In a moment of crazy decision-making in 2017, I signed up for continuing education courses at the School for Visual Arts in New York City. This decision was during a phase where I firmly believed my skills were best suited for advertising, so I took many night courses taught by people who work in the field.
Through the sticky summer heat with the noisy air conditioner, those two semesters of classes were some of the most eye-opening experiences of my young career. After I left those courses, I thought I would become a copywriter, but now I know it was…
Picture yourself in a movie theater a few years ago, when it was still normal. You’re sitting in the comfy chair with a bag of smuggled M&Ms in your pocket as the lights dim.
The screen turns to a 4:3 aspect ratio, and the speakers begin to vibrate. The sounds intensify throughout the theater. You lean back uncomfortably in your seat as the wave of sound emanates from the speakers. You were thinking about other things — maybe it’s about how much you paid for parking or what trailers you’d see. Now, it’s about the sound.
Then you see this:
Believe it or not, there was a time when people liked Nickleback. After all, their albums sold over 50 million copies worldwide and their success propelled Chad Kroeger into the spotlight.
But, you may ask, why do I bring this up? Well, because nowadays it’s become popular to hate the band. So much so that anyone who might like Nickleback is called worse words than I can write in this article.
Yet, this same vitriol is spewed constantly about other types of media. Songs, movies, TV shows, and books all garner fans that defend them to the death, and any…
I was desperate for an internship that summer. It was my fault, too. I didn’t do anything about possible marketing internships until April, and even then, I wasn’t even close to qualifying.
My Mom decided to help, so she googled “marketing internships new york” and clicked on the first thing she saw. She emailed me some openings from Ziprecruiter, and they seemed too good to be true. But, she found jobs all right, and they were paid and offered free training. Sweet!
So, I sent in my resume using Ziprecruiters “easy apply” button and waited.
My morale was boosted even…
I don’t fear the empty page.
It’s the half-baked page that scares me — the draft with a big idea on it and nothing else.
To me, it lacks structure and makes for an overwhelming task to fill in the blanks. The hardest times were when it was some crazy idea I had last week or from a podcast that I heard two months ago.
Luckily, I found the perfect method for filling those articles, and hopefully, you can use it for yourself. And it all starts with one man and his comic book company.
How do I make good characters for a story?
Take your concepts or ideas of characters and interview them.
I looked like an absolute idiot.
During one of my psychology classes in college, we learned about the psychological evaluation process and how we could interpret statements and mannerisms as the symptoms of various disorders. The teacher then split us into groups of two to interview each other.
She then told us to take a different identity than our own and act like we were in therapy. The other guy let me go first. Big mistake.
I should have just pretended…
Don’t blame me. My religion made me do it.
I was fourteen years old when my fate was sealed at the dinner table.
I had learned about something in Judaism called “Shomer Negia,” literally translated to “watchful touching.” It’s the rule instituted by Rabbis against men and women touching intimately before marriage. The rule is essentially a safeguard against premarital sex, a big deal in Judaism (but not for the reason you think). So, I had asked my dad if I was “Shomer,” meaning that I would be keeping to this rule.
“Yes,” he insisted with a growl, the first…
A thousand years ago, one man opened up the mortal world to the mystical.
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai brought down the universe's complexities and composed the building blocks for Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism). It was such a momentous occasion that Jews worldwide honor him every year on the supposed anniversary of his death.
Jews know it as Lag B’Omer since it’s the 33rd day of the omer counting between Passover and Shavuot, the holiday we received the Torah from Mt Sinai.
Thousands upon thousands of Jews travel to Mt. Meron, where Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is buried, to pray and celebrate…
There are no songs guaranteed to unlock your creativity. It’s all on you, and that’s what makes it so exciting.
Everyone’s favorite song list is entirely different, just like your go-to karaoke song.
How we react to those songs -those moments filled with nothing but those sounds- can be either active or passive. There’s listening to music, and then there’s using sounds and words to create another idea within your head. While we all do the former, you can allow your brain to do the latter.
It’s something experienced within, like an epiphany.
Some of the best ways to get…
I remember finishing it on a euphoric high.
It was 2 am on a spring night in 2015. I was blasting “Trap Door” by OneRepublic on Grooveshark, writing “THE END, FOR NOW” in bold letters at the bottom of the page. I leaned back in my chair with a big dumb grin on my face.
It’s done, I thought. I just finished the first of many books, the beginning of an era. This book will be my biggest contribution to the literary world- an actual origin story for Peter Pan that fits the pre-established meta and opens the lore to…