played him perfectly. You should definitely check this flick out if you ever have a minute. Funny how Terrance being an actor rapped.. and Luda being an rapper acted.. and they both did great transitions. Well enough about this for now.. I guess.. My point being was.. sometimes all you have to have is a DREAM and believe.. it doesn’t matter how big or small the dream is.. it can be something as small as owning a house.. or something as big as having your own production studio in L.A. or N.Y. ..and after the first step.. the rest just sort of comes into play on it’s own. As long as you are the one doing the WALKING.. then.. you just took the first step of being on your way to accomplishing your dream. Most are so afraid of taking that first step because of all the judgemental idiots out there who NEVER did.. or are jealous you are walking.. and they aren’t. Not Everyone is built to take that first step.. but.. if you find people who are.. and tag along with their purpose.. sometimes you would be amazed at what comes out of that equation for you as well.. just make sure you are a WALKER.. and not a TALKER.. because in order for it to payoff.. you always have to put something on the table to take something off. Well.. after you decide that you are ready for it.. the rest.. is just a matter of time.
Posted at: 12:08 AM on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 by Marc Mauro
I must say.. the first time I watched it.. I was MAD! Nope. I was IRATE! FURIOUS! I have waited so long for your return. Years. YEARS!! Do you understand what I am saying?? And what did I wait for.. someone mature?? Someone who wants to help?? Someone who wants to take the hands of others and help guide them out of the dark.. WTF?? Really?? No drama? No shots at other people? No low blows? No rap wars? Ugh… I was so disappointed. NOPE.. even worse. I was let down. How can this be?? Why Marshall? Why??
The Eminem Show
I am as about as big of a fan that you can have. I watched the rise.. I watched the fall. I waited for the rebirth. Sounds a little familiar? To me it does.. to me.. it does. I guess in a way.. I always associated with Em. He always spoke in a language that I understood.. a language that A LOT of people understood. That is what made him so accepted in such a brief amount of time. He was the trouble youth that got to voice his opinion on the airwaves.. wow.. America’s nightmare.. the truth, or at least his version of the truth blasting on every radio station in America. And the fact that he said things that were true.. wow.. that made him Americas #1 Target. I was always a fan because of his ability to stir up a country.. I mean I love troublemakers.. I’m all about trouble! But it wasn’t until the album “The Eminem Show” until he became a friend. He doesn’t know me.. one day he will. One day I know I will be shooting him. As of right now.. He doesn’t know it yet. But I will. It’s destiny. Anyways.. it was Marshall who got me through one of the hardest times of my life. It was the first time my heart got shattered. I was never more hurt in my entire life. I was more than hurt. I was ANGRY. I wanted everyone to be angry.. the way I was angry. One night I popped this album in.. and just listened. Most albums.. up until this album I felt like Em was sorta of just.. well.. looking for attention and letting things off his chest.. But this album.. it was the first time I actually felt his pain, his true anger about people in his life that burned him. I associated myself with his pain and anger. It might have just been the right place at the right time.. but personally I feel like he was comfortable a little bit at this moment in his career.. which allowed him to feel like he could let some sh*t out. I could be wrong.. but.. that is at least the way I took it. Either way.. his anger.. his pain.. this is what got me through and over mine. And for that.. I now consider him my friend. Thank you for sharing homie. To me that album was the one where you let go.
I think most just associate with his swag or his trouble making ability, or the fact that he is just cool because he is ALWAYS the target of the media.. “america’s troublemaker”.. or maybe he is just an average dude who grew up with problems like everyone else that speaks to the masses in a way that the masses understand. Somehow.. someway.. Em.. always hits a nerve. Now that we’ve been friends for a while.. well.. I must say.. I was right there by his side.. every step of the way.. every decision he made. Why wouldn’t I be.. I was his friend. That’s what friends do.. they are Loyal. So.. I stuck by him. Through thick and thin.. he wanted to bust up Ja.. I was there.. I liked Ja.. but I still stuck with Em.. He was my friend. He signed 50.. I love 50.. he brought in his crew D12.. I love D12.. I loved 8 Mile.. The more moves he made.. the better friends we became.. He could do NO wrong.. till.. that day he disappeared.. he left me. Hanging. Why? What did I do?
I was upset. I was mad. I didn’t understand. How could he leave me? How could he do this? Why? I was there for him. Through thick and thin.. and to just leave me.. Why? You bastard! Well.. lately.. I’ve gone through a few things myself. I didn’t have Em around.. to be honest.. I didn’t have anyone. Sure I had a lot of friends step up.. but sometimes you need to go through certain things alone.. you need to beat the demons.. and the thing you need to realize the most is.. NOBODY.. can do it for you.. It’s up to YOU to beat the demons. It’s up to YOU to realize the faults. It’s up to YOU to take a step back and look at what’s wrong with this picture?? What needs to change?? It’s up to YOU to be HONEST. To take responsibility and be honest with yourself, this is where it all begins. Once you get past that.. the rest is just a matter of making a list.. and attacking it one step at a time.
