expat business Korea

Mariachis with Seoul

Seoul has become much more international in the time I've been here. One prime example is the growing popularity of Mexican food with places like "On the Border." But something I was pleasantly surprised to see was a mariachi band playing in front of curious but excited locals and non-locals alike.

Alive with the sound of music

Can't believe I just referenced that movie, but have never even watched it all the way through. Anyway...I was coming out of Euljiro 1-Ga subway station in downtown Seoul, heading to the presentations and communications program I run at the Bank of Korea, when my ears were pleasantly greeted by the fun, lively sounds of mariachi music. These guys filled that station area with such life and vibrancy that I couldn't help but pull out my trusty Kodak Zi8 and shoot some video, which is posted below.

After the song I videoed, the organizer/manager, asked about the mic I was using. I was also testing out the Edutige EIM-004 for an Edutige product demo video. Anyway, after a quick chat I donated a bit of money but really wanted to buy one of their CDs to enjoy at home, etc. But since I don't have a CD player, I didn't buy their CD.

Opportunity opens a door

One thing about making promo-videos is that I truly believe a great video can make a big difference for a business. So I decided to edit and send the video posted below to the mariachi manager as a way of saying thanks for putting a smile on my face. I really did love the music and wanted to do something for them since I didn't buy their CD. I guess I could still do that, huh?

The video

If you like these guys, make sure you go check them out around Seoul and book them... or buy their CD :)



Article for the Korea Herald about Business in Korea

One of the truly cool things that happened last year was being asked to write an article for the Korea Herald. The Korea Herald is Korea's largest English newspaper, so it was with great pride that I wrote about my experiences of doing business in Korea as an expat. My friend and former business partner, Liam Lusk, also wrote something for this article. Yes, former business partner... We set out on our own paths in January 2012. Anyway... The main take away I wanted people to get was that no matter where you are, if you care enough, and follow your passions, you'll find success.

There are many other expats in Korea making a difference and contributing in their own way... Keep it up!

Here's the article. Just click to read it or right-click to download it.

Korea Herald Article 2011

And here's a video I made to talk about it: