I first heard about David Hoffman more than 30 years ago, when I first started working with Jan Stenbeck in Stockholm.
Stenbeck's lawyer, a man named Mike Tannen told me about his friend, David Hoffman, who had an 'amazing life', traveling all over the world making films.
Since then, I have followed David Hoffman's indeed amazing life and career with great interest.
If anyone is a walking advertisement for the potential that making great films and videos on your own offers, it is David.
Recently, I came across a video that he had posted both on YouTube and on Facebook - the advantages of social media.
This led me to Hoffman's YouTube Channel, which I will admit I did not even know existed. I was both astonished and impressed to see that he has more than 133,000 subscribers and that the channel is really a library of his greatest work. Apparently, documentary films have a very long tail and shelf-life.
But first, a bit of background:
David Hoffman has been a filmmaker since he was 22 years old. He is now 78. He produced 183 network television documentaries, in series. He has also won just about every award in the business, except an Academy Award - never too late. He has made hundreds of educational films and corporate videos.
Besides being a filmmaker, David has also spent many years in Silicon Valley, working with the likes of Amazon, YouTube, Google, Sony, Verizon, and many others.
Today, David writes, he is focusing his attention on his YouTube channel which has had more than 63 million views; 150,000 users per day!
Clearly, David has had an amazing life and continues to do so.
I post this to show you what is possible. And today, with both the Internet and phones, it is even easier than it was when David was starting.