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Relying solely on digital storage is not a great idea for me.  I don’t know about you, but I have this feeling of anxiety whenever I save something important in my computer or even in hard drives, USB’s and CDs.  Technology is ever changing and before we know it, these storage devices would become like floppy disks and diskettes–obsolete and not accessible.

That’s why whenever I need to take down something very important, I write it down (I always keep a handy dandy notebook and pen)–like important events, random great ideas, quotes I read from books, etc.  As for my photos, I want them tangible.  I print the good ones and keep them in nice boxes or even turn them into a collage.  Call me old-fashioned but I know I won’t regret doing these now because in the future, I can always look back on the good memories.

For a sentimental person like me, I’m got really excited when I found out about PixaRoll–a photo printing kiosk in your hands!

So what’s PixaRoll and what makes this app awesome?

PixaRoll allows you to upload your smartphone photos and have them printed into lasting memories for your family and friends! Just select your photos, select recipient, pay and you are done! Delivering smiles has never been that fun!

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And to my fellow Filipinos, rejoice! PixaRoll is launching the app globally and its first world tour launch is in the Philippines! To know more about PixaRoll Philippines, visit and like them on facebook. Don’t forget to share their page with your friends because PixaRoll is also giving a discount once they hit 1,000 page likes! Yay! So give this app a try and make memories last 🙂

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Yes,  my blog is still alive and I’m back from a 4-month blogging hiatus. If you’re wondering why–which I doubt it but I’m gonna tell you anyway because it is my freaking blog after all–let’s just say my plate is overflowing and work keeps pouring in.

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It’s already September and we’re nearing the end of the year.  But no worries, I’m back and I won’t let 2013 end without posting awesome stuff this good year has given me.

I couldn’t believe I didn’t post a single entry in the month of March, my birthday month.  I’ve been busy with client works and personal projects.  I must admit, last month was pretty exhausting–not physically but purely mentally.  I felt that my brain’s lacking in creative inspiration and is hungry for new ideas, so I have to feed it.  I need to take a time off from work.

Good thing, my friends and I planned a trekking and surfing trip in Baler, Aurora.  And I must say, I came back rejuvenated and ready to share with you my summer experience.  Baler is known for its perfect waves that surfers dig but it’s more than just a surfing site.

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Baler Waves

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This 2013, I promised myself that I will get back to my creative mindset because I felt that I kinda lost it when I started working full-time as an in-house graphic artist…so I came to a decision.

But before the drama, let me tell you about Jessica Walsh, an art director and partner at  Sagmeister and Walsh.  Jessica is a fearless lady who has a big influence in design and art direction.  After watching her presentation/lecture during the Graphika Manila design conference a few weeks ago, I became an instant fan.  I hope I don’t sound like a stalker, but after knowing about her and her works, I researched more about Jessica and came across this great interview by The Great Discontent which made me love her even more.

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I found out that she was offered an in-house job at Apple in California right after graduating, but she turned it down and chose to move to New York and be an intern with Pentagram and do some freelance works.  She was then helped by The Paula Scher get her first job as an art director for Print Magazine…and then…well, Jessica became The  Jessica Walsh.

In the interview, she was asked, “Did you have any moments when you had to decide between doing something financially stable as opposed to doing something more creative that you really loved?”

Her answer was simple but it struck me the most:

“I think it was what I mentioned earlier—the temptation of taking the job at Apple versus doing the internship with Paula at Pentagram. I knew Apple would be much more stable and well-paid, but I knew in my heart that in the end, I would be much happier at a design studio than I would with an in-house job.”

Her answer is very much relatable with my situation now, but the only difference is that I accepted the job offer as an in-house designer with Apple’s top competitor (figure it out).  But then, like I said earlier, I made a decision. Yes, I’m quitting this “corporate job”.

Tomorrow’s in fact my last day. Finally!

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Like Jessica, she went through a tough decision…but it was a good one.  Just to be clear, I had planned to quit way before I knew about Jessica—but I found her career path story comforting. It made me feel that leaving this stable job and going back to freelancing will get me somewhere.  I just have to believe in my talent and never stop creating.

If you have a passion for design (or art direction), and you are considering a career path in the creative field, make Jessica Walsh your role model.

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?

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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.

I am NOT the person who would settle.

I am not the person who would go to work in the morning, sit in front of the computer the whole day, and leave late at night.

I am not the person who would materialize the clients’ ideas and do whatever they ask.  I am not the person who would let my creativity be just an option.

I am not the person who would work for money.

I am still in search for a perfect a place, a place where I am surrounded with creative people whom I can exchange ideas with, and a place where my opinions are valued.  I want a job wherein I can proudly tell the world, “Hey, that piece of work is mine!”

So if you don’t want to feel miserable as an artist, break out of corporate slavery, because if you really have the heart and passion in doing what you really want, you’ll get to that perfect place in no time.

Because we young artists do not settle.  We break free.

Right Wednesday?