BE THE BEST RIGHT NOW!
I know this might sound like an "of course" but it is such a crucial point to be made.
See this photo above of my friend Antoine in the jungle, this was made in my living room. No lie.
I saw this amazing Joey L photo of Luke James and wanted to accomplish a photo of the same perspective, in my own voice.
I took this idea of an jungle prince and we drove around my town scavenging greens out of landscaping barrels.
We next, built this set in my living room and shot it. Three month later it was used as a reference for a film that I directed with Sony Music.
Why is this story relevant? Because it cost less than a hundred dollars to make this shot and lead to a huge deal later on. As I'm in this industry, I'm starting to hear the same excuses and they revolve around, not being able to take the next step because of "X" or "Y" asset. Ronnie Fieg made this so clear in an interview, he said, be the best your can be at that moment. Shep Gordan said "make history now"
It's important as we are building our careers, that we look to give 110% at all we do, because this is our proving ground. No one is going to give us a hand out.
So make the most premium experience, art, product, design and thing that you can at this very moment. The world is going to judge what your do with it. It will teach you to be scrappy, It will teach you to be resourceful and how to see value in things no one else does.
It will allow you to build relationships with value and not on demand. It will give you skills that you will use later.
We need to stop looking at who we want to be in ten years, but at who and what the best us can be at this moment.
Thus, create the best now.