Working Edit is an episodic monthly visual study in cinema, storytellers and the tools used to tell them.
The rise of this film has been incredibly inspiring to watch. It made $704 MILLION in just 10 days and is expected to hit 1.5 billion in the next week or 2. .. and being supported by all races, nationality of all ages all around the world. I can honestly say I've never seen anything like the response of this movie before in my life, we need more of this! Let's make more things that build us all up!
Working Edit, is a monthly visual study in whatever I find useful or inspiring at the time. I wanted to capture some of T'Challa's raw determination in this aggressive tear down. Hope you enjoy!
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One of my biggest setbacks as an artist is my inability to ask people for help. I believe that this has been one of the main roadblocks that's constantly standing in my way. I’m not sure if it is a pride issue or a fear of rejection or maybe because I just want to do everything on my own. It could be an amalgamation of all things. Whatever the reasoning may be, it's not helpful. I can’t do everything on my own. I do need help. But why is it so hard to ask?
Nerves and anxiety play a big role in my hesitation in asking for help. What if they say no? What if I look stupid asking? The What If’s are enormous and pointless and crazy and stupid and now I’m just running this sentence on and on and on. Ok I’m done. But really, dude. No one thinks like that. And if they do, they’re not a good person and who cares about them anyway? So how can I help myself and people like me get over this? I’ve devised a little plan of attack.
Call out your Nerves
Nerves and anxiety are the pesky little things surrounding potentially stressful situations. Sometimes these nerves are detrimental and can stop us from doing things, but sometimes they are a great little motivator. It’s always important to remember that nerves are a proper response from the body because of a situation. When I remind myself of this before asking for help, I'm reminded that I'm supposed to feel nervous and that's totally cool. Address them and move on.
What's the worst that can happen?
They say no. We’ve all heard this a million times right? Is there a fear of hearing the word no? I almost think it’s a fear of looking pathetic or weak in front of another individual. Especially an individual you look up to. But let's turn this situation around for a second. How do you feel when someone asks you for help? I don't know about you, but usually I'm totally willing to help and interested in offering what I have to offer. I've never looked at a person asking for help as an idiot. Usually I'm more impressed by their ability to ask for help (and maybe a little jealous of it) and totally motivated to help in whatever way possible.
You're Not A SuperhEro
Unless you are. In which case you should stop reading this and go back to fighting crime. I’m talking to you Batman! For the rest of us (muggles) it’s important to remember that we don’t necessarily have the power to do everything we want to do every time we want to do it. That’s just reality. So why not get some help?
If Money Is An Option...
Then pay someone to help you dummy. If money isn’t an option….then you gotta ask. That’s it.
How do I make a change? It’s a good question. I feel like the only real option is to practice. Just like riding a bike or playing an instrument it seems that the only way for a person who's not innately gifted at asking for help is to practice it. The first thing I'm going to do is practice asking for help out loud (alone in my room like a loser) before I actually do it. My intent is to say it enough that it will feel less weird when I actually do it. The second thing I'm going to do is to force myself over the next few months to ask for help when I need it. Even if I don't want to. Even if it causes me a little emotional distress. And then in a few weeks we will see how I feel.
If you read this and need my help for something, don’t be afraid to ask by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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For most people networking events are a point of dread. The thought of “mingling” terrifies so many that often it can lead to all kinds of anxieties or just complete avoidance. I know often times when I have gone to networking events I have to talk myself into talking with strangers, I have to have at least one drink (probably 2 to 3) and if someone I know is there I will cling to them the entire time. Needless to say, my experiences at networking events haven’t been fruitful to my brand or my business.
So for this post, I created a gameplan for myself at these events to help people like me nail a networking event. It's like a coach's playbook to leave fulfilled and proud of myself with maybe a new contact or five or ten!
Let’s be real here. Social lubricant works. It’s legit. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about another name for it would be alcohol. By nature, alcohol relaxes people and lifts their filter. So a quieter person might be able to be more talkative under the influence. This is why alcohol exists. It helps us let go. And while it is not necessary at networking events it certainly can be a big help. If you’re nervous grab a drink at the bar have a few sips to let the edge off and then nurse the rest. Never have more than 2-3 drinks at these things. You don’t want to be that drunk person and you definitely don't want to get sloppy in front of potential connections. A good tip is if you’ve been stuck in a conversation for too long finish your drink and say you’re going to grab another one.
Walking The Walk
Dress for success peeps. Don’t go too far. No suits, but look good. Look successful. That’s part of the play. Get your ass in gear. Go into your wardrobe and make yourself look presentable. Because there may be people at the event who you actually want to associate with, work with, sell to, buy from in the future. Don’t be a slob.
