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Interview with David Lynch Business Advisor Steven Chanin

Visit of famous filmmaker, screenwriter, musician and producer David Lynch has been successful in Georgia.Lynch’s visit was associated with the activities of David Lynch Foundation Caucasus Branch, which was established in Tbilisi in July 2017 and unites Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. However, as a result of meetings with the government and business leaders of the director and his delegation, it is known that the Cinematographic University of Georgia will be opened in Georgia.

BPN had an interview with David Lynch business advisor Steven Chanin about the results of the visit, future plans and impressions of Georgia.

“Our visit is really fantastic. I liked the country very much. Within the visit we met many people and I realized that there are amazing people here, which is the most important thing. In general, we are traveling many countries, we’ve met many nationalities, and I can say that Georgians are really outstanding, a surprisingly quiet and intellectual nation. This is my first emotions in relation to Georgia, “says Chanin.

What was the purpose of David Lynch delegation’s visit in Georgia?

Our main goal is to support the development of David Lynch Foundation, which develops transcendental meditation. However, the culmination of our visit was a project that envisages creation of David Lynch Cinematographic University in Georgia. We hope that we will hold the cinema festival related to the university. We met representatives of government and business circles. These meetings were quite positive. We feel a great support from the state. We have all the grounds to think that our project will be successful. I am very eager to return to open the university in Georgia.

What is the university conception?

Only the cinema and television in the university will not be taught. The additional benefit of the students will be to learn transcendental meditation, which will increase their creativity. This will be the main principle of university functioning. Students from many countries of the world will be studying at this university, which is very important for the country. Georgia will be able to pay attention to the world. David Lynch’s cinematographic university is scheduled to open in many countries, but David has chosen Georgia as the first country.

What is the university conception?

There will be more than film and television studies at the university. The additional benefit of the students will be to learn transcendental meditation, which will increase their creativity. This will be the main principle of university functioning. Students from many countries of the world will be studying at this university, which is very important for the country. Georgia will be attract attention of the world. David Lynch’s cinematographic university is planned to open in many countries, but David has chosen Georgia as the first country.

When is it planned to open David Lynch Cinematography University in Georgia?

The opening of the university is not really easy. We have a lot of work ahead. We have received the consent of the University from the Government of Georgia now. At this stage we do not have a plan defined in time, but we will have a representative in Georgia who will be responsible for doing everything as quickly as possible.

How would you assess the activities of David Lynch Foundation Caucasus?

The Foundation is oriented towards veterans, homeless, prisoner men and other risk groups to overcome stress by transcendental meditation. The Caucasus Office is very active, which makes me happy. The best thing is that young people are involved in this case. Our visit is organized by a mentioned foundation.

What is the transcendental meditation and what is the benefit of it?

During the last 7-8 years, representatives of business circles in the United States and other countries have realized that their success is largely dependent on the happiness of the employees. Human creativity and labor in the stresses are significantly reduced. A good example of this is the technology giant “Google”. Everyone knows how the environment is created in the “Google” office, they have creative corners, where employees practice meditation, yoga and other techniques to release stress. As a result, they are more creative and successful. This is one of the key preconditions for “Google” success. As if business is something else and does not have a connection with meditation, this is a false opinion. In fact, business is more successful and profitable when employees have some rest and do not work under stress.

There are many techniques of releasing stress, but transcendental meditation is the best, as it has nothing to do with a lifestyle, religion. It’s just a simple technique that helps you get rid of stress. As a result, a person is healthier, more creative and deals with difficulties easily. We promote its popularity, which will eventually reflect on the business’s well-being.

In 1976, I got interested in transcendental meditation. Back then I worked in Citi Bank in New York and had a very stressful job. Friends advised me to start practicing transcendental meditation to get rid of stress and I used to do it daily. This precisely made me successful in such a stressful setting.

In general, success is possible if you love the work you do, which is impossible in some cases. People often have to force themselves to work somewhere they hate because of their family responsibilities and other reasons. At this time, stress that’s caused by that, can be get rid of by transcendental meditation and you will be able to succeed. With its help you can get the right decision to think more creative and earn more.

As a business consultant, how do you think which areas are promising to do business in Georgia?

Georgian wine is familiar to everyone in the world. The country should make great emphasis on winemaking. In general, geographical location of Georgia makes it interesting to many countries, especially for the US. Therefore, the interest of the world is Georgia to be a successful and secure country. Big investments must be allocated in Georgia. We are very glad that we have contributed to this. David Lynch University will help the country attract more foreign investment.