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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.

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

– Albert Einstein

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

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

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

– Erica Jong

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Anita Roddick

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

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

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

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

– Steve Jobs

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

– Victor Kiam

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Ray Bradbury

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

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"

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

– T.S. Eliot

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah