Emulating the Style of Suits, Burn Notice, & White Collar

 

Suits, Burn Notice, and White Collar are three of my favorite shows.

Less than 30 seconds ago, I finished watching the first episode of Season 2 of, “Suits”.

“She Knows”

This episode is a must for any intelligent entrepreneur to see.

The style of their branding is exactly my style.

I would get along well with whoever does the branding for USA Network.

You already know what my, ‘Style’ Facebook fan page tab looks like.

It was highly influenced by the look of, Suits, Burn Notice, and White Collar.

It’s worth noting that touching your tie, or coat in the shot, like in my image, and in, “Suits”, adds a certain flavor to the shot.

The same principle is happening in the, “White Collar” shot, except the cards add the dynamic.

The only difference in our images is that their call to action is to tune in at a certain time, and date, to USA Network, and mine is an instantaneous call to action.

I’m merging the world of hollywood branding, with the world of direct marketing.

Also, it’s easy to notice that I like the branding of a young man, on a mission in the world, and looking sharp while doing it.

Completely at ease with himself, the world at large, knowing how to get what he wants, and goes after it.

You’ll see my style always reflecting this same attitude.

It’s who I am, who I’ve always wanted to be, and who I intend on continuing to be.

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Soulja Boy Mimics My Youtube Videos

 

Soulja Boy, the platinum selling rap artist, does indeed, seem to be mimicking my Youtube videos.

If you’re unsure who he is, you’ve undoubtedly heard this song, with the video with 124,203,472 views.

None of what follows is Photoshop, or creative video editing on my part.  It’s all as it happened.

I was sitting in front of a canvas print of Scarface, reading the Forbes Billionaires list, and discussing what it’s like to spend time with my friend, Molly, who is an heiress to a billion dollar fortune (5-7 billion actually, but who can keep track?  Well, Forbes does).

Soulja Boy saw that video, took portions of the audio of me speaking, and put it into one of his latest songs, “Gettin’ Paid”.

The song, and my voice, starts at the 34 second mark.

As an entrepreneur, it’s nice to be used in a song called, “Gettin’ Paid”.

That is, after all, what we do.

Clearly, he also took a liking to my red iPhone (simply a red back I had imported from China), from a separate video of mine, and did a little mocking of me.

Out of my friend group, I would have been the last to be picked to be part of a major rap artists rap song.

But, the world can be a delightfully odd place.

I thrive well here.

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Stars Aren’t Born. They’re Branded.

 

Stars Aren’t Born.  They’re Branded.

The idea for this phrase came to me after seeing this promo for the TV show, “Smash”.

“Stars Aren’t Born. They’re Made” is a famous saying, and I’ve always liked it.

When I saw the promo above, it clicked that in the world of entrepreneurs, the better phrase is, “Stars Aren’t Born.  They’re Branded.”

It could also say, “Entrepreneurs Aren’t Born.  They’re Branded.”

Clearly this could be said for Hollywood as well, since Hollywood is entirely about branding.

When I see a promo that resonates with me, I replicate it, using myself, so I can perfect my own branding.

I was pleased with the result.

So pleased, in fact, that I used it for the template of this site.

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Kevin Nations in Style in New York City

Kevin, and I met last fall (2011) while I was heading into Vons, the grocery store in La Jolla, to get a huge pumpkin.

I was trying to find the biggest pumpkin I could get my hands on, and he was walking out with a coffee, and had two good looking women on his arms, that would later become my trainers.

In some cosmic twist, this would ultimately lead to Frank Kern calling me a brilliant genius on his webinar with Mike Koenigs:

It’s true, I am the only guy that works out at Frank’s all-female gym.

But that’s for another time.

Back to the pumpkin…

Of course, my spur of the moment mentality based around getting that pumpkin, prevented me from thinking about the 1/2 mile walk back with the pumpkin, and the inevitable hilarity that would ensue as the people around town saw me lugging this big pumpkin, as if I was a pregnant woman.

It was just after Steve Jobs had passed away.

In his memory, I carved that pumpkin into this:

Here is the iconic photo I based it on:

So, my Steve Jobs pumpkin carving idea is what led me to meeting Kevin Nations for the first time.

Since that time he has become a great friend, and mentor.

If you’ve noticed everyone turning to the model of selling high priced services on webinars, Kevin is the guy they are modeling.

I too, have reorganized my business around his ideas, because what he’s doing is exactly what my business needs.

Now and then, we shoot some fun branding style videos.

After Yanik Silver’s Underground seminar in D.C., we took a train up to New York City, and filmed in the city, at night.

The branding video from above, was the result.

Branding videos like that are fun, and important to portray a person’s style.

I do them all the time, and my, ‘Style’ video is my favorite so far.

If that video did it’s desired job, you’re going to want to get more of Kevin.

Kevin’s blog is here.

If you get ahold of him in person though, maybe after a seminar, ask him for advice on a cocktail at the bar.

He’s got some great drink recipes you may enjoy.

You would have seen two of them in the video, at the 36 – 40 second mark.

I would love to see any branding style videos any of you have done for yourselves.

Link to them in the comments so I can see them.

Or, link to any branding style commercial videos you enjoy from large corporations.

I enjoy ideas from everywhere.

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116 Stars in 1 Photo – The Paramount Picture

 

This image is remarkable.

You may click on it to expand to the full 3564 X 1848 size.

I am a sucker for images like this.

I’m sure much of it was Photoshopped, since it would be near impossible to get all these stars together at one time, but I’m a fan of using Photoshop to create magical images.

Just quickly I can see Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, and Robert Downey Jr.

That’s just a start.  As I’m scanning I see that I could list all, but maybe 5-10 of them.

Open the large version, and in the comments below, list your favorite stars that you see.

Or, for those of you who really love move stars, list as many as you know in the comments.

[Edit: Take a look at Morgan Freeman.  He is missing his left arm, but has a white left hand.]

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Why I Deleted 200 Blog Posts to Start From Scratch

Last night I deleted my entire blog.

I then reinstalled, and am now, with this post, starting over.

Why?

Because I wanted a fresh start.

You’ll see that the main page of this site now reflects the brand I intend to portray, “Stars aren’t born.  They’re branded.”

The first two years of this Movie Star Entrepreneur blog was an experiment to lead me to this point.

It did it’s job.

My videos now look the way I want them to look, my designs look the way I want them to look, and my writing for my video scripts is crisp, clear, and persuasive.

It’s time to begin monetizing this experiment of mine, so you’ll soon begin seeing courses being developed, and launched periodically.

My, ‘Style’ video, and eBook is the first shot across the bow.

It’s meant exclusively as a branding piece, so it’s free, and it’s here.

You will, I think, enjoy it.

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