Josh Manning is an Alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Drama and a graduate of the William Esper Studio in New York City. He enjoys hanging out, riding things with two wheels, eating dark chocolate espresso beans, and drinking beer with hot sauce.
The similar thing about acting and riding motorcycles is they both require a certain amount of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual preparation. Proper preparation is the key to soaring on wings like eagles in the moment of doing either of these activities. I’m humbled to be part of BURNING FIELDS, the 4th year thesis film from a talented group of students at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
When I was asked by “Father of the Faith” Ian Schmiesser if I would like to appear in a video promoting BMW Motorrad’s new & improved Off-Road Training Center in Greer, South Carolina, the answer was a big ole’ whopping “YES”. Ian is the founder of the GS Giants Adventure Motorcycle Competition and contributing writer for BWM Owners News. More about Ian later. The Off-Road Training in Greer is about gleaning knowledge from confidence-inspiring instructors who display the correct techniques and encourage you to trust 600 pound Motorcycles over mud, sand, rivers, and singletrack. I do not use the term “trust” lightly. As a guy with a motocross background and a couple years teaching MSF Courses under my belt, that was my big take away – learning to trust my machine as it crawls across the earth in all it’s glorious torque and long travel suspension.
The Promo video we shot during this experience will be looped in dealerships across the country and soon be available for view on the web.
Just woke up and watched another amazing sunrise in California. Found a flat spot in the grass, set my camera to remote shutter, and snapped this self portrait. God is good and His mercies really are new every day.