Part of a distributed mentoring movement (thanks to Diana Kimball for initiating!). Find more information here, and if it resonates, create a /mentoring page of your own—it’s open sourced and aimed at ubiquity, so all you have to do to take part is post a short page on your own blog or website.
Every major step forward in my life so far has been inspired and encouraged by the people that I’ve been fortunate enough to know. Though I’ve learned an enormous amount from reading (and in various capacities “following”) the work of smart and innovative people, I believe that hopes, dreams, and advice are best shared in ongoing personal relationships, and it’s important to me to make myself available as a mentor to others.
I feel like I’m only just beginning to embark on the processes of learning and growth; in fact I’m very much in search of mentors myself. But I believe the mentoring relationship can and should be a two-way street. As I seek guidance in various facets of life and learning, I would like to contribute in the other direction as well—I’d love not only to give advice to people younger than me, but also work with those who are more experienced in almost every respect yet nonetheless might stand to gain from conversation or collaboration around the handful of areas in which I have a modicum of expertise.
I’ve been lucky to have some great experiences thus far, and I’d love to share them if you’re considering pursuing a similar path.
- I graduated from Yale in 2011, having primarily studied photography and film. Since then, I’ve spent a few years helping to create instructional videos about guitar technique. I’ve done editing, production, marketing, strategy, and even some 3D product design.
- A few years ago during college I took a two-month trip to Peru and Argentina, doing a medium format photography project exploring questions of space and my relationship to the landscape. It was an amazing experience and a great introduction to the joy of independent travel, as well as my first extracurricular long-term/large-scale art project.
- I’ve made several short films, including Walking on Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age (a documentary about appropriation, creative influence, re-use, and intellectual property) and Paperclip (my thesis for the film major, involving office drudgery, a tentative romance, and Star Wars figurines).
- I once had the thrill of opening for the Blue Scholars, an amazing Seattle hip-hop group that performed at my high school. Though I’ve neglected my rap career, I still consider myself a pretty cunning wordsmith, and one of my goals for this year is to write more lyrics.
- As one of a long string of side projects in partial stages of care, I launched a one-page website for a micropublishing company, Diacritical Mass. The site itself was great practice in learning HTML and CSS, but the main reason I created it was to publish a children’s ABC book entitled “Awww Berries!” which I made in collaboration with my girlfriend (and killer illustrator) Jinjin.
- I’m currently working on Self Starter’s Guide, creating classes, libraries, and other educational material for self-directed learning.
- I have a bevy of writing projects in the works, and am always trying to make more time to be creative. Other projects include exploring the changing practices of education and learning, investigating multimedia narrative structures, and thinking about the future of supporting and funding creativity.
If you’re interested in working together, I’d love to learn more about you. Write me a letter responding to the questions below, and I’ll write back within two weeks (my promise to you!) In response to the most thoughtful, provocative, and otherwise exceptional letters, I’ll propose further correspondence—and in certain cases, an ongoing mentoring relationship.
- Tell me about yourself. How did you become who you are, and who do you want to become?
- What’s the best thing you’ve read, watched, or listened to lately?
- What work have you done that you’re proud of? (Link to relevant sites/projects where you can!)
- What do you hope to learn/gain from this mentoring relationship? (Can be as vague or specific as you like.)
When ready, send it all via email and I’ll respond as soon as I can. We can begin with an email exchange, progress to video chat if mutually amenable, and meet in person if circumstances allow.
I look forward to learning together!