Davy and Me Ep1 - Role Models
An American Producer working in Seoul, struggles to find his own artistic voice while immersed in a foreign country. Despite having assimilated into Korean society, he wonders what he left behind decade ago when he first left his hometown. His peculiar position as an expat working in a homogenous culture, leads him to wonder if there is any mentor who can advise him. For want of an exemplary figure, he reflects on his childhood hero. This leads him to ask the question, "Do we need role models?"
Written and directed by Brian A. Crandall
Music by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)
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On this day in 1836, my hero died unexpectedly while pursuing his dreams. His motto was "be always sure you're right-then go ahead." He practiced what he preached and he lived an exceptional life as a storyteller and social activist. His intuitions lead him to both unprecedented achievements, but extreme hardships as well. Even though he left this world prematurely just as his career was beginning, he lived a life as human beings were supposed to live -- Free and Passionatly. This podcast is dedicated to him, David Crockett.
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