They Wanted Me to Buy bloop.com for a Quarter Million Dollars

This is why domain or brand names don’t really matter. If you ever started a new business/company, or thought about doing so, you probably spent a good amount of time coming up with the “perfect” name. Naming your brand is hard. It’s like naming your child. I love coming up with names. I spend quite a bit of time thinking about …

Spiderman into the Spider-Verse: 2D or 3D?

Every once in while an animated movie comes out that is impossible to ignore. Spiderman Into the Spider-Verse is one of those movies. It is without a doubt one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen. Apparently I’m not alone. The film won the 2019 Academy Award for best animated feature film. But what is it that made this …

Why I Don’t Do Client Work

I worked for different productions studios (animation, VFX, film etc…), and noticed a few things about their business model. It’s mostly based on having minimal staff, getting clients, then hiring as many freelancers as possible to deliver the work to the client, and repeat. As my animation studio grows, I’m approached very often with offers to do client work myself, …

You Are Not Your Work

People, artists especially, associate themselves with their creation. It’s very common to feel that if people don’t like their work, it means they are bad artists, or even bad human beings. That is a very unhealthy way of approaching your work, and could be dangerous. If you over-identify with your work, to the point of feeling that the success or failure …

The Worst Thing About Being a Freelancer

Life as a freelancer (of any kind) can be tough. It’s based around the idea of waiting for someone to choose you. Pick you. Almost all artists experience that reality. Think of actors. Their whole world is based around waiting for someone to pick them. Yes, you can go to more and more auditions, but it essentially boils down to hoping …