Back when #TooManyLegs had literally never lost, I wanted to flip some of my winnings into something productive towards my #HireDozo pursuits.
I don't consider myself a super tech savvy guy. Maybe back in 2010 when I was fresh out of high school, but when Photo Story is like the 4th most recent computer thing you've learned, there's a serious issue.
This is something I've wanted to address for a while, but some programs can be pretty pricy/I'm a huge say something and never follow through guy, but I'm trying to change that this year. I'm done doing the same things over and over and expecting different results (if you only there was a term for that). I gotta switch it up!
Not to brag during a pandemic when people are struggling like the kid who inspired ta-ta-ta-today, Junior!, but between saving a good chunk of my ub** money from the summer, the success of #TML and my current job, I'm not struggling financially for the first time since I taught in Nashville for two (2) months. I can swing a few hundred bucks to learn some skills that I believe will make me a much more sexier Barstool candidate/have another creative outlet, but at the same time I didn't wanna just be blowin money fast like I'm Rick Ross at the first thing I see. Unlike my semi-impulse buy of a TV on election day, I needed to do some research; not just best bang for my buck, but which programs would be smartest to invest in.
Two and half months later because you know how work, life and a crippling mental disorder (lolz) can go, I reached out to Super Producer BC aka Brendan Clancy for some advice in what to be too afraid to ask my dad for for Christmas. Brendan's brand is basically helping people get their content get off the ground, so I figured he was the right man to ask. Plus he followed me on twitter and IG during #43Burgers, and is involved with KFC Radio (whose Game Show I appeared on) so he's one of the handful of Barstool people who know I'm a living, breathing human who's dying for an opportunity. Maybe he'd appreciate my initiative?
Since anxiety's runnin through my big vein like cocaine ran through Rick Ross', but I'm also polite and didn't want to ghost someone who gave me career advice; after deliberating for 25 minutes, this was my big follow up to Super Producer BC.
29 days after that interaction, I finally decided to stop making excuses and invest in myself. Today, I purchased a year membership of the Adobe Creative Cloud.
I'd be lying if I didn't say that a major reason why it took me so long to make the move is the intimidation factor. There's soooooo much stuff in this program and I may have self-doubted my capabilities for this ole doz to learn some new tricks, but like my shrink says I need to stop being so hard on myself. I got a fucking 1080 on my SATS and was a "key loss" on a 1-7 football team in 2nd smallest division in the smallest state in this country. I can do anything I set my mind to! It's okay that it's going to take some time to master these apps. Do you think Tim Gunn "made it work" the first time he designed whatever he designs? Do you think Adam Vinatieri made a 50 yarder the first time he ever attempted a field goal? Do you think when Jimi Hendrix first picked up a guitar he could play the National Anthem with his teeth? Of course fucking not. But practice makes perfect and I fucked around with tutorials for a couple hours before I wrote this blog. My time will come, just give me a little. I am planing on debuting my first photoshopped pictures on my instagram this Friday. Be on the look out at @dozonlife. If you don't see anything please talk shit to me on the internet!
My first stab at Photoshop was removing the Bud heavy bottle from a photo of my Halloween Costume in 2014 incase my employer sees! God forbid a then 22 year old redshirt senior have a cold one.
If you are a tech savvy person and want to give me some pointers, I will gladly give you some of my ub** money for your services; once you've proven to me in a two hour free trial period that you're a worthy instructor.