now is not the time to stay in bed and watch tv

More people than usual are unemployed right now. I not only lost my day-job, but I seem to have a cold. Which is totally uncool (the virus part, that is). The urge is strong to wrap myself around a bottle of Nyquil and hide. I am resting and drinking water and taking vitamins and hot…

social media is making my head explode

So yeah, I twitter. I actually enjoy twittering as a creative mini-exercise. What is fascinating in life, and how do I write it in under 140 characters? It can be quite an exercise in concision, and also a good way to determine what is relevant. Not that everything I tweet is relevant, by any stretch…

the inevitable

It was only a matter of time before “the economy” caught up with me. As of Monday, I joined the ranks of the unemployed. And if I’m honest I’m quite glad about it (in betweeen waves of terror). Now is the time for me to push forward plans that have been floating around for some…

Seattle Moves… or at least half of Seattle

Yesterday a colleague and I (both of us women) went to a panel discussion on video and motion graphics at Northwest Film Forum, called Seattle Moves. We were intrigued, because we are both involved in motion graphics and video projects from time to time, and they promised to show some of their latest work. It’s…

“Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say” – Cheshire Cat

I read a lot of RFPs and Project Briefs and Proposals. These are documents that are meant to define slippery items like “scope” and “deliverables”, but it is alarming to see how often these documents are vaguely and poorly written. Part of this has to do with the fact that they are often written by…

call me: Creative Diplomat? Email Aficionado?

It seems to take far too much effort to tell people what I do for a living. My actual job title is a throwback to the film industry, but what I do has very little to do with filmmaking. Traditionally, the Production Manager managed the crew and equipment, while the Producers managed the schedules &…

networking is easy

Networking is, for me, a dirty word. I hate schmoozing. I hate anything that smacks of self-promotion, especially if it is disguised as being “friendly.” I don’t need to be liked that much, and I don’t like people who are working hard to be likable. So I tend to avoid anything labeled a “networking opportunity”…

facing the fear of economic collapse

I’ve been alive long enough that I have seen many degrees of economic downturn. I remember the crisis in the late 70’s when I first learned what recession meant. I remember high gas prices and friends & relatives losing their jobs. I remember discussions about being more frugal and conserving energy and water. I remember…

jargonian nonsensicalness

I work in a field that is loosely connected to Marketing. Interactive media is almost always developed as some kind of marketing tool. I can’t really bitch about this (though occasionally I would like to), since people do need to communicate their message somehow, right? So I find myself often in the presence of Marketing…

is it possible to make an honest living?

And by honest, I mean HONEST. I have been looking at how people, especially creative people, make a living. Call it a personal research project. I am interested in what people do to make money, because I think that this is the one area where people tend to have the greatest cognitive dissonance. As in,…