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Schizomedia

Recently I posted this to Twitter:

Been a #schizomedia kind of day. Social media blog post, in studio for radio spot, finished TV script.

It was a momentary, kind of throwaway comment on a fragmented day, but a couple of people responded to the idea of “schizomedia,” which made me think a little deeper about what it really meant. Many professions, mine included, suffer from the twin myths of technology:

  1. “Everybody” owns a computer now, and all I need to do that (Insert your service here) is to buy a program that does it for me. Think graphic design, layout, photography, marketing, accounting, tax preparation, legal advice and even medical advice.
  2. OK, so I’m not a marketing whiz, I’ll pay for that service… but since it’s done by computer now-a-days, it should cost less, right?

I really wish I had an “insert brilliance” or “project plan outcome” button resident in my Photoshop or InDesign programs. Even better would be a “market overview” button that would instantly illuminate every pertinent detail in a given marketplace so I could skip all that pesky research.
But (stepping off the soapbox now) the truth is that what I do every day is hard work… mentally if not always physically. I love it; I wouldn’t want to do anything else, and I’m blessed that clients believe in the results and choose to hire me to continue to do it. But it’s still demanding and schizomedia has made it more so. I don’t believe in mediocre work. That means I need to be excellent in every form of marketing or advertising that we offer our clients, or know someone who is.
The number of disciplines, mediums and marketplaces I need to know…. really know… has expanded significantly over the past three years. I think this is true for many service/knowledge professions. I am excited about the future of my profession and enjoying the challenge of becoming excellent in more areas. I don’t think radio, television and newspaper are going away anytime soon, if ever, and they are still a vital part of the media mix for some of our clients. So I think my world will continue to be schizomedic for a while. And I’m OK with that… just don’t tell me you think it should all cost less now that we have computers 🙂

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Project Convergence

It’s Sunday, but my weekend is suffering from a case of project convergence. It’s what happens when all your project planning goes awry (sometimes through no fault of your own) and multiple project deadlines converge. I work well under pressure; in fact, some of my very best work & ideas happen under the threat of imminent deadline. However, I can still only get through X amount of work in Y time. When a serious case of convergence happens, it can be paralyzing… Where to start? I can’t get it all done in time!! The planning for failure starts: who to e-mail or voicemail asking for an extension? Are there any shortcuts out there? And so begins the “research” into working & planning to work instead of actually working. Rather than spend time planning how to come up short & disappoint, I’ve learned that
my only way forward is to quickly prioritze based on what I think I can accomplish and start tackling that list.
Usually, I complete far more work than my panicked, convergence-resisting self thought possible.
Don’t paralyze yourself with a complete project list of all the things you can’t accomplish (in the time you have, anyway). Just start… Creativity has a momentum all its own and you’ll likely amaze yourself.

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