GHS 11: Josh Los Angeles Inspire 1 Videographer

laurence-seberini1-Me-edited-Josh is a Los Angeles based Videographer with the latest Video toys like the Inspire 1 drone and the DJI Osmo. He also runs a video based business off-line and has a strong online presence through youtube with 5582 subscribers and over 732k views. I actually discovered him while he was about to fly his Inspire 1 drone over the ocean. I think it’s fair to say Josh knows has some valuable advice to share when it comes to marketing his video business via youtube.

Inspire 1 Videographer

Here is what what you can expect to hear and learn in this episode

  • His early start and how he ramped up his knowledge
  • Our role models in the video space
  • How he uses Youtube to market his Video business
  • His thoughts on the Inspire 1 drone and the DJI Osmo
  • Tools that he uses for his video business
  • What’s the scene like to do paid Aerial videography in Los Angeles

Links

 

http://capturethemomentum.com/about/

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GHS 10: South African Aerial Videographer – Automated Flying + Drone talk

laurence-seberini1-Me-edited-I believe automated flying is a next level skills once you master the basics of manual flying. I learned these skills from a South African Aerial photographer Laurence Sebereni. I took his Udemy course Phantom Film School to learn everything I knew about automated flying with litchi and more. In episode 10 of the Greg Hung show I scheduled a skype call with him while I was in Phuket Thailand. Here are some of the highlights of the interview:

  • Automated flying using the Litchi 3rd party app
  • Why its a good time to buy and use Phantom 3 drone and not the Phantom 4
  • 360 aerial panorama’s
  • 360 video
  • Virtual Reality
  • Flying drones in South Africa for recreation and commercial purposes
  • Good locations to fly in South Africa
  • The Experience of teaching on-line on Udemy and Teachable

Links

http://www.skyfilms.co.za/

Phantom Film School 1 on Udemy (discount code)

 

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GHS (009) – US travel drone photographer couple in Asia

Welcome to the drone entrepreneur month where the focus will be on drone owners and and how they use them for business. Landon was the first drone owner I met in Chiang Mai. He is one half of the american travel blogger couple from San Diego. I’m jealous that they go to live the digital nomad lifestyle in a personal and business partnership. In this interview we will discuss camera’s, drones, business, travel packing tips, and a top tip for traveling a a couple.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Expenses for a couple in San Diego versus South East Asia
  • How they funded their travels
  • How to pack travel gear, drones, and camera gear in South East Asia
  • Flying drones in Halong Bay Vietnam and anxiety
  • How they distribute their videos and content
  • How long it takes them to create their great blog posts
  • The challenge of maintaining the nomadic lifestyle
  • #1 travel tip as a couple

Links

http://unevensidewalks.com/

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Where to Live & Work – Vancouver Living Guide for Expats and Digital nomads

So you made the decision to relocate to Vancouver. If you’re an expat, international student, digital nomad or new to the city then keep reading. Vancouver is a beautiful city on sunny days especially when there is still snow on the mountains. There are few cities that can compete with its natural beauty. It offers world-class winter sports, high standard of living, beautiful nature and international foods. Vancouver is also an expensive city to live and cold and wet for most of the year. If you’re looking for a cheap city to live then you’re better off looking at other countries in Asia.

I’ve lived in Vancouver for over 23 years, but have lived abroad in Asia for the past 2 years in Taiwan and Thailand. I’ve visited Vancouver two Holiday seasons for a row during that time. This trip I’ve been here for over two and a half months so I wanted to write this while the experience is fresh in my head. I’m 37 and I’m not a backpacker. I’m an ex corporate guy who is used to certain comforts like a steamroom, leather chaise, a convenient apartment located close to the Canada line and the seawall. Staying at a hostel is not an option for me. My style is value comfort.

Best time to Visit?

Vancouver is often ranked highly on the livability surveys. What is doesn’t measure and is not often talked about is the weather. You can expect long cold grey rainy days with short daylight most of the year. The best time to visit is between April and September when the weather is sunny at a comfortable 23-27 degrees Celsius. During this period Vancouver can be one of the best places to live not factoring in the expensive cost of living. If you want to enjoy beautiful views with snow on the mountain you may want to visit in March. Its still cold and wet, but you can expect a few sunny days where you can get great photos.

