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AthleteIamA Kulbila Agyarko African Bodybuilder AMA!

Jan 27th 2017 by Borodataya • 17 Questions • 227 Points

Q:

Pretty cool video!

Just some basic questions:

How does your meal plan look like?

In your opinion: Which exercises should every athlete do?

What's your current training regime?

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Why did they cancel Red Road?


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i am not have special meal plan. every athlete should work hard

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Hmmm. Sadly it was too good for this world...


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You make a very valid point.

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I loved Alive Inside and it inspired me to do my senior project about music therapy! Just wondering, are you still in contact with Dan Cohen like as friends?


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Only hard work

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Funny Question!

I really worked hard to make his dreams come true. When I started on the film he was helping in 4 nursing homes, the film blew him and his nonprofit sky high- he's now in 3000 nursing homes and the film was what lifted him.

He sued me 10 days before Sundance and now he is suing me again. He is saying I can not teach the themes of my film, that I am somehow competing with him.

No good deed goes unpunished. We are no longer friends.


Q:

What's your weekly workout routine look like?

Do you take any supplements? If so, are supplements hard to get in Africa?

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I'm a freshman in college and i feel completely lost in my life. I have no clue what I want to do yet, but all i know is that I love stories (watching, writing, reading). Ive written ideas for books or movies and have a lot in my head but I just don't know how to actually start writing. I keep getting worried about if theres a certain professional format my stories should take. So i guess my question is: How did you get started and was it a clear cut path? Were you worried about failure? And if so, how did you over come it


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i am training 4-6 per week. use only creatine

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Please do not feel lost in life.

You hold the greatest treasure of all - you are a millionaire, owner of the greatest treasure of all- LIFE!!!!

I will tell you it is hard to get started as a writer young- you have to put in your 10,000 hours, write 100 stories before something happens- usually-

About failure- I have failed many times. I used to hate failure! Now I love failure- I race to failure because it teaches me what doesn't work, it teaches me my own foolishness!

I wrote this little article on Medium- no one has read it, but it answers your questions- STAY STRONG- LISTEN TO LIFE ITSELF- THE LIFE THAT LIVES INSIDE YOUR CHEST!!! It will guide you- seriously. This is an Amazing time to be alive! Imagine Brian could change places with you- he would, he would grab your most depressed day and run to the top of a mountian with it and ski down like a mad man!!!

https://medium.com/@michaelrossatobennett/running-through-fields-7d9540dfa2e9#.ohq9j5hbj


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I know you're here to talk about your career, but I have a different question. I feel like Ghana would be a nice place to visit. It is a good place for Western tourists?

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How are you recording the album of Brian's songs?


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some places specially designed for tourists. but I would not recommend traveling alone

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So here is the thing- Brian can not sing anymore like he used to. So we are using the tracks he made when he was writing the songs so he would not forget the songs as our vocal masters.

We are doing a live recording session with a whole band at Echo Mountian Studio on Feb. 9th- we will stream the whole thing! Brian's best friend Scott Reese is producing it.

Brian's guitar teacher Stuart Klinger is working with Grammy Award winner Steve Addabbo in NYC to prep the tracks, and do all the mixing and Mastering.

We have lots of Amazing artists who have reached out to us and want to record Brian's songs. So far-

Itaal Shur- the writer of Santana's "Smooth" with Rob Thomas is doing a song.

Lucy Woodward, both of the Darlings, Frazy Ford and the Be Good Tanyas

We have some Really big names too but they are not firm yet so I dont want to announce.


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Other than AMAs, what's the best way to fund a movie?

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Well, first of all, build a following on youtube! You need an audience to speak to!!! They will help you get the film in the can. You DO NOT HAVE TO FINISH your movie, just get it into the can so people can experience it. Then you can get money to finish it. Get your film to that point and contact me- I can introduce you to the people to fund it. But only if it moves people!!

For me, I make movies that try to make the world better. That way I know they deserve support. I'm not really the kind of person that can make entertainment. I would like to try again, but I did not succeed in my efforts to do that.


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Other than AMAs, what's the best way to fund a movie?

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One time, I met this woman who had deep Alzheimer's, she held my hand and asked me if I was married. I said- yes, but my wife is far away. She winked at me and started to sing. She looked in my eyes and sang like La La land! I thought it was in a musical! I gave myself permission to sing with her, to look into her eyes and sing as if I were her long lost lover. It was so amazing and beautiful I really don't know how to put it into words.

I think we've gotten too caught up in our cognitive mind, and I think there's so much wisdom in the deeper parts of our consciousness. I think music and empathy are pathways into those deeper parts, this is what I explore in my movies.


