Keep Pushing Forward: Dealing with Struggles

Before I begin I want to say I received a wonderful comment from my last post. Here it is:

keeppushing

I really needed this comment (thank you Kirsten) because the video she is talking about, the current video I posted this morning, was one of the hardest shoots I’ve ever done in my entire life: it took over 2.5 months to conceptualize the idea, 4 weeks to shoot (4 days of shooting), spent over $500 to make it happen, had audio issues on two days, camera issues on the next, got kicked out of a campus on the last day of shooting (unusable UCSD footage), and it took over 35 hours of editing because I had four different ways of telling the video’s story.

Let’s begin…

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The Decision: A Risk for Creative Art

“Jonathan, working full-time here means you cannot work on any of your side projects. You can no longer uber, you can no longer do YouTube, you can no longer work on anything else but PlayTable.”

I sat there listening to my friend’s words and my heart sank. I’ve known him since 2009, been working with him on many projects since 2011, and since late 2014, started the journey of working on this new project that led me from LA to the Bay Area. This current project is called, PlayTable.xyz. It’s an all-in-one board game console, which can play every single board & card game in the world: we’re creating the soul for board & card games everywhere.

“As a friend, I understand your situation. But, as the CEO of this company I need you here all the time.” I replied asking if I could get one day off to work on my side projects. “No. Jonathan, we’re crowdsourcing in 5 months. I need you here.”

He gave me a weekend to think about my decision. I sent him an e-mail last Monday and apologized. Yes, I decided to not work with PlayTable in the capacity expected of me, and I’ll tell you why I made the decision…

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Smiles

It’s 5:37 am in the morning and I’m rushing this post because I’m headed out to help a friend with her commercial shoot. She needs someone to reserve a public tennis court & I answered her call! I believe Karen (friend) is an amazing individual who produces magnificent works and I will always support her endeavors.

Helping Karen, is in reality, helping myself because I learn so much when I work with her. In addition, I’m in need for some tennis. Anyway, where was I going with this post? Oh. Smiles.

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Thoughts

It’s strange. I haven’t written in any of my work spaces, nor have I read anything in the last month. This has led my mind to feel mushy. I’m an idiot. I’m having trouble writing. I’m lost.  I’m literally just staring at a nearby pen, which is silently whispering “f*ck you!”

I’ve been sick for the past few days and it’s been messing up with my work cycle. I haven’t been able to film, write, or talk. I feel pathetic. Last night I was finally able to get up and start being mobile again.

I’m energized. I’m ready. I’m awake!

I hope.

There are so many things I want to talk about: i) the kindness of strangers (people love giving me free things), ii) Guacamole Party, iii) Growth Hacking, iv) Berkeley Applicants, and v) Facebook Growth (hit a million likes on a page).

Let’s just get started by publishing this post first.

Aw. It feels so good to be back.

Everyone Has Their Own Path

“Everyone has their own path. Their own time.”

This was Grant’s response to my complaint about how my 16 year old brother was moving faster than I was in his film career. “Jonathan, your brother is lucky to have you and also lucky to have the resources he does to move faster.”

He then continued… “It was like when I helped my friend with his business school applications and now telling him what to expect when he starts.” He explained how it would’ve been nice to have someone guide him as it would have made the entire process easier. “I felt like Daniel Boone cutting through the forest.”

This is something I used to always say to myself. However, having someone who I respect, someone who I deem as successful as well, and someone who is one of the hardest working individuals I know say it to my face, brought a different perspective altogether.

It humbled me.

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