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Case of the Fridays – Trumpet Player Rico DeLargo

Today I’ve chosen Rico DeLargo, an exotic trumpet player based out of San Diego for this week’s installment of “Case of the Fridays.”  He headlines events and venues all over the states, and travels more frequently than I do.  Being an independent musician that can obtain that level of demand is a tough thing to […]

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Why hashtags and double-sharing are crippling your game

(An instagram manifesto by @timkingphoto) This has been on my mind for awhile now, and I really feel like it’s time to get it out.  There are a few things people are doing on instagram that they believe are helping them…but *I* think they’re actually HURTING THEM! So let’s get to it, shall we? 1. […]

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elyse renae - i am *very* grateful that i crossed this today.
a repeat offender on a few of these points, however, this make so much sense.
time to switch up my social media game!
best bonus? time SAVER!February 21, 2013 – 1:59 pm

Case of the Fridays – Celebrity Hairstylist Sherri Belanger

I specifically chose Sherri because of her always-progressing attitude towards work and her openness to helping others. As I’ve come to find, a lot of times well-established people aren’t always open to sharing their stories of success, and it’s refreshing to see someone that understands an abundance mentality and continues to help others grow

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Chance - Great interview Tim – keep up the good work. Sherri, congratulations on achieving exactly what you want to do in life. Continue to live life with that strong positive attitude!February 19, 2013 – 12:42 pm

Ryan - Really enjoying your “Case of the Fridays”. Keep them coming!February 18, 2013 – 8:12 pm

Max - Wow she is gorgeous! Great interview tooFebruary 15, 2013 – 11:18 pm

Jamie - Awesome post. She genuinely seems kind and caring – and you can tell by the way she talks about the client experience. Bravo Sherri!February 15, 2013 – 11:18 pm

Alexa - Great interview on this one Tim! She is definitely right about the amount of time and dedication it takes – it’s especially not easy starting out. This one hit home for me, and some day I hope to be at her level.February 15, 2013 – 11:17 pm

Barbara - So poud of you sweetie.February 15, 2013 – 5:33 pm

Don Belanger - Love the fact that you’d want to go back to me and mom’s teenage years, and yes it was a non stop party! And you are right, you did talk to much when you were younger. We considered getting you a t-shirt back then with the slogan: “I’m Talking and I can’t Shut Up!” – love you hon!February 15, 2013 – 4:53 pm

crystal trotter - I’ve been lucky enough to know Sherri since her days at the tanning salon where I was a client. She is the most beauitful person I know inside and out. I was one of her first clients in San Diego and am also one who makes the trek up to Hollywood to see her. I have been through a lot in my life and going to Sherri is a release, time to feel pretty and pampered and most of all a time to reflect on what positives I can draw from life. Funny that getting your hair done can do that to someone! Sherri’s geniune concern for her clients makes it *more* than just getting your hair done. She is an amazing person that I feel blessed to know.February 15, 2013 – 12:28 pm

Flirt with your wife

Last night, I met up with my 7th grade girlfriend at a speakeasy bar in New York City.  We entered the place through a phone booth in the back of a restaurant and took a seat at the bar among 30 other people.  We tried some new cocktails, and after catching up for a bit […]

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Bob Dylan - He that is not busy being born is busy dying…March 6, 2013 – 9:45 pm

Holly - Wow! I love the colors in that picture!!March 6, 2013 – 12:33 pm

Feuza - My husband needs to read this! so trueFebruary 26, 2013 – 10:15 pm

Ryan Naman - Well put , the spontaneity of life is lost in our mundane day to day rituals and routines …. I think Everyone can take those words and positively put them into action because doing nice things for people you care about , like you say , should be all the motivation you need!!

