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Waiting by john cheng

I've noticed that I can sometimes get impatient when waiting in line for a restaurant or for any other type of queue, but I'm learning to take in these moments and enjoy them as they are.

Even in times like these, just waiting around, I can spend with my wife and be content that we are here together at that very moment. This segment in time has come and passed and will never happen again.

Its the little things in life ...

Brick and Mortar Video Store by john cheng

Aaron Hillis, owner of  Video Free Brooklyn runs a successful video store in the age of Netflix! “The Last Video Store” by Kate Imbach. Hillis said something that I believe to be quite true. We live in a world we we have access to infinite amounts of media, but it doesn't necessarily mean that what we are watching is content worth watching. I definitely agree that curation is something that is very much needed in this time of informational abundance. 

Two Minutes with TDG: Are You Creatively Satisfied? by john cheng

How would I answer this question at this very moment in life? Yes and No. I am extremely satisfied and happy that I am in a position where I have the freedom to be creative. I have the ability to push the creative boundaries of commissioned work. Don't get me wrong, there are times when those types of work get creatively stifled, but those are the situations were I overflow my creativity to my own personal projects and move from creatively dissatisfied back to creatively satisfied.

As an artist, designer, illustrator, or whatever...we are always trying to better our craft and there is really never a moment of true satisfaction. The moment I find myself thinking I'm satisfied with my work, I discover something/someone out there in the world that is doing something so much greater, clever, or meaningful and it ends up putting me back in first gear. It's the nature of the creative process I think, we move in circles, but the circular movement is also moving upward on the ladder of quality.

Introducing Two Minutes with TGD

"Over the course of October 10–12, 2012, we set up a small filming station to record brief, two-minute interviews with conference attendees at Brooklyn Beta. The conference, held at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, New York, had several hundred people from a variety of disciplines in attendance. At the conclusion of the 3-day event, we had interviewed 138 people and recorded over 6 hours of footage! Each person was asked the same three questions, and this best-of video highlights responses to our initial question: Are you creatively satisfied? The remaining two questions delve even deeper, resulting in vulnerable and profound moments that will inspire, challenge, and move viewers to reflect on their own work and lives.

This is the first film in a three-part series. Over the coming months, the remaining two films will be edited and scored in preparation for a very special screening of Two Minutes with TGD, which will be followed by a public release. In order of appearance

Tina Roth Eisenberg, Josh Brewer, Larissa Meek, Mandy Blankenship, Lionel Fernandez Roca, Joshua Blankenship, Aaron Draplin, Yoko Sakao Ohama, Larry Legend, Brett Mascavage, Jen Mussari, Ron Lewis, Mandy Brown, Krystyn Heide, Cassie McDaniel, Chris Glass, Aaron Robbs, Cemre Güngör, Joe Leech, Greg Leppert, Jessi Arrington, Audrey Tan, Elizabeth Ramos, Libby Nicholaou, and Greg Storey."

Source: The Great Discontent