How do you know when it's time to call it quits on trying to be an artist? In this week's episode, I share the story of how Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner went through a seemingly impossible phase of failure to the eventual success he achieved with one of the greatest shows on television.
Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal [affiliate link]
In this week’s episode, I share a piece of advice my mentor gave me a decade ago that’s led to living a life I could only have dreamed of.
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This week, I had the chance to be a guest speaker at a Social Media Symposium at Holy Angel University in Angeles, Pampanga, alongside (much more famous) Filipino social media personalities including Nate Punzalan, Benedict Cua, Jericho Arceo, and Mr. Speaks. I was able to share with them some of my experiences as a young artist, including the key, life-changing piece of advice I received from my mentor right at the beginning of my career.
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Excited to officially launch my new weekly series on YouTube today! Starting today, I'll be posting weekly content, consisting mainly of dispatches from my life of an emerging artist, in the hopes that the things I'm learning, seeing, doing, and dealing with will be helpful to you on your own journey either as an artist or a person who wants to live a more creative and fulfilling life.
Today I share some of my favorite passages from Jeff Goins's book, Real Artists Don't Starve, and relate it to my own experience of trying to make it as an independent artist.
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Adobe MAX 2016 is over and I'm eager to finally share the experience! It was a huge thrill being amongst leaders in the field, hearing from the people who actually developed the software I use everyday, and learning tips and tricks from the top Adobe educators in the world. There's a mountain of stuff to write about, but I'll start with the highlight and half the reason I went to the conference: the session with one of my biggest heroes, adventure photographer Chris Burkard, entitled "Achieving Career and Personal Growth by Working in Extreme Locations."
While the session did cover exactly what the title said, it was so much more than that, touching on many areas - from motivation to shoot, to how to compose a timeless photo, even to social media best practices - that were highly relevant to me. I'm breaking it down into ten lessons to make it easy to digest.
Here are 10 thing I learned from listening to - and meeting! - Chris Burkard:Read More
For this week's Monday Motivation, I'm posting a transcript from my #1 favorite podcast/thing on the web, the always-inspiring Tim Ferriss Show. Every week Tim interviews a world-class performer from a different field and recently he posted a return episode with Jocko Wilink. If you're not familiar with Jocko Willink, Tim's description should do the job:
Jocko is a lean 230 pounds. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert who used to tap out 20 Navy SEALs per workout. He is a legend in the Special Operations world. His eyes look through you more than at you.
Jocko spent 20 years in the US Navy and commanded SEAL Team 3’s task unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated special operations unit in the Iraq War.Read More
Note: I consume a lot of articles and podcasts for artists and entrepreneurs, and I mostly share them on my private, personal Facebook page. However I realize that there are those of you out there who could find these helpful too, and so I'm placing them on my blog as well so they can be more widely available. Hope you enjoy the first installment of Monday Motivation!
I recently re-read this excerpt from Getting There: A Book of Mentors written by Matthew Weiner, creator of the critically acclaimed TV series "Mad Men." It struck a deep chord in me, given the choice I've made to give up commercial work to focus on being an artist. Whether it's working at a job you hate to pay the bills, or having to tighten your belt indefinitely while bootstrapping your creative business, not to mention constant uncertainty and the self-doubt it tends to breed, deciding to get on the road to becoming a full-time artist entails major sacrifices. I know that it can sometimes feel overwhelming, which is why Weiner's story is so compelling because, as he describes it, he found himself in a hole that to anyone can seem impossible to climb out of:
So for those of you who feel like it's never going to work, or are struggling to keep afloat long enough to get a breakthrough, I hope you take heart in Weiner's example. As Weiner concludes: "I do believe that if you are truly talented, get your material out there, put up with the rejection, and don’t set a time limit for yourself, someone will notice you."
How do you find the strength to persist? If you ask me, if you genuinely feel that you are born to do this, you don't actually have a choice. You persist until you get noticed. If you don't, you continue anyway. Because it was never about the money or the recognition, was it?
Have a great week everyone!
So excited to finally be able to share this with you all: "Time on Earth" is my first time-lapse film in five years. But more than that, it's a personal meditation on --- and a highlight reel of --- thirty years spent on planet Earth, with footage shot over seven years in ten countries.Read More
It’s finally happened: my twenties are over.
But I don’t buy into the attitude to turning thirty as a gradual descent into boringness and a dad bod. Mostly by accident, my own experience has been the opposite.
I have never been happier, healthier, or more inspired in my entire life, and something tells me we're just getting started. Some people say that the best years of your life are in college or in your twenties, but the way I see it, you didn’t go through another decade of living and learning just to get old. Everyone tells you you should get all this stuff done in your twenties, but guess what? At thirty, you’re still young, but more equipped than ever to move on to bigger and better things —- slower metabolism and reduced ability to party notwithstanding.
Here are a handful of ways I've learned to make 30>20.Read More
Gratitude is one of the healthiest exercises you can do for your soul. 2014 has been, far and away, an unbelievable, life-changing year of journeys around the world and in the self. So I think it’s fitting that I do something special by writing this personal retrospective of 2014, and I hope in doing so I can multiply my own gratitude by sharing it with you. It’s been a year of epic and small moments alike that I'll treasure for life.Read More