Producer’s SkilL: Moving On
Most people who work in creative industries ask the question – is this version good enough to release?
Or should I spend a little more time on it?
My Plans for 2020 (and beyond)
Long time, no see.
I haven’t been uploading anything for a while. It would be easy to blame it on work, business or life, however looking back I have to admit that it just wasn’t my priority.
Pros and Cons of Working From Home
One of the recent changes in how people work is the focus on flexibility as well as comfort and working from home seems to tick these two boxes.
Habits and Routines
I’ve always believed that people are creatures of habits. We do have the power to innovate, improvise and disrupt; however, most of the time we quickly fall into routines, leading some parts of our lives on autopilot.
Is Solopreneurship Worth It?
You may have noticed that being an entrepreneur, running a business, even freelancing became quite trendy in recent years.
When Do You Quit?
Running a business is hard, running a startup is even more difficult.
But, you know what is even harder – running a failing business.
Two Cents on Teamwork
Everything is all about teamwork these days. Synergy, team get-togethers, motivational speeches and management courses are all about running a proficient and a happy team.
Make Money Freelancing Online
People were doing business around the world for hundreds and hundreds of years, but the idea that you can sit in your bedroom with a laptop and run a company is new.
Intro to Effective Communication
Effective communication is a bedrock of all relationships – inside and outside of business.
An idea isn’t worth much if it’s not communicated with others, making the skill highly valuable.
Managers and Leaders
Working a job, running a business, freelancing – it doesn’t matter what is your strategy for making money, more than likely you will be working with other people.
Education and Learning
Lifelong learning is something that I advocate all the time.
Start small, start with hobbies that can make your life better, then start adding more complicated ideas.
Vision and Goals
I am a big believer in setting clear goals, writing a vision down on a piece of paper and following it.
The vision can apply to anything – your career, your business, your health, your relationships. However what I noticed is that without it is so easy to fall back into procrastination and old habits.
My Lessons of 2017
As another year is coming to an end, I look back at the last 12 months and try to reflect.
The first question that most people ask is usually – why did it go so fast?
Before You Quit Your Job
It’s safe to say to many people fantasise about quitting their jobs, being their boss, having the freedom to do whatever they want.
Economy and Jobs of the Future
Automation, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and robots. If you read any technological blogs or futuristic predictions, then I would be surprised if you didn’t recognise any of these terms.
Podcasting and Audio Gadgets
The most beautiful aspect of podcasting is how little you actually need to get started. Thanks to the internet, the distribution is free but even with the equipment – you don’t need to spend a fortune to get working.
Importance of Templating
Working with a large team, multiple departments and international deliverables we had to streamline the process and put strong systems in place.
Are you working IN or ON the business?
Who doesn’t want to be their boss?
To make the hours, take holidays when you want, not answering to anyone when you make a decision.
What Are Your Strengths?
It is easy to get excited about new trends, latest tech, attractive and innovative opportunities.
Even by looking at podcasting, everyone seems to be excited about the medium.
Creating Globally Appealing Stories
When starting a business, a blog or an internet show, the usual advice is to find a niche, explore it, become an expert in it and then go wide.
Prioritise your Business Goals
Let’s talk about prioritisation.
When you start or re-brand a business, more than likely, you will need a strategy session to align everyone on the team.
Start your Business with Why
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”
A well-known phrase from Simon Sinek’s book “Start with why.”
Strategy and Podcasting
Starting any venture, be it a business, a podcast or a website is a lot of work. Some time ago I read that it takes around 18 months for a business to be profitable, and that’s assuming everything goes well.
Should You Give a Free Advice?
We are entering the biggest revolution humanity had since industrial time – age of information.
Thanks to the internet, all knowledge is here, and it’s free.
Differentiation factor or much simpler expression – the X-Factor.
One question that I try to answer during strategy business workshop is
“What makes you different from your competitors?”
21st Century Work
21st-century work is all about being adaptable, being able to make changes in people’s lives.
It can be podcasting, production, audio work, anything else.
A Word on Ownership
As I’m packing up for my 10th house move in the decade, I’ve noticed a few things. How much I hate packing, how much I love moving to a new place and how little material things matter.
We are afraid to give constructive feedback, and we are afraid to receive it.
“Afraid” may be a wrong word.
We just don’t like it.
What is Stress Part IV – What Can You Do
I want to share with you a few things that helped me with stress.
Nothing too extraordinary, just a few new habits that I picked up along the way.
Some replaced the old ones.
What is Stress Part III – What NOT To Do
I want to move onto practical side on things, how do you fight stress?
I’m going into two directions here. What to do and what not to do.
What is Stress Part II – Symptoms
Let’s now discuss some of the symptoms.
You need to understand that everyone is different, some people will react to stress by sleeping all day long, others (like me) have insomnia.
What is Stress Part I – Causes
Stress. The term used every day by millions of people to describe their feelings and anxieties. I would argue that some small dose of stress can be good.
Big Project Survival – Phase III “The Last Rally”
It feels like the end is near. Only a few more days and it will be over.
The project life cycle is completing.
A word of advice. Do not lower your guard.
Big Project Survival – Phase II “The Grind”
Ok, you planned every detail. The troops are ready to go.
The battle begins slowly; everything goes according to The Plan.
And suddenly, things are starting to go south; morale is falling.
Big Project Survival – Phase I “The Plan”
Not so long ago I was a part of a team working on a big project.
It was a high-profile job, and it lasted for several weeks.
And it started at the back of another task.
I’m not going to lie; it was tough. The project’s life was about three weeks.
Get Creative With Your Internship
We all know the circle. You can’t get experience without work; you can’t get work without the experience. A modern day paradox.
How To Use Your Ears
I know that we, sound engineers, are proud of our listening devices (ears), and we are keen to offer listening advice to other people. I guess it comes with the job.
Tips for a Great Resume
Having a good resume is important. You read that statement everywhere, you hear it from your career advisor, it seems like a no-brainer. But what does CV stand for today?
And is it still that important?
How to Find No Experience Jobs
Work experience. Everyone talks about it, but no one saw one.
How can you find no experience jobs?
I want to mention modern paradox – work experience loop.
Can’t work without experience, can’t get experience without work.
What is Sound Editing?
We describe sound editing as an art of producing great quality sounds for mixing, implementation and processing.
In simpler words, sound editing is a laborious task of making noisy and lousy recordings sound good.
Pros and Cons of Full Time Employment
Some people prefer steady job and paycheck; others can’t imagine sitting in the same room every day. I would advise you to try both. Freelance for a bit but also work for someone too.
Freelancing and Independent Life
Independent life or stable employment.
What do you prefer?
Both choices have their merits and faults. First, let’s clarify the differences between the two.
7 Tips for a Production Assistant
Studio runner, production assistant, a gofer. A fancy name for getting people coffee? Perhaps. But it can be so much more.