Time for me to get a job

The time is nigh and my little sabbatical since April is coming to a close. The signs are manifest. Money is dwindling in my bank account and I’m running out of classic games to sell on eBay. There is a large cherry tree in my parents’ backyard with all but a few yellowed leaves fallen. Yup, that’s the universe again, talking through metaphor.

Something tells me that I won’t be needing to apply for that job in the health food store deli, stocking the buffet with my expertise in that area of food service. As much as I enjoy having a such a humble occupation and existence, I’m feeling increasingly inspired for something that capitalizes on my other potentialities.

As a newly self-identified “Stirlingite”, or fan of Lindsey Stirling’s YouTube channel, and seeing what I saw on the finals of Dancing With The Stars (did that freestyle with the violin really happen?!), I say to myself, Gosh, look at that. Total redemption and victory on so many levels! They once told her “no”, yet she did it anyway, and achieved perfection. And at the astonishment of even the hosts!

Seeing this story play out has been very inspiring. What can I learn from this that can be put into action in my own life? I have already mastered the occupation of the vegan sous chef. What avenues are there from which I can pursue with others that continues to develop my creative potential? What does that next step entail?

In my previous job stints, I have usually assumed the role of the “expert assistant”, as my previous employer called me. In my favorite books by Austin Kleon, Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work!, his advice is to “stand next to the talent in the room.” If there was a dream job, it would be standing next to Lindsey to watch what she does and do what she tells me to do. Heck, I’d even move to LA and drive the tour bus!

It’s too bad those Seattle L.S. tickets for Dec. 16 went so fast! I’d go there and hand her a resume. I guess one can only dream at this point, but sometimes the universe opens the door.

Thank you

I just want to say that I’m extremely honored to have been a part of your creative process. What wonder at how connected we all are!

And don’t worry– no “analysis” posts or videos from me. My lips are sealed! And I hope you two can mend your friendship.

To cement a tradition of awkward gift-giving from a fan, I would like to offer you a gift for Christmas! It’s only two of a kind: I made both of them ten years ago in June. Gave one to someone and kept a copy for myself. It was well-received! I’d be honored to give it to you someday. For what it’s worth.

Again, thank you so much (everyone!) for this experience!

So much love!
-Arc

I am JEALOUS.

Five years ago, in 2012, I brought home my first smartphone and before I really got to play with it, I remember my roommate inviting me over to Bluebeard coffee in Tacoma where he was studying, which was down the street from our South 15th street apartment. He really loved that place, even though he is not a coffee drinker. He even bought a logo T-shirt a painting off the wall!

I sat there at the window seating, staring at my touchscreen blankly, fingers hovering over motionless, wondering what to do with it first. I’ll need music, of course, so let’s get an app for that! I discovered Pandora, and thought it a good idea to add a station that played video game music, also of course. In between songs from the soundtrack, a violinist to dubstep music came on. It was one of those, okay, what is this moments that compelled me to look at the screen and hit that thumbs up button. That was the moment that Lindsey Stirling would forever be my go-to Pandora station for all upbeat music needs, whether during exercise or driving, doing dishes or visualizing a story in the dark in my mostly empty room. I watched one of her music videos, Crystallize, and thought it was very cool how she had so many talents on display with her YouTube channel.

Flash forward to present. Last week, I’m listening again, and another one of those songs comes on that just stops me in my tracks. Okay, Lindsey, what have you come up with this time is my thought as I hit that replay button (the song was “The Arena”, by the way). I got tired of hitting the replay button and bought the whole dang album. Then I realized, I haven’t visited her YouTube page in almost five years. What?!

Now I wish I hadn’t, because now I’m JEALOUS!

It happened when I saw this:

Why am I jealous? Because I wanted to make music videos like this animated one! With the simple stylized graphics and visual storytelling and all, and nine million views? She is living the dream (need I shamelessly plug my Dragon Warrior music video previsualization again?).

What’s more is that there seems to be a treasure-trove of hidden gems in the form of symbols and metaphor laden throughout this as well as her other amazing and best-ever music videos. Why haven’t I noticed this before?

And why haven’t I noticed Dia Frampton before? I should have — she shared the stage with Vicci during the finals of The Voice Season 1, except I didn’t watch any of it other than Vicci’s audition on YouTube back then (I’m a terrible fan, I know).