Monday, October 3, 2011

Taking A Step Back

The World is a very big place, yet most times we only see a small portion of that world.  Most people cannot see beyond the edges of the bubble they live in.

A few years ago I was chatting with a Photographer.  He was having a problem focusing on his work.  He took lots of pictures and wanted to be a Photographer, but was lost as to why he took them.

I told him that there must be something singular in what caught his eye or he wouldn't be snapping away.  He just needed to recognize it.

An objective eye can do that.  You really just need to be able to step back and look - that is the talent... stepping back.  Be able to do that and it will become your greatest asset if you can master it... most people can't.

The next time you are in the supermarket take a look around... watch the people.  Most are oblivious to the world around them - trapped (naively and stupidly happy) in their own little bubble.  They probably won't even notice you watching them.  They will continue this way through the rest of their lives until they die.

They are unable to step back and see the bigger picture.

And that's OK... the big picture is not for everyone.

I went on to tell the Photographer to take a look at a pile of his pictures (and to have some post-it notes handy).  Look at each one and jot down the FIRST thing that catches his eye.  Write it down on the post-it then look at the series.  I bet him that the common denominator would reveal itself. 

Sadly, I know not the outcome of this exercise, but I bet today he's a better, focused (no pun intended) Photographer.

We all need to learn to take that step back.  Don't simply continue to go through the motions of your life without taking that moment to assess the world around you.

See the bigger picture.

=October Job Hunt=
10/01 (Sat) - Apply online as a Production Coordinator for E! Entertainment Television.
10/02 (Sun) - Answer an ad for an Executive Assistant to two show runners for a television series.
10/03 (Mon) - Answer an ad for someone with mad Excel/Word skills for a project in Glendale.


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