My wife and I created this meme a while back. It originally read, "Every Morning Brings Unlimited Possibility and Potential." First thing this morning we swapped out "Morning" with "New Year," and it felt perfect.
I wish you a Happy New Year and hope you pursue your goals and dreams with passion and purpose! So much can change in the scope of a year. One year ago today this project had yet to enter my consciousness. I was preparing to interview my grandfather the following week, but had no idea what was in store for me and didn't have much in the way of goals or objectives for 2016. About two weeks later I resolved to make life story recording my profession, and my world turned upside-down - in an amazing way.
A year ago on January 1, 2016, how did you envision your year? As you sit here today reflecting on your life, are you satisfied with the choices you made last year? Have you been associating with quality people who inspire you and lift you up? There is absolutely no reason why you can't make this an awesome year.
Announcing a Major Facelift for the Website
I launched this website on April 1, 2016. I started with packages titled Basic, Deluxe and Couples. I later added a Memorial package. While I have tweaked the package details over time, the names themselves weren't at the forefront of my mind.
On the morning of December 31st, I received a message from a high school friend, offering constructive feedback. She watched one of my Facebook Live videos, and said she feels inspired by my mission. That's great. The next line identified a typo on my Packages page. This mortified me, so I flew out of bed and cured the problem. Whew!
Next she said the titles of my packages didn't convey the feeling behind the project. She was totally right. You've led a fascinating life, you're hiring me to record your story, and I'm offering "Basic" and "Deluxe" packages? This isn't a fast food restaurant! While I know my products are amazing and deliver priceless value, the package titles were totally flat.
It can be challenging for an entrepreneur-male-attorney to accept critical feedback. When I receive such feedback my reflex is to be defensive and rationalize the status quo. However, I also recognize that I can only be so great in my own head, but my potential is unlimited if I am open to the wisdom and insight of others. I spent the next hour brainstorming package titles that conveyed some emotion. The new Packages are detailed below. The Packages page is located here.
Interview for 1 hour, edited and divided into chapters. May include up to 10 photos incorporated into the video.
Cost $500 (plus tax)
This is the former "Basic" package. This is the simplest and least expensive option. This includes a one-hour interview and up to 10 photos get incorporated on a video. The word "Highlights" does a much better job of capturing the nature of the package because this interview covers the highlights of your life. We cover your major milestones and experiences and give you a platform to concisely share what you need to share.
Interview up to 3 hours, edited and divided into chapters. May include up to 30 photos to be incorporated into the video. Interview is transcribed into a hardbound book, photos included, also divided into chapters.
Cost $1,750 (plus tax)
This is the former "Deluxe" package. This package is 3x longer than Hightlights and include 3x as many photos. This package also includes the transcribed book. The three hours of interview time enables you to really reflect on your life and go deeper. We cover your major milestones and experiences, but this differes from Highlights in that more follow up questions are asked and you have time to share more stories in greater detail. We can also explore the meaning and significance of your life.
Interview you and your partner individually, then together as a couple, for up to 4 hours, edited and divided into chapters. May include up to 40 photos to be incorporated into the video. Interview is transcribed into a hardbound book, photos included, also divided into chapters.
Cost $2,000 (plus tax)
I really struggled naming this one. This is the former "Couples" package. This has been difficult to name because you don't have to be married to participate, so I didn't want to limit the scope with matrImonial references. You also don't have to be different sexes, so I wanted to avoid any gender specific references. I flirted with the title "Commitment," but my wife didn't like the vibe of that word, believing it sounded like someone was locked down involuntarily. We tossed around ideas about the meaning of a committed relationship, and the word "Unity" just fit.
Interview of up to one hour to honor the memory and life story of a loved one. You can do this to honor someone who has passed, or you can do this to honor a loved who who is still with you. May include up to 20 photos to be incorporated into the video. Transcribed book optional. Cost $500 (plus tax)
This package was revised a couple days ago to reflect a change in name and scope. As detailed in a separate blog entry, Create a Tribute Video for Your Parents, I explain why I changed the title from "Memorial" to "Tribute," and I increased the scope to include tribute videos people alive and passed.
This package is reserved for those with terminal degenerative conditions. People may select among the Highlights, Reflection, or Unity packages, and they will receive priority scheduling.
I struggled naming this package because I want to be sensitive and tactful. I initially called it the "Priority Package," but decided that sounded like a UPS or FedEx offering. People with terminal and degenerative conditions have limited time to record their stories, and this is a vehicle for their stories to become eternal.
About the Blog
Here I write about the evolution of this project, the act of preserving life stories and personal development. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.