Successful,…but something’s missing?

I work with successful, creative people who want to enhance the quality of their life and work.

People who want:

  • less stress, greater clarity, and genuine peace.
  • the joy that comes from more creativity in their life.
  • the serenity that comes from self-confidence, knowing when to take action, and when to let go.
  • to end  patterns of conflict with others
  • to experience life and work from a place of centered calm vs. emotional re-activity.
  • to experience life and leadership with courage in the face of not knowing “how it’s going to turn out.”
  • to bring work and life back into a healthy balance, but don’t know where to begin.



The quickest way to reach me:  call / text 310-963-0044



Does this sound familiar?

  • You’re successful, but something is missing.
  • You’ve lost the passion you once had for your work. You’re “phoning it in” until the weekend.
  • The people working for you are unhappy, disinterested, and unsupportive.
  • It’s time for a change. Or things are changing. You’re stuck in fear.
  • Creatively or professionally – you’re dissatisfied. How to move forward is unclear.
  • You’ve lost interest: in work, in a relationship, in… (fill in the blank).
  • Professionally, you know you have more to give than what’s being asked of you.
  • What’s my purpose in this life? is a thought that won’t let go.
  • You’re repeating patterns that create suffering – in yourself and others. It’s time to do something different.
  • You feel pessimistic or hopeless about experiencing love and intimacy again.


These are challenging. I know, I’ve been there.

What I learned was:

  • Creating a fulfilling life is an “inside job.”
  • The most powerful form of leadership, at home or in your profession, is to walk your talk, in other words:  BE what you want those around you to be.
  • Every “crisis” is an opportunity to make different choices, to re-create your life for the better.
  • There are tools available to end emotional suffering and get you moving forward again – one step at a time (the good news: one of the tools is Having Fun).
  • The support of an experienced coach is pivotal in turning immovable challenge into meaningful change.

 Shooting Myself: Careening Toward Enlightenment in the Entertainment Industry

“In 1992, I was hired to be the camera operator on movie that would change my life, and would forever shift how I looked at the unique, collaborative, creation process we call filmmaking. I would compare every director and production experience to the standard that film set. After it, I found myself passing on what I’d learned to anyone who would listen.But before I go into that, a little back story…”


Paul Babin, M.F.A, M.A., is a Cinematographer and Life and Leadership Coach. He  works with creative people who want to enhance the quality of their life and work.

For over 30 years, Paul has been one of the most successful and respected cinematographers in Hollywood. He has had the pleasure of collaborating with many of the industry’s greatest directors, among them Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Weir and James Cameron on films such as Always, The Rainmaker, Fearless and Terminator 2. Known for both his camera skill and ability to connect with cast and crew, in 2012, he received the highest possible honor for his work, the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Camera Operators.

Paul holds an BA and MFA in Cinema from the University of Southern California as well as a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology and Certification as a Soul-Centered Professional Coach from the University of Santa Monica. Currently, he shares his time between Cinematography, Coaching and Teaching, serving as adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, School of Cinema.

Cinematographer Credits
Iron Man 3
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
X-Men: First Class
The Soloist
Iron Man
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Memoirs of a Geisha
Zathura: A Space Adventure
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
National Treasure
Van Helsing
Anger Management
The Astronaut’s Wife
Runaway Bride
My Giant
The Rainmaker
Dear God
The River Wild
True Lies
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Abyss
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
The Tracker
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains
Maria’s Lovers
Prince Jack
The Bridge
Sons of Anarchy
House M.D.
CSI: Miami
Boston Legal
U2 3D
Girls Club
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
Weird Science
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Parker Lewis Can’t Lose
Tour of Duty
TV 101
Code Name: Foxfire
Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac
The Executioner’s Song


Shooting Myself: Careening Toward Enlightenment in the Entertainment Industry

  “In 1992, I was hired to be the camera operator on movie that would change my life, and would forever shift how I looked at the unique, collaborative, creation process we call filmmaking. I would compare every director and production experience to the standard that film set. After it, I found myself passing on …