Thank You!February 17, 2013 – 11:52 am

Ariel - Loved this post. You really articulated that kind of progression of impressing/comfort really well. Couldn’t help but laugh at the spit comment lol we hate that!!!February 14, 2013 – 10:16 pm

Lisa - I think DOING the dishes is way more surprising. :)February 14, 2013 – 7:06 pm

Alyssa - Love this post! So true and so honest, thanks for writing this Tim – I’ve really been enjoying your posts lately.February 14, 2013 – 6:06 pm

Leanne - Been really enjoying your blog posts lately! You have a great way of combining fun and wisdom !February 14, 2013 – 11:58 am

Carol Adams - Loved the picture of the adorable couple!February 13, 2013 – 10:11 pm

Cheryl Reeser Ruse - Great thoughts!February 13, 2013 – 8:36 pm

ashley goodwin - Awwwww, this is a sweet one, Tim!
And I LOVEEEEEEEEE that photo at the bottom, the colors speak to me (plus it’s cute!).February 13, 2013 – 8:28 pm

Anna - Love the pic! Props to the camera assistant :)

AnnaFebruary 13, 2013 – 8:11 pm

On being “weird”

I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me I’m the “weirdest person they’ve ever met”. But you know what? BEING WEIRD has led me to some of the coolest experiences of my life, and I have no doubt following your ‘weird’ instincts will lead you to the same.

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Dan - Hi, I like your style, live how you want to live!! And check out my band the pineapple thief. CheersJune 25, 2015 – 3:35 pm

Fran - Love how you took your video and used it to make a great, inspiring and motivational post.June 25, 2015 – 1:16 pm

Kevin - Hiya,
I was surfing looking for a picture of ‘secret society’ to add emphasis to my email to a colleague that graduated. The picture and story of monk robes and animal masks made my lunchtime so much more fun. A harmless prank that will surely find the recipient sharing with friends and family for years to come.

Not only are many of the photographs great kitsch (beret a la Louvre), but high quality as well. Well done, sir.

/KApril 3, 2015 – 10:14 am

McKenzie Ring - Oh Tim…I hardly know you…I mean, we practically met with you pulling me out of a pool…but appreciate your humor and zeal for life greatly. You fucking crack me up. Your influence on being creative, not just for others, but for yourself, is fantastic. If anyone can influence to “get over yourself” in the best way possible, it’s you. Keep being weird. Weird just feels good. Generally always. Except for that one time, in college, at a frat party. In ’02. That didn’t feel so good.November 17, 2014 – 2:54 pm

Vince - Hey man, just read this post and love how you’re living your life to the fullest. Keep doing your thing.March 15, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Nina Krafft - SO good! Keep doing what you’re doing! Much love.July 30, 2013 – 8:35 pm

Tom - Fucking hell I love you.
Seriously, you seem like an amazing person, and I really wish I knew you. You seem like the best type of friend – the best type of person! None of that seems weird to me, it looks like fun.
The way you live your life is so inspiring to other people, you’re just so awesome! Again, I really wish I knew you. :(July 17, 2013 – 12:22 pm

Alice - Wow. This is so inspiring. I’ve struggled with being myself and basically every kind of anxiety. I’ve actually wanted to do “weird” things and speak out but it just takes over me. Anxious about what language I speak, and how much I speak of it. (I grew up and live in the Philippines but I’m terrible at Filipino. So much that I am dubbed an Englishera [I speak too much English, apparently] and some people just avoid me) Anxious about my friends. Caring about what people think of me. Confidence issues. Thoughts like “Am I really good at this? Should I just stop altogether because whatever I’ll do, people will make fun of me anyway? Should I tell people when something good happened to me? Will they think I’m just arrogant? Do I even have real friends?” Too much but you get the idea.

What is considered “normal” seems strange to me. The people I’m around everyday have affected me. Over time, I have conformed to their cliche teenage girl ways and every day I hate that I changed. I hate the fact that THEY of all people caused me to change. Sigh. (My life is a cliche high school comedy movie)

But you, my good sir, have brightened my day. Reading your story has inspired me to go the distance. (Disney’s Hercules reference, anyone?) A personal account does so much better than psychological studies, self-help books/articles, and even my best friend STATISTICS. Being yourself is all that really matters. Normal /is/ overrated.

In unrelated news, I think I saw your holiday card on Tumblr. EPIC. You are amazing. That prank brought me here, and gave me a better outlook on life.

