Documentary Release!

Currently, at this moment, my documentary is being uploaded to Youtube. After a week of rendering troubles in and out I was so afraid that I would miss the deadline (don’t jinx me now blog post). I couldn’t make any blogs on Youtube either so my channel was quiet and so was my campaigning for everything.

I had to mess around with some things to make editing work. Just so you all know I didn’t use any fancy bells or whistles as I had hoped because I’m currently not in school able to have access to Final Cut. But, for iMovie and my DSLR and research that I did I’m pretty proud of it.

A little preview:

  • It’s like a really fancy thoughts from places vlog
  • There are some Skype Interviews as well as in person interviews
  • Everytime I would edit the part with the students I would always miss them
  • If I included every single resource I have found for alternative paths – iMovie would crash (unfortunately)

Hope that you enjoy it and maybe get some ideas about what paths you may want to take!

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

How My Skillshare Class Has Already Taught Me So Much

It’s a Monday night. I’ve just come back with meeting some old friends and discussing how

community college’s negative stigma is BS (another post, another time). But since I’m not attending

school this fall, because of paperwork issues, I’ve decided to fully Uncollege myself. At least for a semester. So, I received this e-mail from Skillshare that Hybrid classes were being offered. Half online, half in person, and it’s really at your own pace. 

Using tools like

  • Livestreams
  • Dropbox platforms
  • Classroom forum
  • Appealing design

is making the whole process really enjoyable. The class is hosted by the founder of Skillshare, and it was free for the 

first few that joined. Immediately I signed up, and we’re basically working on a tangible product that would be in a business. I’m not giving too much away, but we have assignments for this 5 week class and they are really hands on. People collaborate from all over the world and share local, and global resources. 

How’s that for the world is your classroom? And not only does Skillshare offer classes online, but you can teach a class online or in person now too! One of the many new resources that are appearing with the hiking tuition costs of universities. Tailoring your education – really to your needs, and making  tangible real world project in the process? Sounds like my cup of tea.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

Frank Romano III: Entrepreneurship, Education, and Economy

This past week I got to sit down and talk with Frank Romano III, who is one of the co-founders of Vanilla Video. We talked about starting up this company, education and the changing economy. Regarding education, Frank did two … Continue reading

Welcoming George, Artists, and Zines

This weekend was wonderful – it involved taking out the new camera (George, a Canon 60D) out for a spin, macaroons, trains, zines, and meeting artists. For anyone that is just getting into zines I do suggest checking out Stolen … Continue reading

Sharing Resources

I got back from a great networking event today. Had a lovely time!

I realized that if you share resources and help with others, the

universe (in a way), gives back.


So if you learned something from someone, or got an opportunity

to help, create, motivate, or do something extraordinary. Share it!

Contribute to others and they will contribute to you.

Interview with Jon Garcia: Vlogger. Student. Activist.

Tell me a little about yourself!
My name is Jonathan Garcia. I’m a 21 year old junior at Grand Valley State University study English for secondary education with a minor in history. Besides activism, which should be pretty obvious, I’m into singing, reading, writing, drawing, anything related to my majors, sociology, politics, scooters and fiction.I plan to become a high school teacher but other interests include becoming an author and continuing vlogging for a looooong time.
Why are you doing King of The Web?
My friend Kym Couch (themunchkym) ran for King of the Web a few times and that’s how I found out about it. It seems kinda kitschy and fake sometimes, but the fact is that the whole campaigning thing helps boost a lot of vloggers (like me) and raises a lot of money for worthy causes.
What got you into vlogging?
I’ve been in YouTube longer than most people know. I got into a few vloggers like HurricaneAubrey and KevJumba at first and then enjoyed the Let’s Play scene. Eventually I got into the Vlogbrothers and started making a few videos of questionable quality at WashboardSam, my old channel.
Anyway one day I was like hey, I don’t have time to make vlogs all the time but I really want to get into it. I want to make more online friends because otherwise I’m just going to have more crappy summers and go on with no motivation. So I started The Minute Vlog and shared it with friends and family and here I am now.
What advice do you give to new vloggers/creative young people?
New vloggers? Well, first of all, remember that every other vlogger is someone like you. I’m not ridiculously popular and Internet fame is a very fickle thing. The best approach is to do the opposite of all of those reality television stars and get in it to make friends. Find others. Comment. Comment back. Talk. Tweet. Skype. Google Plus hangout. Even if you never have more than five people watching you, you just made five friends.

