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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.

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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 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"

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

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

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

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

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

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Victor Kiam

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

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

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Erica Jong

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

– Muhammad Yunus

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

– Louisa May Alcott

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

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

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

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

– Corita Kent

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

– Steve Jobs

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Brian Tracy

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

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

– Thomas Edison

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

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

– Michelle Sedas

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt