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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.

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– Buddha

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

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

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

– Jimi Hendrix

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

– Tony Robbins

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

– Christopher Morley

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

– Bruce Lee

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

– James Madison

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

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

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

– Steve Jobs

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

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

– Indira Ghandi

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

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"

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

– Thomas Edison

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

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