LAHWF http://lahwf.com Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:47:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Exercise, Drugs, and Art http://lahwf.com/exercise-drugs-and-art/ http://lahwf.com/exercise-drugs-and-art/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:47:46 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=1031 Hey, sorry about the wait there.

I’m on a health grind right now. I’ll work up a sweat everyday and then hop in the shower. I’ve limited my alcohol/caffeine/fast-food intake to a couple times a week. Haven’t had any adderall in 2 months. I’m grocery shopping, getting wheat bread and eggs and almond milk and spinach leaves and strawberries and bananas. If I do go out it’s subway or chipotle. Never getting soda.

I usually work up a sweat by either skateboarding or dancing around in my room to my boombox. and by dancing I mostly just jump up and down with an imaginary jump rope. I’ll do 20 push-ups then get back up and keep jumping. 40 crunches then back up to jumping. I try to remember all the benefits of exercise, which has been said that if could be harnessed into a pill, would be the best-selling drug of all time. For the most part, it keeps me level-headed. Productive. Almost like a very mild, natural adderall.

Sometimes I worry if level-headedness and stability can make me less creative. Less interesting. Maybe that’s why most jock/meat-heads I’ve met aren’t that interesting. They’re consistently physical, always level-headed, always boring. They’re happy.

It’s been said that a lot of artists and comedians are depressed. Seems depression is a normal state of mind for creatives. A lot of legends, Louie CK, Jack White, Robin Williams, Heath, Phillip, the best are tortured.

Wonder why that is.

Then there’s the drug use thing. A lot of the best music of all time, in my opinion, came out of the 60′s and 70′s, classic rock, where everyone was experimenting. Pink Floyd, Hendrix, Doors, it goes on forever. All great bands, all did lots of drugs.

You wonder if ideas and art and the Gods of the Muse favor the druggies and drama queens.

What are your thoughts on this.

Thanks For Reading,

Andrew Hales
5:44am
Provo, UT

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Tim Ferriss http://lahwf.com/tim-ferriss/ http://lahwf.com/tim-ferriss/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:10:54 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=1010 Almost forgot about this quick interview I did with Tim Ferriss back in April after doing some Hugging People in San Fran. He’s definitely one of my most influential teachers. I’ve read 4-hour Work Week about 6 times now, skimming through it every few months letting it rub off on me as much as possible. Jonathan had the connection and e-mailed him asking if he wanted to film something and surprisingly he wrote back and agreed to meet up for a few hours. I was thrilled.

After the interview we waited for a few minutes for his ride to come pick him up to go to a meeting. I asked him one more question out of the blue right before he took off:
“so, how do you stay motivated?”
It took him about 3 seconds to respond,
“I surround myself with motivated people. I’m a strong believer that you’re the average of the 5 people you hang out with the most.”
Then I asked something like,
“What about my childhood friends or family that aren’t into Youtube, should I just hang out with them less?”
and I don’t remember exactly what he said but it was something like,
“You’ll always be held back by people that aren’t like-minded and trying to do the same things as you. I’m not trying to be a douche it’s just the truth. Obviously you shouldn’t stop being friends but definitely hang out less if you want to move forward.”
That’s a big reason I’ve decided to move out to L.A. this fall. Going to VidCon this year was eye-opening, meeting all the different Youtubers, visiting with fans. It was a completely different attitude towards Youtube. Everyone was so excited and all for it. It’s definitely still a sub-culture. After meeting everyone(including Jenna Marbles who was actually a fan of my videos and took a picture with me, posting it on her instagram which was shocking) I felt it was finally time to take the leap and join the community. I’ll probably be all settled out there by mid-October as I still need to finish up some random things here in Utah first.

Thanks For Reading,

Andrew Hales
3:10am
Salt Lake City, UT

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Breaking My Ankle http://lahwf.com/breaking-my-ankle-skateboarding/ http://lahwf.com/breaking-my-ankle-skateboarding/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:28:52 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=995 Waking up sometime after 2pm, I usually start my day by putting on pants and heading straight to the skatepark. I like to get a sweat going before taking a shower, it’s good for the pores and skin. On this particular day as I get out of the car, there’s two BMXers chilling in the shade. I never talk to anyone at the skatepark, what’s the point? I have enough friends and small talk is so boring. I’ll just put on my headphones and go into my own trance and rhythm. At this point in my life there’s an addictive quality to standing on a skateboard. My mind goes into ‘play’ mode and I’m forced into being a kid again. With the shuffle playing and myself just cruising comfortably around the park, it’s harder for my mind to produce goblin thoughts. I’ll go around and around the park doing the same things mostly just riding, nothing technical, skateboarding was after all invented by the “sidewalk surfers” of the 60s. As I get older it’s harder to put in the time to learn new tricks. Learning a new trick isn’t the fun part, being able to land them consistently is, that’s the reward. I’ve been content with the same bag of tricks since I was 16, my prime, not really adding much to it. On this particular day though, as I launched up this hip-to-flat, something I’ve done a thousand times, I suddenly felt my body shift backwards just slightly, losing my relative balance in the air I was now about to land awkwardly on my right ankle. At that moment in the air, it happens so quickly, you know something bad is going to happen, and that split second emotional realization is almost more intense that the actual injury. I land on it with most of my weight snapping my (which I now know after the X-ray) Fibula, which is the skinnier bone alongside your Tibia which makes up your calf. I weez and grunt in pain on the ground for about 10 minutes, shifting around and making all sorts of noises. The two BMXers are on the other side of the park just staring at me, I don’t think they saw the actual fall. I finally crawl and drag myself over to the shade of a tree nearby. Still in serious pain, my foot feels out of place. I yell over to one of the BMXers to go to my car and get my cell phone. I call my mom, who was currently grocery shopping at the time with my aunt, and tell her I think I broke my ankle. She immediately goes into Super-Frantic-Caring-Mom mode, rushing over to the park within 10 minutes with my aunt. By that time the park had accumulated a few more skaters and I now had an audience watch as two frantic 50-something-year-old ladies carried me on their shoulders side by side into the car to go to the hospital.

That was a week ago. After multiple doctor visits and a $4,000 deductible, I finally had surgery yesterday where the doctor put 6 screws and a plate in my ankle which is suppose to guarantee it heals correctly. I’ve been living at home, letting my mom do what she does best. I should be able to walk again in 6 weeks. Aside from all the painkillers I’ve been getting to consume, there’s another very relaxing element to getting your ankle busted. I now have a legitimate excuse to do nothing and suck at life. Gonna do a video? I can’t my ankle’s broken I can’t walk. Gonna hang out and be social? I can’t my ankle’s broken I can’t walk. Gonna exercise today? I can’t my legs broken I can’t walk. Gonna doing anything productive today? My ankle is broken. Awwww I’m sorry to hear that, get well soon! At least I’m able to type on a computer though.

Thanks For Reading,

Andrew Hales
5:25pm
Bountiful, UT

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What’s Up? http://lahwf.com/whats-up/ http://lahwf.com/whats-up/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:55:11 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=991 Hey guys,

What’s Up?

I’ll start to write something on here and then a couple sentences in I think “What’s the point?” and go back to Facebook or whatever mindless activity I was doing before. You could say I’ve been going through somewhat of an existential crisis lately. My sleep schedule’s been pretty whack which is normal but I’m doing ok for the most part. I’ve had some near death allergy experiences this year for the first time, I never had them as a kid. Two of my close friends got prescribed Wellbutrin, an anti-depressant, in the last 3 months and I’m thinking of joining that club. It’s hard to pinpoint what the real problem is though. Is laziness the same as depression? I just can’t seem to get motivated to do anything anymore. Dramatic introverted bitch. I dunno. I still skate a lot which is good. Skateboarding will always be there for me as long as I have functioning legs and motor movement. Not sure if I’m getting as much from my videos as you guys are. Well, some of you. Based on the unlisted interview videos, there’s an estimated 1-2k of you that read this. I’m always surprised when someone on Twitter gets upset over the lack of posting here. This blog serves above anyone else, me, my own pent-up energy to get some things off my chest. I don’t really confess anything too crazy on here anyway. Maybe I just like the way the keys bounce off my fingertips making that subtle chatter that says something’s getting done. Back to “What’s the point?”, I always think ‘Money’. This blog maybe profits me $3 a month or something from the few amazon links I’ve planted in various places. Then I think oh Duh why am I not vlogging everyday on lahwfextra, building that following/stream, so much money to be made there. Then I think how boring/tedious/silly vlogging is and if it’s really worth it. A lot of Youtube and it’s culture annoys the shit out of me. Youtube doesn’t quite have the respect of people older than 22 just yet, not as Netflix or Hulu, not among my friends anyway. I wanna change that. I wish I could sleep at night. I made the split decision two nights ago to fly to Austin where my friend Joe lives, he’s got a channel, quietassassins. We filmed a bunch today, mainly for his channel, a little for mine. We’ll film again today for mine, hopefully getting some good shots. I think I have about 3 hours on computer of unused footage I’ve never uploaded, because most of it’s junk, I dunno it’s just not interesting, a lot of ideas are only funny on paper. That’s just part of the process though.