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What motivates you?

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Man, I just want to feel alive. What else?

I can't help feeling I've only got a few years left of real power- So, it's like - man, I got to do things.

For me, I've learned I want to make life bigger for myself and others. I'm lucky. The adventure with Alive Inside has been amazing- I got to wake up lots of people- give them a bigger, more musical world to live in.

https://youtu.be/9ZRkFcOreKM

With "Brian's Song" I just want to have fun with Brian- have some "important" time. Not sure how to explain it. For me, what feels good is doing good.


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Jesus! $400K? How did you get the money? hahaha

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I know, but that is peanuts for advertising for a Theatrical Release.

I put in all the revenues from the Theatrical release- we did like $300k and also we had some profound donors who believed in our message


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What does it take to be a director, and what does a director do? I have some sort of idea of what I want to do as a career, and that is to work in the movie business. I just absolutely love reading, and watching stories, and the way the maker of a film can show certain things without words, and things like that. Though I dont really know what I should get in to. I love writing and creating stories, but at the same time, I love being able to make the stories how I want them on the screen, like telling an actor how to say a line, or where to shoot the film, etc. However, at the same time I also love the filming itself in a film, like the cinematographer that works with Wes Anderson. I just dont know what I should pursue, since pursuing all of them would be exhausting and near impossible.

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I know, I want to do everything too!!! This is a long journey. Find the person you want to be and work for them for one month free. If they don't hire you after that, move on. Experience as much as you can in your 20's. Don't try to be a filmmaker right away. Make 100 films on youtube. Then you will be a filmmaker!


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How many scripts do i have to writer Till I write my first decent one? I am at 8 or so each one 5-9 pages long? Thanks man

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Do 100

and send me the 101st


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After my exames are done i'll take it up again if you keep using this account I'll pm it you in half a year or so if that is allright with you.

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I'll be here forever.


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You mean a new old movie? Because there is already a movie called brians song.

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Yeah, I know, I was trying to be clever- this is "Brian's Songs!" not "Brian's Song"- I am doing a little bow to the past with this... It is about Brian's actual songs... not a song of Brian...

That was my thinking!


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What was it like to win Sundance? Did you think you would win?

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I did not even expect to get into Sundance! We submitted literally at the last possible second- I crammed an application into the mail slot at the 34th street Post office at exactly midnight on the last day of applications.

Just getting accepted to Sundance was like winning! I never thought we would win the Audience Award! I highly recommend it. It was amazing! Imagine, no one ever seeing the film and then having 800 people seeing it and reacting in a huge way twice a day for ten days!. Lots of cool experiences- like meeting one of the founders of Burning Man at a screening and having him say- "I was totally moved- here are two tickets to Burning Man."

It was Amazing! -can't really describe...


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What's your new passion project about ? Loved Alive Inside.

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Man, this is a film I don't want to make. Just making it because it lets me spend lots of time with my buddy. I guess it is about music, it is about how you figure out what you are living for when everything is going downhill. ALS is just a f****** curse! Trying to find the beauty in the darkness as well I guess.


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Do you take time for yourself ? Documentary takes so much time to make. Now Brian's songs, before Alive Inside. You seem to be really empathetic. I have no doubt that you have a happy family.

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Man, having trouble sleeping lately. Don't know how to turn off!!! I'm making 2 films right now, running Aliveinside.org , a Kickstarter!

It's crazy! are you ever coming back to NYC?


Q:

Hey man try reading a book from Thich Nhat Hanh, really great for getting your mind to quiet down.

A:

Great advice!

I have done that before- I will try again!

Here is some unasked for advice- When you are young- you have to burn your body out before you try to quiet your mind. Seriously, IMHO, if you are young- don't try to meditate until you are completely exhausted from physical work first- You just have to do that first- then try to quiet your mind. Get exhausted-then just feel your deep self- that's all meditation is- just the process, the sensation of knowing what the deep you FEELs like! Do that and you will take the reins of your mind. It took me DECADES to learn this!!!


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Well I have the advantage of starting this in my forties, I have tried to get my sixteen year old daughter to read the Art of Communication to try and get her to quiet her mind and take some time away from her iPhone and being connected. Just left Sundance and spent stayed with a legit hip hop star and he and his wife are working on TM. You work really hard and then you start to wonder why, divorce, stress etc... and you look around out how messed up everyone is so you try and find something that makes sense....

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Yeah man, it's really interesting journey this thing called life. And the twist of it all is the truth of it is nothing like what "they" say it is! 40 is a great time to master this stuff, actually it's about the time most people do.