Be Your Own Time Cop

     Now, the title of this post doesn’t mean you have to do what Jean-Claude Van Damme did and join the Time Enforcement Agency in 2004, when time travel finally becomes possible. Although, if given the opportunity, I’d recommend joining the force. What else do you have to live for? You’ve already lost Mia Sara. Put all that anger, regret, and karate into the job and stop some time crimes.

What it does mean is that in order to accomplish anything as an independent content creator, you have to police your own time. There are a thousand things you should be doing instead of working on a web show for which you are only compensated in creative freedom. Things I will do this week in addition to working on PoPS: Go to my job every day, get to the gym, call my sister for her birthday, go to my friend’s birthday party one night, spend an entire evening going out to dinner for my day job (restaurant review), celebrate my wife’s birthday one night, and go to a museum exhibit. Sure, this week has an uncommonly high percentage of celebrating birthdays, but those weeks happen, man. Not to mention the fact that I need to spend a portion of my evenings rewatching season 3 of Veronica Mars because the movie’s coming out in a week. A week! It’s all happening. Unfortunately, our show is never going to get done if I don’t sit in that chair in front of the computer and make it happen.

So how do you force yourself to spend time on it in the midst of a busy life. The sad thing is, there’s really no trick to it. If all you can do is put an hour into it, get in the chair and put in that hour. My only suggestion is to do it before doing anything fun for the evening. If you think—Oh, I’ll just watch an episode of something and then do my hour of work, guess what? You probably won’t be working. It’s far harder to stop having fun and work than it is to reward yourself with fun after putting in your work time.

No matter how busy you are, you’ve gotta force yourself to find the hours to get the show put together. It’s a little harder when your footage had to be shot ridiculously out of sequence to accommodate cast schedules and you have to spend a lot of time picking through footage to find all the pieces of one scene from different shoot days. I should have kept a better production log this time for easy allocation of material months after shooting it, but it’s usually not this complicated a web.

Oh. And here’s our little horror short: …Jack (30 Seconds of Terror)

Thanks for reading.

–Jake

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