We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Schomer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, how do you think about risk?
We must always risk what is known in order to grow, this I have come to understand even more every year. So what once I saw as an inner desire for adventure or for the thrill of breaking boundaries of the self, I now also more deeply see as a founding principle of human evolution. To find deeper truths, we must risk our current ideas of ourselves or our lives. And often I mix in the physical adventure or life threatening risk with this thirst for inner liberation. In THE ROAD TO DHARMA docuseries we risked our lives on motorcycles in the Himalayas, monsoon rains, and road killer traffic. But we equally risked our limited beliefs and mind conditioned patterns by placing ourselves in a pilgrimage with a master that would push us to confront our demons. This is the key; we must pierce our normal bubble. We must put our self in situations where there are less “escape routes” for the mind. Then, we illicit the expanding of our worldview. And furthermore, I find that the truths that are worth seeking, often will bear risk of something. Truth will always be a risk to the patterns of security and fear (ie the ego)… but ultimately we will see the only thing at risk was our false understanding… well, and this body… which I hold dearly, but I often do ask it (my body) to be put in harms way in order to find something greater. To live an expansive life, to tell and follow a truth bearing documentary or docuseries, there will always be risk!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve learned so many lessons along the way to and as I continue to be a documentary tv/film director and producer. 10 years of filmmaking has been an extension of my commitment to the path of inner discovery – the yogic life if you will – and so i am thankful for following my heart to use media/film to express spirituality and to empower others. The films come first from my desire to live truly and find truth. Challenges, are inherent in all of our lives and challenges are to be celebrated as they reveal who you truly are, especially if you are interested in evolution. My first documentary film was every challenge rolled into one. I had never ridden a motorcycle, but accepted the invitation to ride over the highest road in the world (18,000 ft) through the Himalayas, with a master that had a death prophecy. So, as a first time director and producer I was not only leading a crew, but was constantly battling the fear of my own death via road killer traffic. The crew had little mutinies as where we were going was covered in avalanche and they thought it too dangerous. Accidents threatened the end of the journey too… and in post production even my co producer continued to challenge me with his child like antics and even fraud. Every aspect of that first film called on me to build the muscle of faith. And that muscle continues to grow with every film, in different ways. So was it easy? No. Is the whole media landscape really all about using story to empower rather than to sell or enslave us in the same old conditioning? Not usually. So it’s a continual challenge to be at the forefront of that effort. And in doing so, I choose to make empowering stories that are also very entertaining and engaging. At the heart of i2i productions, we are Uniting through Wisdom and Entertainment. So we not only unite the two, ie wisdom and entertainment, but also unite you internally with your desire for liberation. I want that you walk away inspired and empowered after watching our films and series. I want your worldview to have expanded, and your sense of possibility increased. Humor, adventure, character driven stories… these help us deliver the wisdom we are all craving for. We want liberation – story is here to help us. This is my art. The Road to Dharma docuseries is the most recent and provocative work of mine to date – I’m very proud to share it with you all – www.RoadToDharma.com and available via iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Vimeo.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d do yoga at the beach, jump in the ocean for a swim. Grab a way too expensive coffee and breakfast. Then either hike in the Santa Monica mountains or head to the Getty. I’d for sure hit Gracias Madre in WeHo for dinner and if Covid is done, we’d take the subway to an LAFC game or to the art/museums downtown. Or just jump back in the water. It’s the ocean that keeps this city cool.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As a shout out, I also want to thank the Himalayan Master that lead the journey of my recent docuseries The Road to Dharma (10 episode series). Anand Mehrotra allowed us to film the group he took on this treacherous and eye opening pilgrimage. So a shout out to him and his organization at www.SattvaYogaAcademy.com
Other: www.Livingi2i.com is my production company i2i Productions. And also for some free meditations to download you can visit adam.yoga
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