Are You So Cool that You’re Poor?
This episode is all about the movie Mean Girls!
Let me be the Tina Fey to your Lindsey Lohan as we look at your portfolio and ask: are you hiding behind coolness? Are you playing it safe instead of being yourself? Is this causing your work to fall flat?
When we reject our ‘guilty pleasures’ we often create ‘innocent painfuls’, or work that is critically good, but doesn’t actually resonate with us or an audience.
Deadpool - Innocent Painfuls
1. The Right Friends
Mean Girls -
When I was in High School
‘Don’t be romantic about how you make your money” - Gary Vaynerchuk
Don’t Chase the Hot New Sexy Thing - Bottleneck
Don’t Use Other’s Metrics
MJ wanted to play baseball - want what you don’t have
Not impressed with yourself
Enjoy the process + People Want It
Market is a segment of the industry where people make a their living.
Graphic Designer - Graphic Shapes and Random Text = Logos
Actors get type cast - it’s how they make a living.
Johnny Depp is cast as someone different.
2. Be True to Yourself
Mean Girls - Drops Math
Freaks and Geeks
TMNT not Foot Soldiers - Josh
An artist trying to fit in is like a chameleon who wants to stand out.
An artist trying to fit in is like a vegetarian butcher.
Grew Up in Mass Market
Rice Ball vs Sushi Ball
Freaks and Geeks - Didn’t care if everyone liked it, they wanted to be someone’s absolute favorite.
Weakness - Sloppy but into modernism
Logo Design - Coffee
Folk Musician - Comedian
3. Keep the Baby
Mean Girls - Makeup
Come home - not the same
Make it palatable.
Podcast is unique
Know the rules but break them
Style - Don’t Settle too Quick - Always Grow
Middle School - Mackenzie
High School - Taylor
Cool PPL like Insta - Fleeting
End up On Bus
GFs tease me
My wife adores me.
Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music.
Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show atwww.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk
Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes!