September 9, 2010
The other day I was thinking back to May of 2004 when I’d arrived at the Bay Area. To that time, still living in Miami, through the Internet, I had rented an apartment at the Bay Area peninsula, close to the office, and arrived there with a huge moving truck packed with all my possessions and the three birds. In a way, it was kind of a home coming after all my time in Los Angeles, and California in a way still gives me this innate feeling of being at “home”.
The first year of my return I didn’t have much time to explore, discover or develop – but I knew that I will stay here , settle down, grow (shallow) roots and integrate myself into local society and create a lifestyle. In 2005, I moved to the West side of San Francisco into a house I liked immediately and I still life exactly there, across the street of the gorgeous Golden Gate Park and two miles away from the beach. I have never lived five years in one place ever since I had left Germany where I still was living with my parents in 1985. Six years in the same geographical area is an eternity but also a good stretch of time to have explored, discovered, created, and developed.
San Francisco is an interesting place and as much as it is a tourist magnet with all the famous landmarks displayed in the touristy Web sites or sightseeing attractions there is a broad range of grey shades to be found and eventually the grey turns into the darkest shades of black. From ultimate glamour to sobering homelessness; from the yuppie success stories of the financial district to despair and anger of the drug addicts in the Tenderloin; where on parts of Market or Mission people rather lay on the street then walk, from the dive bars in the Mission district to downtown’s Palace Hotel. It is nothing short of a well balanced eco-system. Everybody lives with it. It gives the city color and a certain vibe; it makes it interesting and dangerous to the same time; there is excitement and opportunity. It attracts many interesting people and interesting lifestyles. In the six years of my stay, I have seen it (almost) all and the opportunity of meeting new people and discovering new things every day besides enjoying the marvelous outdoors never seizes. It is like a big and never ending party. God only knows how my journey will continue here in San Francisco but for the moment, it is just fine. My freelance lifestyle is contributing and in turn creating – on a daily basis- and is the backbone of personal growth.
September 2, 2010
Over the last two week’s I was talking about the Bird Hotel and my involvement in modeling. I treat both things as an integral part of my life transition and deal with them as they come along. The other thing I am spending my time with is the book production itself. I am not going to talk about it in detail because the outcome will be publicly available soon and than people can judge for themselves.
Though a day (when structured) most of the time seems extremely short, it also can be long and productive. Many things can be put into 10 hours of daylight and many things can be accomplished (or not accomplished) depending on mood, level of energy and discipline.
I try to discover new things every day and combine them with the more familiar things in my life. It can be frustrating and confusing at times but eventually rewarding. In order to do this it is necessary to have the answers for two questions readily available. 1) What is my goal ? and 2) How am I going to get there? Indeed easy questions – but the answers to them are damn hard to articulate so the brain can grasp the concept to convert ideas and thoughts into productive action leading us to the desired goals.
It is so much easier to just do whatever we do like robots, day in and day out in order to avoid the challenges to create something new. If there would be a specific change formula I probably already would have gotten it but unfortunately there isn’t and every individual is in charge for their own change and terms of the how and why. On the other hand it would be boring to have a change formula because than the journey would be most probably be boring. Like this, every day is different – every day has its up’s and down’s.
There is never a straight road to reach one’s goals, instead, there are twists and turns, surprises, disappointment, anger, frustration, joy and sadness. But with every new day there are two very important components contributing to the individual change formula and that is faith and hope.
August 26, 2010
Last week I introduced the one and only Four Star Bird Hotel in town. Again, some happy guests went home this week with another firm return booking in my calendar.
But this is not what I want to talk about in this week’s post. Another new and exciting venture I took on is Modeling – yes you heard right – Modeling. This came together once again when chance and opportunity presented itself and I was able to draw from my past involvement in runway/photo modeling which actually and honestly can be considered as ancient history. But I took the chance to get back into it for the opportunity to learn and grow in an (again) unfamiliar industry, connected to an extremely steep learning curve. I am working with the professional team of Steve and Laurie Cozart of Steele Model and Talent Management who provide the necessary education, photography services and their expertise to make the best out of this journey.
Check out Steve’s Blog: Cozartphotos./sneak preview/Birgit
In June, we took the pictures posted here and put together my portfolio of 2010 and one of my modeling involvement in Los Angeles in 1986 for comparison. In July, I sent out my pictures and my Resume to 15 Talent agencies in San Francisco and got two interviews out of it. This week I signed an exclusive contract with Models Inc. Talent Agency in San Francisco. Whew! Now the game can begin.
I already went to an audition for a highly compensated photo shoot, which was a fine experience. I am looking forward to future gigs and the opportunity to create important synergies with the Book PR campaign that will be launched very soon. More about that in next week’s post.
Between cleaning cages, interacting with my bird guests, Book PR campaign, regular life, and keeping up with the harsh requirements of modeling my level of discipline and creating efficiencies are tested to the utmost – sometimes it is even too much for me!
This one is from 1986, Los Angeles…
March 7, 2010
Ok. Here I am .
announcing my public reading debut of an excerpt chapter from ” To Drink the Wild Air” .
Wednesday March 17 2010. 7PM.
Cafe Royale, 800 Post Street, San Francisco CA
I’ll let you know how it went.