Throughout my remodeling days I’ve been fortunate to be a part of variety of large remodel projects, which in some cases would be better described as a small hotel then a residential dwelling. But none was more memorable than one particular home remodel project that I got to be a part of one winter in Tulsa. Click here to read more and see the photos from this extensive remodel. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
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Today where excited to introduce the new Thinkpierce Productions website! The creative road we’ve traveled down has taught us how to produce videos and websites that we love. Now we’re ready to do the same for you. Need a video or website? Thinkpierce Productions can make it happen, and make it happen well.
Be on the lookout over the next couple of months for additional content that will be added to the Thinkpierce Productions Portfolio, including the release of our first film in September! Click here to see the website now. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
Real Estate and Remodeling have always been a big part of my past. It all started around age 20 when I saw a TV infomercial promising financial freedom through investing in real estate. I purchased a program called “no money down” and a few months later I had purchased my first property. Was it a smooth experience? No, but I had seen it through and next it was time to fix up the house. The best way to describe my knowledge level with remodeling at the time would be to say that I wasn’t even comfortable operating a power saw, but I had the desire to learn. In the beginning before buying my first house, I even worked for a guy for free as his helper during the day before my night job just to learn. That’s literally how little I knew about it! I didn’t care if I was paid, and I didn’t figure anyone would be willing to hire someone who knew nothing. I literally knocked on the door of a guy that I had found out did remodeling work, told him what I wanted to do and started the next day. I worked with him for a couple of months, but he was an alcoholic, always having beer on the job and he started not showing up. To make a long story short, I combined what I had learned from him with remodeling videos from the library and did a bunch of stuff the hard way! Lol. I even took out the main bathroom down to the studs and removed the entire floor including the support joists, in other words if you opened the bathroom door and looked down you would see dirt. I then put in a new subfloor and installed a new bathroom including all new fixtures, tile, and sheetrock. Yeah, if you think that amount of learning curves wrapped up in to a first time experience totally sucked, your right. But I was proud that I had done it. After completely over-remodeling the house, (lol) I sold it then took a break from it all.
In the period that followed I created two independent films and among other things, I began working on my first attempt at developing Thinkpierce.com. Then I received a call from a realtor one day needing repair work done on one of their client’s properties, it represented a veer in the road from my goals with Thinkpierce, but I it was a convenient distraction as I was burning out at the time and needed a break. I accepted the job and the rest is history.
I started back up from scratch and went from knowing very little and having a few basic hand tools and a ford Taurus, to later owning three work vehicles stocked with high-end tools. I went from working for free just to learn, to receiving calls to do work in the wealthiest homes in my city. Real estate and remodeling will always be a part of my life, but I reached a point where I could fight the call of Thinkpierce no longer. I could almost say that I feel a conviction to finish what I started with a variety of Thinkpierce projects that currently sit dormant. One thing that I can tell you is that if you find my history with remodeling even the least bit interesting…just wait and see what I have planned in the future for Thinkpierce! If you’re not currently subscribed to my weekly e-mail, this is a great time to plug in to the experience. One thing I can promise you is that it will be a wild ride in to uncharted territory… Thinkpierce! Something New Every Friday.
When’s the last time you rented a VHS copy of “The Mask of Zorro” that had a custom totally non-authentic poorly hand drawn cover on it? Well if you frequented the Reasor’s video rental store in Jenks, Oklahoma around 1998 you might be able to say about 13 years ago. That’s about the time Reasor’s video and I teamed up together for an employment experience like no other. That’s also where I met Justin Vanscoy for the first time. Justin starred in a short film I made about 9 years later, a super unique comedy that touches on such jolting subjects as “snack time”, “nap time”, and “the plans”. That movie is currently on the chopping block and will be offered on www.thinkpierce.com some time next year.
But back to our story. If you worked in a Reasor’s video store in 1998, certain things were bound to happen. Every Easter you were going to be encouraged to sell a lot of Peeps, you were going to be pressured by customers to recommend a good movie, and then be held responsible the next day when the customer decided they “hated” it and occasionally customers were going to loose the VHS case and return the video tape without it. Fortunately for Reasor’s video, I managed to come up with a solution for that last one. When a video came back without the cover, I took the initiative to draw a new one. But if I was going to a draw a new cover, that’s what it needed to be: New, with a fresh perspective. Or possibly a completely different one all together. In total, I drew about 5 different VHS covers in Reasor’s video that replaced lost covers on anything from “Rugrats” to “The Mask of Zorro”. The hilarious thing about all this was that my manager at the time actually allowed it and got a kick out it. The other thing that cracked me up was experiencing people bring these ridiculous poorly hand drawn VHS tapes up to the counter for me to rent out to them. I got so many laughs out of people just picking these things up and being like, “What the !$*# is this?”
But VHS tapes don’t last in a rental store forever. Eventually they reach the end of their rental days and get put out for sale in the “bargain bin”. When “The Mask of Zorro” came up for purchase, I knew I had to get it. I wish I had bought all of them. But I guess one is enough to keep the memory alive. It’s so hilarious for me to think about all the different times those crazy looking VHS tapes were rented out. Once one made it back to the customers house, I can imagine a family member picking up the VHS and asking, “What is this?…you rented this from the video store? Uh, what the $%*#?” So here’s a salute to my manager at the time for allowing crazy VHS tapes in her store. Special thanks to photographer Sara Christian.