Thanks for the GIFs, Jeff!
Thanks for the GIFs, Jeff!
Me: But we can’t do a “Photograph” parody, can we?
Room (unanimous): “YES.”
Once, someone called me a genius, and it felt so good that I started looking for more opportunities to be called one. I would lock myself in a room and try to come up with good ideas all by myself.
Without anyone else, though, there was only so far these ideas could go. Sometimes, my insecurities would win out, and I would start second-guessing myself and get caught in a never-ending cycle of revisions. Other times, I would end up having to share the idea anyway, in order to get it done, only to meet some resistance, get frustrated, and shut it down.
Lately, I’ve been more open about my ideas, more willing to expose their flaws, and the results have been terrific. Another person’s idea can turn my bad idea into a good one, and while it no longer belongs just to me, it’s twice as ready to exist. I realize that I’ve been fundamentally wrong about the makeup of ideas: they’re not heavy stones, that I should be able to lift alone if I’m strong enough; they’re big, awkward boxes, nearly impossible for one to lift, but an easy job for two or more.
We want our name in lights - to be on the cover of a magazine, to be a film’s opening credit - so we hog our ideas, thinking of them as our ticket to stardom. But there’s no such thing as individual achievement. It’s a myth. The magazine cover looks so good largely because of the makeup artist, and most films are essentially co-directed by their DPs. At CH, some of our best ideas come from “the room,” which means we all pitched into the idea so much that it belongs to no one, or everyone.
I mean “Don’t be a genius” like “Don’t be a hero.” Don’t set out on a hard creative path all by yourself. Collaborate. Dare to share the credit. The project will be so much better as a result, and a love for the project is more gratifying than a love for your name.
Dora’s back! And better than ever. Stay tuned for the next one.
Just in case you’re the one person who hasn’t seen the Dora the Explorer Movie Trailer with Ariel Winter.
I love this so much it hurts my spleen.
Today, the Jetsons met the Flintstones.
Happy to see this old video of ours is making the GIF circuit! (See the video.)
Casey Legler is the only woman modeling exclusively as a male. Three cheers for gender-busting!
“Walmart earned $16 billion last year (it just reported a 9 percent increase in earnings in the third quarter of 2012, to $3.6 billion), the lion’s share of which went instead to Walmart’s shareholders — including the family of its founder, Sam Walton, who earned on their Walmart stock more than the combined earnings of the bottom 40 percent of American workers.”