Responding To Great Advice

After reading Professor Michael Smith’s blog post, which contained some awesome advice from previous CT 399 students, I was immediately struck with inspiration and motivation to work harder at figuring out what I want to do with my time and finding new ways to create original, or just generally creative content.

The most helpful bits of advice were:

  1. What you make outside of class is as important as what you make for class. 

I’ve always had this mindset that “I just need to do this assignment for class and then I’m free to do whatever even if that means doing nothing at all”. That is not the proper way to thrive within this major. In order to really develop a sense of what you can do and what you can’t – you have to constantly be working on something; no matter if it’s a small project or something that requires a bit more time. The key is to just always be making something, even if it’s not a requirement for a class because that’s how you grow as an artist.

  1. Take responsibility for your work, develop sustainable working habits.

This is definitely something that I need to work on. I procrastinate too much and am constantly putting off work. Overall, I really don’t have good working habits. I need to start working on things as soon as I come up with ideas on how I want to go about doing them, rather than just waiting until the deadline approaches because I could be using all that extra time to make it even better.

  1. Considering content that already excites you.

I actually already do this. I’ve been accumulating a lot of images and gifs that I’ve found over the internet, specifically Tumblr, within the last few years and this has really helped me figure out what I’m interested in and what themes I’d like my own content to have/portray.

  1. Organizing/archiving interesting content, opinions, tutorials, etc.

Although I’d really like to do this, I feel like this would take some time but the organization factor really appeals to me and I’m looking forward to seeing all my different interests categorized neatly. I may come to some sort of understanding in regards to what inspires me and how I can develop those inspirations into making more things.

By Katelyn Kemble

Creative and technical student studying at York College; steering towards majoring in Communications Technology.

CT101 Digital Storytelling