What can you do to remain innovative?

3 Things I Pondered Today: 

  1. Why does it feel good when you have somebody support your project? 
  2. What can you do to remain innovative? 
  3. What are some things you didn’t get that turned out to be better for you? 

In the past two days I had two people purchase my Space Cadette Mixtape. It felt very good. I was so happy to see that two people liked the project enough to purchase it. It kind of makes you feel so happy that other’s shared your vision enough to support what you are doing. 

Innovation is such an important factor to survival in any industry. Recently I saw one my favorite YouTuber touring the Pixar studio. Before playing it  I was asked if it would trigger anything since I didn’t get hired by them. It did the opposite. I wanted to see the tour and see what was going on there. 

The thing is Pixar that I grew up loving for it’s innovation has been not been innovative or original. They have been reproducing concepts and stories they’ve done a bunch of times before. I kept thinking to myself how they are on versions 2, 3, and 4 of their sequels. They are simply creating something that has already been around. 

The original thought I had was that the adults or 30 somethings that are now parents grew up watching stuff like Toy Story original and now for nostalgic purposes they are creating sequels to the stuff the 30 somethings grew up with. There was a point where I would be so excited for Pixar movies to release that I would have gatherings I arranged for them. I can’t tell you the last time I went to a Pixar movie in theaters. It is missing something that it had previously. 

I saw an article today that confirmed what I had already said for the past few years. I tend to be on top of things before they happen. Another thing I am noticing is that kids, super young kids, aren’t into TV shows like they use to be. They prefer to watch YouTube and they have their favorite things they like on there. I recently found out about a kid that does toy reviews and has millions of kids following him to see what reviews he would do next. He even came out with his own toy line.

This is insanely cool. At the palm of our hands we each have our own media network. You can create stuff that others can see so simply. Talking back and forth online you can get to anyone in the world. The kids born today don’t care about going to the movies. They rather watch other real kids talking about what toys they like verse watching a version 4 of a film their parents thought were cool. 

The important thing to remember is that we need to find ways to keep ourselves innovative. We must keep up with the times. I love hearing about what kids are into because that’s where the next movement is going towards. Kids are very intuitive and know what is happening they are our next generation. 

Sometimes I think about things I didn’t get and try to find the silver lining. Back to the Pixar thing they rejected me so many times and I am so grateful for not getting a job there. Looking at how the company has turns out and how it’s lacking innovation really leaves me at a point of gratitude for being able to work on my own things and experiment on my own to create my own personal media company.

I think it’s also important to realize when to let things go. Right now Secret Vinyl Club is not going in the direction that I had planned. It’s not that I don’t want it to be made I am starting to think to myself that perhaps the more important thing is to stick to my mixtapes until the following is big enough to possibly do it. I plan to put it on the shelf for a long time it doesn’t work out.