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Dear World: Talents

Posted by CrazyDistortion from Rhondda Cynon Taff - Published on 13/06/2012 at 16:13
3 comments » - Tagged as Topical, Work & Training

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Dear World,

Have you heard of the term "Jack of all trades, master of none"?

Well, I fully believe that saying will be engraved into my tombstone.

Now, without sounding like I'm the king of arrogance, let's look at what I can do. I can edit video, audio and photographs, design banners and stuff for web design, design fictitious websites that will only be live in my head, create motion graphics and animations, can play bass, guitar and drums, bowl pace, leg spin and off spin in cricket and other stuff that I'm not really sure is worthy of noting.

But the thing is, I can do all of those things, I know that. Kind of. The only thing is that I know I'm no better than average in all of those things.

It's not a matter of me being a pessimist, thinking that I will never be the champion of a single subject matter; it's just that I question where my "talents" lie. That is, if I actually have any.

Now, I'm not going to go into the fact that I know how to edit green screen footage or how I can set up a camera to record in low light or anything like that, 'cause that will be the definition of arrogance. No, I shall tell you the tale of when I went outside and talked to someone I hardly knew.

A while back, I went outside and talked to someone I hardly knew.

This person was a professional something. Not sure what, considering I can't remember the person well, but a professional all the same.

This person asked me what I wanted I wanted to do in the future.

My answer? Something to do with media. Honestly, even now, I want to be either a web or motion graphics designer, but still have the skills to do other things in media like mix an album or hold a photo shoot.

The response from this anonymous person was rather interesting. They said that there's no good in splitting yourself between multiple jobs. They said that it's best to stay in one form of media and concentrate all your energy in said subject matter, then you will be a master in said subject.

At that point, it was one of the most useful thing I've ever heard. Now, I'm not so sure.

Now, I understand where they are coming from. It makes sense that if you just focus on one thing, say I just focus on being a top notch bass player, I'd be a pro in a matter of decades. But the thing is, it seems to me that this mindset would be detrimental to some people's careers.

I mean, what I was thinking when I said "anything in media" was that I'd spread myself in as much aspects in media as possible, meaning that I can be more useful to people than if I was just a one trick pony, and as a result I could have a varied work life.

I don't know, my dear world. Maybe there's a best of both worlds.

But there's one thing that I am for certain. I shall never ever claim that I am something that I feel I am not.

What do I mean? Well, it's so easy for people to give themselves titles. You know, titles like photographer, videographer, plumber, builder, artist and the like. Yet, from experience, I see that some people aren't that good at what they claim they are. Just because I go and film some things doesn't mean that I'm a cameraman, doesn't it? It just makes me a person who sometimes films others. In a non-creepy manner, obviously.

But that, I suppose, is that for now. Unless I decide that I'm a writing perfectionist and decide to rewrite this article more times that Justin Bieber says the word "baby".

I thank ye, world.

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Commented 34 months ago - 13th June 2012 - 16:25pm

Your talent is right under your nose. Your writing skills are amazing. I've seen the CLICvlogs and the editing skills on there are far superior to a lot of people I know. You may not be THE best, but hey, nobodys perfect, as Jessie J says. I'm sure you'll improve anyway.
I think you should focus on one subject. But cover all the topics/elements within that topic. Example: media, but learn all what you can. I know people who have gotten jobs purely because they had the experience within all of that subject. And I agree with claiming to be something your not. I do a bit of photo editing myself and modelling for a friend studying photography, but I daren't dream to call myself a model or photo editor. They are hobbies. Just coz I went to cookery club in school a few years back- I never called myself a cook or a chef. I just said "I like cooking."

Love the article. You have a good way with words. Unlike myself hehehe.

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Sam Sprout (Editor)

Commented 34 months ago - 14th June 2012 - 09:17am

Hey CraztDistortion, can you bowl a doosra? I need to learn it, when I try it the ball goes all over the place, I call it a knuckleball but I'll be found out soon!

Great article.



Commented 34 months ago - 14th June 2012 - 14:44pm

Subject mastery is important (that what makes one an expert), but I think versatility is a wonderful asset to have in today's competitive marketplace.

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