Your North star

12 February 2023
Posted in Inspiration
12 February 2023 dougsxmpson

I have been blessed and fortunate to be in the presence of great minds, thoughtful leaders, and gracious spirits. On the other hand, I have been in the thick of things (blessed?) to be in the presence of the insecure, fearful, and inept. The danger with the latter group was that that group lacked empathy and accountability (literally ran from it), were narcissistic, and was quick to transfer their flaws and issues to anyone that would bare them. They feared being discovered as frauds in their entitled positions. If and when the time came for their house of cards to come crashing down, they would make every desperate attempt to fault others, blame the world, and in many instances, would attempt to burn it all down to feed their ego.

Be mindful of your North star. It might actually be pointing you and yours in the wrong direction. The beacon may leading you astray.


Composer, producer, songwriter and recording artist Doug Sxmpson has written and produced songs that has spanned network and cable television, documentaries as well as independent and major motion pictures. Doug Sxmpson’s work has been featured and supported shows like Blue Bloods (CBS), Millionaire Matchmaker (VH1), Cribs, Pimp my Ride, Super Sweet Sixteen, Made, True Life (MTV, MTV2), Ray Donovan (Showtime), First Look: Straight Outta Compton (HBO) and a host of other reality shows, dramas and documentaries. Doug’s catalog has also been featured in independent films and specials such as A River Washes Over Me and Owen Smith’s comedy special. Doug’s first major motion picture placements were two songs in Universal Pictures Fast Five (2011), followed by music in Universal Pictures Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Despicable Me 2 (2013). In 2012, Doug Sxmpson became the recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award, an award from the performing rights organization, which recognizes a songwriter’s creative contribution to American music. Doug continues to compose, write and record music for film and television, most recently having his work featured in Grown-ish (ABC/Free Form) as a performing artist and producer, as a composer and music supervisor for One Bedroom and as a music producer/composer for "House Rules", a series on iOS/Android app Hooked.