Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart

John Stewart interviewing George Carlin. Pay extra attention to his framing of comedy as a form of oratory rhetoric. This is ALL professional communication. Make it sing. "It's just natural." And stick around to near the end when he answers, "Why do you still care so much?" Carlin was a true artist. https://youtu.be/nCGGWeD_EJk ps. I … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart

Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)

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Storyboarding, or the act of breaking a story down into individual panels (think like a comic strip), has always fascinated me. It's a reminder that the sweeping story that floods past you is actually created from all of these individual frames, stitched together. And, in movies, somebody like Jennifer Yuh Nelson has the job of … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)

Sunday Music: I Only Got Time To Think About The Time I Don’t Have

Cody ChesnuTT’s The Headphone Masterpiece is the stuff of lo-fi r&b legend. Dropping in 2002 and getting most of its love thanks to a feature by The Roots (that’s his hook on “The Seed”), the whole record is creative, funny, and stylistically sprawling. He rocks. He rolls. He croons. And after putting it out, he … Continue reading Sunday Music: I Only Got Time To Think About The Time I Don’t Have

Sunday Music: Cause You’ve Got Soul, And Everybody Knows, And It’s All Right

How we talk to ourselves, how we think of our purpose, why we think we do or do not belong - these are the heavy, weighty, and extraordinarily beautiful concepts Soul wrestles with. I don’t care if you don’t have little kids in your life. I don’t care if you’re “too old for cartoons.” I … Continue reading Sunday Music: Cause You’ve Got Soul, And Everybody Knows, And It’s All Right

Podcast Of The Week: Patreon CEO Jack Conte On The Creator Economy, Artist Burnout, And Social Media Platform Competition

I rarely repeat myself like this, but I’ve got to do it. If you are getting clients, building an audience, or proactively trying to drive profits in any way via the internet, you need to listen to Josh Constine’s interview with Patreon CEO Jack Conte. This conversation will help you understand how we got here … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Patreon CEO Jack Conte On The Creator Economy, Artist Burnout, And Social Media Platform Competition

Going From Social Media To Social Media Driven Business

The modern creator's dilemma: social media is a great way to find and connect with customers, patrons, and fans. But (and it’s a BIG but), all the platforms kind of suck for monetizing your work. Everything is supposed to be… free. That’s not exactly synonymous with profitable. Plus, when we say ALL the platforms, we’re … Continue reading Going From Social Media To Social Media Driven Business

Create, Curate, Conversate: Lil Nas X’s Marketing Masterclass

In case you didn’t catch this, Lil Nas X just gave a masterclass on how to play the media to his advantage. Jon Caramanica’s got the play by play here, but any of us can learn from Lil Nas X about how to spread an idea, product, or service. All it takes is three words: … Continue reading Create, Curate, Conversate: Lil Nas X’s Marketing Masterclass

Sunday Music: Playlist for April 2021

I’ve had this one cooking for months and I am (finally) ready to call it done. As usual, we’re all over the place stylistically, but the connections are there if you look for them. From the poppy start to the folksy balladeer finish, I think these songs are as ready for springtime as I am. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Playlist for April 2021

Take Notes: Because The Ink Preserves What The Memory Forgets

David Perell has a YouTube video about a topic near and dear to my heart: note-taking. To make it even better, his video is also all about Kendrick Lamar’s note-taking process. Damn. Pun intended. Sometimes the internet actually gives you stuff you want. Perell says the most valuable part about notes is their infinite shelf … Continue reading Take Notes: Because The Ink Preserves What The Memory Forgets