Sorry if this whole comment might not make sense at times, but you’re awesome. I can’t thank you enough for this post. DFTBA.
And to anyone who read until the end of my comment, I salute you.June 8, 2013 – 7:01 am

Katie Young - THANK-YOU. Reading this beautiful post at this exact moment in time has given me immense inspiration and validation. This is something I’ve struggled with lately- others not liking my ideas and thinking doing the same thing over and over again is more fun than inventing your own board games or going to a club dressed as superheroes (WHY, I DON’T KNOW?!) Thank-you for reminding me that I am f***ing awesome and my ideas are fantastic no matter what others say. I spent the other day by myself (because NO ONE wanted to join!) going to a festival embracing international cultures, a musical about drag queens, and riding around the city in trains alone, and I have to say IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST DAYS I’VE HAD THUS FAR. Other readers, I hope like me, you will continue to let your freak flags fly. I’d rather be weird than boring. And I’m so much happier as the awkward chick who doesn’t really give a f***. ^_^June 6, 2013 – 7:27 pm

Andrew - I just decided to write to say thanks. You remind me of all the people in my life who make me genuinely happy to be around them. the guys that want to do things because the alternative is to be normal, and there really is no point (and no fun) in that. this post is seems to be a guide on how I want to live my life. So thanks, and keep on being weird, man.June 6, 2013 – 6:00 pm

Laura - “You’re weird” is always the best compliment I can receive. And while I’ve struggled in the past with people’s perception of me, I’m glad I no longer worry about it. Props for describing in many words something that for most of us is hard to explain.June 5, 2013 – 9:16 am

Jessica - Oh my god i love you, that is completely brilliant :D good on you, they don’t own you and you’re happy, who cares if you’re ‘weird’. Normal is relative after all :)June 5, 2013 – 1:06 am

Frida H - You seem like you’re an awesome person! And I agree, who the fuck cares if you’re not doing like everyone else? You should do whatever you want yourself.June 5, 2013 – 12:24 am

sui sea - I agree with someone else that you don’t seem *that* weird to me, hahaha! But maybe I’m just weird, too. Still, cool. That pizza guy’s reaction was awesome, though. It was cool that he kind of went along with it — might’ve been even more hilarious had s/he been someone who freaked out about it ;)June 4, 2013 – 12:18 am

Gwen - When someone tells me that I’m too weird, implying that it’s a bad thing…I generally stop talking to that person. I really don’t find 90% of the stuff I do to be that weird. I mean I found most of your pictures humorous, not weird. Alright the Christmas one was kind of weird, and when I use that word I just use it as a euphemism for “unconventional” which is definitely a good thing. Most “conventional” things are…unpleasant. I also get really annoyed when people imply that something “weird” I’m doing is embarrassing them. It’s like “Gee, I’m sorry that you’re an insanely boring person but I can’t…not be me. Good day.” and then I’ll burst into song (this tends to go well if we’re in public) typically a Whitney Houston number, and then I do a hair flip and leave them standing in the middle of a very populated area looking dumbfounded.June 3, 2013 – 12:37 am

ajira - Got to admit that I’ve always thought normal was a euphemism for boring and unnatural. I’d rather be me.March 28, 2013 – 8:34 pm

Sarah - Thank you so much for posting this! It is truly inspiring. People tell me all the time that my ideas won’t work, or theres no way i can do something. And you know, i know i can, and you’ve just reminded me of that. Thank you :-)March 21, 2013 – 5:35 pm

Dakota Sterling - This.. Was just brilliant. It truly was. It was inspiring. Not in a “hell yeah, I’m gonna do crazy stuff.” But more of a reminder for me to not back down in doing what I truly want to do despite everyone telling me I’ll gain nothing from it. ..thank you. So very much.March 18, 2013 – 11:07 pm

Jenny - THANK YOU for making this post, sir. It was great and absolutely FANTASTIC to read. Keep on being awesome dude.March 18, 2013 – 9:11 pm

Samantha - On point sir. I’ve always been “weird”, occasionally self conscious about it, but ultimately it makes me happy. So “weird” it is.

I think it helps to have good friends.

My 21st birthday, I bought 15 dollar store squirt guns and a pack of 400 water balloons then proceeded to have a giant water fight. We finished out the night with indoor blanket fort building and a Jurassic Park marathon.

Best birthday I’ve ever had.February 28, 2013 – 2:18 pm

Samantha Eschborn - On point sir. I’ve always been weird, sometimes self conscious about it, but ultimately I like it, because it makes me happy.

