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April 26, 2016

How 90s skateboarding taught me that business is art

As a kid, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you "an artist." Why? Because I was "creative," and "creative" people should be artists because "creativity" means drawing pictures, taking photographs, or maybe if you're little more pragmatic, being a graphic designer... right? But the truth is, that's bullshit. Certainly visual art is one facet of creativity, but it's only one-- and it's sometimes a pretty limiting one (as anyone who has designed for a client will tell you). We need to think bigger about what "creativity" means. To be super literal, "creativity" is the act of bringing something into existence: where there was nothing, now there is something. And the highest form of creativity is entrepreneurship-- it's the ultimate medium, where the only limits are how big you can dream and how hard you can work to make the dream come true. It's the…
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March 13, 2016

How to get freelance clients

As anyone who's been a freelancer will tell you, DOING the work isn't the hard part— GETTING the work is the hard part, especially at the beginning of your career. Once you build up a name for yourself, you'll start to get new clients via word of mouth, but until then you need to grind for a while with the specific goal of getting new clients. Like most things in business, the formula really isn't that hard-- you just have to put in the work. This article is specifically geared toward visual artists, but the basic template applies to anyone. Note, this article is only for people who want to be truly excellent. It's for people who are filled with a burning desire to kick ass at what they do and build a name for themselves as a hot up-and-comer in their field. So if you are content being average and just…
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June 15, 2015

LESSON 2: Pay your dues

At one point, even the most seasoned skateboarding veterans were the new kid. We all had that moment when we showed up at the local spot for the first time, wanting desperately to fit in and be accepted by the cool older kids. Which of course never happens right off the bat: instead they vibe you for sucking, having a dumb haircut, and anything else they can think of. But if you really love skateboarding, you keep coming back, paying your dues until you've earned your place. https://youtu.be/pUc4xZX2194?t=24m27s Footage from "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," which you should definitely check out in full My favorite example of this is Tony Hawk. While today he's an icon who is all but universally respected, that was definitely not always the case. At the beginning of his career, he was the new kid. In stark contrast to the super cool punk rock guys of the previous generation who…
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