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ALLERGY TO ORIGINALITY

Allergy to Originality is an animated Op-Doc by Drew Christie.

It is about two men discussing whether the current media has an aversion to originality. The question of art and if anything is truly original becomes the theme of their discussion.

Written, Directed & Illustrated by Drew Christie
Presented by The New York Times Op-Docs

Below is a great video of Drew Christie talks about the origin of “ALLERGY TO ORIGINALITY” and about his process.

He uses Adobe Cloud, which you can get a free trial at Adobe Free Trial

How Creatives Spend Their Day

Part of being a self-employed creative is having to plan what an average day should look like. This is both that is both liberating and overwhelming at the same time.

I am always on the quest to find the perfect daily routine and rituals. It gives me the feeling of being more productive.

More important, it makes me feel like I have a little control in my life.

It turns out I am not alone. As I talk to more Compulsive Creatives, I realize this is part of our brains loving chaos while not wanting to feel out of control or unproductive. So, here is an infographic that will help you feel more connected in the mess we call life.

How Creatives Spend Their Day Infographic

This graphic was created by Format, an online portfolio website. They surveyed over 2000 of their clients to compile this date. You can check out the version with scrolling effects here.

Is boostlikes.com worth using?

This article first appeared on my personal blog on November 17, 2012.

Before reading this, it is important to note that buying Facebook “likes” is usually a bad idea. It is tempting to use money to purchase fans, but it rarely works in your favor.

The story

I got an email the other day (remember this was back in 2012) from boostlikes.com saying they can help me get more page likes for my Facebook Page.  According to them, they put ads on their big websites promoting my Facebook page and when they reach the number paid for, they pull it off.  If this is what they do, then it is an amazing service.

Doubts

To be honest, I have a lot of doubts about the service of boostlikes.com.  I have hired companies/people in the past to build up fan pages, and they all used fake accounts. The numbers went up, but no one looked at the page.  Having a thousand likes for a page helps build social proof, but I personally only am looking for people who will be interested in my projects (in this case the Madman of Magic Comic Book).

My Hopes

The truth is that I will not know how good this companies service is till I try it, and you will know too once I post my review.  I have used several other products that I assumed could be a scam and was pleasantly surprised at the quality.  I am hoping boostlikes.com is going to be one of those cases.

Research

I did do a quick google search of ” www.bootslikes.com ” and most of the sites have to do with data on the site statistics (ranking, age, domain owner, etc.on).  The two that do talk about the site do not say anything good about it.

  •  uk.answers.yahoo.com someone comments that for boostlikes.com the “Web of Trust has no ratings for them whatsoever…be very leery…..”
  • On chacha.com someone asked about the site and the response was ” bootslikes.com does not have a good rating. People say that you should not trust the website”

Conclusion

Neither of these sites are authority sites on the subject and both answers suggest they never tried the site out.  My solution is to give boostlikes.com a chance and I will report my findings back to you!

UPDATE

I did not have a great experience with the company. They did give the likes I requested, but they were not active on my page.

You can read why I don’t recommend them here.

Tea and Consent

With the current issues in the media around consent, this video published in November of 2015 on the Thames Valley Police YouTube Page.

It is an excellent way to explain about consensual sex with animation to help make the point. If you’re still struggling with consent, just imagine instead of initiating sex you’re making them a cup of tea.

Animation by Emmeline May and you can read more on the subject at consentiseverything.com.

Creating an Artist Résumé

I very rarely need an artist cv (artist resume) because most my work is with organizations that know me.

However, now and then I get a request for my artist resume and maybe an artist statement. I imagine a lot of different types of artists will need to provide these on a regular basis to galleries, potentials employers, groups offering grant money, or organizations.

No matter how annoying it may be to create, remember that if someone requests your résumé that they find them helpful. Part of asking you for your résumé is to see you are a professional and if you are willing to do the work (like create an artist’s cv) to be a successful artist.

Step 1 – Design

If you are an artist, it is fine to use a standard résumé template using Microsoft Word or other text editing program. However, since I am a graphic designer, I like to make my résumé visually different than my peers. Having a unique look that is creatively designed helps you stick out in a flood of résumés and makes it more enjoyable to read.

If you are not a graphic designer, don’t panic. I have a secret weapon that will make designing your résumé easy and a bit fun. It is called Canva.

Canva.com is a website that allows you to design different things right on their website with ease. Not only is it easy to use, but it is also FREE!

Designing a Resume

Your design is simply the layout of the résumé.

This includes:

  • Fonts (no more than 2)
  • Font Size
  • Background Color
  • Images or Illustrations
  • Basic text layout (in mine I used two columns)

Here is my design:

Artist Résumé Design

Step 2 – Fill in the Important Stuff

Next, you start filling in the design with the important information.

If you have any of these, they need to be in your résumé:

  • Contact Information
  • Education
  • Awards Won
  • Past Experience
  • Professional or Scholarly Membership
    (Include position if applicable. ex. President)

Step 3 – Fill in Extra Space (if needed)

At this point, you have to look at your résumé and ask yourself a few questions.

Is there anything the reader of my résumé needs to know that isn’t on here?

If yes, add it. More importantly, put it somewhere that is prominent where you know the reader will see first. Upper left corner is usually the most obvious choice.

Does the page look too full?

If the page is overcrowded, you must decide if you can make the fonts smaller or if you are better off cutting the least important information.

Does the page look too empty?

If you have too much open space, it can be distracting to read your artist résumé. You have a few options. First, you can increase the font size. You can also rearrange the text to make the blank space a natural part of the design. Last, you can add more information.

I tend to go for adding more information. Make sure it is still relevant to what you want to do.

Step 4 – Proof Read

Remember that your résumé is a reflection of your professionalism. If there are mistakes, spelling errors, and bad grammar, this reflects you as an artist.

I have another secret weapon. This one is for proof reading. It is called Grammarly.

grammarly.com is a free grammar check website, plugin, and browser extension. I am a premium user because spelling is something I struggle with. Grammarly helps me look smarter than I am.

Step 5 – Save & Send

If you are using canva, it saves it right on the website. This is awesome because it means you can access it from anywhere. You just need to sign into your account through their website.

If you are not using canva, I recommend saving it somewhere you can easily access and where it will not get lost.  I always keep a copy on my Dropbox account.

Here is my final resume:

Jason Love's Resume