Just got an email from a guy who’s wife isn’t convinced studying animation and making Flash games is the right thing for him to be learning. The words “waste of time” were used. And that type of negativity is hard to argue against. Especially from family. Whether you disagree verbally about it or not, just continuing to do the thing this other person believe is a waste of time is now part of the argument, and can be perceived as a way of egging them on. So this guy might just want to keep learning now, but just by doing so he’s fueling her fire. As if training wasn’t hard enough, now he’s got to worry about whether its costing him time doing snoosnoo..
So his question to me was basically what are his prospects with animation or games, or Flash in general. Not an easy question for someone who can’t see the future. But I do no that when you stop trying, your prospects go to zero. Although I guess things worked out okay for Luke when he stopped his Jedi training.. course that was one whole movie later, and he was minus one hand by the end.
Here’s my best Yoda-advice: Its always hard to start a project or begin training on something new. Its not just hard, its THE hardest step I think. Anytime I officially begin something new I create a folder on my desktop. Its like my way of putting a stake in the ground and saying “we’ll build it here”. And I’ve got probably twenty oh-this-would-be-so-awesome projects rolling around in my head, but sadly I don’t have twenty project folders on my desktop. Because I haven’t even taken that first step on any of them. So to my emailer, don’t think of yourself alone in feeling that weight of not knowing what your time-spent will lead to. But if you’re interested in the project, and enjoying it, then there’s no downside really. Time isn’t like money. You can’t bank it, and accrue interest on it. But if you spend it wisely, then you do have a chance of earning something back, with the prospects of a better job or freelance career or maybe stumbling onto some new dot-com phenom.
Okay all, have a good weekend. New lessons will be out next week fo’ shoo.