More music…


1. You Kept Insisting

You kept insisting
I was a dog
absent paws and fur
I went along
One day I awoke
you said, “say moo!”
But all I expressed
Was white man blues
So, bark, baby baby
Moo, darlin’ watchout
Meow, mama, mama
Now I’m a snake of love …more

2. I’m Your Man

Woke up this morning
Had words with the man
Gave thanks for the sweet love
You and I have
I told him, in our love
I get crazy with pain
When I think about losing you
Drives me insane…more

3. I Love You Ridiculous

I love you ridiculous.
I love you in truth.
I love you on
Valentine’s Day.
When I’m sleepy or blue.
When I’m happy or anxious,
irreverent or smart.
I love you ridiculous.
You open my heart
It’s clear to me now
I have seen the light.
Your loving me means.
I did something right…more

4. A Naked Man With A Dustbuster

Oh Angeline, am I dreaming?
Or is this what my mental state fashioned?
Kiss me just once
Love the whack job that’s me
While I tell you this morning what happened.
A naked man with a dust buster
and an attitude to boot
dropped dead on my porch
just before dawn
as I was dreaming ’bout you…more

5. Hot Volcanic Mama

You blows my skirt up
And I’m a dude who feels heat whenever you’re near
Your jungle love explosions
I never fear
Of wanting, needing, having, holding love
Love is you,
My hot volcanic mama
You make me quake
Cause you hot yes yes
Make me rattle, make me roll
Take the pieces, make me whole
We’ll burn, churn, kick and turn
And dance the night away…more

6. Austin Pell and The Drama Queen

She lived for the attention
in the foot light’s glare
she was chaos and pretension
and her fan base grew each year
but other actors, one by one
began to leave her scene
the tide was turning
on the Drama Queen…more

7. Only Love Can

You give me reason to face each day
to keep on living
in that way
that only love can bring
that only love can bring
And so my darling, I play these chords
sing my gratitude
for being born
to feel this way
that only love can bring…more

8. Staggering Toward Grace

Hands tied, feet bound
Staggering toward grace
Fight, flight, doing right
No chance, it was too late.
Sleep starved, under armed
Face down on her door
Clear eyed, sanctified
She saw inside my core…more

9. A Simple Song

It’s a simple song to sing
Doesn’t take remembering
Stop thinking; that’s the start
Then drop into your heart and
Love, just
It’s easier than war
Costs less, that’s for sure
It makes things that are healthier for men. You’re
asking how can I
Love what I despise? Stop
judging first, the doors will open then. You’ll
be the child you were in love again…more

10. It’s Taken Some Time

The lies I told you came from days of pain
compounded shame conceived in blame
and it kept us apart.
It’s tragic how I wasted all those moments dear
The times I could have let you know how clear
was the love
in my heart.
I know it’s taken some time
to say I see you…more

How Hearts and Pirates Came to Be:

In February 2012, I came close to amputating two fingers on my left hand. I had played guitar since the age of 12 and enjoyed picking it up now and then, but it was nothing serious. After my encounter with the table saw, it was clear that being able to express myself musically was off the table – for awhile at least.
And just as I was starting to feel sadness, a voice within suggested I look at this event as an opportunity. Like those singing lessons I’d been daring myself to take for so long.
Tamara Silvera is an amazing and talented voice coach, composer and singer. Working with her, I discovered a new world of emotional expression and release.
It took about 8 months for my fingers to heal enough to press against guitar strings. By then, I’d begun the degree program in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica; that precipitated a huge opening of my heart and a calling forward to embrace life in new, and bold ways.
Also, I’d fallen in love.
The stage was set, and in the Fall of 2012, songs started coming through me, onto the page, out of my throat. Songs about being in love, songs about pain, ego, songs that celebrated silliness and made me laugh.
Hearts and Pirates is 10 of those songs, recorded and produced with the collaboration of amazing professionals. The title is a recognition of that mysterious, beautiful organ that connects us to the universe in the most profound ways and a photograph of myself at the age of two that was my inspiration during the project.
The songs keep coming. I’ve registered over 20 with BMI, and there are another 20 in various states of completion. The process of creating a song is deeply fulfilling. I’m so grateful to have discovered this medium. – Paul