Phases of Life
If I had the things you have, believe me, I wouldn’t have to bother you and you won’t be able to say shit about me if I screw up.
But I don’t, so I’m fucking sorry.
Of all our truest hopes and desires for our work is that, what we find, we ourselves never knew. It came as a shock. It came as a surprise. It was new. We could never have known what we were going to do before we did it, and in that sense, we discover too. Here is what I’ve got to say to you: there are things in your life you will see; there are stories you will hear; if you don’t write them down, if you don’t make the picture, they won’t get seen, they won’t get told.— Emmet Gowin
I want to be comfortable with this truth and not get caught up with mundane things like I have always been.
“I got keys to a house that’s on loan
I got keys to a car with rust and chrome
I got keys to things I’ll never own
‘Cause I know this world, it ain’t my home
And you take me so very close
But I can’t cut down this thought that grows
That no matter where I rest or roam
I know this world, it ain’t my home
And when my time is used and done
When I see that final settin’ sun
I’ll leave everything I’ve ever known
And that house above, it will be my home.”
Ain’t My Home
There’s nothing stopping you from doing a particular project – just get on with it, says Tom Lane
Don’t rely on other people to make things happen for you, or for the work to land on your plate. Make it happen: walk the walk, don’t talk the talk. If you like magazines, create a magazine with a friend. If you want to land an advertising campaign for a major client, do one yourself and show it to other people. Tell stories, let people into what you’re doing, what you’re about and what it is that you want to be. Potential clients will come to you because they understand where you’re coming from and what you’re capable of.
If you want to get into an area of business or do a particular project, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from doing it. Don’t rely on someone else handing it to you – just do it. That way, you give art directors the easiest opportunity possible to say: “Oh, I can hire them to do that. Look, they’ve already done a successful job of it.”
It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘real’ or not. There’s no such thing as a make-believe project. It all comes down to the results you get and the story behind it. I’ve never witnessed anyone saying: “Well, that isn’t a real project,” or: “That’s not a valid thing”. People see something awesome and they want to hire you to do it.
After six months of thinking I was going to get a design job, I went out and knocked on the doors of design studios instead of waiting for them to put up an advert. I introduced myself and said: “I can help you in the future if you want.” I wanted to do an advertising campaign around cars, so I just did one – and three weeks later, I had a commission from Mercedes to do a mail-out. A project you can put a bit of yourself into and use to show people what you’re about is the best piece of promotion you can use.
Illustration by Cachetejack
So many adventures couldn’t happen today
So many songs that we forgot to play
So many dreams swinging out of the blue
We let them come true
It sucks that you have to leave :(
Part of determining what is of value in life comes from figuring out what isn’t worth your time.—
Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie
Coca-Cola: 100-Year-Old Man Shares the Secret to Happiness
If only the billboards justified the power of this TVC.
Birthdays are more fun in the Philippines!
HAHA! Thanks for all the warm greetings!