Vancouver Living Guide for Expats, Digital nomads,
Science world Vancouver near Olympic Villar

 

Where to live for long term stay

Vancouver Living Guide for Expats and Digital nomads,
BC place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though my family lives here I’m often asked “Why didn’t you stay with your family? Well there is no room so during the last couple of years I’m in a similar boat as you except I have local knowledge. Vancouver real estate is extremely expensive with costs in desirable areas like central Vancouver, Downtown, Burnaby, and Richmond going up since 2005. The rental market is also expensive. The location depends on where you will spend most of your time. Most of Vancouver’s businesses, International school and entertainment centers on Vancouver downtown. Downtown is easy enough to walk to most destinations, and has a decent transit system. Within downtown, waterfront areas like Coal Harbor and Yaletown are highly sought after. I’ve lived most of my time in Vancouver since 2009 living in the Yaletown area of downtown. It is a modern trendy area that is central to the seawall and parks, the Canada line, good restaurants, and the business and shopping district. It is also at the edge of downtown right across from central Vancouver so it isn’t far to commute to the City center or Richmond. Another area I would recommend is Olympic Village. This area has developed nicely since the Olympics and offers similar benefits to Yaletown, but is a newer community and is just outside of downtown. You can also look for rooms or basement suites anywhere that is walking distance to the Canada line. Some convenient Canada line stations include City center station, King Edward, Oakridge, Langara, Marine Drive station, and Richmond center.

I was lucky to stay at an Airbnb for $30 canadian a night. I managed to find a private room with shared kitchen and shared bathroom in a new house near the newly developed Marine drive Canada line station for $30 Canadian a night. I ended up paying $365 Canadian for 12 nights, which is incredibly cheap. A good option if you were staying a week or 2 in Vancouver. I could have booked longer, but there weren’t many reviews and it ended up getting booked up for months after I booked my room. I consider myself lucky.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/7858563

If you needed a longer term more comfortable option to stay you can search on craigslist. You can find a basement suite in a Vancouver suburb for about $1300 Canadian. The problem is that the majority of landlords want 6 month to a year leases. These places are unfurnished and you’ll end up spending hundreds more to get set up with your essentials.

If you are living here for 1-3 months most likely you’re going to need something fully furnished, wifi, and central. There are not many options here in Vancouver. If you google short-term accommodation your top results will be the Standard, The Lex, and Rentwithconcert. Those apartments cater to corporate executives that have afford to have their companies footage a 3-5k a month bill.

 

I was fortunate to find the new GEC Student hotel. Don’t let the name fool you this used to be the best Western Plus hotel converted into short-term hotel accommodation.

The suite is located at Granville and Drake at the foot of the Granville bridge on the downtown side. This area used to be a bit seedy, but I can see it has gentrified. Downtown Vancouver is small, but the funny thing is you can be in shady area one minute, and a nice condo residential area the next. Try to avoid Granville street at night especially on the weekends. I recommend taking Seymour or Horny for a more pleasant walk.

The suite is a fully furnished studio with wifi. It has a 40 inch lcd, private bathroom with a shower and hot tub. The desk is solid with a nice view looking up the entertainment district of Granville with a view of the mountains. In my second month I upgraded to a studio with a kitchen and king sized bed. It is also a downgrade in terms of the view and a lower floor.

A so so gym area with hot tub is on the rooftop. The seawall is a 3-4 minute walk away, and the Canada line is 8 minutes walk away. There are bus stops right outside that can take me anywhere in downtown or even to my parents. This is a good lifestyle for a month or 2. It doesn’t come cheap.

The cost

Studio $1450 cdn

Studio with kitchen $1580

I had a good stay here. The staff and service have been great the past 2 months. The wifi has been up and down, but more than good enough. They have just recently opened up a business center which offers computers and printers. They have a decent fitness center, parking, sauna, and laundry. In short everything you need in a convenient location.

Where to work from?

This section is for the Digital nomads and location independent workers that work from a laptop.

If you’re looking to find work in Vancouver I can offer deep knowledge as someone who built a 13 year career in Vancouver. For 5 of those years I worked as a manager where I was hiring people for a company. I’ll share knowledge about that in the Vancouver living guide.

Vancouver offers a lot of coffee shops, cafe/restaurants, and public areas with free wifi.

