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Obviously, this is going to be my last post for this year and I’m keeping this post short and sweet. If you’re thinking that this is going to be a “My New Year’s Resolution List” post, then you’re almost right, but not quite, because I only have one:

My New Year’s Resolution is to NOT make a New Year’s Resolution.

I believe making a list of your resolutions is a form of procrastination…and I’m a big fat procrastinator myself. If procrastination is a crime, I’d be sentenced to lifelong incarceration.  That’s why I’m changing this bad habit now as I’m typing this entry.

If you want to change or do something in your life, why wait for next year when you can actually start right now?

Paulo Coelho

“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” they say, but I can’t help disagreeing with this phrase…at least in its literal sense.  As an art enthusiast, I enjoy looking at book covers.  A beautiful cover stands out in a shelf and makes me pick it up and explore more about it–the story, the author and of course, the book cover artist.

I am currently reading John Green’s “The Fault in the Stars”.  The book is definitely one of John Green’s bests because of its tragic yet realistic theme (no wonder it was a #1 New York Times bestseller); and its artwork cover did the novel justice…

…and the artist behind it is New York graphic designer, Rodrigo Corral.  You may not be familiar with him but I’m pretty sure you have seen his works on the shelves.  Corral had art directed/designed conspicuous book covers such as  Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and “This is How You Lose Her” (i love this cover), James Frey’s “A Miliiion Little Pieces”, and even the Olsen Twins’ “Influence”.

                      

 

but what made Rodrigo Corral famous were his book cover artworks for Chuck Palahniuk’s novels.  He has been designing Palahniuk’s book covers since 1999 such as:

survivor

Survivor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

choke

Choke

lullaby

Lullaby

Diary

Haunted

Rant (And also one of my personal favorites)

Pygmy

Pygmy

Tell All

Tell All (pretty typography right there)

 

His cover designs reflect his creativity and professionalism at the same time.  His design process involve reading the novel several times to get its big idea and then illustrate things that would interpret it.

More of his artwork covers here.

I was watching Adventure Time like a giddy kid when my grandpa passed by, saw what’s on tv, stared at me, and angrily shouted, “What kind of nonsense are you watching? Change the channel!”

 

I didn’t.

 

Why?

First, this dark comedy show is obviously for the adult audience only—so I am allowed (while I don’t get why it’s okay for children to see Twilight).

Second, I love its surreal themes; and as a very visual person, I appreciate its playful and artistic style.

Third, this Emmy-nominated series is simply remarkable because the people behind the success of Adventure Time are as fearless as Finn and Jake…

..and that brings me to talk about Fred Seibert, the founder of Frederator Studios (the production company behind Adventure Time), and how he inspired me to go on an adventure of life.

 

Fred Seibert was MTV’s first creative director, became president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Nickelodeon online.  As a producer/media executive/agency man/cable pioneer/jazz cat, this man’s journey is never ending and he is enjoying every minute of it.  And to be honest, I kinda want to be like him—I want to be successful in the creative field, no matter how crazy it gets…

Because “…being crazy isn’t such a bad thing,” said Mr. Seibert.

Thanks to “If I Haver”, I got to know more about him.  “If I Haver” interviewed him via Google+ and was kind enough to list the important things Mr. Seibert shared with them.

-Know what you want to do.

-Work is like dating, you never know when the frog is going ot turn into a prince.

-Where do you wanna be?  Get as close to it as you can.

-Work around creative people.

-Be open to experiences.

-Be happy in the work hours more so than in the play hours because you only get so many play hours a day.

-Find a job at a place you like.

-Hold your breath, close your eyes and jump in – the water won’t be too cold.

-Stop looking for the right thing and start looking for something.

-Network!

-To really succeed you have to be too stupid to think you can’t.

As a twenty-something unconventional person who is hungry and seeking for a creative career, I find Mr. Seibert’s words comforting and assuring.  He is a living proof that I can be where I want to be if I stick with what I am passionate about and take risks in this adventure called life.

 

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Know more about Fred Seibert here.

Thanks to Nicole of “If I Haver” for letting me share her interview with Mr. Seibert.  You can check out her site here.