I think it helps to have good friends to be weird with.

My 21st birthday I bought 15 dollar store squirt guns and a pack of 150 water balloons then my friends and I had a squirt gun and water balloon fight before building indoor blanket forts and watching the Jurassic Park movies.

Best birthday I’ve ever had.February 28, 2013 – 2:13 pm

Kat - I found this website through some interview that you had with the Huffington Post. May I say that I am exceptionally happy that I took the extra effort to look your website up. I am constantly being ragged on by friends and acquaintances about how “weird” I am. Although I brush it off and reply with a thank you, it still bothers me to some extent. I’m one of those people who can’t sleep at night if I know that someone dislikes me. Also add to the fact that I’m a naturally cynical person.
Alright so my fashion sense isn’t really normal in any sense. Yes, I know, you don’t see many girls walking around wearing a fedora. Often time I can be found saying strange things and people tend to be “weird-ed out” with my creative way of writing. As cliche as it is to say, normal is totally overrated. I mean who exactly gets to set the bar for being normal? If being normal requires me to wear short and revealing clothes while fan-girling over boys with usually little talent, then I want none of it.
Watching your video made me realize that that’s something I would probably do if I had the chance. It can be rather discouraging when you’re constantly beaten down about being abnormal. I’ve been on the receiving end of many sarcastic and sometimes downright cruel comments about my oddity. Recently, I’ve been quite saddened with all of it and have been trying desperately to “fit in.” Somehow, I always manage to stand out though.
My whole point to the surprisingly long rant is that I want to say thank you. Thank you for posting something that a lot of people can’t or won’t post. Having recently moved, I haven’t really found any friend that are my brand of “weird.” I’m grateful that you’ve reminded me that there are other people out there like me, I just have to keep looking.(Perhaps with some bird calls (Not that I’m particularly any good at them.).) Also, that I have to stop trying to suppress my amazing-ness just because society dictates I must. Thank you again, and sorry for the tediously long comment.February 27, 2013 – 9:15 pm

Sebastian - On point! I believe that for many people anything unusual, non-conform automatically is weird, simply because it is too different to what they know and expect and they cannot process it. Personally, I’d describe you (if I had to call you anything) as being a little eccentric, which I believe is more of a compliment than anything. Being eccentric is celebrated in some countries (just look at Great Britain or Australia).

If we’re all the same, and always do what people expect us to do, life becomes horribly, horribly boring for everyone. Bet the same people who call you weird are the ones who will, at the next boring dinner party, tell the story of that crazy guy they know so that they themselves seem a bit less boring. To being yourself!February 27, 2013 – 6:39 am

Courtney - Tim, thank you for this post! I’ve just come through one of those months where my family has experienced the loss of a loved one and I’m reminded just how short life really is; reading this post made me laugh (yes, out loud), tear up, and acknowledge some of my own weird, inspired ideas that have yet to become a reality. Thank you. :)February 26, 2013 – 9:17 pm

Kinze - Love the video and the story behind it makes it even cooler. I absolutely LOVE the fire jumping picture and I don’t think you’re weird at all. You seem like a legitimately nice and funny person and I hope you keep being yourself, because you seem pretty badass :)February 26, 2013 – 8:02 pm

Rakel - You seem like a pretty normal guy to me. (maybe I’m just weird too?)
But I like that you don’t let other people think for you.
Keep up the good work!February 26, 2013 – 4:58 pm

Nathaniel Drake - awesome post man, keep up the good work. the world most definitely needs more people like you.

ps. if you are interested check out Brandbjerg Højskole. That is a school in Denmark that encourages people to just be them self and exit there comfort-zone. made my life way better to learn that.February 26, 2013 – 4:39 pm

Jesse - You’re the man, pure and simpleFebruary 25, 2013 – 10:22 pm

Rayna - You, sir, are a model of ridiculous fun times and a hero to us all. Raucous applause for your viewpoint on how to make life rad for yourself and others at the same time!February 25, 2013 – 10:00 pm

Rachel - You seem like a blast to be around, this is awesome.February 25, 2013 – 5:18 pm

