The Reality of Doing Blog


Brevity = Wit on Twitter? Ehh? I don’t know…
March 31, 2009, 9:19 am
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So I learned something yesterday. Twitter + Sarcasm = Recipe for disaster. (or at least it can) Luckily the person to whom my quip was aimed has a tremendous sense of humor, but it got me thinking none the less.

Part of what makes Twitter so great is the ability to quickly fire off thoughts/comments/whatever as they come to me. (I’ve been tweeting for about 3 months now, and am starting to think in tweets. Sad, I know.)

But with the immediacy of Twitter, what happens is that sometimes I tweet before I think. I forget that I’m putting this out for anyone on the entire planet to read! Twitter gives me a sense of intimacy and connection with people (some of whom I’ve never met). And with that “sense” I can make comments that my best friend would read and take one way, and someone I know only through Twitter could interpret completely differently.

Now, I don’t think that it’s resourceful to sit down and obsess over every tweet. But keep in mind that 140 characters is not a lot of room for ambiguity. Clarity is power, and sarcasm is never clear.

That’s my POV. What do you think?

photo credit: TheGiantVermin




Resistance is futile
March 29, 2009, 8:05 am
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I’m beginning to sound like a broken record. Yet again it’s been too long since I’ve posted anything to my blog. Why is it so hard for me to find the time to sit down and write? (It’s only as hard as I make it, right?)

One of my favorite books as an artist is the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend picking up a copy. In it he talks about the primary struggle plaguing artists – Resistance. He states that:

“…any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity. Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lover. Any of these will elicit Resistance.”

Whenever we purpose to create something original, something deep from within our soul – Resistance rears her ugly head and attempts to sabotages us. Resistance lulls us into complacency. She wants us to stay where we are, with what’s comfortable.

I don’t know about you, but the fact that I’m living in Los Angeles and working in an industry with one of the highest failure rates means that I’m pretty much uncomfortable all the time. Rejection, exhaustion, frustration are all words that could easily describe an everyday experience.

Even as I’m writing this I can hear the voice of Resistance whispering her lies. Her voice is smooth, comforting, easy. It takes no effort to give in to Resistance. It takes no thought. But how many things are acheived in life if Resistance is the winner?

Yesterday I let the power of Resistance lull me into missing an opportunity to tier jump. Instead of a get-it-done attitude, I chose to wallow in my story of weakness. I could see it happening. I watched it wash over me like a wave. But, if I sat here and beat myself up over the fact that I let an opportunity pass me by – nothing productive would come from it.

Instead, I acknowledged that I was in Resistance, and chose to take action anyway. I did all the things that I have been putting off for the last couple of weeks, including selecting some new headshots.

So what’s my point? Maybe you’re resisting writing a blog post, reaching out to someone on twitter, posting a video or something as mundane as going to the gym. (a little self-disclosure) Realize that Resistance can be a powerful teacher in illuminating for us the direction we should move.

Whenever we are are growing and moving towards the things we want, we reach beyond our level of comfortability – beyond the reach of Resistance – and she doesn’t like it. Allow Resistance to teach us the direction that we should move. When we are moving in the direction of our dreams, Resistance will show up. Instead of fighting her, learn from her.

What is she trying to keep you from doing? Will you do it anyway?




Vlog confessional
March 19, 2009, 11:36 am
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Jai Ho
March 9, 2009, 8:11 am
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For some reason I ended up getting ready and to work this morning with more than 15 minutes to spare – what shall I do? Listen to my ipod and type out a quick post on my crackberry.

I have a playlist called Fun and have been listening to it a lot recently. One of the songs on there is Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire (original version, no PCD – but that’s a completely different post)

Oprah interviewed A. R. Rahman on her after Oscar special and asked what jai ho means:

“May victory be yours.”

So in whatever you find yourself working on today, my wish is jai ho for you.

Here’s to making it a great week and allowing life to continue to unfold as it should.

Seth




Signature Content
March 5, 2009, 5:03 am
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C’mon you know you’ve done it – we all have. No, I’m not talking about smoking pot, I’m talking about practicing your signature. Even if you’ve never had aspirations of signing hundreds of headshot for your adoring fans – chances are you’ve practiced creating your signature.

This is my signature, and it took me years to develop. Years? Seriously? Don’t you have anything better to do? Probably – but from very early on I knew that my signature would say a lot about who I am as a person.

Would it be all chicken-scratch and unreadable? Would it be bold and pretentious? Swooshy or block style? So many options, saying so many different thing about the person to whom it belongs. I can remember sitting in class taking up sheets and sheets of paper working on my signature. (I probably should have spent more time paying attention to what the teacher was saying, but I get bored easily.)

I tried a bunch of different options – uppercase S/lowercase S, a print-cursive hybrid, with the middle initial/without, slanted right/slanted left, you name it – I tried it. I practiced this for years until I finally found the right one for me.

So what does this have to do with social media and marketing? Well, I have been reading a lot of blogs lately – A LOT, and one thing that I see as consistent across those that I continue to read and look forward to the next post are those that contain the unique signature of the author.

There are some blogs that are very informative and full of useful & practical information – but let’s be honest – are boring. Then, there are those that go to the other end of the spectrum and are so personal that I feel awkward reading them. But the ones that are most appealing to me are those written as a full expression of who the author is. They contain interesting and useful information, but are mixed with the author’s own unique style and voice.

I’m striving to develop signature content. Content that is on one hand
practical and informative, and on the other a full expression of who I am.

This quote from Leo Babauta sums it up nicely:

With millions of blog posts out there, yours is not likely to be very unique — unless you put in your post the one thing that you know is unique — yourself.

And just like it took me sheets and sheets of paper and lots of tries to find my signature – discovering what signature content is for me is going to be messy for a while. And that’s ok.

My signature is something that I will have for the rest of my life. Figuring out what it looked and felt like was messy until it became part of who I am and now effortlessly flows out of me each time I pick up a pen. I have it figured out. And just like my signature, once I find the right rhythm and look and feel to using social media – it will be a skill that I will have for many years to come.

Social media is not going anywhere. If anything it is becoming more and more a part of mainstream life. So there’s no rush, no pressure to get it just right, right now. The key is to keep practicing. I will keep writing awkward posts, making weird videos, commenting, tweeting, wall posting, @messaging until I find a rhythm that fully expresses who I am.

How about you? How are you creating your own signature content?

Let’s talk.




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March 3, 2009, 9:11 pm
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This post is going to have nothing to do with social media, and I’m not even sure if I will post it (although I probably will just because I haven’t posted in a while).

Today, I’m doing that thing that all actors do that is completely non-resourceful and actually quite destructive. And that’s go over-and-over again the audition that I had yesterday; and think of all the things that I coulda/woulda/shoulda done differently.

See, it was my very first episodic audition. It was my first time on the lot at FOX. And to be really honest, in someways I felt it legitimized me as a professional actor in L.A.

The audition itself went OK, but since leaving I’ve been replaying the scene over and over in my head. Checking my phone every three minutes to see if my manager has called. Doing ALL the things that I know are non-resourceful. So why do them?

I think it’s because I have been avoiding writing this post. For the first time today I had the compulsion to get something out of me in the form of writing.

I’ve never been a big writer, it stresses me out. I constantly overanalyze what I write (an email takes me forever). But today, I realized that I needed to get out all of the feelings that are raging inside of me, and the only RESOURCEFUL way I can do that is by putting them down in words.

I tried to remind myself this morning that life is unfolding as it should and I truly believe that – but today I’ve been pitching a fit that it’s not unfolding according to the schedule I have laid out for it.

That’s my story and I’m done tellin it.

Seth