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    • It's not (only) what you do...

      2 months ago

      dan_dan Editor | BLOOD FEST

      ...it's how you do it.


      There are a probably a million+ mantras that can help guide you over the course of your life or career, but they don't mean much if you don't live those truths. 


      When I was first starting my career, I worked with my father who had quite a few mantras. My favorite: Do good work and have fun doing it. It's pretty simple, and it's helped guide me at many points in my career and in my life.


      I'm hard pressed to find examples in my work or my life where I'm not collaborating or interacting with other people. And while I'm always focused on an optimal outcome in these situations, I've got to consider how I go about arriving at those outcomes. I don't want to compromise the quality of the outcome, and I don't want to compromise what I did to get there. How do I go about that?


      It takes practice, patience, and realizing that journey is often times more important than the destination. There are certainly stressful situations that come up in our work and in our lives, and how you react to those situations is key. In the face of difficult situations it's challenging to be our true zen selves, but that is the ultimate goal. 


      The funny thing is that it's not only about keeping your cool when things get difficult. 


      One of the first freelance jobs I took when I arrived in San Francisco was at a very small ad agency. The job was editing hundreds of videos for a campaign, and I really wanted to impress my client and keep getting work from them. My thought was that I'd achieve this by going in, putting my head down, and working very hard to accomplish the task at hand. At the end of the project my client would be so impressed with my work ethic and the quality of my work that they'd hire me back. It seemed like a foolproof plan: do good work. 


      But what about how I worked? I completely forgot to share my personality or let them get to know me. I naively thought I'd only be judged on the end product. It was good work, and I took a lot of pride in the work. But I failed to realize that there were lots of people who were qualified to do that work, and that an even more important factor in keeping that client would be how I worked with them. Thankfully, I loosened up and started to become more sociable and they got to know me much better. They trusted that I could do good work AND now they were realizing that I was someone that they wanted to work alongside. I credit that realization and mantra to a very healthy working relationship that lasted many, many years after.


      As you grow in your career or in life, it is important to do great work and improve over time, but do not forget about how you are going about your work. People are going to remember you for the work that you do, and they will remember you for how you did it....so do good work and have fun doing it. 


      What's a philosophy or mantra that helps guide you?


    • BLOOD FEST - Super secret sneak peak!

      7 months ago

      dan_dan Editor | BLOOD FEST

      Hey y'all!


      We've been hard at work getting BLOOD FEST ready for a world premiere at the SXSW film festival. Some lucky folks got to check out a trailer at RTX Sydney, but I'm sure lots of others are wondering when they are going to have a chance to get a peek.

      Well, here you go.


      Here's a look under the hood. Pretty cool, right?! Ok. More soon. Promise. 


      - Dan 

    • A "Yes, And..." Approach to Collaboration and Editing

      8 months ago

      dan_dan Editor | BLOOD FEST

      What's up, RT fam? Have you heard about the concept of "Yes, And.."?

      You improv comedy fans might already be familiar with this, but for those who aren't, "yes, and..." is the idea that when you interact with someone you accept what they say without judgement (yes), and then expand on it (and...). This framework moves things forward in a way that's highly collaborative and arrives at some very interesting results.

      The cool thing is that this can be applied beyond improv comedy. When I got my head around this, it changed the way I approached edit sessions. By accepting someone's premise or note, and moving things forward I help them (or myself) expand on that line of thinking. More often than not we arrive at some amazing solutions to complex problems. Once you've arrived at a solution, then you can make up your mind on if it works better than the alternative or not. The best idea should always win. 

      In editorial (and in life too...I guess), there are essentially limitless possibilities. Being open to what could be a better possibility is going to help make your work better, make you a better person to work with, and make things more fun. At least that's the case with me. Have you experienced that too?

      - Dan 

       

    • EricHVela asked dan_dan a question

      At work with RT or elsewhere, what's the weirdest or silliest thing you've encountered while working?

      Answered: Jan 5, 2018

      Hey Eric! Thanks for the question. Lots of things come to mind as there's always something weird or silly going on at RT. Usually it's something like I'm cutting a trailer for Day 5 and Josh Flanagan comes in to the office to have a serious conversation about a cut, but he's dressed up like "Grindr Man" from the Tinder Short.  That sort of thing used to seem weird to me, but now I'm not even phased.  

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      dan_dan Editor | BLOOD FEST
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    • Makster

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the add friend :D

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    Hey Eric! Thanks for the question. Lots of things come to mind as there's always something weird or silly going on at RT. Usually it's something like I'm cutting a trailer for Day 5 and Josh Flanagan comes in to the office to have a serious conversation about a cut, but he's dressed up like "Grindr Man" from the Tinder Short.  That sort of thing used to seem weird to me, but now I'm not even phased.  

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