Rick - You have reconfirmed a philosophy I have had for years: Screw Conformity! Thanks for this post. I knew I was not the only wierd one on the planet but its nice to actually see others who share the same thought process. Good job on the video. rofmao!!February 25, 2013 – 12:30 pm

Bethany Ann - Right on!!!! Keep on being weird !!!! It works. :)February 25, 2013 – 5:42 am

Wes Morrow - Hey, Tim!
Great article. I love putting people outside their box in order to get a reaction. It’s funny because most people get so wrapped up in the boring and mundane of everyday life, that they are genuinely happy to see something out of the ordinary. Keep on keeping on!
WesFebruary 18, 2013 – 2:42 pm

Cate O'Malley - So many awesome photos and scenarios. Love the fire jumping one, and the scuba gear in the airport. Great memories for you, I’m sure. The monster glove one reminds me of a scene from Teen Wolf.February 15, 2013 – 8:20 am

ami - I think that it’s your unwavering confidence in being weird that somehow transforms being weird to being interesting. Maybe it’s shyness that goes along with some people’s weirdness (mine included) that makes everyone else feel uncomfortable and therefore it actually becomes weird to be around?

Your post really makes me feel like, fuck, I play it so safe! I think I’m putting myself out there sometimes, but I’m still just dipping my toe into the pool as opposed to throwing myself in. I know how weird I am, so I hide it. IT’S SO STUPID.

In that way your blog frustrates the crap out of me, but I guess that’s why I like it too. It sheds a light on how much awesomeness is out there if you only allow yourself to go get it.

P.S. Couldn’t stop laughing during the video
P.P.S. Most amazing Christmas card everFebruary 13, 2013 – 8:59 pm

Craig - Holy Shit Tim! Loving the snorkel shot! Weirdness is the new normal!February 13, 2013 – 8:26 am

Chuck P - Love this blog, Tim. Thanks for posting your Xmas card. Absolutely the most rocking, hilarious photo ever. A few comments in response to the notion of “weird”. Says who? The thundering herd? Most people skim across the surface of life, only to sink placidly into a shallow grave, never really having explored the depth/breadth of life in its infinite variety. At the end, life’s journey is a “grip it and rip it” affair. On my journey, I have learned that new, fulfilling experiences and life surrounded by nurturing relationships are what it is all about. Be weird. Be yourself. Be YOU at your best. Most importantly, act well the given role. Ciao for now, bud.February 12, 2013 – 11:45 am

Pam Boyd - Oh, yeah! Go Weird! I always knew you would be awesome, Tim…even when you were a whacked out kid! haha Reminiscent of Walden, Emmerson’s Self Reliance, Ayn Rand, and Walt Whitman. Good company! Keep up the “men (and women) of whom the world is not worthy” linage.
BTW, great discussion after stunt. Love the questions. Use them all the time. But one time I asked, “the most embarrassing thing that you ever did” at a couples dinner and it was like throwing ice water on everyone. Didn’t really end well. Wasn’t too kind on some of the egos.February 11, 2013 – 7:06 pm

Twyla Lapointe - Totally awesome. I laughed so hard at the end of your video when everyone cracked up.

I have had aspirations to do crazy things and I usually “think better” of it, but you’ve inspired me to consider being a little crazier. =)February 11, 2013 – 6:59 pm

Saundra McBride - It’s been a while since I’ve been in touch but I have kept up with you since your blog challenge. That challenged opened my eyes and I can truly say that I’m in a great place because of it. So now I want to join in the “weird.” What a fantastic and inspirational experince/post. Thank you for sharing every moment of it.

SaundraFebruary 11, 2013 – 6:50 pm

Lisa - “knit mittens while listening to Rammstein on a Saturday night” – well YeUH. What’s weird about that?February 11, 2013 – 6:34 pm

Ricardo Loera - I love this and yes Tim you are on POINT.. I hear this all the time from all that I am just a weird character, but I have always been myself and I enjoying been the weird me. But in the end of it all I will be true to myself and that is all I can really do !!February 11, 2013 – 3:06 pm

Erin Oveis Brant - I dig your weirdness. Safe and “normal’ is totally overrated. So hell yeah Tim – that was on point!February 11, 2013 – 1:47 pm