Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Consistency is Key...as are mon-key's and tur-keys

One Problem Many Creatives Face--

--as with everyone else seeking to master a craft or trade--is not seeing the results of their efforts instantly.  The age we live in is measured in milliseconds and any yield requiring more than 4 seconds of time is considered "dead air" and a soul-crushing defect of the product.    It comes with the territory of technology, the internet, and our ever growing desperation for instant gratification.  How many times have you downloaded an app on your smartphone (just to try it out) and deleted it not 2 minutes later because it took longer than 4 seconds to perform a basic function?  I'm guilty of that crime on probably 30 counts.  Its a breeding ground for mediocrity and satisfaction with completing jobs just enough to pass the bar.  This KILLS organic creativity.  I hate it when I sit down to sketch or write and all I get is the pang of impatience in my gut and the overwhelming desire to work on my Minecraft island summer home.  

Obviously this shroud of impatience cloaks those born after the revolution of smart phones more than those whom witnessed it, but they're not immune to it's allure.  Everyone--save for untouched, native tribes of various jungles, and perhaps some sects of the Amish--has been touched by it and can feel the itch of entitlement when their software doesn't perform to the specs projected by advertising.  I actually consider myself half-millenial; I was born in 1985 and watched the internet evolve into the blindly convenient, hand-held era we currently take advantage of, and though I grew up with coloring books and climbing trees, I still find myself getting lost in the stormy seas of distraction and self-imposed misery of technological affluenza.  I spent 17 years swimming back and forth in a pool, training as a competitive swimmer with Olympic dreams, so I am fluent in the art of relying on daily, consistent hard-work to attain a goal, and YET I still find myself giving up on certain tasks or responsibilities because I don't see the results as quickly as I want them to.  

I suppose that is the moral of this blog post, to impose upon myself a structured, daily practice of slowing my thought trains down and allowing my creative juices to properly ferment at the right pace.  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Shimanschism

Oh, hello.  Good to be read by you, again.

Another Thanksgiving come and gone, and a Black Friday reared its ugly head once more.  I never really understood the thought process behind the riots and willingness to do anything to buy a flatscreen--that is, I understand it as a subjective goal, but like many other people, I can't level with the justification of guerrilla warfare to reach said flatscreen.  While we're on the topic, the appeal of spending hundreds on a product on sale for slightly fewer hundreds is entirely lost on me.  Until 2015, I always thought the concept of something being "on-sale" was beyond my comprehension, shuffled into the mental pile of "mathematics you'll never be able to do", but this year I realized I wasn't missing anything.  Its all a perspective.  When I was a gawky, pale kid, I would go to Target with my mom and she would sometimes pick a product off the shelf and say something along the lines of "Its only $275 and it used  to be $325--what a great buy."  Sometimes the product was a justifiable necessity, but it would confound me if the item was a luxury or some unnecessary affectation.  The confusion came from the idea of "saving money".  Even if something is reduced in price, you're still paying $275 for it--you're not saving money, you're still walking out the door with less than you came in with, I...I don't know.  Maybe I'm still not getting it.  It could be like one of those super-couponer things.  This horse of entitlement, greed, and corporate debauchery was dead and beaten to a pulp long before I picked up a billy-club, so lets move on.

Kids...can't live with'em, can't kick'em.  Amirite?  Eh?? 

CALIFORNIA.  I am making the move to the great West and so happy to initiate the change.  I've submitted applications to USC and UCLA for a Fall 2016 MFA in Screenwriting in TV and Screen, and  At the moment, I'm scouring the forums for a job--any job--to solidify before actually setting feets on the ground.  Hint, hint, if anyone out there needs a guy who can do literally anything the world and make it look handsome, give me a shout out!  Almost literally anything in the world.  Almost.  

Thats enough for now.