Hello, my name is Aaron
This is my first post on my new blog. Over the last decade, I’ve had various blogs on different platforms – Flickr, Blogger, Tumblr, Google, Twitter, etc.. However most blog platforms have changed or I’ve changed. Sometime you get lazy; other times you get self-conscious because you personally judge your content to not be up to par with other creatives. Guess what? It doesn’t matter. The best thing that you can do is to be a doer.
I am a 39 year-old, life-long learner, left-handed creative with passion for storytelling. If we had no digital tools for creating content then I would still do what I did as a kid and draw and build stuff with my hands. In whatever medium, I would still be telling stories.
Currently, I work as a graphic designer and photographer living in Portland with my beautiful wife and our 3 non-human children. I’m a extroverted-introvert and while I would prefer to not put myself out there, sitting on sidelines doesn’t get you closer to winning the gold.
A little history
I’ve worked a lot of odd jobs over the decades, which haven’t all been desirable. I went to college, which while helpful in a small way; in a large way it was a waste of time and money.
A quick disclaimer: “I do not think learning is a waste of time. In fact, I love learning. In fact, I believe in certain environments classroom instruction can be very beneficial; however the pursuit of a college degree, in my opinion, is 100% a waste of time and money. It will not improve your chances of success and it will not make you rich.”– My opinion
I started to dabble with photography and video when very young and loved storytelling. My imagination has always been overactive. I like to dream and it’s seems it’s hard for me to stop doing that. We had a video camcorder as a kid and my parents had a film camera. That was fun… although it wasn’t overly accessible for us to use regularly. Our parents used to read to us at night… that was something that I cherished from my early years. It’s also something that I haven’t thought about until I started to type it out today.
In the 2000 at the age of 20. But I didn’t get into photography until my dad bought me an Apple Powerbook G4. I started to develop a love for capturing content and for storytelling. I started editing photos in iPhoto and making some movies in iMovie. The interface was cool, but the quality was low. High quality capture seemed to be out of reach – mainly due to price. My first camera wasn’t even mine, it was a family loaner. I had tape that held the battery inside too because I had dropped it.
The video recorded with no audio at 480p. However, playing with that camera and shooting vids and photos fueled my interest in being a creative and working in that space.
For some reason, though, telling people that you wanted to do creative work at the age of 20 wasn’t taken very well. In fact, it was almost laughed off as being unstable and not a way to make a living. When bad advice comes from sources that are trusted, it can be difficult to do something. Somehow you need to appreciatively accept the advice and find a way to test it out for accuracy. What I wish I learned earlier in life is that many people who gave advice didn’t know what they were talking about. They were just regurgitating the things that had been told to them. They didn’t know how not to think in the mold of how they had been formed.
“Don’t take advice from people that you think should be able to give good advice.”
Looking back now, I realize that you need to have enough confidence to ask questions and test out to see if the advice is relevant or not. If you are a 16-19 year old reading this, please do not take this as an open statement to disregard the advice that you receive from your parents or elders. Rather examine the advice that you receive and test it for accuracy. If it proves to be valid, reasonable and deliberate then this advice is good.
At nearly 40, regarding the human life-span, the words of Psalm 90:10 hold greater weight to me.
My goal is to live a purposeful life and focus on the things that are good and that build up.
Today, we have case studies that we can look out. People who have been able to work successfully in the creative space. And not only survive but thrive. They make content that is engaging and memorable. One of the most inspirational creatives for me was and still is Chase Jarvis. His content changed the way I looked at what I enjoyed doing for work.
I have worked in and around the creative industry since the early 2000’s. I studied in college journalism, creative writing, public relations, branding, visual design, filmmaking, storytelling and a bunch of other things. I hold a degree from a university that no longer exists (thanks Marylhurst… you were a waste of money!!!)
So why 129?
So we are, it’s 2019, and I’m 129 days away from being 40. I love living and learning. I like travel and need to do more of it, and I need to build this foundation for being a creative. This blog is all about documentation. It’s about telling stories. And it’s going to follow my launch of a new business and the growth of doing more creative work into my 40’s.
“This blog is all about documentation. It’s about telling stories.”
It’s about what I plan and need to do over the next 129 days in order to build a business, to work with saving money and finance and about building a sustainable lifestyle.
My goal for this blog might change over time. It’s cool to have the support of a community, so thank you for taking time to read it.