Share why you want to help end modern slavery and what can a person do to help?

I’m sure I’ll be drowning in student debt and all that 99% stuff that is happening is a terrible consequence to the world we live in, but even with my not-so-great luck, I have it way better than most. Millions of men, women and mostly children are sold into slavery in nearly every country in the world. It’s not just a third world problem, either. Michigan, where I live, is home to a lot of enslaved adolescents who are forced to prostitute themselves. Then there’s also chocolate  which is farmed by kidnapped African boys. The World Cup and similar events of awesome are tainted by the massive revenue they build for traffickers.

There are a few ways to help. Vote for increased government regulation in these fields. Petition. Get knowledge and spread it. If you like coffee, chocolate, diamonds, prostitutes or wearing clothes (I think I covered everyone) you should find out where to buy these products without supporting slavery. There are stickers for fair trade. If you can’t find that kind of stuff, buy local or organic because most farmed products that use slaves are made in third world places.
Thank you for helping decrease world suck Jon and keep being awesome. You can vote for Jon for King of the Web right here. And check out his “Minute Vlog” here. You are able to vote ten times a day until the end of the month – let’s decrease world suck and end modern slavery!
Hope you are all living a BellaVie!

My UnCollege Curriculum Update

I just got back from the library and came up with my specific curriculum of resources thank you to my UnCollege Coach, Carlos Miceli. I’ve decided to focus on two main things – Film and Writing. So I’ve devised a curriculum based on several colleges websites on what their curriculums look like.

I cannot express how much it helps to have a weekly call of clarity to just express your ideas and how you want to get there. Writing them down helps so much, and what I have learned so far is that systems help much more than goal writing.

I’ve recently downloaded a little timer for my dashboard which buzzes me in for when I have something else to do. For example I can put in 2o minutes for social networking, and then it will buzz that I used up my 2o minutes. After that I can use it again for other tasks on my to do list. It has helped loads since I downloaded it. Because everyone that knows me really well knows that I’m a social media junkie – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Youtube.

So with this new tool I’ve organized a new system to focus on my ideals. Film and writing books are up there in that photograph. I cannot wait to delve into them! I’ve currently got a few freelance gigs going on before the official start of winter break and my friend Melody comes to visit. We’re going to be working on the schedule of the China trip and making our to-do lists.

Also, a note about the fundraiser – I have not heard back yet from the coffeehouse owner but I will post the new date as soon as it is all settled. Stay tuned for my zine which will be out soon and feel free to contact me with any questions or more things you want me to write about, questions, etc.

Want Overall Wellness? Try Exercise

It’s finals week across the U.S. and my Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of students stressing over exams and tests. I’m not really part of the anxious exam crowd, I’ve had my own bouts of emotional turmoil and I did not want school to be part of them. But neither should you.

This great video is perfect for de-stressing. But also (if applied correctly) is good for your brain heath, your heart health, and your overall state of wellness. I thought that it would be quite appropriate to share it at this time

Hope you are all living a BellaVie!

The BellaVie Fundraiser Postponed

My fundraiser has been postponed to a further date. There was a last minute

schedule conflict. Not to worry, I will be updating the Facebook event page

with further information.


I want to thank everyone so far that has listened to my story, bought a shirt or zine,

or wanted to participate in some way. I’m really happy that my project has grown

so much and how it’s becoming a real tangible thing. It’s scary but exciting. It’s

sort of taking on a life of it’s own!


You can check out the event page on Facebook and RSVP if you are interested in

sharing some poetry, finding out about my documentary, and why I keep talking

about China. Also, if you have zines, artwork, music, or poetry you would want to

share feel free to contact me. Even if you cannot make it to the event, I would love

to read or share your passion with others. Stay tuned for an update on the date change,

and when I hear back from the coffeeshop!


Hope you are all living a BellaVie!