The 7th & final day of my Gratitude Challenge!

1. Angles: In my experience I’ve come to understand angles in fact are everywhere, they exist in many forms & appear when least expected. It can be meeting a random stranger that leads to bigger & better opportunity, a song that comes across the radio at exactly the right moment or overhearing a casual inspirational conversation…. God is always talking to you… the question is “Are you listening?” These “angles” come to me when I need them most!

autumn leaves 2. Autumn: For as long as I can remember fall has been my favorite time of year. Maybe it’s the fact my birthday is in November, football season or the color of the changing leaves I observed as a boy growing up in Pennsylvania. It’s like fire coming down from the sky…. In other words imagine the most beautiful, colorful sunset words can describe… orange, yellow, red, purple & everything in between, and for 2 weeks straight it’s right outside your door… 24-7

More than anything else fall has come to signify the season of change. The only thing that’s constant is change! I’ve learned to embrace uncertainty not as a scary thing but a blessing. Change is how we learn, grow & become well rounded individuals.

3. Disappointment: My last grateful point of the 7 days ironically ties into #1 for today & was inspired by one of those random conversations I alluded to. At one time or another we’ve all faced challenging times or great disappointments. I can say without a doubt every personal disappointment I’ve faced weather a loss of a job, end of a relationship or not getting cast in a role I know I would be perfect for has (1) opened up other opportunities where none existed before and (2) made me a stronger & more open mined individual. There is no doubt in my mind the person I am today has been shaped largely by the great disappointments that occurred throughout my life.

– Tim Brandt

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Day #6 of my Gratitude Challenge!

1) My best friend from Seattle Adam! You’ve been a constant supporter of my creative endeavors for well over 15 years. Positive reinforcement is perhaps the single biggest thing artists need. Thanks for the years of encouragement!

Dart 133 out

2) My Seattle dart clan; Paul, Bill, Jim, Steve, Eugene, Glen & Richard. In Seattle darts became my major activity outside family, work & theatre. Not to mention a valuable support network.

3) I’m thankful for the roof over my head & food in my belly. Although I’ve never been the wealthiest man in the world, I’ve always been blessed with always having enough to survive. Every time I walk past someone who’s sleeping on the street I’m reminded how blessed I truly am.

– Tim Brandt

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Day #5 of my Gratitude Challenge!

New Horizons

1) Coffee: I have never been a morning person. This is in part because I’ve suffered from mild forms of insomnia my entire life. A hot cup or 2 of black coffee has been a morning ritual for as long as I can remember. However it’s not all about the caffeine, I also love the smell. For me the smell of fresh coffee brewing first thing in the morning is indentified with hope, possibility & new horizons. Every day is a fresh start to do something wonderful, learn or simply enjoy the gift of life.

2) Northwest Actors Studio (NWAS): Sadly my acting alma mater is no longer in existence. However those 2 years changed my life… as an actor as well as a person. I can easy provide several listings for my time at NWAS however I’ll dedicate this one to the class of 2006. Thanks to Shobhit, Amy & Glynis. It was an honor & privilege to work/learn with you guys. We started with 11 & only 4 saw it through to the end!

3) Neale Donald Walsch: Although many may consider the “Conversations With God” book series controversial, it has personally inspired me & changed the way I view this world and our place in it.

– Tim Brandt

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Day #4 of my Gratitude Challenge!

1. Justin for giving me my first performance opportunity after the move back east. It was only 2 songs but loads of fun & hopefully the first of many more to come!

Last Leaf

2. Alex & Pat for casting me as Dusty Roads in Last Leaf’s Production of “Murder at the Silver Spittoon Saloon” so many years ago. This lead to many more performance opportunities with Last Leaf over the years, including one of their Children’s Theatre Library summer tours. The experience improved my improv skills & made me a better actor overall.

3. The Muppets: What can I say? I’ve been a lifelong Muppet fan. It’s ironically fitting my collage nickname was Gonzo. Any bad mood I happen to find myself in can easily be adjusted simply by watching the Muppets. For example take a look at the clip below. How can there rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” not put a smile on your face?!?

– Tim Brandt

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Day # 3 of my Gratitude Challenge!

Seattle Space Needle

1. Seattle: This may be a little broad, however I’ve been all over the country and (in my opinion) nothing compares to the beauty of Seattle in the summer… snowcapped mountains, water & an occasional bald eagle flying over head. What’s there not to like? I’m thankful I was a able to spend 17 years of my life surrounded by such splendor.

2. I’m thankful to Ruhama for hiring me at AT&T, even though at the time I had zero web content experience. Little did I know I would be with AT&T for 3 years! I learned lot from Ruhama both professionally as well as personally.

3. The Philadelphia Eagles and to lesser extent Flyers. While on the outside it may seem frivolous being thankful to a sports team, my side of the story is it offers a relatively healthy escape. We all need our “happy place” where we leave behind the burdens of day to day existence. For some it’s a good book, others a long walk… for me it’s the Eagles. For 3 hours a week the phone get’s put away, no texting, no calls (unless there’s an emergency of course). Win or lose its 180 minutes of bliss!

– Tim Brandt

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Below day #2 of my Gratitude Challenge

405346_671475450828_805984799_n1) Acting: I’m thankful for discovering acting, although it was a bit later in life… better late than never! Many people I talk to believe acting is about emoting “feelings” or being the center of attention. However that couldn’t be further from the truth. For me acting is about connecting… either to a scene partner, situation or circumstance. Personally I believe artists (or anyone for that matter) of any persuasion simply are looking for ways to connect. If we could all stop for a moment & really consider the other side of the story this world would be a much different place indeed. Acting has given a health way of connecting to & accepting those who are different then myself.

2) Genesis (music group): My first musical love & in many ways (although I didn’t understand it as a teenager) laid the foundation to my involvement in acting. I’m thankful to Steve & Pat for our all night college Genesis listening sessions!

3) Lastly for today… Pete for teaching me how to play the guitar so many years ago. My world has NOT been the same since. Thank you!!!!

– Tim Brandt

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A Day At The Beach

Yesterday I was nominated for the Gratitude Challenge by my good friend Adam. The objective… for 7 days straight write down 3 things you’re grateful for & post them to Facebook. Being a huge believer in the power of positive thought I really had no choice but to gratefully accept (pun intended). In addition to posting to Facebook I’ll also be posting here, this makes for excellent blog content after all! Since this is day 1 I’ll start with the big 3:

1)  My Daughter: I’m grateful for the unconditional love of my daughter.  The words “I love you daddy” have always been music to my ears.   She has inspired me in ways I can’t begin to articulate in words.

2)  My Health: Every time I come across an individual who is handicapped or elderly I’m reminded how lucky I truly am.  The simple pleasure of using ones 5 senses should never be taken for granted.

3) My Family: I’m thankful that I grew up in a relatively “normal” family.  I use the word “normal” because I’ve learned over the years that “normal” is extremely subjective. However I have zero doubt that if (God forbid) something catastrophic happened; my family would be there for me.

– Tim Brandt

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