Amazing new Nike video. “Exploit Yourself”. Here is the commercial and the “Making of” short. (reminds me of my morning runs ) Enjoy!
Recently I’ve been asked, How’s Business? How are things?
Is this out of general conversation manner or genuine interest? Sure.
Anybody that is watching the news, or (like I do) read headlines of papers as you walk by, they know that the economy is suffering. Budgets are being cut. Money isn’t flowing like wine anymore…right now. Is this the end? A lot of people are hanging up their hats as creative professionals. I get it. Things are hard.
OK what do we do? Maybe Nike isn’t blowing your phone up? Are you at the point where they should? maybe so, maybe no. But what this little “time out” lets us take a moment to be still, to look at us, our profession, our skills….with a little more clear mind. USE IT.
One of my favorite sayings is from Walt Disney (the man), KEEP MOVING FORWARD…._________________(fill in the blank with any excuse) KEEP MOVING FORWARD, but ____________________(another excuse) KEEP MOVING FORWARD, another _____, another ______. Are we getting it? KEEP MOVING FORWARD!
The only real currency in this world is time. Ask any Billionaire laying on his death bed, and I promise he will trade his fortune for more time. Luck favors the prepared. I truly believe that. I can’t tell you how many time I should learned that (the hard way).
Keep Moving Forward. Get Creative. Maybe clients aren’t paying big money all the time. But think about this. When the time comes, Are they gonna spend their money on the guy that has been sitting in his room all day waiting on them. OR will they go with the person constantly putting out new work, fresh ideas, creative concepts. Which professional do you think will stick in their mind? Build your brand, your name, your work. I believe in you!
Have fun. Keep the faith
Recently I had the great privilege of shooting an amazing entertainer. Sam the Magic Man. A VERY gifted magician. Seriously, when the guy makes you flip your card up (facing the floor) and its one, snaps his fingers, and then its another… that will make you think twice about what is real in this world. But besides his fantastic gifts, he is as funny a person as I have found.
Recently Sam has turned his attention to modeling….and being a not so horribly ugly guy…I’m sure he’ll turn heads doing that as well. The above photo was shot with my favorite car in the world. My Dad’s 1982 Porsche 911. I grew up in that car, and somehow it show’s me my dad more than any picture could. He loaned (hesitantly) the sweet German to me for the shoot. Sadly we didn’t have much time to really spend much time shooting it. But I’m not done with it yet.
Everybody knows I’m a super sucker for creative ways of making video with DSLR’s. This takes the cake!!!!!
I love love love this video that Timescapes did with the 5d markII. Truly amazing. ENJOY. (WATCH IN HD IF YOU CAN!)
Here is his magical genius rig!
Stay Inspired! Keep Creating!
When I was a kid, we always watched movies. Always. I love them. I’m still addicted to them. If you rolled over to my Mom’s there was (still is) a solid 96.459% chance a Disney movie was on. In her eyes they were the best. We all loved them. (too many short sentences Braun, get to the point) Recently I had the chance to go see UP in 3d. Great movie, but more importantly (to me) is what came on before the movie started. The opening title with the Disney castle. Few things throw me back to childhood like that little melody. I sat there excited in bewilderment.
THE POINT IS….being a professional creative in this UBER connected world is hard and dangerous. Meaning, you can “numb out” to being inspired really quick. Don’t misunderstand me, I love this time we live in….has there ever been a more exciting period? Always search for new inspirations. Look for what gives you butterflies like when the world first hit you as such a magical place. Before you figured out what CNN was talking about. Inspire yourself. Try these
- Create your own world.
- Get around people that are better than you…iron sharpens iron.
- Spend time alone.
- Be still.
- Try a new creative outlet.
- Go to the wrong side of town.
- Go to the right side of town.
- Get out of town.
- Go in to town.
- Get lost
- Have fun
- Do something random
- Do something kind unexpected
- Talk to a stranger
- make your own list