My favorite thing about creator Twitter are all the people who’ve taken time out of their busy day to to help me succeed, who’ve given me feedback on my work and priceless advice on selling my skills. For me, Twitter has never been about amassing a crazy amount of followers. At the time I’m writing … Continue reading Metrics don’t measure the things that truly matter
In the world of creativity, it’s you versus the establishment of well-meaning, thoughtful creators doing their own thing. But that’s the thing. The most popular creators are doing their own thing. Don’t do their thing. Do yours. No matter how effective their “content strategy,” do not replicate it. Do not tweet as they tweet. Do … Continue reading Creative Anarchy: Be the freak you want to see
Actual photo of me Are you sick of content, or what my buddy Craig calls “C*ntent”? Me too. In this pilot episode of Paul on The Floor, I rant about C*ntent and why satire might be the only form of communication I understand. Paul on The Floor is a totally unedited podcast where I literally … Continue reading Paul on The Floor #1: I Hate Content
Art can’t save you from a burning building. Art can’t save you from drowning or being stabbed by a hippie. Art saves you from hopelessness, from nihilism and despair. Although they wouldn’t think of themselves this way, great comedians, musicians, writers and artists save you, however momentarily, from quiet suffering. Put on your favorite record … Continue reading Art can’t save you from a burning building
Tolerate not a pixel of mediocrity. “But I’m just starting out. I’m not that good at graphic design/video editing/public speaking/whatever. If I can’t tolerate mediocrity now, I’ll never publish anything.” Right. Publish anything. Get your work out there, no matter how amateur. You need to earn the right to make mediocrity unacceptable. You need to … Continue reading Mediocrity is the creative’s best friend.
Anyone who tries to tell your that you’re a flaming narcissist for making YouTube videos, recording podcasts, creating content, is misguided. They’re projecting an insecurity caused by their own inner obstacles to self-expression. Creativity is a public service. A generous act. You create something, you share it with the world, and the intentional and unintentional … Continue reading Creativity is a public service.
Success is not selfish. People don't like the word "influencer" because now it seems to mean "creates content only about themselves." I believe there's a way to distinguish between attention-seeking influencers and creators who work extraordinarily hard to level up their skills because they genuinely care about helping people. It goes like this. You see … Continue reading How to Be a Selfless Creator
The political outrage of the moment is always the unpolitical creator's biggest competitor. And by political and unpolitical I mean being on Twitter shouting about something and not being on Twitter shouting about something. Human attention favors emotion, favors collective I Don't Like This Let's Flip Something Over. Only in the slipstream of our conscious … Continue reading Stop Yelling Look At My Art!
I'm 3 semesters into studying Japanese. Having failed Japanese 101 the first time, I was off to a rocky start. I took the class again, buckled down, and eventually got the hang of things. I memorized the phonetic alphabet (あ、い、う、え、and s(お) on). I wrapped my head around the fundamental grammar and structuring. And I even … Continue reading Understanding Slowly Birthing
Yesterday the YouTube algorithm recommended me this fan-made minimalist Neon Genesis Evangelion ad. https://youtu.be/guH9IW1Tq8o Minimalist ads! I love this idea. They force you to use visuals and sounds that convey only the most essential and memorable aspects of your subject. I've been so inspired by this format that I made two minimalist ads of my … Continue reading Two new video edits: Minimalist Ads for Toonami and Jordan Peterson