60Official Blog of Grab-it Pack the ULTIMATE Access Packhttp://blog.grabitpack.comSun, 17 Oct 2010 00:46:08 GMTSun, 17 Oct 2010 00:46:08 GMTencontact@grabitpack.comnoThese Boots Are Made For Walking: My view of the Gulf Oil Spillhttp://blog.grabitpack.com/2010/06/29/these-boots-are-made-for-walking-my-view-of-the-gulf-oil-spill.aspx?ref=rssGrabitPack<p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Contrary to popular belief starting your own business is easy.  It is the bureaucratic red tape you have to keep up with and making sure the monkeys with their hand out get their palm greased properly which is the frustrating part.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">The process of developing my products from conception to market provided me with such a creative high that you could only imagine the buzz-kill I got when the government agencies that I never knew existed starting sending me letters regarding the paperwork I had to fill out and “fees” I had to pay.  All this of course is for consumer and my protection <img src="http://blog.grabitpack.com/emoticons/wink.png" border="0" /></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Those that know me are aware of my interest in conspiracy theories. No I don’t believe them but it is the incredible creativity and thought process that goes into inventing these concoctions that fascinates me so bear with me I’m about to use them.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">I despise politics and even worse politicians.  “Red tape” to me is political insurance to maintain their job security which leads me to believe that BP was playin’ where they shouldn’t been playin’ and someone was getting paid off to so they could.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">It is hilarious to watch Politicians offering their lip service while playfully yelling at the BP CEO (who reminds me too much of MR. BEAN) while the talk show hosts cherry pick topics for ratings by blaming the Left and the Right for each other’s foibles.  However they fail to address the reason the clean-up and closing off the leak is taking so long…RED TAPE.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Red Tape is holding back Americans ingenuity and the oil spill is a prime example of how.  This is one situation where I love being a part of the effects industry.  We are presented with something the Director asks for and we figure out how to get it done and do it right.  There is very little paperwork.  A contract is written, we do our job, and checks get handed out.   The creative process drives us and this is why I have so much respect for Kevin Costner and James Cameron for stepping up to the plate with the bureaucrats who’s only way of thinking is “how can I make money of this and stay employed another term?”  Believe me…if they could keep up with the work ethic of filmmakers (average 14 or more hours per day, 8 hour turn around for the lucky, 6 days a week, day off is usually prepping for the next week) we would have solar powered flying cars and jet packs by now.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Although Kevin Costner is getting his shot I would love to see Cameron in charge.  Look up rumors of his behavior on set (and I know a few personal stories).  Filmmakers (and most creative jobs) have the mind set of getting things done while Washington has the mind set to provide the legalese to the process to get things done and they rarely get that right which is why the Gulf is such a mess right now.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">It is hard for me to believe that this Global apartment we now live in that ONE PERSON doesn’t have a solution and that other countries have not offered their services to help clean.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">The feeding frenzy of lawyers must be going over every bit of paperwork while those that have ideas to stop this can’t be heard and those that have equipment to help won’t get used.  The amount of paperwork that would lead up to ideas to be implemented and to make sure equipment is used properly must be staggering.  The red tape between using another country’s services must take weeks to go through and implement.  To make matters even worse is that I can only imagine the amount of help and ideas that ARE being offered which the corporations that control the U.S. government (lobbying is a kinder word for bribery folks) even ALLOW anyone to become aware of.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">The Grab-it Pack and Clinch Wallet do not provide me with the same monetary satisfaction that oil has done for BP nor does my business require thousands of department divisions and employees so I can only imagine the red tape they must go through but I can see the actual scope of the situation and paperwork involved is preventing anything from getting taken care of.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">I’m sure they have the solution but it’s stuck on the pile for review like a script reader scouring through pages to discover the next MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS opus.  But instead of going into production it gets in line for bureaucratic process.  Unfortunately this is what also prevents small businesses from being successful.<br /> </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Blaming BP, the President, and whoever else is involved is just a waste of oxygen because none of them have any idea what paper work should be filled out first.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">Are you ready boots?  Start walkin’!</span></p>http://blog.grabitpack.com/2010/06/29/these-boots-are-made-for-walking-my-view-of-the-gulf-oil-spill.aspx#Commentsd8a81cc6-52ca-4f75-af5a-46ba7e834233Tue, 29 Jun 2010 23:25:00 GMTMy new toyhttp://blog.grabitpack.com/2010/05/08/my-new-toy.aspx?ref=rssGrabitPackAlthough I never thought I would ever "need" a smart phone...I went and purchased a Droid.  