Before we get into that. Can we just talk about how impulsive I've been?
The Amuze Cruze.
A Random Weekend in San Francisco. (currently writing this blog post via "The City" by the bay)
Also I think I'm kind of having a mid-life crisis. Last week I almost lost at 1-on-1 basketball to an eight-yr-old. (Me: 11points, 8-yr-old: 9 points) There was a point in the game where it was tied eight, eight. I'm still not sure how I feel about it.
When I got divorced it was hard for me to spend time with the people who were closest to me; the people who had my back the most. My theory is that I had so many memories spending time with them and my ex, that it was just too painful. It was way easier to branch out and make brand new friends and start a "new life".
If I had to pin point the root of the inspiration of the Amuze Cruze I would say that that is it.
Either way I couldn't be more pleased with the turn out and wouldn't change one thing if I had to do it again . . . well maybe one thing.
I'm the type of person that believes anything is possible if you work / network hard enough.
I had the idea to go on a cruise with 7 random strangers and film the experience not really knowing how it was going to work or turn out, so after a call to my buddy Sam (co-producer and filmer), and getting the ok that he would partner on the project, I put $4000 on my credit card and bought 10 tickets.
30 min later I promoted the idea on my Blog, Facebook, twitter, and Insta and within 2 weeks we had over 350 applicants. Over those 2 weeks we sold the tickets and started planning for our adventure.
The Amuze Cruze had a few detours before we got to our final destination. We thought about making the focus pranking people on the ship for entertainment value, until You Tuber Stuart Edge (2million subscribers) approached us and wanted to be involved. Having his platform to launch off of we jumped at the chance to make something work and developed the show into a "game show" where 2 teams competed against each other pranking random passengers throughout the trip with Stuart as the judge. Long story short working together wasn't a good fit, and Stuart excused himself from the production and with 2 weeks before we set sail, we didn't have a definitive idea of what we were gonna do.
Although I had developed relationships with the cast as we prepared for our trip to Mexico, none of them knew each other when we left Provo on a road trip to Los Angeles to board. Even when we got on the boat we still had plans to prank people and make that the center of our show.
Pranking never happened, but what was even more entertaining was watching randoms (ages 19 -28) through the love triangles, fights, makeups, super awkward situations, be completely open and vulnerable with each other and see a group transform from complete strangers to a family unit. Two members of the cast even started / are currently dating and I get at least 78 text messages a day from our group text. I honestly love each and every one of those people and would do anything for any of them.
(Sam and Dan) Co-producers and Our film guys
I'm super excited to show you what happened and hopefully go on more Amuze Cruze's.
Being spontaneous and impulsive has been therapeutic and I have made so many new friends, but I feel like the true friends that have always loved me unconditionally and the commitments I've made to God, them, and work have been neglected. It hit me pretty hard this weekend. To those true friends you know who you are, and I love you. So much. And to quote Lebron, "I'm coming home."