The relationship between rate and quality

If I charge less for my work, I feel less motivated to do a good job. If I charge more, it's like I'm reminding myself that I am in fact capable of making a really good video. The more I charge, the more effort I'll put in. The less I charge, the more I fidget … Continue reading The relationship between rate and quality

Bring Back Broadcast Yourself: Why does YouTube feel so empty?

It feels to me that YouTube is becoming less about people and more about, well, I’m not sure. Maybe getting this rant out will help me articulate what I’m trying to tell you. If you’re old enough to remember Chocolate Rain, you’re old enough to remember when the internet was populated with people, not companies … Continue reading Bring Back Broadcast Yourself: Why does YouTube feel so empty?

Mediocrity is the creative’s best friend.

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.

Creativity is a public service.

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.

Passion is underrated.

Passion is underrated. In the world of creative work, passion is a premium. Charge accordingly. What do I mean by passion? It's not something romantic, or something like hustle porn. When I say passion, I mean the degree of care you bring to every project you touch. Passion is not some magical potion that'll get … Continue reading Passion is underrated.

I’m a chameleon.

I never learned to write. I never learned speak. And I don't know anything about marketing. All I do is imitate. I emulate, mimic, mime. Unsarcastically I mock those who do things better than I do. I'm a chameleon. When we spice up our work with a dash of perspective and style, we give off … Continue reading I’m a chameleon.

Fun to play with but not to eat.

Artists work with constraints. Boundaries and limitations give artists a challenge. You can't draw 4-panel comic strips with 6 panels. Limitations tell us what something is. The same is true of life. Artists of life work with constraints: boundaries and limitations make artists of life more courageous, tough, and resilient. The limitations of our lives … Continue reading Fun to play with but not to eat.

My Inner Circle of Evil: How Bad Influences Help You Succeed

Have you ever shared a project with a friend or family member, hoping to get some feedback? This is great! Wow, I love this Your father and I are so proud of you sweetheart This is great I guess this explains why you never return my calls This isn't feedback. It's protection. Feedback hurts. We're … Continue reading My Inner Circle of Evil: How Bad Influences Help You Succeed

Worse is not better than good.

What is the most important tool that every creator needs? Is it diligence? The perfect cup of coffee? The silence of dawn before the family wakes up? Is it sight? A brain full of magical ideas? A handy-dandy notebook to write down those magical ideas? Ambition? A network of High Class Connections? Nope. None of … Continue reading Worse is not better than good.