I went back to watch the video again today… and I must say.. I get it Em. I’m sorry I was so selfish.. I understand and I apologize. I didn’t understand at first. I was mad at you.. not only for disappearing.. but for growing up. For being big enough to overcome an addiction.. for being big enough to overcome the demons.. for being big enough to admit.. that it was time to grow up and take responsibility. I must say. I’m going to miss the old Em. But I know this much.. “The Wolf may change his coat.. but NEVER his disposition.” You are going to be hotter than ever once you find your groove and that confidence back my dude.. you didn’t change at all.. you just have a new coat. You’re going to be a different type of great this time around. I guess you could have went back to the old Em.. I guess that is sort of what “3 A.M.” was.. but you lost your edge.. I felt it.. it just wasn’t in your heart anymore.. I still enjoyed it.. but I could tell.. it just wasn’t you anymore. I almost sort of hoped.. you would go back to doing drugs.. lol.. but once again.. that is just me being selfish. You did something for yourself.. that needed to done.. you started living for you.. Instead of living for everyone else. I get it.
Eminem - Recovery
I’m happy your back Em. I know whatever you produce.. or release.. it’s going to be just as hot as it was before.. just.. different. And I’m cool with it.. because I understand. To be honest.. I feel that because you are doing it for yourself now.. it’s going to be ten times better than anything you have done already. The video.. the image.. the return.. caught me off guard a little.. but I was a friend in the beginning and I’m a friend till the end.. and friends support whatever move you make.. whether they like it or not. I guess I just wanted to say.. GOOD FOR YOU! You became more homie.. not everyone is going to like that.. not everyone is going to be happy about it.. people don’t like change. I am sure you are going to feel that.. but don’t let it rock you homie.. you never quit.. you never gave up.. you had me worried.. BUT.. you took that 1 more step.. and released something.. that.. who knows how people are going to take it?? I didn’t take it very well at first… BUT now.. I understand. Friends.. REAL friends, always understand. When I got over the fact of being selfish about it.. I realized.. It’s a HOT ASS song my dude.. and I’m glad you decided to be more.. to be different.. to help.. to inspire.. to reach out to everyone that you know might be in the same spot that you were in. I think you’re going to be surprised at the reaction you get.. and just so you know.. there is this dude in the Bronx.. you inspired to be more. You’re going to be bigger than you ever were Em. Do you know why? Because this time around.. you are doing it for yourself. And when you do something for yourself… you NEVER lose. You always WIN. Regardless of the numbers.. it’s the personal battle that matters. And you are the ONLY ONE who could have won that one. Welcome back homie. Welcome back…
Posted at: 3:01 AM on Monday, June 7, 2010 by Marc Mauro
Welcome to the birth of my new blog.. and to think.. it was ALL inspired.. by a simple phrase and a smile :]
I am very excited about A NEW BEGINNING to a very sour end, and It all starts with.. “BE MORE.” It means to be more at everything that you do, anything that you do, everything you are, and everything that is a part of you.. every time you do something.. regardless of what it is.. “Be More” at it then what you normally are.. be more at what you were yesterday.. be more tomorrow than what you were today. Become a substance.. be more than just a shell of what you think people want you to be or expect you to be. I have spent 35 years of my life, being less, worrying about everyone except me. I worried about what everyone thought, felt, wanted, needed, demanded, so forth and so on.. I rearrange my life to make others happy.. and in the end.. where has that road taken me? It has brought me to a land where time stood still. Why? Because I never took the time to rearrange my own life in order to make myself happy. While I helped time move on for others.. time ended up standing still for me.. and instead of becoming who I should have been.. I ended up being a sail, who got lost in the midst of a pile full of anchors.
I don’t blame anyone for it. I accept full responsibility.. It was my fault. I never took control. I always felt that I needed the assistance of others to succeed. So I always ended up picking up anchor after anchor in my life instead of raising sails. Jobs, clients, associates, friends, loves.. Not everyone in my life was an anchor.. I have truly met some amazing people along the way.. and I can’t wait to introduce you to them in this blog down the line.. they ALL in some way have become a sail in my life.. they have helped my life move forward in a positive manner.. instead of halting it. If you understand about sailing.. it takes 3 to 4 to 5 sails sometimes.. to make a boat soar through the water.. but.. only 1 anchor to drag a ship down to a complete halt.
