What I Learned This Year 2010

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Several Photographers sent me this piece from The Denver Egotist called “What I Learned This Year 2010.” They asked some “creative visionaries” in Colorado to contribute in any form they would like. The responses are fantastic.

Adam Espinoza, Denver motion designer/animator –

5. Logic stifles creativity.

Jim Elkin, Denver director/executive producer at Roshambo Films –

1. FIGHT IT OUT
Sometimes it’s better to fight for the things you want. Creative arguments are healthy and good for the soul. Some of the best Creative Directors I’ve ever met around the world haven’t been insecure bastards who just want you to agree with them. They don’t necessarily want you to say yes…they just want to know why you’ve made certain choices in your work. Stand up for what you believe in and what you’ve created. Do not be afraid to say where you’re coming from and how you got there. Just don’t be a jerk about it and always remember when to back off. Or as the infamous Kenny Rogers once said, “You’ve got to know when to hold them and know when to walk away.” Umm… unless you’re North Korea.

Gregg Bergan, Denver co-founder/creative director at Pure –

You have about 25,000 potential days to work, but less than 1,000 weekends before your children will leave home.

Jessyel Ty Gonzalez, Denver photographer –

Although producers and art buyers have a plethora of stock options, the need for unique and original imagery is rising. Magazine work – print or digital – is coming up again now that the dust is settling. And with better technology and faster speeds, imagery is proving great for rich content mobile ads.

Good photography wasn’t needed because, “it was just for a web ad.” But as the importance of digital and mobile has risen, great agencies have evolved their productions and realize good photography is needed because, “it’s for a digital ad.” This is great to see.

Sean Leman, founder/director at Rehab in Denver –

It’s beyond cliché to say that this industry is changing at a breakneck pace, but there’s a truth buried in that. Change and progress and uncertainty are gifts. They remind us that no matter how fucking smart we think we are, we’re really not.

I’ve learned a lot seeing what happens when I start from that place. When I’m open to the fact that there’s much to be learned. That my first answer is not necessarily the right answer. Let alone the best one.

Tom Van Ness, freelance copywriter –

Enjoy the process. A wise author once said that everyone says they want to write a novel. What those people really mean is that they want to have written a novel. There’s a big difference. The process is the key. Those that enjoy the process as well as the goal succeed more often.


There Are 8 Comments On This Article.

  1. scott Rex Ely

    More great points from Gregg Bergan:

    “Knowing no boundaries leads to innovation and a little pain.”

    “An entire generation has adopted writing as their primary method of communication, but most of them are not very good writers.”

    “People should stop talking about social marketing and think about how it propagates anti-social behavior.”

  2. Hey!

    Get used to seeing me leave some comments on this site from now on! I’ve been browsing around on it and I love the information you share here; information and inspiration. I’m a bit mad at myself for not reading this blog a long time a go but happy I’m here now.

    “Do not be afraid to say where you’re coming from and how you got there. Just don’t be a jerk about it and always remember when to back off.”

    “Good photography wasn’t needed because, “it was just for a web ad.” But as the importance of digital and mobile has risen, great agencies have evolved their productions and realize good photography is needed because, “it’s for a digital ad.” This is great to see.”

    Those two I loved the most. First one so true..people need to easy up on this ego shit…know you’re work is good because it’s your work..eg my mom tells me I’m handsome but I don’t think I’m the best looking guy in the world lol..I’m her work so ya know.

    The second one..this interest me I want to see where we are going to be heading with this in 2011.

    I learnt this year that networking is such a big thing..I’ve always known that but it showed hella big time this year…along with that you gotta hustle hard to get in positions for luck.

    Earlier this year a man from a camera equipment rental I rented a lens from told me it’s hard being black in a white mans world..I’ve learn to block shit out and let the work speak for itself…it’s tough out there!!


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