It’s me, Ben! I help busy people like you make time for making.
…truly begins on my 12th birthday in 2003. All I’d asked for was a Sony Handycam, and my parents—always generous and supportive of my creative passions—came through.
My dream, at the time, was to use that camera to make movies with my friends. To hone my skills and prepare myself for film school, and ultimately, a career making and directing movies. But as with many creative pursuits, I ultimately hit a wall. The novelty of the camera wore off as I realized making movies wasn’t as easy as I’d imagined. I put the camera on a shelf six months later and took a “break.”
But even though I’d given up making movies on my own time, I still planned on studying filmmaking in college. One day, my dad finally asked why. Why was I was still heading down this path? If I wanted to make movies, why wasn’t I making them anymore? It’s not like a needed a degree to pursue a passion.
“Why,” he asked, “did I imagine I’d enjoy film school if I didn’t actually spend my free time making films?”
Although it took several years for me to see the wisdom in his question, I now see that as a turning point in my own life.
As author Austin Kleon says:
“Lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb. They want the job title without the work.”
We all long to be artists. We romanticize the process, daydream about the studio, and think “what if?” But we all want to get there without the most essential (and most difficult) part—actually doing the work. We say we’re too busy. We say we’re not creative enough. We say we’re not talented enough. We say “next year.”
But I believe that creativity is not magic. It’s not something you’re born with. It’s not something that just happens. Creativity is practice and creativity is a habit. It’s something you choose.
It took me a long time to understand that and make that choice. But in doing so, I’ve not only created plenty of work to share online, but also found meaning and fulfillment in life. And all without quitting my day job and without spending my evenings isolated in my office.
I want to help you make time for making in your busy life. I’ll share sustainable creative habits you can practice to find fulfillment through the meaningful work that inspires you.
Some things I do…
- Every Monday, I publish a new article that will help you get inspired, master your limited time, and make meaningful work.
- I wrote Improv ABC, an A–Z Guide to Becoming an Unstoppable Improviser. I’m working on a follow up: Hello My Name is Harold.
- I co-host the Amateur Tarot Podcast—the only podcast where two skeptics use the power of tarot to give real advice. I can also read your tarot.
- I teach improv at St. Louis’ Improv Shop.
Some Other Things About Me
- I study political science.
- I have two dogs and cat.
- My one true love: Stumptown Coffee (please don’t tell my wife)