Category Archives: Commentary

An Original Representation of a Version of Myself.

I have about 5 other posts that are works in progress but something that has taken a front row seat in my brain theater has been the idea of change. It’s inevitable this we all know as a core life lesson that everything changes and in the business mind set you hear constantly that you have to move with change or be left behind. An idea that I totally agree with. Change is extremely important as it brings new or improved to the table. (Note that I put or in the middle there because people that say new AND improved drive me nuts.) But how far are you willing to go for change?

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This article is a 2.5 out of 5

 

So I was cruising Netflix the other day and on the top of the page it asked me to rate my recent viewing of Mystery Team.

(Side note – If you have not yet seen Mystery Team do yourself a favor and go watch it right now it was awesome staring Donald Glover and Aubrey Plaza.

It then showed me how many movies i’ve rated (893 at the time of this post) Now I am not one to often rate products or apps or even write reviews. But I try to be diligent of this on Netflix as it improves your Recommend For You list and I like that. But looking into how many stars I gave movies I’m starting to come to the conclusion that star ratings are kind of pointless.

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Did you ever wonder?

When you were a child you looked at the world quite a bit differently than when you became an adult. When your young being playful, unique, and imaginative was what defined you as a person. There were monsters in your closet. The cardboard box was much more fun than the toys it encased, you had conversations with a stuffed animal and a cloud wasn’t just a cloud. When your young your encouraged to go play. Encouraged to say what is on your mind and encouraged to ask questions.

Then somewhere along the lines it changed. It became stop acting childish, or act your age. Then after college when one enters “THE REAL WORLD” we are held even more repressed in our actions and ideas. We suddenly feel embarrassed by our actions. Why? We are quick to feel embarrassment because we fear that we will be laughed at by expressing ourselves.

When you were a child you didn’t have that filter. Its been shown in studies that a child that feel more secure in a trusted environment is more free to play. In a creative industry you should also have that same feeling of safety so that you your self are more comfortable taking risks. The problem being is that most feel if they take a risk and they fail they will loose their job and there for they don’t put their ideas out to the world. They Play Safe.

The result is very apparent in TV. This fear of risk is exactly why there are dozens of music competitions, real worlds and survivor-esque shows. They worked lets copy that formula and we too will be successful. But just because something works doesn’t mean it’s not broken.

Take AMC for example. AMC’s original programing lineup is Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, The Killing. All shows that on paper really shouldn’t work. But the fact is that because they have broken the convention of what TV shows are they in turn have massive success. They had taken the risk and the rewards are ten fold that of a generic reality show. Now I’m sure there was plenty of hand wringing and many hours spent talking about if they should or shouldn’t put a show about zombies on the air. But the point more importantly is that someone had the guts to stand up and say hey lets do a show about zombies.

Other people are always going to limit you. Be it with Money, Time, or Resources. So why put those limits on yourself? I had a teacher in college say “A movie is like a funnel. When you start the funnel is wide open and its very easy to pour your ideas in. Then as you move along on the process it gets narrower and narrower until the end when all of those ideas come together to make 1 great idea.”

So it’s important to have that conversation. And to adapt in the creating process a bit of child like wonder as you come up with ideas. And to do so hopefully in your workplace or with your peers in a comfortable enough environment that everyone feels safe to be open. NASA is famous for saying “Failure is not an option.” but thats not true. Fear is a very powerful thing especially the fear that you will fail at something often prevents you from doing anything. When we all know that failing at things is all apart of life. Thomas Edison famously said on inventing the lightbulb. “I did not fail. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”

Failure is inevitable. Fear is not an option. And maybe there is a monster in your closet.

Damn You, Pre-Roll

So your buddy just sent you a video link. Your eyes widen as you read the URL and realize it the premier trailer for the biggest movie of the summer. You click with anticipation and lean forward for what you know will be the greatest 3 minutes of your day. You’re already thinking about all the people you’re going to send it to. “I don’t think Dad saw this yet, or Jim in accounting, he loves movies. I can’t wait to break the news to them. Maybe I’ll post it on twitter! Tell the whole world that the moment they have been waiting for is right here! RIGHT NOW!”

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Hey Imagination, Thanks For Everything

So it’s really late, or really early, depending on where you are, and I’m sitting at my desk in front of my iPad, clicking around and wasting time, debating if I should play some Xbox or watch more Netflix on demand. I stopped and thought, “Wow, I am living in the future that all those science fiction movies talked about.”

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