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Below is a rant that somehow did not result in losing every follower!
These are all tweets, with typos, poor sentence structure & other sins.
I came here to tell stories and the only way I ever get to *actually* tell a story is to make it happen. Do not wait.
I have had friends die young. Life is shorter than you think. Go do stuff! Don’t wait for them to pick you! Whatever it is, NOW IS THE TIME.
This is the biggest moment in the history of storytelling. Step back and look at what’s happening. It’s called audience fragmentation.
Audience fragmentation is the greatest thing to happen to storytelling, not for huge companies with overheads, but for storytellers.
If you keep going you’ll realize nothing can stop you. Failure is part of the process, as are obstacles. It’s a bumpy fucking ride.
You want to be carried from your trailer to your video village by a sea of interns? Go fuck yourself.
When someone asked me if storytelling was “a hobby” (because I didn’t talk in demographics and sponsors) I knew I was alone.
So I started ranting, swearing & refueling a bridge flamethrower daily. Shit’s still smoking around me. Worth it. I’d do it again, anytime.
Keep going. Trust me, cool shit will happen. Probably won’t be smooth. Embrace the chaos, don’t control it. “Improvise, adapt & overcome.
If your thought leaders want to build more award shows, more hierarchies, more gatekeepers, more fee-based validations systems, ASK WHY?
Storytelling isn’t done on a step-and-repeat banner, smiling for a series of instagram-destined selfies, asshole.
If you want to be rich & famous, sit the fuck down. This isn’t for you. If you want to tell stories, work your ass off & change it all…
What the fuck are you waiting for, permission? Go figure it out! The answer is innovating in the future, not emulation of the past.
We don’t need “stars,” we need storytellers.
No membership fees, no entry fees, no “web celebrities,” no meetings, no bullshit. Just storytellers and the audience. Who’s in?
You know why there’s room for all of us? Because the world is FUCKING HUGE and no one owns attention. Tell a great story, don’t stop.
You know what happens to people who “build an industry”? They get fired by that industry. The audience will never fire you.
You know the billion channels on your cable box? Multiply it and don’t stop for a long fucking time. Yeah, that’s the future.
When it’s about telling stories and not winning awards, everything changes. Perspective is a helluva drug.
No one remembers great reviews, audiences remember stories. It’s what humans are made of.
Why the fuck would you “build an industry” now? The future is not about mass, it’s about fragmentation.
TV networks and film studios are fucked just like music got fucked, just like publishing got fucked. You know why? Look at their biz model.
The entertainment industry is in the business of getting millions of people to do something *at the same time*
If the industry fails to get millions of people to do something at the same time, they FAIL. Not in reality, in their business model.
Look at @netflix - #ArrestedDevelopment dead for 7 years, with Emmys. They see the REAL numbers and bring it back from the dead. #thematrix
Humans aren’t designed to do things at the same time, they decided we need to so they could create fake economies & fake news.
Why the fuck do we care what’s number one at the box office? If u see the #1 film you don’t win a prize or anything.
Fragmentation will literally change how we consume stories. That can’t be stopped and their business models can’t adapt.
No ratings. No box office. Long tail. Years. Stories consumed like the shows we’ve been watching as reruns on TV for almost a century.
Star Wars ain’t goin’ anywhere. Neither is Star Trek. Honeymooners. Casablanca. I Love Lucy. Breaking Bad. The Sopranos. The Simpsons.
When an individual human being self-publishes a book and beats every marketing team at every major publisher on the planet…
Doesn’t that change the perception that “marketing” is even a real thing? There is no marketing, there’s just stories.
We’re still watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” every year. We’re made they might make a sequel. We CARE about that story. It’s ours!
That movie you’ve watched your entire life. The one you shared with your children or plan to. The book you’re saving for them. Why?
Because they’re OUR stories. You can’t market that because human beings are made of stories.
That’s why being human, being a storyteller, telling the stories you *want* to tell, not the cleverly designed, demographically-targeted 1.
That’s why *now* is the time to change. Here’s my bet, literally. It will also be good “business.” Not for huge companies, for storytellers.
How much validation do you need to keep going? If it’s about finding a new way to tell stories, then there’s no system in place.
How big an audience do you need to tell a story? Can you scale your story to the size of your audience? What if you kept telling stories?
A TV Producer asked in a meeting, “Why do you even need me, Joe?” Something in the back of my mind said I didn’t. Also the front of my mind.
I played nice. I tried to be a good “employee,” read the trades, took the classes, won contests. believed the hype, paid THOUSANDS.
At some point I realized I wasn’t having any fun, I wasn’t telling any stories & I was surrounded by believers of opinions not storytellers.
April 2014 will be the 4 year anniversary of me realizing something huge was happening in the world & I was not going to miss it.
A lot of facts are repeated opinions. The information is outdated. Innovation doesn’t come from recreating past systems & biz models.
Think of storytelling like being a band and stories are like albums. You gotta play tiny venues to empty chairs for a long time.
You’re sleeping in a van, selling T-shirts after shows and saying hi to everyone and anyone who came out to hear your songs (stories).
There’s no label that will coming to shower you with cash and contracts. It’s just you and the audience and your stories/music.
What’s the expiration date on a song/story? When do we stop listening? Human beings aren’t box office numbers, we’re stories.
I should not drink this much coffee this late. #rant #outofcontrol #stop#enoughwiththehashtags #unfollowagogo #whatcareer #BOOM Also…
If the economy for stories (TV, film, video games, books, instagram, vine, snapchat, grandparents on facebook) continues to fragment.
How will gigantic publicly-traded media conglomerates adjust to making less profit on more stories? How long until they’re forced?
The future is about fragmentation. Technology has enabled human behavior to change and that behavior is not good for the biz o’ show.
Change how you tell your story and how you think about telling your story! This story can’t happen in an industry!http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cathrynmichon/muffin-top-girls-night-out-red-carpet-premiere-tou?ref=live …
Would you like your story to become a part of someone’s life? To comfort them when life’s shitty? Make them laugh years after you typed it?
Would you like a mother to email you and thank you for creating laughter in their life when there was no humor to be seen for months?
If success is about scale and success is yet to be defined in a new story economy, how much success is needed and when?
Think in years. Think about scale. Look at how the audience is being fragmented by the very companies that will shrink as they fail.
Fragmentation is designed for independent storytellers, not big companies. *Now* is the time to start. New systems, new business models.
They told me know one would watch anything longer than 5 minutes on the internet. It was always about behavior not technology. #bingeviewing
They said I can’t call what I do #Indie TV - “What channel is it on?” What channel is @netflix on motherfucker?
The airplanes are filled with people watching stories, moving pictures, on small screens they carry with them. #fragmentation
Look at what Amazon, YouTube/Google, Hulu, Netflix and the rest of the streaming gang are doing. They’re telling stories.
How many years do you want to spend waiting to “get picked”? After you “get picked,” who gets to fire you? The audience will never fire you.
No house in the hills, no Oscar, no 1967 Mustang Fastback w an “Eleanor” body kit - Might just be me. Just u telling stories to an AUDIENCE.
LIfe’s short. What are you waiting for? It’s not going to happen in your “comfort zone,” how the fuck could it?
Companies can’t be human. That’s what we have as an advantage over them as individual storytellers.
Human beings are made of stories. Be human.
This rant brought to you by coffee & the hope that WE will find a better way to tell stories.