Now I don't know what my life would be like without it <img alt="" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;" src="http://blog.grabitpack.com/emoticons/smile.png" /><br /> <br /> Because of this I now find the GRAB-IT PACK indispensable.  The two are a perfect match.  Keeping the Droid in my pants pocket makes it incredibly difficult to access and really causes problems when driving but with the Grab-it Pack it is not an issue and this is why I now refer to it as the Ultimate Gadget Holster.<br /> <br /> Now when someone says, "that looks like a holster"  I respond, "exactly." then access my Droid to show them the website where they can buy one.<br /> <br /> Be sure to check out my friend Claire's line of clothes and let her know I sent you.  I love her shirt designs for men.<br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" style="border: 0px solid;" src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/4/7/4/2/2/130951-122474/clairejane.jpg?a=17" /><br /> <br /> <div 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href="http://lordgenocyde.blogspot.com/2009/12/stuff-and-things-clinch-wallet.html">HERE</a><div> </div><br>Thanks again for all of your incredible support.  February will mark our SECOND year in business and I am expecting BIGGER things to happen in 2010!!!<br>http://blog.grabitpack.com/2010/01/07/2010-update.aspx#Comments2bf5b6cd-c432-45cf-8c80-20cdd33d1900Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:33:00 GMTWelcome THINK GEEK!!!http://blog.grabitpack.com/2009/11/03/welcome-think-geek.aspx?ref=rssGrabitPackI am very proud to announce that THINKGEEK.COM now carries the Grab-it Pack!!!  <br><br>This is quite an honor to be asked to be a part of their product line.<br><br><img src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/4/7/4/2/2/130951-122474/thinkgeeklogo.gif?a=0"><div> </div><br><br>You can view the listing <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/bags/c616/">HERE</a><div> </div><br>http://blog.grabitpack.com/2009/11/03/welcome-think-geek.aspx#Commentsfb5624aa-fa72-4f7d-a94d-7c53c5239225Tue, 03 Nov 2009 17:25:00 GMTOff Road Magazine Reviewhttp://blog.grabitpack.com/2009/10/15/off-road-magazine-review.aspx?ref=rssGrabitPackThis review appeared in OFF ROAD's "GREAT GIFTS FOR UNDER $100" article.<div><br></div><div>Off-Road vehicle riders love the Grab-it Pack for it's comfort and being out of the way while providing easy access to their items.  Items are also kept safe and secure while driving.</div><div><br></div><div>Be sure to inform any magazines and forums you frequent.  Let me know and I'll give you a discount on future orders.<br><div><br></div><div><span><img src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/4/7/4/2/2/130951-122474/offroad.jpg?a=86" width="279">     <span><img src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/4/7/4/2/2/130951-122474/offroadmag002.jpg?a=27" width="633"></span></span><br></div><div><span><img src="http://images.quickblogcast.com/4/7/4/2/2/130951-122474/offroadmag003.jpg?a=38" 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style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="3">Now that my time has freed up somewhat as I await the “next big project” I can focus on getting the GRAB-IT PACK word out there.</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="3"><o:p> </o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="3">I REALLY appreciated those of you who have written reviews on forums or blogs as well as telling your friends about my product.<span style="">  </span>Without you my product would not be picking up the steam that it has.<span style="">  </span>Please keep spreading the word and let me know where you’re posting because I always offer special discounts for your loyalty.</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="3"><o:p> </o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="3">The GRAB-IT PACK received the official PATENT this past February which I am very proud of.<span style="">  </span>It’s funny how I’m receiving contacts from companies that will “make my product successful” and be “seen by millions” are starting to ooze out of their slime.<span style="">  </span>I’ve worked in Hollywood since 1993 and I’ve seen some slimy tactics but these are ridiculous.<span style="">  </span>At least in the film business, I’m able to meet the sharks face to face.</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="3"><o:p> </o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="3">Be sure to check on ebay now and then for items I have up for auction.<span style="">  </span>I’ve been posting GRAB-IT PACKS that have been opened or samples at discount prices.<span style="">  </span>Since I’m a makeup effects artist I also have movie props and replicas I have created.<span style="">  </span>If you’re an X-Files or Wolverine fan, be sure to keep an eye out in the upcoming days.<span style="">  </span>My ebay ID is (of 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</span>As a matter of fact, FEW of the actual winners received a lot of votes or even promoted their contest entry like me and the other top vote recipients.<span>   </span>I don’t care to get to the bottom of it but I hope you will join me in avoiding the site for good.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now that that rug has been taken to the garbage dump right next to THE BIG IDEA, AS SEEN ON TV, and the countless others (see earlier blog) I am stepping onto another.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The DIY Channel has a contest for the “COOLEST TOOLS” and I entered the GRAB-IT PACK and you can check it out <a href="http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/pac_ctnt_988_leader/text/0,,DIY_26336_66140,00.html?pn=1&vw_arrange_order=DESC&vw_sort_order=MOST_RECENT&wi">here</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is a one-time thing.