The story

What’s your business?

This is the question some guy asked me on the street somewhere 10 years ago in my home city, Bucharest, Romania, Europe. I was in a music equipment shop and he was there to asking about a DJ setup and really in particular about some CD players. He was talking in english and by the accent he was North American.

Back then I was managing my own recording studio and my own Hip Hop record label. I was into music full time. When I saw him I followed him outside the store and pulled out my business card and handed it to him. I said to him that if he ever needs help, I could guide him trough the things over there in Romania, like which store and what he should buy.

He looked at my card and asked me: what’s your business? 

My answer back then? Something like I’m a DJ and I have a recording studio and I have a record label. I knew what my business was but it never sounded natural to me. He never contacted me but that question kept going in my mind… what’s my business?

 

Constantin Brancusi Herastrau
Constantin Brancusi Herastrau

When I was a kid I lived near Herastrau Park, the biggest park in Bucharest. My parents used to take me to that park almost every day (I was literally living across the park and sometimes I liked to say I live in the park ). Over there in Herastrau, behind some trees, in a small meadow, there is a sculpture of Brancusi, which is the most famous Romanian sculptor, with a quote under neath that said:

I want to carve forms that can give joy to people

The original quote is “Eu vreau să sculptez forme care pot da bucurie oamenilor“. That is still in my mind even today. It’s one of those things that haunts you trough your entire life I guess. In this case, it’s a happy haunting.

(I’ve read some rumors that they will make a film about him starring Andy Garcia as Brancusi)

After years of searching and learning, after some experiences that made me the man I am today (with the good parts but mostly the bad), I can say that I made up my mind about one thing:

What my business is?

I’m in the business of saving the world. That’s my business. Everybody keeps saying that you cannot save the world. Or you cannot do it by yourself. I tend to think the opposite (based on my experiences of course).

You can change the world.

How? By making it a better place. How? There are so many possibilities out there. One of us is a doctor, the other one is a teacher. The other one works in sales selling us really valuable objects or services that can improve our lives. Some of us are musicians and some of us are writers.

I can change myself and use me as an example for others. Hopefully for the good. How can we create a better place? Like I said there are many ways. For me, I chose the cultural part. First, music. Because music is the language of the soul. Movies are a part of that and that’s why I decided to write on this blog. And, as you may read more than one article, you will find out that, most of the time, it’s not about the movie itself but about what emotions and thoughts a movie makes me experience and think.

It’s because

I want to be part of things that can give joy to people

Sincerely,

Em

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