Evaluating Career Decisions

Musicbed, a company providing royalty clearance of music for use in the film industry has an excellent blog with highly relevant articles for filmmakers and creatives of all stripes. Their recent post “Four Career Decisions Every Creative Should Make” asks some questions that I’ve been asking myself as I search for meaningful work in a new city.

WHO ARE MY PEOPLE?

WHAT AM I DOING?

WHERE AM I DOING IT?

WHY AM I DOING WHAT I’M DOING?

I decided to take a whack at responding to these questions, and if you respond on your blog and send me the link, I’ll post it at the bottom to create a network of responses.

So,

WHO ARE MY PEOPLE?

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My people are the outsiders, the ones always pushing to engage in interesting ways. The questioners, the ones who see a challenge and want to figure it out – just for fun. My people are the ones who got left behind and decided to write a song about it. They are the ones willing to debate. My people have an interesting story, or they see an interesting story happening in the shadows and want to bring it out into the light. My people are the ones who think everything matters and want to do something about it. My people want to succeed and to make the world a better place.

WHAT AM I DOING?

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I’m building a portfolio. I’m piecing together fifteen years worth of teaching media into the media itself. I’m creating new work and demonstrating my ability to tell stories for myself as well as others to build brands. I’m developing strategy and voice. I’m hitting short term goals with long term vision. I’m reaching out, making connections, and keeping my eyes peeled for the right path. I’m seeing where opportunity leads, and also working to shape opportunity so I do what I love. I’m drawing. I’m writing, shooting and editing video. I’m creating motion graphics. I’m managing social media. I’m teaching. I’m making music. And maybe, if I dare, on weekends I’ll be tattooing.

I’m gonna add one…

WHAT AM I NOT DOING?

I’m not designing UX. I’m not working as a print designer. I’m not developing code. I’m not fitting into a box.

WHERE AM I DOING IT?

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Colorado. Boulder, Denver, Lafyette, and Longmont. I’m doing what I can where I can where I am. I’m working with an outdoor retailer, soon a design department, and in the coming months, to promote music at a local venue.

WHY AM I DOING WHAT I’M DOING?

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Because businesses, organizations and people can be better. They can reflect more. They can commit more deeply to what they are really there to do – their mission, vision and values. They can learn to understand and manage their shadow side. If they are success oriented they can better understand and manage greed. If they emphasize care and concern for social work clients they can better understand context and collateral challenges their clients bring to the table. Nothing is one pointed – not sales, not education, not government, business, manufacturing, marketing and PR. It is the dynamics of the push and pull between stakeholders and constituencies that make all of these endeavors interesting and compelling. It is what makes stories.