Double checking everything before you post it, pack it up or send it off is incredibly important. You never know what you might find or want to change after that second look over. In this post I’m focusing on reminding you to make sure that you double check your audio and video when you’re shooting before packing it up and calling it a day. After shooting the Hop Cast for two years you would think this would be second nature by now. I check sometimes but other times it’s such a fly by the seat of your pants kinda thing that I just pack up and move on. But constantly I end up back at home with the footage and the audio from the shoot and something isn’t right. Either there was an audio mess up or the video cuts out. I put all my faith into these devices and just hope they are going to perform correctly. 75% of the time for the most part they do but it’s that other 25% of the time I’m trying to warn you about. You need to make sure you take a look at some of the audio and video before you pack up your equipment. Especially the audio, there is nothing worse them coming home and realizing you can’t hear anything and you’re going to have to re-shoot or just scrap the entire piece. And from my experience most of the time scrapping isn’t an option. An extra 15 or 30 minutes right after the shoot could save you hours of trying to do a re-shoot. Your time is as valuable as the person you were shooting with. If they can’t give you an extra 15 minutes to check the audio and video then they aren’t likely to give you time for another interview or re-shoot once you get home or back to the office and realize something went wrong.
Everyone tells us we have to network to get ahead in our careers. You need to be involved, no one is going to knock on your door or email you while you sit at your computer and push pixels around in Photoshop. You have to meet people in order for them to know who you are and in turn hire you to do work in the future. Of course, just because you are networking doesn’t mean that all you need to be doing is building your contact list. Networking is about more than just getting emails and phone numbers. Don’t be the person at the networking event just walking around handing out cards. I can’t tell you the amount of cards I have from people that just handed me a card without really talking with me and the next day I have no idea who they are or why I have their business card. When you have the opportunity to meet someone face to face and get an idea of who they are don’t just talk about work in the hopes of future employment, instead think of it as a chance to build real true genuine connections. You’d be surprised to find out that you will have a much more meaningful conversation with someone if you’re not thinking the whole time how can this person help my career.
There are a number of people in the community that I got to know over the years who have now become people I enjoy hanging out with outside of work. Since becoming friends with them they are the first people I look to when I need someone to help with a project and I would hope I’m on their list as well. Someone you call a friend is more than likely to hire you or pass your name on for a job then a random person you meet at last weeks meetup. You should open yourself up to not just meeting potential coworkers or clients at meetups and events but also long-lasting relationships or at least meaningful acquaintances. In ten or more years are those business contacts you made going to make a difference? Are they the people you invite to your 50th birthday celebration? So don’t just think of networking as a way to add more followers on twitter or connections on LinkedIn. You never know who you’re going to meet, it could be new friends, new business contacts, or life long friends who are also business contacts.
As a kid almost everyday when I’d come home from school my mother would ask me what I learned that day. I’m sure many of you had the same experience. More than likely there was at least something new my young growing mind absorbed. I was young and there was a strange new world I was discovering. It was exciting! Each year I could look back and be amazed at how much I learned and grew. As I went on with my school career and went on to college the “new” things I was learning were becoming less and less, but I was still learning… it was just more specialized. Then graduation comes and after that diploma was handed to me I realized that any future learning that I needed to do was solely on my own. I knew then that in this field continuous learning was incredibly important and vital. New software comes out, new techniques and tricks are discovered. Besides keeping my mind fit I was making sure I continued to have a job as technology moved forward and more and more people entered the field. Especially as more and more companies are looking to cut costs anyway they can and some of those cuts are with jobs. Trying to stay sharp and at the top of your field is the best way to stay employed. Sure there is always going to be someone better than you, there is no stopping that but why not be sure there are not 100 people better than you. A few ways I try and keep up in this fast moving field is to; read books and blogs, do tutorials, create tutorials, listen to podcasts, meeting new people inside or outside the community and looking at others work.
But nothing beats the actually doing. You can read blogs, do tutorials and brainstorm about projects but its not the same as doing. I try to have at least one personal project going on that I’m collaborating on with friends. It’s amazing how much I learn when I actually have to work on a project for a client that involves new software or techniques. Rather then asking yourself “what did you learn today," instead ask "what did you create with what you learned today?”
How do you ensure that you keep learning and stay competitive in the job market
If you’re looking to learn the serious history of Facebook by reading this book you might be disappointed. Take a look at the subtitle (A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal) and you’re going to get a better idea at what you’re in store for. I really wanted to check out this book before the movie came out since I’m pretty sure the movie is going to be a bit over the top. But the book is also over the top so I wouldn’t think anything else. You can tell that the story has been jazzed up a bit, either way I found the story very enjoyable. I finished it over a long weekend because it was relatively short and extremely engaging. It’s interesting to hear about such a success story and really it only all happened just a few years ago. I wasn’t too aware of some of the “history” that went on at Harvard during the creation of Facebook, just pieces here and there that I read. I did feel like the story gave you a decent idea of who Mark Zuckerberg is and why there are a large group of people that really don’t trust him.
It’s amazing to hear about the growth of Facebook and continue to see the company grow. Facebook transformed most people lives and continues to change more everyday. I still receive friend requests from new people that I’ve met or have just joined the site. If you’re really upset some of this book is made up then skip it but it you’re looking for a fun story and maybe even something to spark you to work harder, then I recommend this book.