I feel like I keep explaining myself, either on camera or in articles, as to my recent whereabouts. It seems to me that lately, every time I try to commit myself to my creative work, things happen in my physical life that effect the amount of time I’m able to dedicate to my digital life. If you’re a religious person, you’ll probably claim it’s Satan trying to thwart my destiny and throw me off course. If you’re not religious, then you’ll probably claim its merely the circumstance of life.
Regardless of your inclination, it’s quite obvious that garbage happens.
My life lately has been a roller coaster. At one moment, I thought I was good. Then I was knocked for a loop. Then, after a few breathless moments, I feel I am finally back at peace with the world once again. Over the past few months I, along with several others from my old profession, have experienced anxiety, betrayal, rejection, uncertainty, and varying amounts of emotional abuse. Fortunately, my season of pain resolved in validation, hope, and sheer joy.
At this point, I am not at liberty to share details regarding my recent exit from the classroom, as any revelations on my part would likely negatively effect many wonderful colleagues whom I still deeply love and care about. Suffice it to say, there was no professional misconduct or inappropriate behavior on my part that caused my exit, merely an unannounced change in vision and direction at the school I once considered my community.
Over the past two months, I have had plenty of opportunity to re-discover myself. I made myself take a vacation I had been wanting for so long. I’ve found a new profession that I’ve always had a passion for. I have met many wonderful new people who are equally passionate about the things I love. And for once, I’m not concerned about the scrutiny and backbiting I encountered whilst in the classroom.
Today, I work under contract as a customer service agent for a major U.S. airline out of my home station in Melbourne, Florida. If you’ve been watching my YouTube uploads, you’ve likely figured out by now which major airlines I’m referring to. Nevertheless, my new job is in addition to my personal business I operate as a content creator and performer, and thanks to this new day job, I now have more time to work on creative projects.
I guess my primary objective for writing this post is to let you know that I’m still here. I’m doing okay. Life is good. I will also take the opportunity to reassert my promise to produce more amazing content for your guys to read and watch on my website and on social media.
If you have comments, questions, or just want to drop me a line, send my team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will reply to as many emails as I can.
I love you all very much! Thanks for your continued support.
PALM BAY, FLORIDA -- Public Statement by Adrian D. Holmes:
"For the past five years, my team and I have partnered alongside Skip Wilson Media, a family owned media production company, to commercially release the various creative works I produce throughout the world. This partnership has been a good one, a mutually beneficial one, and most importantly a pleasant one. Both parties, however, recognize that as each year passes, the goals and ideas individually held become increasingly intricate and require greater levels of attention, which in time may exacerbate the current system established by our partnership.
"Considering these fluctuations, and considering the ever-changing nature of the creative media industry, Skip Wilson Media and the Adrian D. Holmes Team have amicably agreed to part ways. Furthermore, my team recently filed paperwork with the Florida Department of State in Tallahassee to form a limited liability company called Hemslo Productions. Last week, we received official notification from the Office of Ken Detzner, Florida Secretary of State, that our registration has been accepted and that Hemslo Productions LLC is now a registered entity, effective March 1, 2018.
"We happily share this development with you, our loyal readers and fans, and wish to re-assert my lifelong commitment to share and produce my highest quality work with the world. May peace, blessings, and our warmest regards be with you always."
Shortly after the new year, I received word that Alaska Airlines was unveiling a new line of uniforms for its employees as the company embraces its first brand refresh in over twenty-five years.
Upon hearing the news, I made a few keystrokes and contacted the marketing team of Luly Yang, the Seattle-based fashion designer who partnered with Alaska Airlines to develop a new collection of uniforms to be donned by the 20,000+ employees who faithfully serve the airline that features the face a jolly, smiling Eskimo on each of its tail fins.
Luly's team was exceedingly accommodating, a true pleasure to collaborate with (special thanks to Angeline—you're amazing!). Luly herself is a very charming lady, too. She and I enjoyed a pleasantly spirited conversation, discussing a wide range of topics related to travel, fashion, music, the arts, and of course, Alaska Airlines. From the moment we first greeted each other, it was apparent why Alaska chose Luly.
