This week’s lecture focused on establishing an online identity – while sites already exist that have more or less done this for us by way of data-mining our secrets and hobbies over the last 10-15 years (FB, MySpace, LinkedIn etc), they don’t always do the best job at highlighting our…more presentable virtues.
Rather, this week was aimed at getting student to create a brand new website – one that is all about them, their craft, their love for the industry and to promote their skills at a professional level. This isn’t social media – this is an online resume.
Tim spoke about how to ‘theme’ your website – I’m an artist, or at least I like to think I am, or worst case: I’m a student with the dream of being an artist (although something is telling me that there’s a difference between art and design because one is for pleasure and the other is paid?). With that being said, we were shown the online presence of a SAE student, Felix. He’s an audio student and his website very much exemplifies that – from the banner on his landing page of an equaliser (or waves? I really don’t know – I’m an animation student in a class full of Audiophiles – someone in the timetabling department needs to rethink their strategy). Tim went on to explain how we need to ‘show’ our craft, highlighting areas where Felix had included sound cloud links, and production updates etc.
Luckily for me, I was a step ahead of the curve. Before I decided to pay an institute to tell me how to draw, I was drawing for the love it and in doing so, had created a personal website where I would showcase my art (as well as other social media outlets – you should go follow me on all of them)
Above: My personal website, where I showcase most of my work and provide a friendly place for all my SAE blogs to live in harmony. www.ryanmittencreative.com.au
Above: My FaceBook page, which is more or less a copy of my website, but terrible due to the technical issues I’ve had with FB since day 1 – 9/10 times I’m unable to post anything on my own page. www.facebook.com/ryanmittencreative
Above: My Instagram page – this is my favourite and most used Social Media platform due to its efficiency to use and outreach capabilities. @anotheraspiringartist
Above: My LinkedIn profile, which I’ve more or less abandoned in the last year due to leaving Full Time, white collar work in lieu of a more satisfying life as a creative. https://au.linkedin.com/in/ryan-mitten-913a9b47
See? I’m learning already! Tim made it a point that we should be thinking individuals and that we should work ‘smart’, rather than ‘hard’. With regards to CIU111, we have two assessments which include: building an online portfolio and the other is to keep a weekly blog: his suggestion is that we kill two birds with one stone, and so throwing stones at random birds I have!
Tim also showcased a young hip-hop artist by the name of Vic Mensa – I say hip-hop because I find it hard to categorise him in any other genre. I admittedly, am a Hip-hop head of the 90’s – by today’s Hip-hop, at least the commercialised stuff you hear is, well, utter garbage. This Vic Mensa kid however, is very good. I haven’t had the chance to listen to too much of his stuff yet, but that’s due to his lack of material. I hear he has a large back catalogue of mixtapes and the like, so I’ll be trying to track those down as well.
Aside from having a great flow and well-produced beats, he’s also taught me that by freezing Orange Soda in an ice cube tray, and then filling the main chamber in my water pipe with said ice, will presumably result in a very nice taste. #lifetips
Finally, there was this past week’s blog article thanks to SAE which covered blogging. How meta! In an attempt to work ‘smart’ I’ve included the blog about blogging, in this blog, with the purpose of utilising the tips in that blog to enhance the quality of this blog.
Wait, that was the wrong image.
That’s better. As far as a ‘good read’ goes, this week’s blog wasn’t as stimulating as last week’s about the overview of the industry – but that’s not to say that I didn’t find it informative and useful. A glaring omission that I found when I made it to the very end however, was that a key tip and one that should’ve been elaborated on, is that to get better at blogging, one should strive to blog as often as possible. This course inadvertently (or purposefully) requires students to blog for many of their subjects (one subject in which my tutor didn’t even take the time to read any of my blogs, and in the other, where blogging is required, but not assessed). To this end, we’re forced, more or less, to blog without any real purpose other than for the sake of blogging – of course I see some serious issues with what I just mentioned but this is not the post for that (stick to a topic – see? Blogging is getting better already).
I feel as if I’m at the point where I’m about to digress, and I have much, much more work to complete before next week’s classes, and statistically I think this blog is worth 2.3% of my overall mark for this subject (I literally just worked it out), and so I think I’ve more than sufficed the requirements for this week.