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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.

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

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

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

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

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

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– T.S. Eliot

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

– Jack Kerouac

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Steven Schussler

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Optimism rules

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

– Anita Roddick

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

– William Shakespeare

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

– Carl Rogers

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

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

– Eve Ensler

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

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

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– Barack Obama

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

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

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Anthony Trollope

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

– Tony Robbins