Generosity and Collaboration

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As people making things, in any discipline, we must decide how much we share details of our lives and work process. This may sometimes mean sharing difficulties and failures that are inevitably part of the creative process. Even though this vulnerability can be intimidating, it's so important to talk about process, whether it's going smoothly or not. The final work is only part of the story. 

We all bring our own skills and talents to the table. Our individual experiences or methods, however familiar or mundane they may seem, could very well help someone else make a breakthrough in their practice. We’ve all got something to contribute so long as we’re willing to be honest and generous. The process of discovery is so interesting, it is best shared.

This is the spirit I hope to cultivate with this blog. I will be personally challenging myself to break down some of the barriers between my private practice in my studio and the outside world. I hope you, readers, too will share something of your practice or journey.

Hello, blogging world!

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Why a blog, you may ask?

Like many visual communicators, I’m much more inclined to communicate with images rather than words. If you're an image-maker, you know: we’ve spent so many hours in the studio, figuring out how to say as much as possible with carefully crafted visuals. We’re so much more comfortable inventing characters and giving them the spotlight, or using color and movement to create a mood. 

Despite these instincts, I’m diving into blogging. This blog is intended to serve as a place to share ideas and insights about animation, storytelling, the industry, freelancing, juggling personal work versus client work, making films, and all the parts of life that go along with that. I’ll also post updates about my own work and process with the hope that sharing my experiments, ideas, and inspiration will be interesting to someone reading, and more importantly, open doors for collaboration and conversation. 

Why a blog, in the age of social media sites left and right? I’ve been on the internet since the 90’s, and I’m still on many a social media site. But I’ve seen platforms come and go, so I’d like a central place for thoughts to live.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you reader! Willing to let me know what you think? Why a blog? What topics would you like to discuss? Techniques to learn? Inspiration? Please, join the conversation!

My best,
Stephanie