Although no-one will read this for a few days (or let’s be honest, maybe never), I am sitting on the airplane returning from the San Diego Comic-Con 2012, my feet sore and my mind filled to the brim with ideas.
While waiting in the airport I started jotting down things on my trusty iPad, and due to a flight delay I managed to have the time to register some domains, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages.
That’s the time to make sound decisions right? Sleep deprived, on a nerd-high at the airport?
Yeah, I thought so too.
Anyway, as I type I am mentally asking myself things like – are they realistic? Is this really the creative outlet I have been looking for? Is this sustainable or will I burn out? Do I even have time for this??
Indulge me for a moment for a little self-reflection. Here I am, a guy who:
has a full time job and family
is a member of a serious sports program
just turned *cough*40*cough*
set this up about one day after the idea hit with no clue as to what the hell he is doing
is pretty damned awesome
Just listing it out casts a shadow of doubt over my semi-coherent, yet optimistic, thoughts.
Be that as it may, if there is one massively abused Internet quote that immediately pops to mind it’s “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
I guess I should back up a bit and clarify my ramblings a bit. Just as a note, it’s okay to stop me and say “Hold on Jerd, what hell are you babbling about?” I won’t be offended in the least. Knowing me, I will probably give you aspiring “Jerdlings” (Did I just coin a term on my first post you ask? Damned straight I did… Booyah!) reason time and time again to question and ridicule me.
So after day one of Comic-Con I was sensing that familiar feeling crawling up my spine; that longing to be artistic. To be a part of something outside my current paradigm.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have a wonderful life: A beautiful wife, healthy and talented children, and a successful career but every few years I get the urge to do something new.
I grew up wanting to draw comics for a living, wanting to act, wanting to do voice work, wanting to do nature photography but instead I work in IT and dream of dabbling.
But after listening to very inspiring talks by Felicia Day, and by the end of sitting through a live taping of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman doing their Hollywood Babble-On podcast on Saturday night, I knew I had to do something to scratch this proverbial itch.
I had to create something.
Maybe no-one will read this (or watch it, once the webisodes get rolling), but at least my forty year old nerd ass will have taken the shot. And hey, maybe it will inspire some people along the way?
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