creativity

Get the Job Done

Here’s a headline I can’t stop thinking about:

 
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What a nice reminder that you don’t always need the most expensive and high tech options in order to be successful.

It’s easy to get discouraged when you want to make videos, podcasts, or any other creative work because you just KNOW you’re not using the best equipment possible. Why bother if it’s not going to look as good as the best out there?

But if a cheaper option get the job done, who cares?

Start with what you have right now! Use your iphone! You’ve got more technology in your pocket than The Beatles had for every album.

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Joke Writing and Inspiration

Laurie Kilmartin shared a list of joke transitions that are commonly used in the writer’s room at Conan. I am fascinated by this. I’ve never been good at writing joke jokes. On stage I mostly tell stories and a few observational bits. But good old fashion set up, punchline? It’s so hard for my brain to work like that. I’m jealous of people who can do it.

I love that she posted this list. Inspiration isn’t always magic. When you feel stuck you don’t have to climb a mountain to recover your passion before you work on something creative again. Some times you just need a list and an understanding of the structure and rules of what you’re creating. Some times art is just math. Set up + transition leads to joke.

What You Like vs What You Make

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I’ve wanted to have a podcast for a really long time. And I've tried to make one. Several times. Believe me. There a lot of failed pilot episodes sitting on my hard drive. I’d have an idea, give it shot, realize it wasn’t what I wanted it to be, not know how to fix it, and THEN MOVE ON.

I listen to podcasts more than I listen to music. I love em. Can’t get enough. I know what a truly great podcast can be and so it’s hard for me when what I’m making isn’t as good as the stuff I love.

Right now I’m working on a podcast idea I’ve had for almost a year. I recorded an interview for the first episode back in January but I’ve been too scared to listen back. TODAY IS THE DAY!

I’m going back to this video of Ira Glass giving the best advice and hopefully it’ll encourage me to keep going. Because it IS super frustrating when there's such a huge difference between the quality of the stuff you like and the stuff you make.

 

"It’s take a while. It’s going to take you a while. It’s normal to take a while and you just have to fight your way through that."