November 15th, 2014
Written by Ka Sundance
November 12th, 2014
Written by Ka Sundance
November 11th, 2014
Written by Ka Sundance
In the big city
This is your Ka speaking to you right now from Singapore. We arrived 2 days ago. Though we normally always do our videos from beautiful islands or a tropical setting, we are in the city now. We love to go every two months or so to a big city setting with our kids to do some cultural activities, some sightseeing, and to enjoy some adventure and action!
We went to Kuala Lumpur to go to the zoo and now we are in Singapore. The kids wanted to see Legoland in Malaysia. IT WAS AWESOME ! We did this yesterday. I will soon do a travel video about our South East Asia adventures that we have been on for the last week or so since my birthday. Thanks so very much for the many nice birthday wishes!!
My straightforward answer about fake backgrounds
Today I wanted to answer a question that we have received quite often. Actually I feel almost honored that you assume I have the skills needed to do such things!!
But I wanted to clarify the question : Do we actually manipulate our videos on YouTube and photoshop the backgrounds? Guys, here is my straight forward answer. I have been making close to 1000 videos on all my channels and NOT one video has been fake!!!
ITS ALL REAL, MAN!!!!
I did buy a green screen, the new speakers have these, it goes behind you and you can later replace the background with anything. But I figured I would still have this green color around my head and it wouldn’t look nice. I didn’t know how to fix that, so I never used it on any of my videos.
All the tropical and beautiful locations you see are real. I think the question came up because you see me with all these backgrounds that are almost too beautiful to be true. They are! It’s all real, man!! I wanted to clarify this for all of you.
Little changes to our pictures
I do however make little changes to the video. I love to pinch the colors a little – to make them more colorful then they are. I do shoot with very raw settings because it’s easier to edit later. If you use really honest, raw material it’s easy to do small edits afterwards. I love to pinch the colors! If I shoot in the evening, I like to add a little brightness to the shot. BUT that is really all I do to my video shots.
Lately I have started to edit the audio to make it a little richer. I have a shotgun microphone and I put all the audio through Adobe audition to add some richness to the audio quality. But all the backgrounds you see are 100% real. I can’t help it, we just live in all these beautiful locations! – It’s real!!
100% REAL backgrounds & images
The images and the photos you see on Facebook and Instagram are also 100% real. Most of them are done with my smartphone. They can be manipulated just a little with a filter you could add. I always like to punch in some color, sometimes I play around with different filters or effects like sepia or color boost.
I never do any heavy photoshopping which is easy to do. If you could see some of the models they put on magazine covers – it’s ridiculous how different they look in real life! You can really change the whole person without being obvious because the techniques have come so far along. But I don’t do that. You will never see me taking whole background shots and fitting in new ones or adding layers. I don’t ever do this. I just pinch a little color or add in a filter. That’s all I do!
Announcing a new video
I also want to announce I will be doing another travel lifestyle video soon. This will be about our adventures here. Leaving our lonely island in the Gulf of Thailand and giving such great experiences to our kids and to ourselves as a family was incredible. It is so interesting and such a great adventure to travel and to go to big cities and feel so small. Especially in Malaysia where it is such a multicultural place. They have so many different ethnicities, cultures and religions here.
I love that so much! We feel so welcome and at home here. Usually everybody stares at us! When you live in Costa Rica and Central America and you have 5 blonde, blue eyed kids, you get stared at!! Here in Malaysia it isn’t like that – they have so many different backgrounds here, we feel like we blend by being so different. I like and appreciate that!
Anyway, that is my answer to this question for today.
Thanks so much for watching I will be back soon with another video. I’m saying goodbye from this beautiful place close to Singapore.
This is your Ka, love ya…….bye bye.
November 11th, 2014
Written by Ka Sundance
This is your Ka Sundance speaking and I want to warmly welcome you to another video and answer a question that I have been asked often in the last few years. The question is:
Why I chose to change my name to Ka Sundance?
Before I explain to you that this is not just a joke or something I do for Facebook or YouTube or to hide my real identity. This is not what this is about. My real name is Christian Kattoll. I have said this earlier, but I started my YouTube presence using this name. I don’t need to hide. This has nothing to do with hiding.
I have this name in my passport
There is much more to me and much more importance to why I use the name Ka Sundance and why I wear it with pride. Before I tell you why I use this name I want to show you the commitment I have and why this is so important to me. I have this name in my passport. I come from Germany and to have this officially in my passport is not an easy process. I had to prove I had a publishing house in New York that was publishing books for me under the name Ka Sundance successfully for many years. I had to provide screen shots from YouTube and Facebook. I had to do an interview. It really was a big process to change my passport. I am sharing this with you to show you how committed I am, how I feel such responsibility to it and how important this is to me.
Who I was in my past
Why? ………the reason is, and I’m going to be honest with you again as I always am with you on YouTube and in general in my life, I am a very honest guy. I used to be a punk, I was a dirty old punk in Germany in the old days when I went to school. My hair was multicolored and I wore weird clothes and was really loud. I was one of the loudest in the entire school!! After being in school I became the singer in a rock and roll band. I was the guy with the beer bottle in his hand and the cigarette on stage. Jim Morrison was my big role model. For me it was all about getting drunk 3 or 4 times a week. Big time!
To smoke weed and use bongs for years almost daily. To take LSD and mushrooms and coke and speed! You name it and I took it. Aside from heroin I took almost all drugs. It was important to me, I identified myself with this way of being.
Everything changed when we found out
In 2000 I went with Katie to South America on a half a year tour and we found out Benny was on the way. We were about to become a family!!!! From one day to the other, when we heard she was pregnant, we both decided to stop all drugs. It was the last cigarette I ever smoked on that day we found out we were going to be parents.
A new life started
It was like a new life started for me. That is how it felt for me. How it was for me. Life was never the same after this. We went back home and people laughed at us, they didn’t take us seriously. After standing up with those values for a while and watching people thinking I was going crazy, I begin to wish. This wish inside myself to make this really clear for the world and for myself as well was formed. I was really asking to get a new name. Almost desperately. After asking and meditating I literally saw the name Ka Sundance written and it was really clear to me that this was it!
I was Ka Sundance from that day on
From that day on I took on the name Ka Sundance. This is documented on YouTube as well. If you go back in time you will see I started this channel in the name Chris Kattoll. And after a few months I just transformed to being Ka Sundance. This is how this came about.
I was inspired by our travels to Australia. I went in 1997 for the first time to Australia with my best buddy after school ended. The Aboriginal culture, which I have the highest respect for, is 20,oo0 or 30,000 years old, and is the oldest human culture on earth I believe. They don’t celebrate birthdays, they celebrate the different evolutionary steps someone goes through in a lifetime. It means if you feel like you have learned something new or important, you make a big party within the tribe and take on a new name. This is what I was so inspired by and took on then.
Before any of our children
Before my little Jaro or any other child was born I had heard of this way of celebrating personal evolution in the Aboriginal culture. I like this approach and took it on as my own. You don’t celebrate years but steps in your evolution. This is why I took on the name and why I wear it with pride and I feel this responsibility. Now you know the background of how I ended up calling myself Ka Sundance. Also you know I am not hiding or anything like that. You know my name, you saw the screenshot of my passport. My reason is this has meaning for me, this is my new life, my second life that I am living. I am very happy to have the chance to live this second life.
This is my video for today.
How do you feel about this?
Should it be legal?
Is it ok?
Do you have an artist name you are serious about?
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I will be back soon. The two of us say peace, love and rock and roll !!!