<span>  </span>Give it a rating and a comment.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you’re a new customer, leave a comment mentioning you just bought one and I’ll give you $5 off each item you 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style="margin: 8.8pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">As I pull out of my drive way I notice a truck hauling lumber COMPLETELY blocking the street and in no hurry to move.<span style="">  </span>I detour on to very busy Ventura Boulevard during morning crunch.<br> <br> The red lights take an eternity and I finally make it to BEST BUY only to drive into the empty parking lot...they don't open for another hour. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 8.8pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">I ran into CVS, they didn't have any.  <br> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 8.8pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">My saving grace was RADIO SHACK that opened at 9 am!!!  I got great customer service plus it was on sale! <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 8.8pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">As I pull into my driveway the BIG IDEA calls on my progress and I inform them I am seconds away from completing the mission.  <br> <br> They keep me on hold as I fire up the desktop, install the software, and login. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 8.8pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">They pick up the phone and I appear on screen!  SUCCESS!!! <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 8.8pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">All my nerves were spent so I wasn't nervous one bit during the taping <img src="http://blog.grabitpack.com/emoticons/wink.png" border="0" /> <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 8.8pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">Those years spent as a runner for a high stress film industry effects company are paying off!!! <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 8.8pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">For those of you that know me, this story comes as no surprise because stuff like this ALWAYS happens to me!<span style="">  </span>Lucky for me, I love having a startup business and stories like this are going to make for a good book someday.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">As of this writing the show has yet to air and I will keep everyone posted.<span style="">  </span>This is a huge break for me and I hope to return on the show as a guest.</span><span style="font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";"><o:p></o:p></span></p> http://blog.grabitpack.com/2008/06/10/appearing-on-the-big-idea.aspx#Commentsbcf149f2-1b1f-45c4-90dc-8dceea56728cTue, 10 Jun 2008 17:24:00 GMTRug Surfing increases Endurancehttp://blog.grabitpack.com/2008/06/07/rug-surfing-increases-endurance.aspx?ref=rssGrabitPack<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">How many times have you had the rug pulled out from under you?<span style="">  </span>For me, it’s been a fact of life.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Here are a few of my harshest career examples:<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="">1.<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">     </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">During the early 90’s Jean Claude Van Damme was one of the biggest action stars.<span style="">  </span>DRAMA-LOGUE (a weekly casting paper for the film industry) posted an ad for a co-starring role in Van Damme’s film THE QUEST, so I (not my agent) sent a headshot and resume hoping to get an audition.<o:p></o:p></span></font><!--[endif]--></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">A few weeks passed and my agent notified me that they wanted me to audition for the part.<span style="">  </span>I arrived, did a videotaped cold reading, and thought it went very well.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">A few weeks pass and I receive a call from my agent on a Thursday evening. “Are you ready to leave for Thailand for 6 months?” he asked. “You leave tomorrow.” I could only respond with, “what?”<span style="">  </span>He went on to ask if production called me two weeks ago to get everything in line (shots, passport, & contracts).<span style="">  </span>They didn’t.<span style="">  </span>It was his job to do coordinate with production and he didn’t do it.<span style="">  </span>I was devastated.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">They went with another actor and I fired my agent immediately.<span style="">  </span>Consequently I discovered he lost his Screen Actors Guild agent signatory a few months later.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="">2.<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">     </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">I was offered a co-starring role on an episode of XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS only to lose it at the last second because they wanted someone taller.<o:p></o:p></span></font><!--[endif]--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="">3.<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">     </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">During a television production filming in Mexico I was offered an acting position that would last 6 month (a LOT of money), only to be told at the last minute I would not be going.<span style="">  </span>I was later offered to go again but was canceled the day before I was to leave.