2014.10.23 by Prescott Perez-Fox
There is an increasing trend among solo creative pros and small business owners — a structured morning that aides productivity and creativity. Here’s how two prolific creatives make it happen.
2014.10.20 by Prescott Perez-Fox
Adam Harrison Levy (email@example.com) 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.
2014.10.16 by Prescott Perez-Fox
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.
2014.10.13 by Prescott Perez-Fox
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.
2014.10.09 by Prescott Perez-Fox
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.
2014.10.06 by Prescott Perez-Fox
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.
2014.10.02 by Prescott Perez-Fox
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.
2014.09.29 by Prescott Perez-Fox
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.
2014.09.25 by Prescott Perez-Fox
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.