Universal Truths on Project Completion Times

Today my friend Kelly sent over an article from the Unclutterer website called, “Three universal truths for why projects are not completed on time”. Within two minutes of reading the first paragraph and the three universal truths, Craig and I were into a discussion about how we’ve experienced them over the years. 1. “Clients are never as prepared as they say they will be.” Is almost an understatement. As I am reminded by stories on the website Clients From Hell, it’s all too common. I think this also leads to many in the creative field, myself included, feeling like we’re not being respected. But I am also reminded of an article in the February 2010 issue of HOW magazine, “The Q Factor” by Andy Epstein. In the article Andy described how helpful it can be to our projects and how […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

you make lemonade. More than 130,000 advertising professionals have lost their jobs in this “Great Recession.” Lemonade is about what happens when people who were once paid to be creative in advertising are forced to be creative with their own lives. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe. Craig and I have talked often over the years of the “what if I lost my job” scenario. Both of my last two jobs had layoffs, and I grew to understand in my first job at a dot com, that at any moment it could be you. Don’t take it personally, you’re a number in the end, not in a bad way, just a salary and when budgets are not being […]

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Opportunities

I forget sometimes how lucky I’ve been in life. This happens often since I’m typically consumed by the current moment and how it may or may not be living up to my standards. Perspective and time often help rectify this situation. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some very talented people over the years, and still do currently. Some people I’ve connected with in the field I’ve never even met in person and I’m regularly humbled by their talents. They inspire me. They also remind me I’m not alone and it’s a process that keeps me growing. I’m taking a risk, something I don’t seem to like to do when it comes to my career and have said “yes” to several side projects. My time is limited but I need to feel inspired and alive again. The opportunities that […]

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Will Animate For Food.net

If you haven’t been to this website, go check it out. WillAnimateForFood.net Adam Green is a very talented animator, and he also happens to have a great sense of humor. I stumbled across his site, while reading through posts on Mac Rumors.com. Oddly enough I had just watched the Princess Bride for the first time in quite a while. Adam does what I could only dream of doing, animating and in 3-D. I seem to be good at my 2-D world 🙂 Craig and I spent a while taking in willanimateforfood.net, and watched the opening video several times each time laughing out loud. I really hope Adam is able to get employment with an animation group. Good luck Adam!!!

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