Thanks For Reading,

Andrew Hales
4:53am
Austin, TX

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Theories on Moods and Dating http://lahwf.com/theories-on-moods-and-dating/ http://lahwf.com/theories-on-moods-and-dating/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 08:18:43 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=975 “It’s weird to think about if we ever become parents, that’s like a whole new paradigm.”

“I know right? From what I hear, everything kind of sucks after our twenties. I think this is as good as it gets.”

Taylor and I were coming back up from Provo when we randomly stopped at Guitar Center on the way. Sooner or later I’ll buy a drum set so we can finally get started on our careers as rockstars.

The problem with me is I get bored too easily. That kind of answers the question of why some people are more ambitious than others, they just get bored and want something else while others are perfectly content the way things are. It’s a mixture of things that happen to people and their personality.

Right now this second I’m thinking man, this post is so serious. Why can’t I be funny right now. I go in and out of different state of minds and moods and wonder how much control I really have over myself and thoughts.

For instance I went on this Tinder date the other day that was ok. It wasn’t great or terribly awkward, it was cordial and ok. I hate that. We were talking and laughing and smiling all this stuff but inside I was bored. Everything checked up, cute girl, good pizza, whatever. I just didn’t really care though. I could kind of tell she didn’t either. We were reserved and cliche. It was awful. It makes me wonder if it was because of the mood I was in, which again, I don’t have much control over, or it was the girl and either I subconsciously didn’t like the girl enough or she didn’t like me, etc. We never texted after that.

On the other hand I met up with this other girl like two months ago and for some reason I was just bubbly. I was excited and it was fun to banter back and forth were her. I was in the zone; I had game. That day at that time and place with that girl, I was my best self. The best part about that is I’m usually in the same mood whenever I see her again too, I’ll naturally just go into that state of mind because that’s how I was when we met so that’s who I am with that girl. With this girl, I’m that person, forever. First Impressions are so important.

There’s no “on” switch to be bubbly for me, it’s kind of like the weather. Drugs and alcohol can help sometimes but they’re still pretty hit and miss so it’s the same but worse because I’m intoxicated and fake.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you understand where I’m coming from?

Thanks For Reading,

Andrew Hales
2:16am
Salt Lake City, UT

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Viral Secrets With Stuart Edge http://lahwf.com/viral-secrets-with-stuart-edge/ http://lahwf.com/viral-secrets-with-stuart-edge/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 00:48:14 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=911 I used to hate Stuart but we’re good friends now. One of his first videos (the mistletoe kissing) came out of nowhere getting over 20,000,000 views in like a month. Meh, he got lucky I thought. As he kept growing he’d been trying to collaborate with me for over a year until I finally gave in and met him at UVU one day. We did the “Greeting People with Kisses” and “Sweeping Girls Off They’re Feet” which both blew up because of the “rapey” press they received (Thanks Gawker!). Stuart’s a really great guy though and I’m glad we’ve been able to work together more than a couple times these last few months. I love you Stuart!