Talking The Talk
I have trouble at these events because it feels like everyone is lying about what they do. And then I think “Do I need to lie too?” “How come everyone here is so much more successful than me? I’m gonna nurse this drink and go home.” First of all, most people are lying. It helps them feel better. Second, who cares if they're successful. Talk to them, be nice to them and maybe the will want to help you. It’s as easy as that. There is no need to lie, but I tend to think networking places can be a place to dress up your successes. This means, don’t focus on the negative parts of your career, what’s not happening or what you’re waiting for etc. But rather focus on those things that have gone right and make them sound good. Why not? Everyone else is doing it. And it’s true! As unsettled as you may feel in your career there is no reason to project that onto everyone else.
Just say "Hey". Literally, so many people are nervous at these events. But just lie and tell yourself you’re brave and walk up and say hello to somebody. Ask them what they do. And if it’s boring say you have to pee. Don’t make this harder than it needs to be.
Bring a Business Card
Take your business card. So you can give it to people. So they know how to find you. This one’s simple. Just do it.
Move It Or Lose It!
Don’t spend too long talking to just one person. Five to ten minutes tops. Get to know them, what they do, how can you help them...blah, blah, blah. Exchange cards and move on!
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The act of writing can be joyful, horrible, heart breaking, inspiring, sobering, humbling and having a finished thought or product can be one of the greatest experiences on earth. Whether it’s writing a screenplay, pilot, blog post, novel, essay, or a tweet that hits the exact character count, the end result can be unbelievably rewarding. The process, however, can lead to endless drinking and depression. See example below.
The thought of taking on a big project can be daunting and exciting. You may have a story you’re dying to tell and begin writing it with complete certainty and inspiration. Often times, however, when the going gets tough and we hit trouble spots or are just personally having a bad day, this can lead to a demise in our plan. An exciting idea to us can become stale. You might begin to question why you began writing the thing in the first place. This might make you angry or depressed and soon enough you may stop writing altogether. Now, not every project that is started will be finished...or even should be finished. But through this, how can we develop a plan for consistent writing?
Where Do You LIke To Write?
A coffee shop? Your office? In your home? Find a place that you actually enjoy being in and choose that as the spot you will do a majority of your writing. If plans change on a certain day you can absolutely write from anywhere, but if the creation of this story has a home base you will more likely want to go there. Personally, I prefer to write in coffee shops. I know seeing the stereotypical writer in a coffee shop inspires rage in some people, but for me it's a place filled with lots of helpful distractions.
How do you like to write?
By hand? On your computer or iPad? With a nice cappuccino or just a little buzzed off of a beer? With plenty of unhealthy snacks? With music playing? These are important questions to ask. You want to give yourself the best shot of actually doing the writing you plan on, so you should structure it around things you like to do. For me, it's definitely a hot cup of coffee. The coffee is so enjoyable that if the writing gets tough at least I can sip on that.
Use a number value to develop your schedule
No, I don’t mean rate yourself or your performance on a scale of 1-10. What I mean is you need to use numbers to help yourself accomplish goals. This means that you should use some numerical element within your writing and work toward that numerical element, whether that is to work for a certain number of hours/minutes etc. (I’m going to write 2 hours today or I’m going to write 12 hours this week). It can also take the form of pages or word count (I’m going to write 7 pages today/this week or I’m going to write 1,250 words every day). This helps have something to work toward. It’s not just a generalized goal of finishing the product, but it leads to feeling like something has been accomplished.
trust the editing process
The editing process is there for a reason. Fix major problems along the way as you are writing, but minor things or little wholes in your plot or idea can be fixed later. You will not be short of ideas while you are going through your second, third, or fourth draft. In fact you will be more of an expert in your concept at that point that you may be better off to fill in some of those holes, dialogue or word choices at that time. Trust that you and whoever else might be reading early drafts of your project will have the answers that you don’t have now. Some problems as you are writing require time to figure out the answer, but others are just a waste of time and hold up the entire process. Even as I’m writing this blog, I am not checking to see if I’ve made mistakes or even if the whole thing makes sense. I will clean that up later when I’ve had some space and can view the whole thing with an open mind. Just keep writing and the rest will come later.
Do not give up!
Again, DO NOT GIVE UP! Somewhere in the middle of a project, people often second guess themselves or they just lose excitement completely. This is the part of writing that is not fun. You have put so much work into this thing already and now its time to work a little bit harder and work to finish what you set out to do.
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