I recommend trying to use your apartment or room as a home base. This is where you can do the majority of your work and have access to everything you need. This means somewhere with a desk, solid wifi, and power. I also look for a large screen tv with HDMI access for video work or playing movies from my laptop.

The room at the GEC hotel served as a good base, but I needed to get out once in a while and find high speed Internet for uploading.

I’ve worked out of coffee shops like Starbucks Marine drive station. Although it ticks all the boxes it’s got too much in and out traffic for me to relax. This is good for a couple of hours. I’ve also worked at the Starbucks across from the downtown Library. There are 2. I worked at the one further west on Robson.

The downtown Vancouver library offers workspace and free fast wifi. In late 2015 it made a major upgrade by introducing the Inspiration Labs on the 3rd Floor. This facility offers rooms, computers, and equipment you can use to content. This means sound proofed recording rooms for podcasters, musicians, online teachers, and even computers with software to video edit. They even offer a green screen recording room where they offer a camera and lighting to create a professional production.

 Vancouver Library Inspiration Labs

Vancouver Living Guide for Expats and Digital nomads
Inspiration labs recording room

I’ve also worked from the Inspiration labs at the downtown Library. The recording and sound rooms have been a great resource to create some high quality content. The Wifi is super fast in the work area within the Inspiration Labs. I’ve been able to reach close to 85 mb/s upload speed. The rooms allow you to use equipment like lighting, condensed microphones, greenscreen, and sound mixers. In the hands of someone who has some knowledge like myself you can take full advantage on this free resource. Thanks to the Vancouver Library. This resource was one of the reasons why I decided to extend my stay. I’ve even developed a content schedule to make the most of my studio time. The one drawback is that this library also attracts a lot of bums and the bathroom can be disgusting. You often have to ask someone else you can trust to watch your things while you run to the bathroom. The best workspace is by the tables with the video editing computers. This space serves it’s purpose and is free. If you can obtain a library card the library offers free access to the online learning resource called Lynda. This is an excellent free benefit and I suggest you use it.

Co-work Spaces

In general there are a growing number of co-work spaces located in Gastown area. They don’t generally offer daily or weekly rates, but start with monthly rates start at $300 Canadian. Some of the names I came across included Hive, Suite Genius, Werklab, nd Kickstart (International Village mall).

My freelancer friend had a daypass to the cowork space called HIVE located in gastown

Hive was a decent work environment. The hotdesk area where I was sitting was busy. The wifi was solid and it’s a trendy design with different workspace areas. I worked out of the hot desk area. There were other areas for fixed desk workers. The vibe was fairly quiet and people kept to themselves. There was a mix of solo independent workers and some groups. It’s a comfortable work area with a kitchen if you were to fix yourself a lunch and a lounge area. There are plenty of options around the area such as noodle box or subway.

They had a couple of phone/skype booth areas for private conversations. There is a sustainable theme where they attempt to provide a contribution to the community and the environment. There were plenty of racks for people that commute on bikes. In short I found this to be a solid establish option if you were in need a co-work space in Vancouver.

Cafe’s and Coffee Shops

Urban Fare (Olympic Village)

This grocery store/cafe chain has a modern lounge feel with plenty of desks, food, wifi, and beautiful views. You are footsteps away from the seawall and the popular Craft Beer Market

 Allegro

Vancouver living guide for expats
Working at Allegro Cafe in Wholefoods

This café is centrally located near the city center Canada line location. It offers everything you need and some good priced happy hour wine and beer. My favorite Vancouver beer Four Winds IPA is sold here. It’s also located within the Whole foods store should you wish to do some shopping after. After you’re done work you can find any convenience store you would need from post office, liquor store, restaurant, electronics store, or drug store. It’s fairly busy so it’s not the quietest place to do work.

 BC’s best coffee (Near Granville and Drake)

This hidden gem offers plenty of comfortable seating and marble desks space if you like to stand up and work. It’s not that busy and offers everything you need. I like it because it is spacious, has all the essentials and isn’t too busy.

 

 Roundhouse Community Center

I actually haven’t worked here,but this is the community center that serves Yaletown residents. If you can find a desk here you can benefit from free wifi and work here for a couple of hours. It’s close to the Yaletown Canada line and is close to the seawall if you want to take a walk.

