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.
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.
(Purchase the album here.)
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.
In case you haven’t heard, YouTube announced that they would block small content creators’ access to their video monetization features effective immediately, as of this past Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Some of the most decorated men and women of the stage, each located in diverse locations of the world, are to be included in the fall line-up of great interviews Adrian D. Holmes will publish over the next four months as we count down to December 31, the release date for his upcoming album The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited.
Here is the current schedule:
Kaye Ballard, retired American actress - September 5, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend)
Gary Sandy, American actor - September 17, 2016
Patricia Routledge, British actress - October 1, 2016
John Bolton Wood, Australian actor - October 15, 2016*
Simon Gallaher, Australian actor - November 5, 2016*
Estelle Parsons, American actress - November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving) *
George S. Irving, American actor - December 24, 2016 (Christmas Eve)*
All dates with *asterisks* are tentative publication times, subject to change without notice. The interviews with Estelle Parsons, John Bolton Wood, and Gary Sandy have yet to be conducted; however, each have expressed interest and intend to complete the interviews soon.
We have reached out to several other public figures, including Maureen McGovern, Bonnie Langham, and others, all of whom are currently coordinating various other events, yet have expressed interest in these interviews. Other names are also being approached and will be announced as they are scheduled.
To remain up to date, check back regularly at AdrianDHolmes.com.
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