Well let me look at my cards here. Hmmmm from these I can tell a lot about you:
You have a great need for other people to like and admire you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. Your sexual adjustment has presented problems for you. Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. Security is one of your major goals in life.
Does this sound right?
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with one of the most influential record producers, engineers, and all around bad ass music men in Southern California today Eric Lilavois. Eric has worked with some big name bands and up and comers including Atlas Genius, My Chemical Romance and Saint Motel. He owns two recording studios including the famous London Bridge Studio where Pearl Jam, Blind Melon and Soundgarden have recorded. Eric Lilavois has also produced and composed over 70 original cues for television and independent films including Pawn Stars, American Restoration and Cajun Pawn Stars. I asked Eric about his hectic life and what it is like to live the dream in one of today’s most competitive industries.
1. So you are a record producer, musician and studio owner- pretty much a dream job. How did you get started?
HaHa! Well, a meticulous transaction with the devil, naturally… Truly my story starts pretty far back in a dusty liquor cabinet where my dad kept the records he treasured. Mostly Haitian music, a few Spanish records, and count um, three American records. Johnny Cash “Live at Folsom Prison”, Bruce Springsteen “Born in The USA”, and the Beatles “Abbey Road”. I’ve always been fascinated by sound. I couldn’t fathom how all of that magic ended up on a spinning black frisbee looking thing, but I was hellbent on finding out. The musician thing was the next step, evolved into spending a lot of time in studios which led to my love affair with analog recording gear, and exposed me to the realization that I was pretty damn good at helping artists organize, revise, and grow ideas, or at the very least create an environment that allowed them to do so.
A gallery of people who are ‘living the dream’ – Leenks
Ruby Is A BAD Chick! – Caveman Circus
Hot Girls + Sports Bras = Win! – Bro My God
Disney Star Elizabeth Gillies and her sultry selfies of the day – Drunken Stepfather
This Is What It’s Like to Drive Porsche’s Insanely Expensive, Super-Fast Hybrid – Time
A Few People that are living the dream – Leenks
41 Genius Camping Hacks You’ll Wish You Thought Of Sooner - Linkiest
Nina Agdal in a Bikini for OP Swimwear – G-Celeb
All The EDM Sets from this year’s Coachella – Your EDM
Jessica Simpson is noticeably less round – Celeb Slam
Every Now And Then You Fall In Love (35 Pics) – Radass
The 50 Most Frustrating Moments in Video Games – Unreality Mag
The 50 Sketchiest Easter Bunny Photos Ever – World Wide Interweb
Hot women get the GIF treatment (15 GIFs) – Bad Sentinel
Eddie Murphy’s Granite Bay Mountaintop Estate (20 HQ Photos) – Classy Bro
Mallory is your hot college coed of the day – Big 10 Tens
So Cool…..Office pod for people who work at home – Hi-Consumption
The Best-Paying Companies In America – Business Insider
War is perhaps one of the most shameful things that the human race participates in on a regular basis. These images of WW2 military equipment being swallowed by plants and trees in the Neva Bridgehead (or Nevsky Pyatachok) area in Russia serve as multifaceted metaphorical statements on the relationship between war and the rest of the world.
The majority of the gear represents Russian arms used during WW2, although there are German weapons as well – the area was the staging ground of an important part of the German army’s terrible Siege of Leningrad. 260,000 Soviet troops died trying to reopen land communications with the besieged city of Leningrad, and 160,000 German soldiers died resisting them.
For me, it was movies or the internet. Hours gone. Some people say it’s not wasted if you’re enjoying yourself. But I wasn’t. It was more of a passive, unproductive, numb way to spend my time when I should’ve been doing something else.
Here’s what I learned. Self awareness is the key. What I mean by that is when I would say I was going to quit, I would later find myself back on the computer or on the couch watching tv. It took a long time for me to even realize what I was doing. It was like a habitual auto-pilot for me. You have to wake up. Be aware of what you’re doing and where you are. If you need to, make a schedule. And adhere to it very strictly. Set alarms if you want. But you just have to wake up and be present and plan your time. Know what you’re going to do, and do it. If you don’t know what to do, you’ll fall back into your natural pattern and just say "I’ll start tomorrow."
Once you’ve got that down, you have to make sure you don’t transfer the obsession/addiction to something else that’s just as bad. The goal is to make positive, long lasting changes. But you also should just take baby steps. That will help the reinforcement. For example, when I first woke up, I would want to immediately turn on the tv or get on the computer or worse: both simultaneously. At first, I did something small. When I first woke up, I would just sit. No television, no computer, no phone, nothing. Just quiet. Allow my brain to wake up, process, slow down, and make plans. The reason I did that is because, like you, I wanted to transfer my leisure time to reading but I was too annoyed/used to a quick fix to immediately start reading all day every day every chance I could. I had to transition slowly away from relying so heavily on screens for entertainment.
Don’t think you’re a failure if you relapse. Don’t say "Well, I messed up a little while today so I might as well go back to my old habits for the rest of the day/week/month." No. Small corrections. Positive encouragement.
When you do start reading, make sure you are reading things that truly interest you. Don’t read something because someone else said it was great and you just HAVE to read it. If you don’t like what you’re reading, you will stop. Then you’ll feel guilty. Then you’ll go back to your old habits and feel even worse. So if you don’t like what you’re reading, move on. Find something else. It’s okay not to like everything you read.
We are our own worst enemies and problems. But we’re also our solutions. So just be honest with yourself, know and recognize your limitations and weaknesses, and move forward with your head held high.
What Would You Take If Your House Was Burning? – Radass
Hot Babe Of The Week: Kylie Morgan – Caveman Circus
A Gallery Of Celebrities Who Attended Coachella – Drunken Stepfather
Jenny McCarthy tries to distance herself from the anti-vaccine movement – Sun Times
Really cool surreal artwork that might blow you rmind – Leenks
This Is the End of Facebook as We Know It - Linkiest
Abbey Clancy in a Bikini at the Beach in Dubai…Nice! – G-Celeb
33 Makeup Fails…Somebody Plz help them! – Bro My God
Kate Upton wishes she had smaller boobs. Blasphemy! – Celeb Slam
One of the hottest women online in lingerie – Double Viking
Netherlands Closing 19 Prisons Due to Lack of Criminals – True Activist
Why The Protector 2 Is The Worst Movie of 2014, So Far – Unreality Mag
Ain’t that the TRUTH (25 Photos) – World Wide Interweb
The 11 Highest Voted Pornstars On Reddit – Regretful Morning
Technological Predictions That Were Completely Wrong – Classy Bro
Taylor is your hot college coed of the day – Big 10 Tens
Why It’s EDM’s Fault Outkast Flopped At Coachella – EDM