The last two days have been a bit of a blur as I have been finishing up the web commercial for Uriel Tones. It’s been a lot of work, for less than stellar pay I will admit, but it has gotten me deeply and firmly into PRODUCTION MODE. Anyone who has worked on an intense project with a lot of demands and time constraints understands from where I speak. It’s the steady humm in the back of you head of gears in your mind, always working to solve the problem at hand while fat forwarding to the next task in the stairway to completion. When you go into PRODUCTION MODE it does not matter where you are or what you are doing those gears never stop turning. You can be at dinner with your family, surfing the net or walking your dog, the gears are always turning.
For some this can be maddening, the crackle of the gears as they mesh can drive them over the edge into dark places where it is actually best we don’t go. Those are the people who change careers and speak in hushed tones about “burnout” and “Death Marches”. I wish them well and I wish them peace. The rest of us either simply endure or they thrive on PRODUCTION MODE.
…I am one of the latter.
Just now I am working on about 10 hours sleep spread over three days and have only a few things left to do. During this production cycle I was tested and I was not found wanting. At the same time I was reminded of a lot of tools in my toolbox that I have not used in a long time, tools that could help me get out of working in the art store and back into the real world.
The question now is, what do I do next?