<span style="">  </span>Eventually I was thrown a bone with 2 weeks of work.<span style="">  </span>Although I was grateful it was very hard to deal with.<o:p></o:p></span></font><!--[endif]--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="">4.<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">     </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Just this week I was offered a week’s worth of work on a major film only to be notified this morning that it has been canceled.<span style="">  </span>This wouldn’t be so difficult but I’ve been out of work in the film industry for a month.<span style="">  </span>Situations like this are all too common anymore due to pending strikes or runaway productions (films that are schedule to film in the US only to pack up and move to non-US locations) or worse yet, people bad mouthing me in order to further their career.<span style="">  </span>It happens in every business.<o:p></o:p></span></font><!--[endif]--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">The above is only the tip of the iceberg and you’ll have to wait for the book for the rest.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">I’m sure many of you are thinking “you need to use THE SECRET”.<span style="">   </span>Although it is an inspiring book and movie, sometimes you’ve got to keep your feet on the ground and face the situation you’re in.<span style="">  </span><span style=""> </span>Wishful thinking won’t solve the problem of no income no matter much I say, “I receive unexpected checks in the mail.”<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Some of you are asking, “Why are you even in the film business?”<span style="">  </span>Well, there is no business like it, none that I know anyway. </span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Wingdings;"><span style=""><img src="http://blog.grabitpack.com/emoticons/smile.png" border="0"></span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;"><o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Aside from the many rugs pulled out from under me, there have been a few “magic carpets” like landing co-starring roles in:<span style="">  </span>The CW network’s ALIENS IN AMERICA pilot episode (now canceled </span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Wingdings;"><span style=""><img src="http://blog.grabitpack.com/emoticons/sad.png" border="0" /></span></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">,<span style="">  </span>FROM DUSK TIL DAWN 3 (where I spent 2 months in BEAUTIFUL South Africa, worked with some great people, and got to hang out with models), plus appearing with Rob Zombie in his videos, photo shoots, and film HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES; and meeting some great people and experiencing the American Indian culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico during filming of THE GHOSTS OF MARS.<span style="">  </span>Working alongside: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ozzy Osbourne, Pam Grier, Jason Statham, Woody Harrelson, James Caan, John Carpenter, and many others are amazing.<span style="">  </span>These times make the low points forgettable.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><b style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">How does this all tie into the Grab-it Pack®?<o:p></o:p></span></b></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Primarily dealing with people who bad mouth the product just by looking at the website, retail stores who won’t return calls or meet with me, trying to get exposure for my product from media outlets who won’t give you the time of day without a publicist, and in general starting a business and dealing with all the “red tape”.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">You would be surprised how many emails I get from people wanting a free sample or wholesale prices WITHOUT having a business or plans on reviewing it.<span style="">  </span>I even had a French blogger return my product destroyed because I asked for the free sample back if he wasn’t going to review it.<span style="">  </span>Recently there have been some forums where people bash the hell out of me (some people REALLY need to get a life) and some jerks even mock the charity Operation Mend where I donate a portion of my sales.<span style="">  </span><span style=""> </span>I’d be a liar if I said it didn’t bother me but I’ve dealt with worse throughout my career.<span style="">  </span>These arm chair quarter-backs are no match for some of the sharks I’ve had to deal with in the film business but as PT Barnum said, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.”<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><b style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">What makes me keep on going?</span></b></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">I have the best friends and customers anyone could ask for. <span style=""> </span>I’ve had nothing but pure honesty from my customers and bloggers (who have actually USED the Grab-it Pack ®, all the blogs making fun of it NEVER purchased one OR received a sample).<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">You have no idea how great it feels when someone loves something I’ve made or I receive a sale due to word of mouth.<span style="">  </span>The gratification is instant and nothing could be more appreciative to a business.<o:p> </o:p></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Even though I am not at the level of retiring from the film industry, selling a product I believe in and that my CUSTOMERS LOVE makes it all worthwhile.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p> http://blog.grabitpack.com/2008/06/07/rug-surfing-increases-endurance.aspx#Commentsf4ae32a7-9e5a-497e-a813-a3473212f6e8Sat, 07 Jun 2008 21:51:00 GMT