“Work hard enough, and eventually you’ll find your canvas of creativity!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
You’ll know that you clearly have turned the corner on how you are dealing this ‘this thing’ when you are at the point that you wake up in the morning, eager to get your to your work, full of ideas on the innovations that you can explore during the day, and the opportunities to pursue.
I’ve reached that point. And yet, it didn’t come easy. Way back in March, I found myself, like many, in a state of panic, stress and terror as my 25 year speaking career shut down at blazing speed. Like millions of others, I found myself staring into the abyss of uncertainty and worry.
And yet I was never unwilling to confront the truth. Working my own ‘7 stages of economic grief’ model, I knew I had to quickly force myself into the ‘acceptance’ stage.
Priactice my own mantra – ‘innovate, change and adapt.’
Live my own truth – ‘think big, start small, scale fast.’
Hence began the basement studio project. I had one before this began, which I had been using for filming raw material for my pre-event and leadership videos with my awesome overseas partner Armine aka Alex – take a look at our work here and here.
So I set out to ramp up the sophistication and capabilities of what I could do. On a budget, using existing equipment where I could, and investing elsewhere when I should. Wins came with patience and knowledge – I discovered I could turn an $80 9 year old video camera I bought online into a high quality live broadcast camera!
It hasn’t always been rosy with multiple bumps along the way. But I sent out to learn by doing – going live, taking risks, making mistakes in full view. Living what I preach on stage. Taking a deep breath and going for it, just like I did in the old world where I would walk out in front of 5,000 people in Las Vegas.
It’s working. I’ve reinvented myself a new future, and I am so darned excited for the opportunities in front of me.
Is it finished? I’m almost there – and yet, as my wife knows – I will never stop building I! I’m already looking longingly at one unused corner, knowing that it could become a 2nd cool desk-based second studio shot. I’ve got some Phillips Hue lights for background lighting, and with a little bit of imagination and creativity….