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Chicago & SoCal trip Coming Together

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Hey everyone! I’m heading to Chicago later this month and San Diego/LA early August. I’ll be visiting some friends and doing some work. There’s also a good chance I may be in Vegas to visit an old High School buddy who just started his business there. Email me if you’ll be in the area(s)!

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Written by Michael Donovan

12/07/2010 at 12:12 am

Posted in Business, Life, Social

Currently Reading

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168 Hours: You Have More Time Than you Think<
by Laura Vanderkam


Fashion
by Christopher Breward


Luxury Brand Management: A World of Privilege
by Michael Chevalier & Gérard Mazzalovo

I’m currently reading these three books in my spare time while learning French. 168 Hours has already opened up a ton of time for me and I will start doing more to enrich my life and business!

Written by Michael Donovan

30/05/2010 at 9:50 am

Posted in Life

Recently Finished Reading

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Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It)
by William Poundstone

Written by Michael Donovan

30/05/2010 at 8:43 am

Posted in Business, Life

Biking

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I was cleaning my hard drives when I found this shot I took while I was riding my cruiser in Chicago… it made me smile 😀

Written by Michael Donovan

04/05/2010 at 10:57 am

Posted in Life

The Necker Cube

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Lately I started to use the necker cube to retrain my brain. Basically, anytime there is a problem, obstacle or frustration I look at the cube and think “OK, if my goal is in the center of the cube and I can’t get in, what is the better way to look at the obstacle that will allow me to get in to that cube to what I want?”

It’s basically a visual on how to tear down walls. I hope it helps you too.

Written by Michael Donovan

01/05/2010 at 11:38 am

Posted in Life

It’s My First Birthday!!!

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Today is my one year anniversary in New York! It’s a birthday!!!

Rewind a year ago and here’s the picture:
• I hadn’t shot anyone in almost a year
• I didn’t know more than 1 or 2 people in New York
• I hadn’t been published in almost a year
• I could only get male modeling agencies to return my phone calls and and only one actually sent me models (I didn’t start shooting the girls until July)
• I was mega fat
• It was a challenge to find people who cared about my work
• My client list from Chicago was pretty much depleted, leaving me without clients

Fast forward to today:
• I’m shooting for magazines in the US and China
• I have an amazing team of hair, makeup, and wardrobe stylists stretched around the globe
• I have a great group of progressive friends
• I am working with the best agencies in the city
• I have a growing stable of art buyers in New York and the West Coast
• I’m shooting more of what I want, how I want, when I want
• I’ve trimmed down considerably
• I get calls all the time asking about my work; people call me to ask if they can work with me, for me, or to hire me!
• I have a growing client list

This last year has been great. I’ve learned a lot about myself, people, art, fashion and the world. I have some ambitious goals on my plate and I plan on completing every one of them!

Thanks to everyone who has offered support over the past 12 months.

Written by Michael Donovan

01/05/2010 at 11:10 am

Posted in Life

I’m THIS Michael Donovan… not the other one

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I’ve been flying under the radar for the most part of my life so if you google my name you usually see that creepy Australian kidnapper or the Michael Donovan from the original “V” TV show instead of me. I usually hear people say “I googled you and thought you were that other guy I saw on google! Thank god you’re normal!!!”

Here’s a photo of Kayla and me at the whitewall party:

photo by Steve Benisty

Note to self: stand up straight when people take pictures of you… no matter how short everyone else is around you

Written by Michael Donovan

29/04/2010 at 1:42 pm

Posted in Life