It has been well over six months since I bowed out of the Content Creator Game. I left behind four successful and growing Podcasts to go work for one of the best companies in the United States. But that itch never left.
I needed a good long break away from working on Spazbot Studios and Podcasting and Streaming. I had given it my all for about two years, and we were rewarded with wonderful experiences and tremendous growth, but at the end of the day, I was WIPED OUT. After I quit my day job and finalized my last show at Spazbot Studios, I took a well needed four-day break. It was not until I was in the lap of leisure that I could see just how tired I was.
Physically, I was not healthy. Emotionally I was fine (due to some heavy therapy), but pretty spent. Creatively I was just simply done. I almost had zero interest to make anything. It took me a few days to absorb the magnitude of my ‘departure’, and once it sank in I realized I just needed some time to do something else and rest up a bit.
I do not feel I need to go into the scope of what happened on the shows, but needless to say, I think they transitioned very well with me out of the picture and really started to find their own footing. I took a break from even listening to all of them, as I needed to just get some distance from it all.
However, gradually, slowly, my batteries re-charged and my focus renewed. When I arrived at the new job, I threw my entire professional focus at that gig. I needed to absorb the culture, adjust to being in a new industry, build relationships with colleagues, and just BE in that gig. However, after six months, I felt I was in a good enough groove that I needed to do something.
Luckily, The back half of Season 7 of The Walking Dead was about to premiere, so I decided to get BACK into the Hosting chair and resume my role as Producer on that show. It was good to get back into it and start Podcasting again. It was good to be in that rhythm of writing a show, recording, doing post, and releasing the episodes.
I also realized I could make some stuff on my own. I really could. Sure, I don’t think I could ever have the same workload I had from 2014 – 2016, but I could do some stuff!
So, what should I do?
Well, for starters, I think I am going to do another Podcast. I have been working with a new producing Partner on it, and it’s been a really easy process. We have a name. We have a show format. We have hosts. So, I think we will give it a go and see how well it runs.
Also, I will be appearing on Dead Fans Talking regularly as Host, and I will probably start making some appearances on Super Heroic again.
Also, I really want to get into some personal filmmaking. It has been my hope to get better behind the camera producing Video Content, and while I get to be around some stellar video craft people on a daily basis, I do not get to make as much content as I should in order to grow, so I hope I can do some short form filmmaking on a project I’ve had in my head for a while.
I have a book to finish, which I’ve been working on off and on for a few years now. I should probably wrap up that draft and get it to an editor to maybe get chugging on that.
I also have a few screenplays and a stage play to wrap up and start circulating amongst colleagues for feedback.
I also have this Blog, which needs some love and attention, so I am going to do that at least once a week. I also have a few series to kick off here this year, that I think will bring some value to you readers on your own personal journeys.
Essentially, I need to make stuff on my own again. I need to do that. It’s just a part of what I am and what I need to do. I think there is tremendous value in getting paid for your creative work, but sometimes, as a creative person, you just have to do stuff for you, regardless of the monetary value of it. You just need to make stuff. That is what I hope to start doing again.
Stick around, as I am going to do some annoucements on this blog about some upcoming stuff!
What are your thoughts on this decision? I would love to know! Feel free to leave a comment below, or hit me up on Twitter! If Facebook is your thing, feel free to ping me on my Facebook Page! Lastly, feel free to follow me on Instagram. I’ve been doing more stuff with that photosharing app, some of that stuff is personal, some of it professional. Check it out!
Anyway, I missed creating. Let’s fix that! See you soon folks!