For an airline which was just declared the fifth-largest in the United States, following its acquisition and merger with Virgin America, it's no surprise that Alaska selected a charming creative such as Luly to spearhead a pivotal moment in it's colorful history.
If you have any interest in commercial aviation, fashion, or travel, then this interview is for you. This story provides details of one of the most fascinating individuals gracing the aviation stage today.
Don't have time to read? Listen to this interview on the go. Want to hear the interview? Then click on the video above. Without further ado, let's dive into the conversation.
When The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited was released on December 31, 2016, that date marked the end to an eighteen-month-long adventure that transported Adrian and his team to a level of notoriety they never anticipated.
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One major success from the album release was the internationally popular interview series featuring some of the most venerated names from the world of the arts and entertainment. Readers connected personally with the likes of Kaye Ballard, Robby Benson, Patricia Routledge, and others, and traffic to Adrian’s official website skyrocketed to well over 50,000 visitors within the year. Today, the statistics continue their rise, as annual traffic nears 80,000, and is expected to climb even further by the end of 2018.
Today, Adrian is pleased to announce that he will be reprising his role as interviewer to the stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, by launching a second season of interviews which will feature an even broader host of personalities and industries. As with the first season, Adrian will maintain the relatable and unequivocal realism that fans have come to know and love. The only difference will be a stronger emphasis on personalism which will in turn propagate a greater dividend of audience engagement and admiration.
The new season will feature more wonderfully talented individuals from the realms of entertainment, art, fashion, and travel. In addition to the printed editions of interviews, we will also release audio and/or visual recordings for as many as practicably possible. We believe these new elements will add new dimensions to audience interaction, and furthermore enhance previously established dynamics.
Adrian wishes to thank every fan, follower, subscriber, and reader for their loyalty and interest in his work and his art. Without you, none of the success we’ve experienced would be possible, and for that we will always be forever grateful.
The first interview, featuring globally acclaimed fashion designer Luly Yang, will be published on Friday, February 9, 2018.
The Adrian D. Holmes Team
Ever since YouTube opened its monetization market to upstart and popular content creators a couple of years ago, it has faced increasing scrutiny from its many partner advertisers. Last year, (in)famous internet star PewDiePie became one of the first major YouTubers to face strong disciplinary actions following a string of controversial actions taken on his channel, and now twenty-something American YouTuber Logan Paul has drawn similar heat for a poorly judged upload at the beginning of this year, allegedly featuring an actual corpse found within a “suicide forest” in Japan.
Although both YouTubers have apologized (somewhat) for their behaviors, YouTube has taken critical steps to assure advertisers that their brand investments are worthwhile and inoffensive to as large an audience as possible. In April 2017, YouTube announced that in order for channels to qualify for monetization, they much first achieve 10,000 lifetime views. Now in the wake of the recent Logan Paul scandal, YouTube has returned with even stricter guidelines, stipulating that all channels must have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the 365 days to be eligible for monetization.
For many, this news is the last straw. Whereas the 10,000 lifetime views imposition was an inconvenience, the latest development is quickly being met with various sensations of disgust, disappointment, disillusionment, and even betrayal. A few days after Logan Paul had posted his now-infamous vlog from Japan, many viewers wondered if and when YouTube would respond to the heinous activity on Paul’s channel. Following nearly a week of stalling, YouTube indeed responded, but this time it answered in a way few were anticipating, and even fewer were prepared to embrace.
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of YouTube as we know it? Likely not; but we likely witness major shifts in who or what will become trending on the YouTube community.
Certain optimists argue that YouTube is returning to its roots. Back in the days of Ye Olde YouTube, people simply uploaded videos for the sake of sharing them. Money did not originally drive people to share. Perhaps we will see return to the original intent and heart of what YouTube was all about in the first place.
Regardless of the outcome, we will remain strong. This evening, Adrian tweeted this poignant message:
Perhaps some bad players will be eliminated, and maybe a few disheartened good ones, too; but it's also probably safe to say that those who are truly dedicated to their craft will remain, and will continue pressing toward the greater goal of success—a goal which seems ever more elusive yet ever more lucrative once it has been achieved.
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