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Fate Loves the Fearless

11.08.2013

There have been a few moments in the last month, where I think I’ve experienced a magnetism pulling me in a new direction, some sort of “sign”. Or maybe it’s not a “sign”, maybe it’s a higher perception that we synchronize with for a moment and feel a new kind of clarity. Whatever it is, I felt it. And this time I decided to act on it without fear of change holding me back.

I’ll be turning thirty-four in 3 weeks (on the island of Anguilla no less!) and I see this as a turning point in my life and in my career. Time to make moves and shake things up. The Flaming Lips sung a song that struck a chord with me a few weeks ago when they sung, “All we have is now…” One of the most beautiful and exhilarating live performances I’ve seen in awhile.

Over the last few years I’ve really honed in on some skills that I’m passionate about and have wanted to focus my life on entirely. Video editing, after effects animation, motion graphics, live performance art and video installations. I love being around crazy vibrant people who live and breathe creativity daily. I love traveling around the world and exposing myself to this beautiful place we live in while creating art inspired by those experiences. I know all of these things brings out the best in me, and I want to invite more of that into my life on a daily basis in the coming year.

A whole new life is cultivating here and it all starts now!  Wish me luck as I charge forward with a headful of new ideas for my future. The future is now!

 

Jumpstart: New Reel Coming Soon

07.15.2013

In the last week I’ve been searching for inspiring motion graphic and video reels, which (for those of you who don’t know) is a concisely cut video-portfolio of work that is edited together by an artist/videographer/editor etc., so that your audience can get a sense for your style, skills and experience.

I’ve made several reels over the past few years and noticed that I was way overdue to re-cut my own. It was a lot of fun digging through the archives, and also totally embarrassing to watch my old ones, like my FIRST EVER from 2002. However, it also made me realize how awesome it is to keep all that old stuff, to see how far you’ve come and to remember where you’ve been. The last one I did in 2007 was still in standard definition with 4:3 ratio!  Yikes!

After doing my research, I realized that most of the reels out there don’t tell the full story. They mostly show you bits and pieces of projects that the artist (and maybe even entire teams) have worked on, which often lacks a personal connection to the creator. For me, I’ve struggled with re-making mine over the years because I’ve worked in a corporate environment, on corporate projects that don’t necessarily reflect my personal style.  I’ve been designing and building on one brand over the last 6 years, and the work I do is very internally focused with a lot of wording that not many people outside of the company would understand. I took this as a challenge and made a decision.

I needed to find a creative solution that enables me to showcase my work & also reflects who I am as an artist.

With this new motivation, I came up with the idea to re-mix all of the projects that I’ve created in the last year and tell my story through the graphics in my own personal way. This meant re-writing, re-scoring, re-coloring and completely re-working it into an entirely new direction.

I know you’re dying to see what I mean by all of this, but my new reel will not be released to the public just yet. Please stay tuned and I will share the final results of this idea very soon!

While searching for motion graphics inspiration for my own work, I came across dozens of great videos that I had to share.  Here is a really beautiful audio/visual collaboration called “That Will Be The Day” by composer Aldo Aréchar and motion graphics artist Matthew DiVito (Mr. Div). Make sure you check out Mr. Div’s page. I’ve actually been a fan of his for awhile, when I fell in love with his simple retro style gifs.

 

Totally mesmerizing and beautiful right?!

Here is some more brilliant music & visual combos….

I’ve been listening to Tame Impala all weekend long and wanted to feature one of my favorite stop-motion music videos by them called “Half Full Glass of Wine”. 

 

I was so obsessed this weekend that I ended up doing what I do best, and spontaneously purchased tickets to go see them play with the Flaming Lips at Terminal 5 in October.  Here is another great song of theirs, called “Elephant”.

 

Hope everyone has an inspiring & productive week!