Disclaimer: These two posts are more reflective and personal than I’d normally put up, but I felt it was relevant to where I stand in the career path so I wanted to put it out there. Please excuse the self-indulgence (and ridiculous length). Read Part 1 of Change in Two
For the past few months I felt like I was on the edge of something big. I didn’t know what kind of change was brewing and whether it was going to be in my personal or professional life, I only knew it was coming. And now it’s begun!
The catalyst was definitely #TVnext, and the two weeks since then have been overflowing with thoughts, ideas, emotions and (probably most importantly) introspection. #TVnext managed to completely uproot my perceptions about the future of media. The event resonated with me so acutely that I haven’t even felt embarrassed about my 180-degree opinion change on things like the death of network TV.
Until now I felt a little lost in my professional life. I knew things I liked (video & film production, social media, writing/editorial, community engagement, marketing, and the social interactions around all these things) but I couldn’t define them in terms of today’s career opportunities. And though I feel like I have a much better grasp now, I know there’s a long way to go until I end up exactly where I want to be.
So…where do I want to be? I want to study and critique digital interactions.
Yeah, I know that’s a really broad statement, so lemme break it down:
I define digital interactions as the conversations that happen between consumers (audience) and with the content creators (networks, production houses) on platforms and applications like Facebook, Twitter, iPad apps, etc. I want to study these interactions in order to provide consultation to 1) the content producers and 2) the companies that create and maintain the platforms they occur on.
I also want to be able to take it a step further and put my observations into action by:
- Making it easier for the consumers to connect with each other, find like minded people and communities, and allow them to voice feedback to the content creators.
- Making it easier for the content creators to wow the consumers with their level of communication, respect for feedback, and technology.
That all being said, how the HELL do I get there? The worst part for me, ever impatient and compulsive, is the fact that it’s going to take time. And maneuvering. And possibly moving to a new city and starting my personal life over (yikes!!). But for the first time since Deron lit a fire under my ass, I know what I want and I will stop at nothing to get it. And what I want may change, and I’m ok with that. I’m FINALLY holding a compass that works and I’m not scared to follow it.
I’ve never really been religious, but over the past few years I’ve gotten a lot more spiritual. For years I’ve believed that you shouldn’t regret, and lately I’m holding on to the idea that at this moment, I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. I think that comforts me, especially given my control-freak personality. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the coming months and that scares me a little bit…but it also invigorates me. For the first time in forever I feel like options are materializing but I can afford to wait (however painful), weigh the choices, and then sprint off down the path that’s meant for me.
Ok. I’m done. Thanks.