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The X Factor

 

Phil Jackson is arguably one of the best coaches to have ever lived. One aspect that he is renowned for is his approach to the mental aspect of the game.

He introduced mindfulness to basketball at a large scale. Not only would he use this psychological process on individuals to develop their perspective on the game, but he would use it on entire organizations to win championships.

He won 11 of them.

He had to be doing something right. Right?

I read one of his books, and I tried out some of the techniques he talks about on myself. I was shocked with the results, so I decided to test it on someone else.

I’m also studying psychology, and in one of my classes we had a pretty lose final that aloud a lot of creativity, so I came up with an idea for an experiment that would cover my final for both classes in one video.

I tested it on my teammate Jesse, and you heard about the results in the video.

Mindfulness is something we study in psychology as well, and it’s being modernized and is now used to treat mental illness, and improve memory, focus and mental strength.

After learning more about mindfulness in psychology, I think the benefits go past athletic performance and could help any non-athlete tremendously.

I still wonder how Phil Jackson applied it to entire teams, but I guess that’s why he’s known as one of the greatest.

 


Interview with Local Lead Designer

I reached out to a local digital marketing agency called Ruby Porter, and I got in contact with the lead designer Megan Wood.

She agreed to sit down with me for roughly thirty minutes, and I brought a list of questions with me to ask.

It started out as a simple back and forth conversation to get both of us comfortable, then I started asking some questions about how she got to where she was, the work her company does, and other questions that came to mind.

Once we started talking about the business operations, we got into a pretty good conversation. She told me about her journey into her position, and that she never really expected to get to where she was.

A lot of creative work is learning, tweaking, and changing things as you go.

The thing she highlighted the most about what would make a student successful, is being skilled in all areas of media arts.

Similar to what Professor Goolsby talked to us about, it’s pretty much the norm for businesses now-a-days to require you have skill in all areas of adobe. So you should become solid in graphic design, videography, photography, and learn as much as you can, and once you find the one you have a lot of passion for, try to work on mastering that one aspect.

Another thing she mentioned that was very similar to Goolsby, was how businesses work these days. After exploring the company and asking how everything works, there isn’t really one job for one person. Everybody works together to problem solve and find solutions, so you need to be skilled in many areas.

I think that exploring your interests and learning the ins and outs of whatever it is you’re interested in learning is very important. That way you’ll have a lot to offer a company when you want to work for them.

She also mentioned using as many resources as we possibly can. A lot of her points she makes, are things we hear every day from all the professionals that come and speak to us, which makes what they say stick more since I was hearing it from a lead designer.

I think Lane offers so much for us to explore what we’re interested, more than people realize. So talking to people about your ideas and goals can really lead you down a path to figuring out what you love and want to focus on.

I started out in this class really into web design, but after talking to people, learning and experimenting, I think I really like making videos.

The professional business process of a creative wasn’t exactly how I thought it was. I thought that if you got your degree in graphic design, you’d spend your entire time in photoshop creating graphics.

However, I learned that being a creative is much more. You need to share your ideas, help people with projects that require skills outside of just photoshop, and expand your talents as much as you can.


Search for Why

 

So, I did another project about basketball. Mainly because it takes up most of my free time so naturally it’s what I film the most.

This time I wanted to extend it past basketball and connect it to a bigger concept around finding your passion.

I use the number 5 to introduce the human being, and I mention how we all choose to use the energy of our 5 limbs and 5 fingers on different things in our life.

I believe that you should search for something that you really enjoy using your precious time and energy on, rather than using your time and energy to obtain material goods that don’t last or have real value.

That’s basically what this short video is about.


I See Basketball

I didn’t really know what I was doing for this project. I guess my goal was to give my audience an idea of my point of view about basketball. Or maybe give people who don’t understand the importance of basketball insight into why some people are really passionate about it.

A lot of people see basketball as a stupid game that jocks play, but I wanted to shed some light on some other perspectives of basketball. The relationships you develop, the work ethic it breeds, the passion that people have around it, the inspiration it creates in the youth, and why there’s a lot of people who really care for it.

Some people are very passionate about politics, for example, and although it’s not something I understand, or want to understand, I try to see their perspective and realize that it’s in their psychology and nature and nurture, and there’s a reason why they’re passionate about it.

I didn’t do a very good job on it, but in my defense, voice overs aren’t really my forte. You probably will get a better understanding of it through my writing, so it’s a good thing we’re required to write something on it.

 

 

 


Great tool for anyone interested in freelancing!

