June 14, 2002
Envy

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
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I've been asking myself the same question :)
I'm lucky when I can merge the research and work, but that's rare.

Posted by: nick on June 14, 2002 03:12 PM

i get asked that a lot too. i have a non-flash job, so all the stuff i do gets done after work. an hour or so a night. when it's a passion, you fit it in.

Posted by: bit-101 on June 14, 2002 05:17 PM

Josh Davis has said that PS IS his job, though he makes money from other things (books,conferences,the web). Those PS2 cdroms cost 20 grand to produce, so he's gotta be getting by okay at least :). Erik Natzke started Fourm and that had a lot of buisness, but now he going to be working for Method in SF, so I know he has a job. Both work with Flash for their jobs, so I guess they make time for experimentation.

Posted by: scuttlefly on June 14, 2002 08:03 PM

Sheesh. I have been wondering that SAME EXACT THING.

How do I become one of those people who's blog is built in as a default in all the Flash RSS viewers popping up on the web? :) How do I rub elbows with all the 'top dogs' in the flash community?

I have no answers, except to keep on working my butt off until someone notices, and then keep on working my butt off even more.

Maybe they are beta-testing some type of direct-insert memory chip (like in the Matrix) that allows them to do superhuman things in Flash while getting paid for being experimented on? he he.

Posted by: michael e. gunn on June 28, 2002 01:31 AM

I wonder the same , Just how do they get so much of time to research and work apart from normal life

Posted by: Vinitt Jaiswal on November 5, 2004 11:30 PM
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