 Waves Hastings locations

Vancouver Living Guide for Expats and Digital nomads
Waves is modern with all the essentials, but busy with students

 

Waves is a coffee chain that offers everything you need. The coffee is average, but the location on hastings was a good location to work from. This is close to SFU and international schools so you might find many students studying out of this location.

Nightlife

Gas town and Yaletown remain the trendy district that people like to go to hang out. I enjoyed a drink at the Oxford and even the local chain restaurants like Earls, Milestones, and Cactus are still strong bets for a good night out. Granville Street is the entertainment district and is home to a lot of the clubs and bars that appeal to the younger crowd.

GH07 – My Top 8 Stock footage tips for 2015

The Stock Footage business model has given me the benefit of time and location freedom. Essential it allows me to license my videos on Internet agencies. The agencies take care of marketing, receiving payment, and delivery. The beauty of this model is I can license a video clip an unlimited number of times on more than one agency. I go into more depth about this in my blog post and this podcast.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Which agencies you should have your video collection on
  • What technology should you focus on to get higher returns
  • Why you should consider relocating to a lower cost country
  • How to improve your efficiency

Links

Chicvoyageproductions.com blog post on the top 8 tips

Sign up my Travel Photographer book “Take off” based on the stock footage business model

Learn Stock footage with me using my online video courses

The Taiwan Digital nomad guide

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GHS 006 – How Wedding MC Speaker Coach created an Online Business

Petter Miller is an Australian International Master of Ceremonies + SpeakersCoach I met in Chiang Mai. He is a breath of fresh air coming from an acting background to now running is online business from Chiang Mai. He also volunteers as the Mcee at the weekly coffee Nomad meetup. In this interview Petter shares his journey to Chiang Mai and drops awesome vocal delivery tips that anyone can use to improve their business.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How Petter developed his first digital product and started his online business
  • How Petter bounced back from adversity through reading
  • Super tips on improving your public speaking and vocal delivery
  • Effective old fashioned to get to know your customer
  • The APEC business visa and how it can erase your visa run headaches

Links

Pettermiller website

Speakers Coach

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GHS 005 (Part 2 of 2) – Successful KickStarter Travel Shirt Campaign 2 of 2

Kyle is a local success story in Chiang Mai who had an idea for a travel shirt while traveling in Asia. He developed a stylish high performance Travel Shirt and successfully raised close to $92,000 US on Kickstarter. I was fortunate Kyle was generous with his time and we manage to sit down at the Sangdee Cafe in Nimman to record a 2 part interview. Kyle is a tall guy with an imposing physical presence, but once we started talking it’s hard not to be engaged by his story and the way to tells it. In the first part you’ll learn about Kyle’s early travels in Thailand and what led to the creation of the travel shirt. I also get a bit deeper to and learn more about his mindset and how he leveraged relationships to accelerate his knowledge. Kyle’s approaches business seriously and the experience and wisdom you’re going to hear on this episode is both interesting and golden.

successful kickstarter campaign travel shirt
Kyle Barraclough and I at the holiday party at Sangdee cafe at Nimman Chiang Mai. Thanks to Petter Miller for the photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will learn:

  • Challenges that Kyle encountered and what kept him going to push through to get this shirt produced
  • Kyle’s helps sort through the contradictory marketing advice and what  to focus on when it comes to On-line Marketing
  • The importance of the customer avatar and why it all starts here
  • The Importance of copy and storytelling
  • Behind the scenes and the experiential mindset of the Kickstarter Video
  • Kyle’s future plans and what he thinks the future of Chiang Mai is
  • Kyle’s daily routine

Links

Website Libertadapparel

Kyle’s kickstarter campaign

Kyle’s unedited talk in Chiang Mai

Steve Blank

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The Greg Hung Show 004 (Part 1 of 2) – Succcesful Travel shirt $91,972 US Kickstarter Launch with Kyle Barraclough

Kyle is a local success story in Chiang Mai who had an idea for a travel shirt while traveling in Asia. He developed a stylish  high performance Travel Shirt and successfully raised close to $92,000 US on Kickstarter. I was fortunate Kyle was generous with his time and we manage to sit down at the Sangdee Cafe in Nimman to record a 2 part interview. Kyle is a tall guy with an imposing physical presence, but once we started talking it’s hard not to be engaged by his story and the way to tells it. In the first part you’ll learn about Kyle’s early travels in Thailand and what led to the creation of the travel shirt. I also get a bit deeper to and learn more about his mindset and how he leveraged relationships to accelerate his knowledge. Kyle’s approaches business seriously and the experience and wisdom you’re going to hear on this episode is both interesting and golden.