FREELANCE TO WIN

https://freelancetowin.com/

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When I first got into web design, I was so excited to do more projects, that I immediately tried to get clients to pay me for a site, even though I only made around two at the time haha.

So I researched all over the internet how I could find people around the world to pay me to do their site, all over the computer.

I came across a lot of tools, but the one that really helped the most with actionable advice was Freelance to win.

Whether you’re a video editor, a photographer, a web designer, a copywriter, a blog writer, or whatever creative work you can deliver, this tool shows you how to work with people and PROFESSIONALLY offer your services.

The only drawback I can think of, is that you should probably have some sort of portfolio in a specific area, so if you’re still unsure of what area you’re interested in pursuing, then this may not help. That’s why early on I didn’t get any responses to any of my proposals, which makes sense because I still didn’t build a large enough of a portfolio.

However, if you have an area that you’ve done work for yourself, and you’re looking to expand your projects (and get paid ? then this could be a great resource.

He offers a $600 course, but that’s a little out of my budget. So I just used all his case studies, posts on how to frame proposals, and a lot more all for free.

A lot of people try and charge you for the free advice he offers, so even if you’re still searching for what type of work you want to do, Freelance to Win can really motivate you with success stories, and show you how to talk to people professionally and convincingly which is something you may need in the future.

 

 


Gallery of your student resources

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#1 Equipment Checkout: I couldn’t find a good photo, so I just asked everyone to smile haha.

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#2 Blue Wall

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#3 Student Engagement Center

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#4 Main Art Gallery

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#5 Arto-O-Mat

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#6 Reference Counter

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#7 Silver Sculpture

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#8 Mary Jo Kreindel’s officeunspecified-5.jpg

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#10 Judy Gates’ Officeunspecified-3.jpg

#11 Commons Area

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#12 Flags in Building One

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#13 “Turkey Shot”

 


Hi, I’m Josh

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I stumbled upon media arts on accident.

I used to want to major in either accounting or finance.

I thought my brain was purely analytical, and contained no ounce of creativity.

I liked computers, and I hated arts and crafts in primary school.

I learned I wanted to work for myself, so I switched from finance to marketing in order to learn skills to start a business for myself in the future.

I love new ideas, and I have a passion for turning my ideas, and others’ ideas, into reality.

I have a dog, and this dog grew markings on his face that made him a “micro celebrity.”

I thought that we should share the uniqueness of this dog with the world, so I decided to create some sort of website and social media for him, even though I had no idea what I was doing.

I ended up staying up all night working on the site and loved it, and he grew to over 55,000 fanatics who’re obsessed with him.

I started exploring this new creative side of myself and combined it with my technical skills with computers.

I’m starting to make websites for other people and helping their creative ideas come to life.

I think I can combine my new interest for media arts with my marketing interest, and I’m looking forward to learn and explore ways to creatively do this in this class.

I was recently introduced to video editing and film, and grew a passion for expressing my ideas through this medium as well.

I’m very new to all this, and I had no idea there was an actual class that teaches how to do the type of work I accidentally came across and ended up loving and teaching myself.

I also have a passion for basketball and play at Lane.

I played around with iMovie the another night and made this little video about Eugene that I’ll substitute for my picture requirement.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgUc6VKcsYfBIlrLmP9Ehig


Hi, I’m Josh

I used to want to major in either accounting or finance.

I thought my brain was purely analytical, and contained no ounce of creativity.

I liked computers, and I hated arts and crafts in primary school.

I learned I wanted to work for myself, so I switched from finance to marketing in order to learn skills to start a business for myself in the future.

I love new ideas, and I have a passion for turning my ideas, and others’ ideas, into reality.

I have a dog, and this dog grew markings on his face that made him famous.

I thought that we should share the uniqueness of this dog with the world, so I decided to create some sort of website and social media for him, even though I had no idea what I was doing.

I ended up staying up all night working on the site and loved it, and he grew to over 55,000 fanatics who’re obsessed with him.

I started exploring this new creative side of myself and combined it with my technical skills with computers.

I’m starting to make websites for other people and helping their creative ideas come to life.

I think I can combine my new interest for media arts with my marketing interest, and I’m looking forward to learn and explore ways to creatively do this in this class.

I was recently introduced to video editing and film, and grew a passion for expressing my ideas through this medium as well.

I’m very new to all this, and I had no idea there was an actual class that teaches how to do the type of work I accidentally came across, loved, and taught myself.

I played around with iMovie the another night and made this little video about Eugene that I’ll substitute for my picture requirement.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgUc6VKcsYfBIlrLmP9Ehig