It takes 5 sails to help a ship soar.. but only 1 anchor to make it come to a complete stop.
After waking up out of a haze one day, I took a look around and realized, I have been doing nothing more than standing still in the race of life.. and then it hit me like a brick.. I was really far behind. It hurt. But fighters.. fight. And in that very moment.. I decided.. it was time to start dropping the anchors.. or maybe.. just identifying them and making sure they no longer slow me down. Although, sometimes… an anchor, no matter what, is an anchor.. and the ONLY way to have it not slow you down is to DROP it.. regardless of how hard or how much it hurts to let it go. Anchors can be anything to anyone. I feel it is your job to discover and identify the anchors in your own life. Most can’t, won’t and don’t.. or are just afraid too. Most don’t even realize they have anchors.. for some.. ignorance is bliss. BUT.. for those who understand.. well.. I feel.. It could be anything.. a person, a personality trait, a thought, a bad habit, fear of success, a personal hang up, a bad taste in your mouth, maybe you got burned, the way you handle things, who knows???.. it can be anything.. The only thing I can say is.. it’s EASY to live in the land of comfort.. it’s EASY to run from change or a challenge.. it’s the CHANGE or fear of success that scares the crap out of everyone. Most in life think they don’t deserve anything good to happen to them.. even more so.. Nobody likes change.. it’s human nature to not like change. Even I don’t like change.. but with change comes growth.. and with growth comes more change. And finally I get to say.. “You can’t change the world, until you change yourself.”
Please don’t misunderstand me.. and make no mistakes about it.. I don’t regret anything or anyone I have ever come in contact with or have had some sort of a relationship with.. IF.. I never went through everything that has happened to me.. the pain.. the joy.. the experiences… the smiles.. the cries.. the ups.. the downs.. then it would have never made me who I am today. And for that I say THANK YOU. Thank you for making me who I am. I love who I am. And so.. It is now time to drop the anchors and lift the sails.. it is time to soar. It is time to become everything that I know I am meant to be. I love what I stand for, even more importantly.. for the first time ever.. I know exactly what I want and I know nothing will get in my way to attain it. And if anything does.. it is going to get Will Robinson’d.. because I am programmed to “Crush, Kill, Destroy” anything that gets in my way.
So then.. you ask.. ok Marc.. what is so special about this blog? Well.. sh*t.. I don’t even know why yet.. I guess if I had to put a reason behind it.. I want to HELP, to TEACH, to INSPIRE TO BE MORE, and wouldn’t it be great if even just 1 person LEARNED from it. In some instances I’m sure it will become an outlet for my experiences in my life.. I guess my own personal way to let things out. But for MOST of the time.. I would love to make it a tutorial haven dedicated to helping people learn about how to use a camera and how to create art and teach people the way I do things. The way I work a camera or do photoshop or shoot a video.. I have a very interesting way of doing things I personally feel. I just do them. I don’t worry too much about the details or the mechanics of them and I just go. But for some reason.. it works for me.. and if it works for me without having ANY formal training.. then why can’t it work for anyone else as well? Aside from that.. maybe a rant or two about people who piss me off.. some thoughts on some other things I am passionate about like movies and reefing.. and who knows.. we just might be onto something very entertaining here. I guess it’s just going to be a collage of cool stuff that I FEEL goes on in my life. And maybe.. just maybe.. in the mix of it.. someone… somewhere.. will pick something up.. and if that does happen.. then.. MISSION:ACCOMPLISHED.. there will now be a reason for this blog to exist. And that is reason enough to keep running my mouth and putting thoughts out on this page. Oh and the the cool part is.. It’s just not going to be photos and rants.. I got videos and interviews and lots of crazy ideas coming.. because believe me.. I know how to entertain! I guess in a way.. I’m just going to sort of let it ALL hang out.. no pun intended.. and in the end.. I really don’t think it matters to me if anyone even reads this.. because for once in my life.. I’m doing it just for ME. If anyone cares to tag along.. invade my privacy and my thoughts and maybe possibly pick something up and learn from my mistakes, my discoveries, my experiences, my thoughts, my perceptions.. well.. then.. I guess this blog has then exceeded expectations.. but for now.. it’s just for me. I do hope there is something for everyone at the end of the day.. and I MUST warn you.. I am going to be ME %100 of the time. And you all know what I have to say to that.. you only have 1 choice when I decide to be ME.. you can.. “Either love me.. or leave me alone.” Jay-Z
And on that note.. I would like to now.. WELCOME YOU.. TO MY WORLD.. it’s going to entertaining.. that much.. I can guarantee!