Saturday, January 22, 2011

Current topics of interest

I've been researching, watching, and studying animated films (specifically Pixar and Disney, respectfully) for the past few months. About a week ago, however, when I was done working one evening, I was looking at some magazines and came upon one that talked about (according to said magazine) the "100 Greatest Sports Movies." This got me interested in studying the sports film genre next. Some really good, worthwhile sports movies (or, beyond-sports movies, as I like to call them) that come to mind include Rocky (1976), Chariots of Fire (1981), Breaking Away (1979), and so forth. I've also been interested in seeing the movie Hoosiers (1986) again sometime, and have been wanting to see the films Hoop Dreams (1994) and Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), to name a few.

Another topic interest I developed this past week was researching, watching, and studying comedies, in terms of discussing comedies of the past as opposed to the comedies of today.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"What To Do" or, "Not Merely Various Endings and Beginnings"

About a year-and-a-half ago, I was speaking to one of my good colleagues at a performance one night. I shared with him how I was struggling with what exactly I wanted to do with my life after I graduated. And he gave me some of the best advice I've ever been given. He said that what was important was where you're going to be and what you're going to do for a certain number of years instead of for the rest of your life. He gave some of his perspective by exemplifying what he was considering for the next, say, five years, teaching in a school.

The same goes for study periods or semester schedules and so forth. The lesson is that focusing on a certain amount of time instead of the rest of the time you have in your life is less overwhelming. Indeed, it can be overwhelming, but it's a step-by-step process.

Think of it this way, to use a commercial I saw last fall, as an example. The slogan for Verizon was, at one time, "It's not back to school. It's forward to what's next." It's amazing how little things and comments in commercials can be encouraging. But, besides the point, having the perspective of a step-by-step process and not a series of end points and beginning points (to define "commencement") can help in terms of where you go in the next area in life. I told myself the same thing when I graduated recently--not as the end of one thing and the start of another, but rather the continuation of a journey, a story, even though it is a new chapter.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Job Searching Update (01/08/2011)

In terms of what I've been doing with job searching this week, I have, on one hand, been spending not as much time with it as writing and researching for reviews, as well as transfering and deleting documents from my username folder through my college account. On the other hand, this transfering and deleting has given me the idea of my own "deeply experienced personal process" (as Carol Eikleberry, Ph.D, describes in her 2007 "The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People"), in terms of the types of peices I have written in my five-to-six years as a college student. It has also given me the idea of putting together a portfolio of what I would consider to be my best works throughout that time. (I did the same for an English porfolio that I submitted a few years ago when I was, at that time, an English major.)

My feeling is as I go through and finish with this transfer process and make time to go througb said documents, it will help give me a clearer idea of the type of writing I wish to pursue. Where to do it is still the question.

True creativity does not result from a few quick tips for your job search. It results from a deeply experienced personal process.
~ Carol Eikleberry