successful kickstarter campaign travel shirt
Kyle Barraclough and I at the holiday party at Sangdee cafe at Nimman Chiang Mai. Thanks to Petter Miller for the photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will learn:

  • Kyle’s background and story and journey to creating the Travel shirt
  • His approach to doing business in Asia and China
  • What Chiang Mai was like in 2004-2007
  • Kyle’s journey to Burma in the early days
  • Networking 3.0
  • How Kyle leverages his strength of relationship
  • How Kyle leveraged the strength of the community to accelerate his education to start on-line business
  • The story behind the travel shirt
  • How Kyle manages his relationship with his backers

Links

Website Libertadapparel

Kyle’s kickstarter campaign

Kyle’s unedited talk in Chiang Mai

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Taiwan Digital nomad guide

The Taiwan Digital nomad guide is designed for digital nomads or on-line workers that are interested in working and living abroad in Taiwan. I’m a Canadian that visited Taiwan in 2012 for a wedding. I returned in 2013 for a 1 year working holiday and ended up living there for almost 2.5 years. Taiwan is a gem in asia that often gets overlooked for Thailand and Indonesia. There are many benefits to Taiwan like generous tour visas.

Taiwan Digital nomad guide
The digital nomad in Taiwan guide

Here are chapters in the guide

Why is Taiwan a great place to be a digital nomad (air, water, food, safety, rent etc

Visas

Sample monthly/daily living costs

How to rent an apartment and where to stay

Where to work

How to meet other entrepreneurs/friends

Survival Chinese

Where to go relax and exercise

Getting a sim card

Getting around

Greg’s favorite eats

Digital nomad lifestyle in Chiang Mai Thailand & Taiwan

Digital nomad lifestyle in Chiang Mai Thailand & Taiwan

The Digital nomad lifestyle in Chiang Mai and Taiwan are two of the cities I’ve chosen to follow my dreams and pursue my passion for video. These just a peek at a typical week in either of these cities.

Chiang Mai Lifestyle

Chiang Mai Lifestyle
a view of Chiang Mai mountain from my apartment
Chiang Mai Lifestyle
one of the co-work spaces I enjoy working at

Imagine waking up to at 10am to sunshine and looking at the mountain outside your balcony. You walk 3 minutes across the street to order an americano at a trendy coffee shop/co-work space and setup your laptop for the day working on something you love and enjoy. Imagine eating delicious Thai dishes like Chicken Pad Thai or Chicken cashew nuts with rice for $2 US for lunch. You call it a day at 3pm and go for a swim and beautiful swimming pool with wifi for $2. At night you share a Hawaiian pizza with a friend for $6 and then listen to some live music and a large Singha beer for $2.80 US. You take the next day off and ride your scooter up the mountain to get some fresh air and relaxation at a monk temple with a view of Chiang Mai. You attend the nomad coffee meet at healthy B cafe  to hear the latest in online business and meet new friends before heading for some drinks to start your weekend.

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Chiang Mai Lifestyle
Having a drink with some friends

Taipei Lifestyle

Imagine waking up and heading to the local taiwan restaurant for a chinese pancake and coffee for $2.45. You take a 5 minute metro ride to the local co-work space Maker Bar. For lunch you head to the famous electronic area to find some delicious Taiwanese dumplings and soy milk for $2.30. It’s 4pm and you feel like unwinding so you grab a Taiwan beer while you wrap up work. You are meeting some friends for tomato Taiwanese beef noodles at the famous Yong Kang street. After you rent a ubike to ride past Da-an park and ride home. The next day you take an amazing bike ride to Tamsui to enjoy a beautiful sun set and drink before enjoying some a delicious chicken wrap.

Digital nomad lifestyle in Chiang Mai Thailand & Taiwan
Tomato beef noodle soup
Digital nomad lifestyle in Chiang Mai Thailand & Taiwan
Tamsui area
Digital nomad lifestyle in Chiang Mai Thailand & Taiwan
a french man paints his lantern for the pingxi festival