The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 28 with Writer, Professor, and Filmmaker Adam Harrison Levy

2014.10.20 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 28 w/guest Adam Harrison Levy

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 28 with Writer, Professor, and Filmmaker Adam Harrison Levy

Adam Harrison Levy (adamhlevy@earthink.net) is a Professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City as well as Wesleyan University in Connecticut. In addition, he writes for Design Observer and works as a freelance interviewer/filmmaker for the BBC.

Our conversation meanders and gets slightly meta. We acknowledge the odd circumstances of a professional interviewer being interviewed by an amateur, and of two Americans discussing their love for the BBC.

Read some of Mr. Levy’s articles and learn more about his film work via Adam’s profile on Design Observer.


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Pro Tip for Maintaing Fitness and Balance in Business

2014.10.16 by Prescott Perez-Fox

Pro Tip

Creative professionals across the spectrum will agree that spending time away from your desk is essential for maintaining balance and staying energised. Here’s a tip to help install some good habits.

Set “away from desk” hours in your calendar. Ban yourself from your desk during that time.

Limiting the amount of time you can spend face down in your work will force you to focus on the task at hand, and not just float around the internet waiting for clients to email you back. It will also help you wrap up for the day and get a good night sleep.

Whatever your preferred hours of working, stick to them and defend them. Don’t let other people clutter up your most productive hours, and don’t try and trick yourself by half-working for 24 hours a day.

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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 27 with Video Producer & Director Christopher Sharpe

2014.10.13 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 27 w/guest Christopher Sharpe

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 27 with Online Video Producer Christopher Sharpe

Christopher Sharpe (@csharpe) is a writer, director, designer, blogger, and builder of internet things. Following an early career in traditional filmmaking, he’s currently the producer of two popular online video shows, Yoga With Adriene and Hilah Cooking.

Our conversation focuses on the nuts and bolts of producing video with a limited crew, as well as the inevitable drama that comes from working full-time in online video. Christopher’s work can be seen on his website, ChristopherSharpe.com, and you can see check out his book, YouTube Black Book.

Listen to the episode below and click through for examples of Chris’s video series.


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Level-Up Strategy for Maintaining Up-To-Date Backups of Your Files

2014.10.09 by Prescott Perez-Fox

Level-Up Strategy

I have come to embrace the adage of our computer age:

There are two types of people: those who do back up, and those who will back up

After losing hundreds of photos to a hard drive crash way back in high school, I’ve become religious about backing up files ever since. But too many of us still don’t have a seamless, continuous backup system in place.

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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 26 with Still Life Photographer Christine Blackburne

2014.10.06 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 26 w/guest Christine Blackburne

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 26 with Still Life Photographer Christine Blackburne

Christine Blackburne is a commercial still life photographer based in New York. She works primarily in the fashion, cosmetics, and jewelry sectors, bringing her stylish use of colour and light to her images.

This conversation moves from Christine’s origins as an assistant photographer, to how she sets up her still life shoots, and a bit about working with an agent and managing workflow.

Click through to the full blog post to see a few of Christine’s images, and check out her site, christineblackburne.com, to see even more.


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Words to the Wise

2014.10.03 by Prescott Perez-Fox

Being in a crap job isn't your fault. Staying in a crap job is.

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My Two Favourite Ways to Stay Productive in a Meeting or Phone Call

2014.10.02 by Prescott Perez-Fox

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My Two Favourite Ways to Stay Productive in a Meeting or Phone Call

Meetings are the worst. Ten people crammed in a windowless room doing nothing. Or worse, looking at a Powerpoint presentation with oceans of 9-point text. But there are a few ways to keep yourself — an everyone else — in the groove. Here are two of my favourite techniques for effective meetings or phone calls.

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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 25 with Prop & Model Maker Bill Doran

2014.09.29 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 25 w/guest Bill Doran

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 25 with Prop & Model Maker Bill Doran

Bill Doran (@Chinbeard) is a replica props and model builder based in Seattle. He has turned his hobbies — playing video games and attending conventions — into his profession by serving a niche community who need high quality props and weapons as an part of their cosplay.

This conversation focuses on how Bill creates his pieces using very hands-on techniques and tools, and how built his online customer base from mostly in-person interactions.

Bill’s work can be seen on his website, Punished Props, and on his YouTube Channel.


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A Common Mistake in Growing Your Business

2014.09.25 by Prescott Perez-Fox

Common Mistake

When we first start out in business, we want to do as much work as we can. Each new project is a new chance to build an ongoing relationship, to add something to the portfolio, and of course to collect the associated fees. But many creative pros make the mistake of taking on too much work too fast.

Taking every project can lead to numerous problems. Studios may get known for doing a certain types of projects they never intended to focus on. Attention may be divided, resulting in sub-standard work. It may prove harder than expected to bring on the right staff, whether freelance or full-time. Problems abound.

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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 24 with Word-of-Mouth Marketing Guru Saul Colt

2014.09.22 by Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator 24 w/guest Saul Colt

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 24 with Word-of-Mouth Marketing Guru Saul Colt

Saul Colt (@SaulColt) is one of the world’s leaders in word-of-mouth marketing. Over the years, he’s bolstered the reputations of his companies and clients by connecting audiences with brands, and by making people think, laugh, and cry. A well-known and well-liked figure across North America, Saul has built a network of creative pros and in turn those relationships have helped build his own reputation.

In this discussion, we hear how Saul became a connector, how he spent his character-building years as a comic book writer, and how he still struggles (surprisingly) with his own shyness and fear of rejection.

Video shows Saul’s skywriting stunt, mentioned in the episode.

Saul is now Chief Evangelist at Xero, a small business online accounting software company. Catch up with him on his blog, Saul.is.


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