Getting Personal. “No Pleated Pants” edition, with Chris McAdoo
When I was in elementary school, I vividly recall staying home from school because I was sick. My mom bought a ream of typing paper (yes, typing paper) and a box of markers. I would spend the next 12 hours or so drawing every animal, every transformer, and everything else I could think of. That is the day that I KNEW WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP. I wanted to make stuff. Draw stuff. Paint stuff…and eventually…design stuff. I almost failed third grade because I couldn’t figure out long division, but I KNEW that fence posts got smaller the further away they were. I couldn’t shoot a basketball to save my life, but I was teaching painting classes at age 12. When I was looking at colleges, there was no question that I was going for “art.” And there was no question that the rest of my life would be guided by the compulsion to create. And now I would add a compulsion for others to create, and the confidence that comes with it.
Admittedly, sometimes art has gotten me into trouble, but more often than not, it’s led to a lot of amazing opportunities. Since 2011, I’ve been fortunate to be a part of an amazing speaking series called “Pecha Kucha.” Artists, designers, architects, and creators of all kinds from all over the world, tell their stories in a unique way: 20 slides for 20 seconds each. I’ve presented four times AND I’ve had the opportunity to present with my very patient, talented wife, Robyn. I could write all day about what “staying creative” and “being weird” means to me, but I think my presentation from February 2016 spells it out pretty clearly. Watch and listen if you’ve got six minutes or so to spare, and imagine that I’m flailing all over the stage of the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. To be warned, my language is salty but my heart is pure.
To be warned, my language is salty but my heart is pure.
With 21 Days of Best Behavior, we are starting from our own blank canvas – and taking a strong hit of our own medicine. And doing A LOT of writing. First and foremost, we tell stories, and we want them to be good ones. Starting with yours. I hope you’re enjoying everything that we’ve published and I encourage you to share it with friends, neighbors, enemies, and family. Now, go find your blank canvas and get to work.
Also, a shout out to Kate, who appears in the slide show and is now doing her own thing and killing it.