Adding to the Unlisted-Blog-Exclusive-Audio-Only-Interview Series I’ve kind of started with Lindsey Stirling being the first episode a few weeks back, here is Stuart and I discussing how to get videos to blow up:

In Review:
- Paying/asking blogs to push out the video helps but it’s not that important
- Upload at 10am or when most of your audience is awake
- Youtube’s Most Popular page is run by a computer algorithm based on how many likes/views a video gets in a certain amount of time
- Upload at least a few days after the most recent video in the Most Popular playlist
- He puts videos in the Entertainment category but isn’t sure it makes a difference
- Keywords and Phrases can make a difference in the long run
- Thumbnails are very important and should be eye-catching
- Make Title’s simple and clear. “Prank” tells the potential viewer it’s a candid/public thing
- 2-3 minutes is the length of most viral videos
- Staging videos is frowned upon (between Stuart and I anyway)

Of course, making a great video that people actually like and naturally share with their friends is still the most effective strategy. That should be obvious. Also, there is this post I wrote over a year ago which states the theory that it’s mostly luck and a numbers game.

Thanks For Reading/Listening,

Andrew Hales
6:26am
Salt Lake City

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Superficial http://lahwf.com/superficial/ http://lahwf.com/superficial/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:38:47 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=952 Jonathan is this guy I met out in LA while filming with other Youtubers. He was their manager at the time. Last month they let him go for various reasons and he now lives with me here in Salt Lake (I had an extra bedroom). It’s been about 3 weeks now and we still don’t hate each other. The deal for now is he motivates me and helps build LAHWF in exchange for rent and a little groceries. Every morning he’ll come into my room and subtly wake me up, usually with news of whatever breakfast he’s making. He cooks a very lean, protein/vegetable-rich meal at least twice a day and we hardly ever eat out. He’s been making sure I go to my boxing class, film at least once a week, posting memes on the Facebook page regularly, etc. It’s honestly been great, this is just what I needed. We have the same objective: Happiness. It’s not so much about money or fame or world domination anymore. It’s about continually working in a teamwork format making at least enough money to keep doing what we’re doing and creating great things. You could say the ‘Team’ of LAHWF now includes Jonathan (manager/motivator), Josh(Filmer), and Myself(the Star). A big thing I learned/realized last year is that it’s lonely at the top. You can be greedy and keep trying to be better than others and be the best and win and all that, but it’s really all for nothing if you don’t have anyone to celebrate that with. My friends couldn’t care less if I come out with a viral video tomorrow. That kind of stuff is all fluff to them. It’s simply not interesting to your real friends. Friends are born, not made. Friends become friends because they naturally like being around them for no reason at all. It’s special <3.

As I get older I'm becoming a little more aware of the concept of Superficial or things that are 'On the Surface'. I'll keep discovering parallels with the spectrum of Fear and Love, Good and Evil, Long-term and short-term. You could sleep in today (short-term), and it feels so good for that moment, but you wake up and you're groggy and you didn't get anything done that day and now you don't feel so good, that 'goodness' was quick and it's gone now. You've been deceived. You could get up though before 10am, go work out, clean your room, practice the piano, and even though it wasn't too comfortable to do that at first, you're happy now and it's lasting a little longer and you're content for some reason, you're good, you're getting somewhere, progress.

We have two big white boards now in the main living room of my apartment. We brought out the table that has the printer/fax/scanner on it and it now looks like a real silicon-valley-esque-non-convential works space. We’ll bounce ideas off each other and pick out funny pictures for the Facebook page. He’s big into writing too, and regularly adds to Thought Catalog.

So anyway, I’m excited for the things we plan on doing for the rest of the year. You’ll start to see a little more consistency in all the areas of LAHWF, including this blog.

Thanks For Reading,

Andrew Hales
10:03pm
Salt Lake City, UT

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Lindsey Stirling http://lahwf.com/lindsey-stirling/ http://lahwf.com/lindsey-stirling/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:10:13 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=931 A couple months ago I had the rare opportunity to meet/interview/schmooze with Lindsey Stirling. We got breakfast at this healthy cafe near Venice Beach. I was in LA getting dinner with some other youtubers when I decided to text her and see if she was free the next morning to get breakfast before I drove home. I had already had her number from briefly talking on Facebook a few months back. She responded, “If it’s before 8am then yes because I need to be in Santa Monica by 10:30.” Wow, that was easy. I felt like I was in High School and just asked the hottest girl in school to Prom and she said yes. I knew I would be too excited to fall asleep naturally that night so I stopped at the nearest CVS on the way home to pick up some NyQuil that would hopefully knock me out somewhat. I got about 3 hours of NyQuil-induced sleep before I woke up at 5am and started getting ready. I wasn’t going to risk the LA traffic causing me to be late so I just left my hotel at 6am. Got there at 7am, with an hour to spare, I went skateboarding at the Venice Beach Skate Park. Sitting in the cafe I waited for about 20 minutes before she finally walked in. I did my best to keep calm:

