Back home.. For a few days
So Creative South is over and it lived up to the hype once again. This year was better for me than last year because last year I was scrambling to try and make connections while my hands were all sweaty.. But this year I was returning to old friends from around the nation and it was really great to just be able to relax and chat with my favorite people.
Also, CS really stepped it up this year. The conference seemed bigger, brighter in a way, I really liked it.
Shout out to Justin Mezzell for keeping an eye out for me and showing me a good time!
Now I am back in Orlando, after a car ride full of car drumming excellence with my friend Zack Causey. (look him up, he's a beast) and I have a few more days to get my phone calls and emails out to NYC before I fly up Thursday morning. I have gotten a lot of great feedback on my portfolio from NYC agencies but it seems like everyone is either transitioning or just not hiring right now. But that was to be expected and I will keep bugging them until they let me in..
LETS GET SERIOUS FOR A SEC:
As some of you know, I was born with clinical anxiety, mostly stemming from the safety of my friends and family. But many other things can trigger it as well.
I am medicated for it.
No I don't have an issue talking about it with people.
Everyone has issues, if you say you don't you're just an asshole.
However, usually in these situations, where a big life change is coming, I usually start feeling really stressed and anxious. I tend to annoy people with it I think, but oh well. But this move isn't making me feel anxious. I'm very excited, I'm very ready, but my anxiety honestly feels very low. Considering everything that has been happening the last month or so.
ps. if anyone wants more information about anxiety or just want to talk about it let me know, I've taken all the steps and would love to share my experiences and knowledge.
How about that Game of Thrones last night? Epic, right?
I am about to start a fun personal project today and tomorrow so I will post up some videos and pictures soon. I think it's going to be a fun one because I'm getting some friends involved too!
So I think I am going to leave you on this:
" BY SHARING YOUR OWN STORIES, YOU"RE ESSENTIALLY PERFORMING A KIND OF ACTIVISM THATS'S VERY IMPORTANT. BY SHARING THINGS THAT ARE CLOSE TO YOU, YOU WILL CONNECT TO OTHER PEOPLE WHO FEEL ALONE IN THE WORLD." - LENA DUNHAM
I think this quote is very important to me at this time in my life. Sharing your stories and vulnerabilities is important, not just from a design standpoint but from a human standpoint. I think if more people believed this we would have less fucking assholes in the world and more genuine relationships. I'm not saying to not be confident, my mom always said people will just try to tear you down in this world so go in guns blazin' but be humble with your skills and knowledge, listen to people, be teachable, and work your ass off.
Also, surround yourself with the best friends you can, like these people. They are family and all of them look out for me just like I look out for them.
Quick shout outs to Lenny Terenzi (Hey Monkey), Mike Jones, Sandie Ellingson, Eliza Cerdeiros, Shauna Parmesean, Nico Guidicessi, Joey Redlight, Andres Rutbega, Stephanie Valderama. Pat Daley, Alica Frederick, Olivia Perez, Danny Bryan, Zack Causey, Danielle Evans, Ebone Grayson, & Ana Gomez.