Austin Kleon is one of my favorite authors, his books are not only easy to read but easy to comprehend. His most popular title is Steal Like An Artist, but my favorite is his follow-up, Show Your Work. The advice that was given in this book was so simple, yet inspiring and actionable. He teaches you to not only show your work but to actually connect with your audience. He goes into detail about how showing your work is important, but he also elaborates on why sharing it is even more effective... Yes, there's a difference.Read More
I use to tell my friends there should be an app to help you configure hashtags. I struggle to find hashtags every day and the ones I do know of are probably overused and crowded, this has been an ongoing problem since the inception of Instagram and I'm sure I'm not the only one experiencing it.Read More
I'm generally a positive person, people tend to think that I Iive in a fantasy world at times because of how optimistic I am, however, I'm human and there are times when I'm just really in a funk. This happens both emotionally and creatively. Today was one of those days. I felt overwhelmed, I felt like I needed to be doing something but the motivation wasn't there... A sense of anxiety came over me and I felt like screaming.
I wanted to know how to overcome this, so not only am I writing this post to give you insight, but to give myself some as well. Here are 10 ways to overcome your creative funk.Read More
I'm one of the most consistent people (can I say person here?) I know... Which is sad, because I'm a huge procrastinator. I plan every day. literally to the hour and I'm famous for pushing everything back. Even this blog post... I had it slotted for 4:30PM, but it's 6:26 and I'm just now writing it. It's not my biggest flaw, but it something I need to work on.
See as people we overlook rarities such as time. But what's undervalued is opportunity. I push things back because I believe I have the time to do them, but I never factor in the possibility that when time moves by so does opportunity. Is this making sense so far?Read More
Today I was walking home from the gym and I noticed a gentleman playing the saxophone. It was sad, much reminiscent of the blues. He was cooped up in a corner and to his left was a little tip bucket full of singles. I stayed and listened for a bit, by a bit I mean a few seconds. I then came to the conclusion that his music would add the finishing touches to a snapchat story my friend had just created.
Much like the music, his story was sad... In a way, I thought it could act as a metaphor. I decided to record him, 7 seconds maybe, from then we proceeded to edit the video and began to walk away.Read More
One of my favorite TED Talks is from Amanda Palmer. It's entitled The Art of Asking. Her theory is; don't make people pay for anything, but let them. The whole meaning is that people don't want to be forced into buying a product or idea, but if they enjoy it then they'll likely want too.Read More
I'm not sure how many of you realized this, but if you're a full-time freelancer then you're an entrepreneur. Whichever title you decide to promote is up to you, but me personally, I like to plug entrepreneur more than anything. My life isn't just going to be photos, photos, photos, I don't 100% see myself as a freelancer as the majority of my income doesn't come from photo gigs (though a nice percentage of it does). But this entrepreneur thing, I live and breath that. When I'm not doing photo stuff I spend the majority of my time studying those who I look up too, Gary Vaynerchuk, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and more recently Chase Jarvis.
One common interest from most of my idols has been that in order to be successful one must GRIND! Work when others are sleep, put in work, offense, offense, OFFENSE! I've been living this lifestyle since I was 17. It wasn't always blogging but early on I wanted to play video games for a living. I would play Gears of War from 11AM to 6AM every day. When I collected baseball and basketball prospects I would spend hours watching highlight reels and trying to catch steals on eBay at the crack of dawn. And now with photography, I stay up super late blogging, with the intention of getting up super early to go take photos of the 9-5 working class. Through this, I've come to the conclusion that the "grind" is overrated...Read More