This is about envy, I hope it will not sound too bitter.
A few weeks ago I attended the FlashForward conference in San Francisco. As I didn't go to any other Flashconferences yet I think that FlashForward is pretty cool. You get to see the brightest minds of our industry and you go home with a lot of new ideas and inspirations.
What I want to talk about is not FlashForward, but these bright minds. You know them: Joshua Davis, Eric Natzke, Samuel Wan, Andries Odendaal, Robert Penner or Branden Hall, just to name a few. They are doing such an amazing stuff and when you think you achieved something, they are already in the next dimension.
Now here comes the envy: How do they do it? Or better: where do they take the time to experiment and research? I mean if I am lucky, I can spend 2 hours of my day to research, maybe the weekends, but the rest of the day I have to earn money, to eat and not least I have a private life besides the computer. But these guys seem to have the possibility to do nothing but flash research all day. Can anyone explain how that works? I want that, too. Do I have to write a book? Does that pay the rent? Is conference hopping something to make a living from? What do I have to give up for a life like this? What am I missing?Posted at June 14, 2002 11:27 AM | Further reading