July 14, 2018
Warped Tour has done a lot for hardcore, punk, skateboarding, and the rest of the culture we all love - so I'm gonna take a minute to reflect on what Warped Tour 2018 means (including some things you might not realize about it if you weren't around back in the day). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PmCY-ljxrE You've heard people talk a lot of trash on Warped Tour over the years, but the truth is that it gave dozens of legit diy and punk bands the chance to play for thousands and thousands of kids every year - and they were VERY early to the "crossover culture" trend I've talked about before, with rappers and action sports being part of the tour since literally day one. So whether you are a fan of the Vans Warped Tour or not, there's a lot to be learned from taking a step back and thinking about what it's…Read More
June 23, 2018
You don’t have to quit your day job (how I started CreativeLive Music + Audio)
https://youtu.be/2cwgF_ph4QE If you’ve been asking yourself whether you should quit your day job to do your passion or side hustle full-time, watch this! Because it’s not always one or the other – there’s a third option that not a lot of people talk about, which is to be an “intrapreneur” (kind of a dumb word, I know – but work with me here!). In a nutshell, that refers to the idea of starting a “company within a company” – a new division, a special project, etc. This can be the best of both worlds, where you get the steady paycheck and resources of a bigger company, but also have the flexibility of doing your own thing. But there’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to do it! In this video I talk about how I started the CreativeLive Music + Audio channel back in 2013 (with the help…Read More
June 23, 2018
Don’t let self-doubt hold you back!
https://youtu.be/8c1RYfGapdc I doubt myself every minute of every day. And I think that we ALL do. Most of us try to hide it (to varying degrees of success), but I think everybody hears that same voice in the back of our heads saying that we're not good enough, that our work is crap, that nobody cares, etc etc etc. This is especially true for creators, because we are inherently emotionally invested in our work. We couldn't do what we do without putting ourselves into it, right?? In order to do what we do, we have to make ourselves emotionally vulnerable. And that emotional investment oftentimes means an emotional rollercoaster that (at least for me) can be pretty exhausting and discouraging... So I decided to just be super honest about the things that make me doubt myself, and also how I deal with it, because hopefully it can help any of…Read More
June 17, 2018
Are you putting yourself out there??
It's no secret that most creatives (including me) are introverts. We really just want to stay in our cave and make stuff-- the last thing we want to do is go out there and "sell" ourselves, right? But here's the thing: you could be doing the best work in the world, but if nobody sees it, how are you going to get hired?? As most of us have learned from experience, if you just make stuff and put it up on your portfolio, it's like a tree falling in the woods... nobody hears it! So if you want to get paid to do what you love, you've gotta be consistently putting yourself out there. You have to let people know who you are and what you do, AND asking them to hire you-- whether that's in person, by email, DM, whatever it takes... you've gotta let them know you exist.…Read More
May 29, 2018
The sad truth about getting hired
If you want to give your career a big shot of steroids, I want you to listen closely: what you need is a big, flashy name on your resume (or client list). What I mean by that is, find a way to have some big, super recognizable company on your resume - because for better or worse, that will make people take you seriously and pay attention to you more than anything else - for better or worse, if you've got Facebook or Adidas or Amazon or whatever, fill in the blank big name company on your resume, people will instantly think you know what you're doing. It's kinda dumb, but it's the truth. I think a lot of people find themselves in the same situation I was in when I was first starting out, which is that you're reasonably good at what you do, but you can't get anybody…Read More
May 24, 2018
You are not “damaged goods”!
If you've ever wrestled with insecurity, especially feeling insecure because you were the kid who grew up in a fucked up family and you feel like you're damaged goods or somehow less than the people who grew up in "normal" families, then this one is for you! If you grew up in for lack of a better word, a fucked up situation - whether that means that you grew up poor, had some dysfunctional shit like a family member dealing with addiction or getting in trouble the law, I bet you've ever been pissed off about it and felt like it was gonna hold you back. Because when the normie kids were being driven to soccer practice after school or whatever, you were taking the bus home and dreading coming home to your fuckhead dad or alcoholic mom, working 6 days a week to help support your family or whatever…Read More
May 13, 2018
How to decide where to focus
Today I wanted to answer a question I got by email from Michael that I know a ton of you are also struggling with: "From the latest articles I’m struggling to understand what exactly role and skills are. The problem is not knowing how to choose. Is it the most lucrative potential thing or is it what you enjoy most. I understand the need to choose but still don’t get how you make that decision." In essence the question is, do you go for the thing where you're maybe not quite as passionate but the money is probably gonna be better, or do you say fuck it and pursue the thing you're the most passionate about? So for example let's say you have two things you're passionate about, like maybe graphic design and, say, writing about movies. You like both of them, but maybe you like writing about movies a little…Read More
May 8, 2018
Do ONE THING and ONLY one thing!
Guys, I'm just gonna give it to you straight: when it comes to your work, you need to do ONE thing. Not two, not three, ONE THING. I know you a lot of you have a ton of interests and passions and that's great, but the reality is that you need to focus on doing ONE and only one thing, and then becoming incredibly good at that thing. So if you're one of these people who says you're a graphic designer and you want to write a novel and you also do music videos, I'm just gonna tell you straight up, BAD IDEA. You need to pick one. Trying to be all those things is just not gonna happen, and if you're feeling frustrated because you aren't getting as much traction as you want for you work, it's almost certainly because you're trying to do too many thing. I know…Read More
May 3, 2018
The cold, hard truth about productivity
If you struggle with productivity and getting shit done, then listen up - I'm gonna give you some real talk that might sting a little bit to hear, but if you take it to heart - it might be the missing piece of the puzzle that you've been looking for and help you level up your productivity. Spoiler warning: the answer is NOT in reading more books, downloading the latest app or some ""productivity hack"" you heard from some guru... the answer is DISCIPLINE. Here's the deal: I hear so many of you guys say "I don't have time" to do this or that... and honestly, that is just straight up BULLSHIT. Unless you can honestly say that you’re making the most out of every single minute in the day, your problem isn’t a lack of time, it’s a lack of time MANAGEMENT. https://youtu.be/ZrRBuZoEQ84 Honestly, you aren’t that busy. I’ve…Read More
April 28, 2018
Just say NO to lame projects!
There is almost NOTHING more important for creative professionals than your portfolio: basically, you ARE your portfolio. Think about it... what's the very first thing you do when you read or hear someone's name come up and want to see what they're all about? You look at their work, right? And you make a judgement of that person - whether they're cool, whether they're good, and whether you respect and would want to work with them - based on what you see in the first few seconds of skimming their portfolio. I'm not saying this is right or wrong, it just is what it is... your portfolio is EVERYTHING - you will be judged by it. And therefore, you should be putting a massive amount of time, energy and thought into building the absolute best body of work that you possibly can. https://youtu.be/lGPJDhfFOyo I'm telling you all of this to…Read More