When was the last time you mentored somebody who was less experienced than you?
When was the last time you tried to bring together your community and do things for your community?
I like to go to a lot of events and conferences. I read a lot from different essays, bloggers, and books.
And one thing that you expect when you see these people up on stage; when you read these articles from bloggers you expect a little bit of… expertise.
Maybe if we think about making more ugly things and not giving a shit about pretty things we can get somewhere.
Imagine if Craigslist was beautiful?
It wouldn’t feel like we’re getting a deal. So if you’re buying six-month old boxers on a really shiny website, maybe it wouldn’t work.
But because Craigslist is ugly, you feel like you’re getting a cheap deal.
Find out why things go where they go.
Find out why particular scenes in a particular film sequence are edited together or in the fashion they are or in the time that they are and the way that the cuts work.
What you’re really doing in this situation is you’re working on your craft.
You’re looking at something that you really admire and you’re trying to get into the seethe of the person who built this thing to begin with; to get into their head to see why they made the pratical decisions that they made in creating this, whether it’s a logo or a Web page or anything else.
When looking for funding, don’t just look for cash.
Look for the right people.