HOWEVER! BIG WARNING... If anyone reading this thinks that this road I'm on doesn't have MANY CHALLENGES both financially and emotionally then you are NUTS. I am an educated man who happens to be born with just a little more risk taking then fear in my heart. If you want to make money then be a money maker.
Ok now on to the goodies.
I started making Youtube videos because I thought I had the ability to make funny videos that people would love which would bring lots of money. 4 years later I realize that it isn't that easy. However, late last year I won a commercial competition that gave me the emotional, physical and spiritual resurgence to continue making Youtube videos. That's when my loving wife called and said
That was in late October 2011. So, I busted my ass thinking of something that would win us a million dollars so that I could have a little more financial freedom and my wife would finally have enough money to remember my name.
On November 14, 2011 I posted the video and a blog about the experience but thought nothing of it because I had about a 1 in 18,000 chance. However no matter what the outcome I was extremely proud that my submission video was a 100% family affair.
1. I wrote, acted and edited the video.
2. My wife did hair, makeup and costumes.
3. My brother directed and filmed the piece
4. And my 2 kids knocked it out the acting box and stole the show.
Disappointingly but not surprisingly I found out that I didn't make the cut on January 5, 2012 and blogged about that experience. However, 2 weeks before the super bowl my video started picking up hits by the thousands and the money started to roll in. Yes roll in. (I will blog about it once the adsense numbers are confirmed) Day after day I would call my wife over to look at what I was seeing which made all of us happy and proud of our success. We danced like little kids in the middle of the floor as our children watched us scream in a Merengue like fashion, "FINALLY WE HAVE A VIRAL VIDEO."
So you might be wondering...
Did I make a million dollars? No, but I made a nice little nest egg.
Does my wife remember my name? No, but now she calls me Joe which is really really close to Jai.
Anyway, enough about that... Let's get on to some other GREAT news.
IN JUST 45 DAYS OF JOINING THE YAKEZIE CHALLENGE I FINALLY DROPPED MY ALEXA RANKING BELOW 200K.
THAT'S RIGHT JAICATALANO.COM IS NOW AT 198,180.
Ok I am done typing loudly. :)
Before I wrap up for the weekend I want to say thanks to Yakezie and everyone else that has been a part of this fun crazy journey. Thanks to my family... especially my wife and my brother. They both have been super supportive on many levels. And I want to give a big shout out to Fanny (a dancer and friend from Dance On 2) who has always commented on my videos and has continually sent me positive energy. (Next stop 225 Fanny)
If you want to read more about this past week and have a smile at the same time, check out the links below.
1. 10 Questions To Ask Your Headshot Photographer Before The Photo Shoot
2. Who Does My Son Look Like Mom Or Dad?
3. What The Buck?
There are 3 things I can't change... my 2 kids, my 1 wife and my 0 rights.