You can pre-order her new album at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lindseystirling

I had posted this video to lahwfextra a month ago but it racked up a bunch of dislikes due to the fact that it was just audio. I took it down and decided that audio-only interviews are probably better suited for the blog unlisted. So fOr eXcLuSiVe InTeRvIewS in the future, cHeCk oUt tHe BLOG! …..

Thanks For Reading,

Andrew Hales
7:57am
Salt Lake City, UT

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blah blah http://lahwf.com/blah-blah/ http://lahwf.com/blah-blah/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:14:55 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=906 I waste so much money. I flew out to atlanta a couple weeks ago for nothing. I thought it was this month but it was actually the next month that we were all meeting, that is, Kyle, Joe, Josh, and I for some collaby stuff. I just walked around the city pretty much. Went to the aquarium.

I went to LA this last weekend with the purpose of meeting with some youtubers but then they all backed out at the last second. We were gonna do Vegas. I was able to meet Lindsey Stirling though. That made it all worth it. I also saw Jaclyn.

Bought a new camera, the Canon 5D Mark III. So the picture should be pretty nice on all the future videos. Fun stuff.

Excuse me, what are you doing outside of the Kitchen? We’ll try to film that Monday.

Let’s see what else, I dunno. Just felt like writing.

thanks for reading,

Andrew Hales
7:12am
Salt Lake City

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Money, Haters, Charity. http://lahwf.com/money-haters-charity/ http://lahwf.com/money-haters-charity/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:19:58 +0000 lahwf http://lahwf.com/?p=895 Scanning through some of my old videos, I try to figure out what I can do next. What’s gonna go viral. My motivation changes from art to money to art to money. Mostly money though. You know me ha. The conservative-fake-laughing-degrading-women Capitalist. I’ll watch some of my old stuff though and think, “Wow, this is unbelievably boring.” and then I’ll want to delete it or at least unlist it so it doesn’t hurt the chain of videos for all the new comers. Does that make sense? I’d unlist all the shitty videos, leaving the ‘cream of the crop’ so that the chain is stronger and keeps new comers watching all the old videos because they’d all be ‘good’ ones. That’s an example of a Money decision; a business decision. If I left them the way they are now, it would be an Art decision. Like Oh, his shitty videos are still interesting to watch because it shows his flaws and him learning his craft blah blah. I think too much I know. Some of examples of shitty videos: Push n Pull prank, no-not-you-ing 2, we’re so fly…

Some of these comments are pretty forward. Unfortunately, the nastiest ones are the most interesting, like this recent one under Paying For Groceries: Image and video hosting by TinyPic lol. We actually filmed on 2 other nights at that same Maceys, spending (with Gungho’s money) about 1-2k each night paying for people’s groceries. We did it the same way, having the cashier congratulate them and just say they’re the ‘Free Groceries Customer of the Day’, but for some reason no one was getting excited. We needed excitement for the video to be entertaining, the same way parents get a kick out of their kids jumping up and down on christmas. That’s all the video was trying to capture. Finally, on the third night of filming, for some crazy reason, all three ‘prospects’ got emotional and we had our video. Same with Tipping Servers. I (with Stuart filming) actually tipped 5 or 6 other servers $200 over two nights. The servers would just come and look at it with a blank expression and go back to whatever they were doing. We were stunned. So that video actually cost around $1200 to make.

I don’t get that much hate though. A lot of people I really admire get a lot of hate. Miley Cyrus for one. I’m sorry, I like her songs. My friends do too. We’re all very heterosexual guys that like to jam out to even “adore you” on the way to Texas Roadhouse.

Thanks For Reading,

Andrew Hales
3:18am
Salt Lake City, UT

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