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Susan Utell, writer and film editor

WRITER AND FILM EDITOR

Susan Utell has worked in all aspects of the broadcast industry—including editorial experience cutting news and programming for San Francisco network affiliates KPIX, KQED and KGO.

Her advertising agency editorial experience began with a four-year employment at the Bay Area’s first full-fledged post-production facility, One Pass Film & Video. There, Susan worked with advertising agencies; JWT NYC/Chicago; McCann-Erickson; Foot, Cone & Belding; Riney & Associates; Goodby, Silverstein and Partners; Y & R and Goldberg, Moser, O’Neill. She left One Pass in 1984 to begin a successful decades-long freelance career.

Susan’s editorial experience includes both long and short formats. She has worked on Emmy award winning documentaries for Reader’s Digest, programs for PBS, The Disney Channel, The Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. Recently, she co-edited the documentary “WHY WE SING!” — a film about diversity and the San Francisco Gay Men Chorus narrated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, aired for PBS.

Susan has completed a four film DVD package of financial tips for Robbins Research International, with financial luminaries Harry Dent and John Templeton, hosted by thought leader Tony Robbins.

Susan was producer, director and editor of LIGHTFORMS, a short film, shown in the Mill Valley Film Festival. She has edited archival dance performances for the Merce Cunningham Foundation, which has been placed in the Museum of Modern Art.

Susan has experience in both Avid and Final Cut Pro technologies. She has accomplished post-supervisory skills with a strong eye for design and writing. And she is friendly.

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer