Mom, Dad, we’ve changed our name to Culture Shift Agency.

I know you named us BugHouse after your friend Jay House, and as homage to the madhouse (bughouse) of ideas pouring in…but it is time for a shift, a culture shift.

Here’s why.

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You know that moment at a cocktail party when someone asks, “What do you do?”

It should be simple: “I’m a filmmaker and run BugHouse Media.”  But it’s actually a heart-racing question and I want to respond: “What do you mean “DO?” “What a ridiculous question, “DO?!”  

I make films, I make dances, I write, I edit, I produce, I moderate, I host; I’m an activist, I’m a consultant, I’m a philosopher, I’m an idea machine; I’m hungry to make change, to connect, to question, to move, to make, to love, to laugh!?” I’m all these things.  This is why filmmaker/BugHouse Media feels like too tight of a box. 

Recently, I’ve been re-introduced to a progressive community of B-corp friends, the Social Venture Circle, communities grappling with the male-female dynamic, and shamanic women’s work.  I’m essentially circling back to my roots: systems thinking, sustainability and social impact and now the name BugHouse “MEDIA” doesn’t feel quite right.

For those of you who have known me a long time, you know I spent my early days as a sustainability activist (before people knew what it was).  I worked with Pop Sustainability, the Alliance for Sustainability, the small planet fund and was involved in the Social Venture Network. I was also a life coach (also, before people knew what that was).  I was even a Poly Sci major! I wanted to go into politics so I could ...change the world!! I even interned on the Hill. But there I saw complacency and very bad fashion, which didn’t bode well for my colorful palette.  I quickly understood that Poly Sci’s divide and conquer perspective was not going to change the world. That’s when I switched my major to anthropology, where the thinking was round, full-bodied and inclusive. At the ripe age of 20, I instinctively understood that whole systems thinking was healthier, kinder, and smarter.

And let’s be honest, the whole time I’m working for a “better world” I also began to dance professionally.  Why? Because I also have a boundless need for radical fun (i.e. Run for Your Life, plus countless funny dances). This is when the maker in me that took over; first with choreography and then film.  And that’s what I’ve been doing since 2007.

As I return to my philosophical home, I also return to my desire to help evolve our societal thinking, to reduce poverty, racism, discrimination and environmental degradation. 

Now that I’m back, my creativity has brewed into a firestorm of inspired vision and I recently woke up to several business and book ideas, not film ideas, not multi-media projects, but businesses and books.

To be honest, when this happened…I was angry.  I was angry at the idea gods! No really! I mean how am I going to keep doing BugHouse Media if I’m doing all this other stuff?  How? I thought I’m a filmmaker! I thought I was a writer and director. 

Shoot me with a banana!  Immediately!

I wanted the ideas to stop.  I wanted it done. I wanted a simple life.  Give me a cow to milk and some hair to brush!  That’s it! Then I remembered I don’t even like milk and my hair doesn’t look good brushed out.

That’s when I realized it wasn't the ideas that were the problem, it was the container. 

I’m an idea machine trying to fit inside “BugHouse Media” which, ladies and gentlemen, isn’t big enough.  

What if we used our skills in ideation, branding, strategy and media to help great ideas to become big ideas with big impact? What if we shepherded in big ideas? And what if we focused our energy on cultivating the ground where positive culture shift is possible? 

What if we were Culture Shift Agency?

Now that seems worthwhile (and fun).

In many ways, our real world experience is what will make it happen. We will still be mapping out digital strategy plans and storyboarding for video shoots and testing out designs for branding.  But our passion for culture shift will keep us focused on ideation and most importantly, helping your great idea into a big idea.

So, welcome and…

STAY TUNED...

THE END...

Oh wait actually

THE BEGINNING

Whoops

The end is the same as the beginning.

And forever thank you.

Will this ever end?

Happy holidays!

I met this Chinese Chicken at the 1Future Forum this fall in Hurleyville -- where we asked, what can we do to help bring our world into balance?   

And the ancient Chinese chicken prophet replied with a hair flip: 
"If there is no LAUGHTER, there is nothing."

Wishing you a beautiful holiday "pause" filled with the healing soundtrack of laughter. 

Happy holidays!

RFYL is screening at the New York TV Festival July 17th

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Run for Your Life is now an official selection for Comedy Pilots in the New York Television Festival July 14-19. We are screening Episode 01 & 02 on TUESDAY JULY 17, 9:30PM at the Helen Mills Theater, 137 West 26th Street.  Here's the link to purchase tickets. 

And check it out, it looks like we will be sharing the theater with a lot of talented folks. 

This is a great festival all about connecting artists with the industry. If you haven't seen Episode 2 or 3, check them out here. the episodes, please check em out here. We luv em and you for watching.  And mostly we love all the people that made this happen...pounding heart.

Hopefully International Academy of Web Television and ITV will also like.

 

Run for Your Life is Looking for an Associate or Co-Producer & a Social Media Intern

 

We're looking for TALENT!

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ASSOCIATE PRODUCER or CO-PRODUCER (depending on experience and ability): Run for Your Life, a (newly) award-winning comedy web series about dates that make you want to RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, is looking for creative ways to market the series, get press, get more views, partner with platforms, tackle distribution, possibly find sponsorship and generally find funding so we can make the next 5 episodes. This is a great opportunity for someone who is a creative, go-getter and looking to grow into a bigger producer role. Unpaid for now. 8-12 hours a week.

SUMMER SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN.: Run for Your Life is looking for a social media intern to help inject life into our social media outreach so we can build partnerships, build our audience and get more press! This is a growth opportunity for the right (fun) person to work with a solid series with a lot of potential. Unpaid. 5-10 hour per week.