The whole point of this blog post will be prefaced by me talking about how absolute shit I am in making videos. There are so many people who are better than me at and that know more than me and have been doing it longer than me. I am completely okay with it as well. I know what I know and I know what I don’t know. I have only been filming for a couple years. The beauty in all of this is that I don’t want to be the best. I just imagine how lonely and boring it would be to be the best at what I do. I want to come as closely as I can to being the best but I know that, where I’m at right now in my career, I’m able to see who is better than me and I’m able to strive to where they are at, and strive even farther than them. I know that I can feel myself get better and more creative. The point isn’t being the best at it, the point is creating what you want to create and being proud of it.
Now what it all ties into is your mindset. I love creating and I know that I fail in it sometimes with my projects. Sometimes I try something different and it misses the mark with my clients. No big deal, i’ll scrap it and start over. The point is trying to do better and show what you can do. Just today, I spent over four hours on a damn Instagram video for a client, I wanted to create something different than what he was used to from me and it didn’t go well over for him, which is fine, I can redo it and start over. The downside of me losing those four hours plus the next hour of my time re-editing outweighs not even trying because if he did love it, it wouldve been such an added value to the product that the gratification would pay for the time I spent on it. I didn’t take it personal, I have had to spend a lot of time not taking the work personal since I put so much of me into the project, but its just business. It’s his money and he wants it to look a certain way.
The point of it all is that I have seen other creatives get distraught and I used to as well. I start to think that he’s wrong and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, which could very well be true, but its about making something that makes others happy about. My work isn’t the only thing that defines my business. My attitude means just as much if not more. I have given this advice to every creative who has asked me for advice; most people will rather work with the person whose skill isn’t the top of the top but has a great attitude and is fun to work with versus the person who is clearly the best out for their budget but has a shit attitude. Your attitude is everything and your equipment and portfolio can only do so much for your business, your mindset and attitude will take you just as far.