The week behind; the week ahead: 25-3-13

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The week behind; the week ahead: 25-3-13Business

by sarah on March 25, 2013 with 0 comments

Over the weekend I attended the Big Hearted Business conference; put on by the absolutely delightful Clare Bowditch.  As BHB, put it…

“In a nutshell, the BHB Conference is a live event for anyone who wants to learn how to build a successful creative business, AND make a significant contribution to the world, AND have an amazing time doing it.”

It was a weekend of amazing speakers and also a chance to get to meet likeminded people working in other creative areas around me that are struggling with the same things I am struggling with and want to DO STUFF. Several times over the weekend, someone would say something along the lines of “I feel like I’ve found my people!” – and that was exactly what it felt like. The women I met were warm, funny, dedicated and creative and it was amazing to see how well everyone got along.
The tagline was “Do what you love, make money, save the world.” Is that too much to ask? Apparantly not! The speakers over the weekend kept reinforcing the idea that it was ok to take the time to work on your own art and its ok to want to make money from your art.

The speaker lineup included Kemi Nekvapil, Jane Martino, Natalie Harker, Darren Rowse, Kylie Lewis, Isobel Knowles, Catherine Deveny, Rachel Power, Lucy Feagins, Pip Lincolne and a few more

The pages upon pages of scribbled notes I have after the weekend is testament to how inspiring these people were. Two in particular spring to mind as being the highlight of the weekend for me.

Kemi NekvapilThe first was Kevi Nekvapil from Kemi’s Raw Kitchen. The raw food movement was something I was first exposed to back in 2005 when I was at uni in Sydney. A girl I was in a circus group with went from being a vegan to raw vegan and I remember thinking she was completely insane. Food is amazing and why would you put those restrictions on yourself?
Kemi told stories about how including raw food in your diet can be as simple as adding one salad a day. That’s all! I can do that. I’ve been having some health problems lately, so this seemed way more achievable that what other doctors had been telling me lately (No grain! No sugar! No garlic! Some fruit but not all fruit!). She made me realise that it doesnt have to be all or nothing. I can add a salad a day and feel better. She still eats some cooked food, alcohol, cake etc – Hurrah! A raw foodie that isn’t crazy! The takeway from her talk was that the power is in your personal choice. It sounds simple, and maybe it is. I find it difficult to allow myself to make those choices though.
 
 
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The other speaker that really inspired me was Catherine Deveny, speaking about “Criticism, Narcissism and getting over yourself”.
I found myself scribbling so damn much that I had to set an audio record on my phone halfway through to stop my hand from cramping up. Catherine was very matter of fact about the idea that we need to make mistakes and to expect that you and/or other people will always have negative things to say about what you’re doing.  For every positive thought, there will be 17 negative thoughts as well. The trick is expecting these 17 and when they turn up, to say “Oh! You’re here. I’ve been expecting you. Go and sit in that corner”
Catherine asked whether we’d made mistakes before. Then she asked whether we’d died.  This kind of blunt realisations was exactly what I needed. Things will go wrong. So what?
A few other points I got from Catherine were
– Don’t be a perfectionist. Be a competitionist.
– Aim to achieve ‘fuck off’ status – that point where you are self sufficient and have the ability to make choices because you’re not tied down.
– When you don’t know what to do, do anything.
– It’s only crazy if it doesn’t work.
– “I never ordered hummus until I knew it existed”

Of course, Clare Bowditch’s talks about how to find the “bingo spot” of where your values, passions & market need lie, as well as how to think in business and profitability terms was immensely helpful and I’m still digesting as to what that means for me and how I’m going forward with my business.

I met some amazing people who are all so passionate about what they do and how they can make it work. Being able to voice out loud the problems I’ve been having and get some amazing suggestions was amazingly helpful (Sorry (and thankyou!) to those at my lunch group who saw me have a bit of a teary moment.

As for now, I have ideas for where I want my business to go and how I want to go about getting there, but there is so much info to sink in that this may take a little while. This blog will be part of it though. I have taken Catherine’s advice and this is the first thing I’ve done today. Once it’s posted, I can get dressed and start on my client work.

To finish, here is the song that summed up the weekend – “The Ship Song” by Nick Cave. We used this song as a creative break moment throughout the conference; learning to sing it acapella (and sound damn good doing it!). At the end of the weekend, we all sang it in a beautiful church (for the incredible acoustics) on the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent. I have a phone audio recording of this and playing it back brings me back to the elation I felt in that moment.

 

For more info about Big Hearted Business, go here http://www.bigheartedbusiness.com

Circus Oz – Behind the scenes video

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Circus Oz – Behind the scenes videoVideo

by sarah on December 14, 2012 with 0 comments

Here is a quick video I shot to promote the 2012 Circus Oz show, From the Ground Up.

This one was quite a difficult morning’s work. I had an hour to do it, an impromptu speaking to camera section (with no microphone), plus I was filming with no lights in a warehouse space with funny lighting and acrobats that move at great speeds in all sorts of directions!
Under the circumstances, I think it turned out pretty well!

Ars Electronica 2012

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Ars Electronica 2012Animation, awards & screenings

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Lachlan and I went to the Prix Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria in August as our music video ‘We are Police’ was playing as part of their Animation festival.

To say the festival was massive is an understatement! We were lucky enough to get artist passes that allowed us full access to the whole program. We were in Linz for the entire festival and still didn’t manage to see everything.

We saw our video play in a cozy theatre inside the Ars Electronica Center, went to gala events, workshops and lectures on art + design. We stood on the banks of the Danube with 90000 other people for the biggest arts event I’ve been to in my life, the Ars Electronica Klangwolke. We went to the festival awards ceremony which was conducted in German and listened to everything on translating headphones and pretended we were in the UN.
We also managed to explore the Ars Electronica Centre, which is open year round and contains some really interesting works that combine design, art, motion, science and more. If you ever happen to find yourself in Linz, make this your first visit!

Here is a video of the 2012 Klangwolke (this isn’t my video)

Ars Electronica Centre – http://www.aec.at/center/en/

South Park style wedding video

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South Park style wedding videoAnimation, Illustration, Video

by sarah on December 13, 2012 with 0 comments

South Park style wedding video animation

I’ve been doing a lot of little animation jobs this year – so many that I never have the time to show them off before the next one starts! So I’m trying to show some of my old work here.

This job was for a wedding video to play at the couple’s reception, just before they entered. The whole video was done in a South Park style and told the story of their first date through to the engagement in a Road Runner / Wile-E-Coyote-esque chase . I really had a lot of fun with this one! Other requirements were to put their dog in the animation and also feature parts of Melbourne, their workplaces, car etc.

South Park style wedding video animation

South Park style wedding video animation