Archive for April, 2009

Work matters

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I was recently talking with a photographer-friend here in SD about some significant changes in my life. I had been a bit down and while trying to help me through some rough bits he asked me about my plans, including whether I was going to join a law firm when I graduate. I couldn’t say “no” fast enough! Besides the dress code issues (I am not a conservative suit kind of woman), I couldn’t imagine not doing what I do now!

I do feel incredibly lucky about my professional life. That’s really important. Sure, there are days where it’s hard or the bank balance gets low, but overall, yeah I love my job.

How do you feel about yours? I mean overall–not just now when maybe things have been particularly slow. Here’s an interesting “quiz” (from the Harvard Biz folks) to give yourself a bit of a professional check-up.

I agree with the author that it is important to feel some relevance, happiness, and satisfaction in your work. Sometimes we get distracted from the overall picture by the day-to-day negatives, but look at your work from a distance to get a good view of the whole thing. Are you happy with it–with your legacy?

If not, don’t get depressed or throw in the towel. As Scarlet O’Hara said, “Tomorrow is another day!” If you’re not happy with your work, start making the changes to get happy with it. For example, your images. Think about the images you make and the images you WANT to make. How can you make more of what you want? And start doing that work, even if it is just making one image on the new path. Tomorrow, one image…next week, another, next month, more…before you know it you have the body of work you meant to make, with intention. That will go a long way to a deeper satisfaction in what you are doing professionally.

Mailers and emailers

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Want to know what I think about these tools? Then check out the ASMP SB2 blog for a video presentation.

(Hint: DO THEM)

Ta-da!

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Finally! I’ve made a new Creative Lube podcast. You can get it off iTunes or here.

Good ideas on success

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Nick Onken has posted some ideas he learned at a recent conference. Everyone should read the post.

Copyright stuff

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Yesterday was World Copyright Day. Damn. I missed it (I claim my Civil Procedure 2 final as an affirmative defense…um…I mean excuse). To try and make up a bit for not letting y’all know about it, here is an interesting blurb from the Copyright Alliance.

Seems the new administration is taking copyright/IP protection seriously, or at least they are talking about it in a good way. Sure, this particular event was about the entertainment industry (film & TV mostly), but all creatives are in the same boat as the entertainment folks (music folks too, of course). We need to support all efforts at protecting IP.

I’d like to see more integration between the different organizations–across industries, I mean. I think we’ll get there. In the meantime, I’m hopeful about the future of IP, even with the frustrations I see in so many creative industries, I think we might just be heading towards some good solutions.

Back to the books for me… last exam tomorrow morning at 8am… Contracts 2.

Deep in exams

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posts in the past few days. I’m in exam week and, until they are done on Saturday, my brain isn’t worth much outside of the legal issues I’ve had to study. I’m pretty sure most of you would be monumentally bored if I wrote about the supplemental jurisdictional issues associated with joinder rules or whether accidentally walking on property owned by another is actionable under trespass to land (worse, I could tell you about horizontal and vertical privities…trust me, you do not want to go there). Unfortunately, that’s about all I have in my brain for this week. Just get me through Saturday morning, and maybe a wee bit of celebration afterwards…

However, once that hell of exams is done, I will no longer be a 1L (unless I pull a spectacular fail) and that means I can start working with clients again! So if you’re interested, let me know.

Also, that means I’ll get back on the Creative Lube podcasts. I expect to get one out next week sometime.

But in the meantime just a bit more patience, please…
…and some positive thoughts wouldn’t go amiss. I’ll take all the cosmic help I can get! 🙂

Guilty!

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Pirate Bay people convicted on copyright violation charges, fined millions and sentenced to one year in jail! Woo Hoo!

Tigers

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I love tigers. I’ve been lucky enough to pet them a couple of times, even kissing a fully-grown Siberian on its nose and playing with some babies. I just love cats–the bigger the better!

I was thus thrilled with this photo series. It combines two of my loves–tigers and portrait photography.

ASMP SB2 video

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

ASMP has posted a talk (video) I gave in Philly, derived from my SB2 lectures. This one is about your website and your portfolio. It’s about 25 minutes long, so get comfy.

Tactical move

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Interesting use of media (billboards) here.

(Thx Brandon)