Compliment somebody today. Generously, truthfully. And if that’s too much for you, just tell them you’re thinking about them. (Of course, assholes are totally exempt from this. Go ahead and tell that person they’re an asshole. They deserve to know the truth, right?) You have absolutely no clue how little negativity it takes to ruin […]Read more "One more step towards hope"
I’m in between client projects today so I had time to fuck around. Here’s 2 edits. This… …and this. NSFW WARNING but everyone’s working at home now so who the hell cares? (Uploading direct to blog since I probably can’t put it on YouTube without being thrown in YouTube jail also I don’t want to […]Read more "2 edits: COMMUNISM/FRITZ THE CAT"
Every frame, every sentence, every kerned letter in your logo, these are decisions. All decisions bring risk. And the more creative you are with your design choices, the riskier things get. Your client might not like your approach. Your boss might not think you’re as funny as you think you are. You might come across […]Read more "Exhibition, risk, and communication"
If you’re looking at good art or reading a good book, and the artist you’re engaging with makes it look easy, that’s because they’ve spent thousands of hours making it seem so. Anything executed masterfully – from throwing a baseball to painting a cow – is executed with only the most essential elements. For the […]Read more "Nothing to it"
Video editing, for the most part, is a mechanical process. Trim. Compress. Mask. Render. There’s lots of finetuning involved, it’s often boring, and the process demands a steady hand. Then there’s the artistic process of video editing. If it’s necessary for you to edit videos because you can’t hire someone, you’ll learn the technical stuff […]Read more "Video Editing: Art and Mechanics"
The enemy isn’t… Doubt Fear Lack of confidence Lack of ideas Lack of skill If you love the craft, you’ll perform regardless of all that. The enemy is… Your worry that people will think you’re a failure if you screw up. Desiring recognition is not the same as desiring mastery. Too often, amateurs want to […]Read more "Recognition and mastery"
If you have an opinion, you can write. Even the most brainwashed preprogrammed NPC has an opinion about something. Everyone has opinions, everyone can write. “But I can’t write well!” Writing well and writing are two different things. Not everyone can write well, but everyone can write. When you start writing, you’ll write badly. But […]Read more "Everyone can write"
Humor, like all art, is a balancing act. The amateur comedian who tries too hard to be politically incorrect and funny ends up being neither. They usually open their set with, “Hi, I’m the most offensive comedian, I’m warning you!” Dumb idea. Why would you let your audience in on the joke? The master comedian, […]Read more "Politically Incorrect Humor Belongs in Kid’s Shows"
Virality is part gamble, part skill. Video creators can follow in the footsteps of whatever’s trending, remove all the silent bits, and thus engineer a video meant to go viral. But just because a video is meant to go viral doesn’t mean it will. Remember: virality is part gamble. Thing is, even artful videos are […]Read more "Should I make a TikTok or the next Pulp Fiction?"
“Doesn’t apply himself.” Or something like that, a remark which followed me around all through grade school. “Does well when he applies himself.” But I usually didn’t. I barely graduated high school. All throughout Kindergarten up until 12th grade, I rarely tried. And when I did, I did well. But I usually didn’t. I often […]Read more "Applying Myself"