Michael "Rocket" Blackstone was born into a family of pilots, and he began flying with his father at age 8. Now with 25 years of experience and 14,000 hours of logged flight time, Michael chooses to share his passion for flying with novice aviators and eager thrill seekers, taking them into the skies in one of four stunt aircraft, including a vintage-inspired, open-cockpit biplane.
After a brief safety talk on the ground, he and his pilots use these planes to take customers on adrenaline-pumping thrill rides, as seen on Eye on L.A.. These flights crisscross the skies over the California coastline, reaching speeds of up to 250 miles per hour. Passengers can even take the stick after takeoff, regardless of their experience level, and help the pilot guide the plane through basic aerobatic maneuvers, such as performing a loop, taking it into a roll, and skywriting a knock-knock joke within sight of downtown.
Michael and his pilots also lead flight-training sessions that teach students the basics of aerobatics over the course of several skyward outings with pre- and post-flight briefings. For a more tranquil excursion, they fly sightseeing tours of downtown Los Angeles or Long Beach Harbor and take passengers on chartered flights to Catalina Island.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
“LIVE” seminars not online courses.
Designed to teach students to shoot in manual mode in order to obtain “creative controls” over the DSLR.
Please see comments from past students at http://www.betterphotos.org/testimonials
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Owner's manual, DSLR, method of taking notes.
PDF file is available for download if students qualify.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Starting in 2003, Ben taught numerous courses for the professional photographers across the country.
In 2006, Ben developed the “Newbie Photography Boot Camps” for amateur and hobbits.
As to date, Ben has personally taught over 6,000 students in 20 cities.
What do you love most about your job?
Be able to help students understand a fairly complex set of ideas on
“creative photography”. And most importantly, help students to achieve the creative photos by understanding and able to shoot in the manual mode.
Classically trained in piano and French horn, David Rothschild showcases his skills in ensembles throughout Southern California, including the Los Angeles Police Department Band. But when he's not onstage, David focuses on nurturing budding pianists and brass players during in-home lessons or sessions at his eponymous studio.
Drawing on more than 20 years of tickling the ivories, David trains piano players of all ages in everything from finding notes on the keyboard to playing short sonatas. He takes a similar approach to brass, helping horn and trumpet players master proper fingerings and trombonists refine their slide positions. Regardless of their instrument, David also teaches pupils to read music, a more convenient alternative to hiring someone to whisper every note to you.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.
Happy Cooking Co. owners and head chefs James and Jael Tanti help students and customers build a bridge between diet and wellness, aiming to prevent dangerous inflammation and maladies through healthy food preparation. The cooks' holistic techniques and toxin-free surgical-steel utensils turn fresh ingredients into medicine, family meals into daily health regimens, and cooking into an extended metaphor for disease prevention and maintaining long-term well-being. Cooking demonstrations and hands-on classes teach students to create delicious recipes such as seven-herb chicken, homemade almond milk, or potato-leek soup, preventing harmful chemical contamination and overuse of oils with Saladmaster cookware.