New Year, Same Me

      Here we are, 3 days into the New Year, and I'm more stoked about the network than ever. I knew going into this that things would happen much slower than I would like. I started brainstorming ideas for the network around July-August of last year, and only now are things kinda of slowly moving into place. I had, and still have, exactly no money to work with, so I found a graphic designer for the network who would work on a trade. At the time, I was working at a commercial cabinet shop in Manassas, Virginia and I stumbled upon a HUGE loot of walnut hardwood, and quickly started making picture frames out of it. My buddy Kevin agreed to trade 12 picture frames ($65/ea) for a logo and artwork for the upcoming shows. He's a busy guy so it's taking forever to get the designs back, but with some back and forth, I've been happy with the result. We're finally making progress on our 2nd show Ad Astra, and I couldn't be any happier. It's a show about space policy and the artwork is crazy rad. 

      Our other show, tentatively named Captain + Admiral is about to start pre production. Husband and wife duo Kyleigh and Kyle Parker have been working for years doing toy and miniature photography with Nintendo figurines. Kind of hard to describe how fucking cool their work is, but you can find their pictures on Instagram at @CaptainDangerous. Truth be told, I think they're my ticket to success. I absolutely love the work they do, and I adore them as people, and I want them to know I'm serious about trying to be as much as an asset to their career as they will be to mine. The equipment I'm requiring every host to purchase is a very reasonable price, but is still more than most people can afford to just throw down on a whim. I recently told them I will help with one of the kits in order to get the process moving along faster. Sure, it'll be put on a credit card that's still at 0% interest, but I'm thinking it will pay itself off soon. They have a huge following on Instagram and Kyleigh does a better job at interacting with her "fans" (for lack of a better word) than anyone I've ever seen in my life. Her admirers are hungry for her words, input, and ideas on her work. As mentioned in my previous post, I want to offer a platform for entertainers and internet personalities to be heard. I know their show will do well and I can't wait to start doing some work together. To be honest, the reason I wanted to produce podcasts was to get paid to basically listen to podcasts as I edit them. I've followed her page for years and wanted to hear more about her work, mission, and goals, and I can't wait to give that to her other fans as well. 

      I guess what I'm focusing on now is how to launch this thing. There is so much that needs to be done, and as my girlfriend keeps reminding me when I get frustrated with how long it's taking the others to get things in order, if they had podcasts ready to air next week, I wouldn't even be close to ready to do anything with them. I'm trying to remain focused on myself and the work I need to do, because it's an awful lot. In the next few weeks I'll be working on contract agreements with hosts. (I still have no idea how I should be splitting profits with my hosts. Mental note to figure that out.) I want my hosts to know that I have a commitment to them to produce the best show possible, on the agreed upon schedule, and that I'm just as accountable as they are to get me the content according to schedule. There will be a lot of moving parts that all have to work together to get shit done. 

     Some anxiety I have with that is the fact that I am currently looking for a second job. Since I can't find a decent paying gig, I'll have to be working at least 50 hours a week in order to pay my bills. It's out of control, but this isn't the place to talk about it. I just want to make sure I have the time to give to the network, especially once other people are relying on me. At some point I want to make my presence less necessary in the actual editing and production of the shows as I'll (hopefully) find my attention needs to be better directed on the business aspects. Still looking for that business partner, but not so actively. Meetup.com sends way too many fucking emails, but I read them all in hopes that I'll find a good group[ of people to network with and learn about different areas of the business world that I don't even know I know about. I keep hearing the only way to be successful is to just eventually launch your business whether you know what the fuck you're doing or not. So many self made millionaires have just made it up as they went, and I want to be interviewed some day encouraging young men and women to just fucking go for it whether they think they have all the answers or not. I know there will be a lot of growing pains as this thing gets under way, but I'm ready to take on anything that comes my way, because every day I'm grinding on the network is another day closer to freedom. I just find it hard to picture myself happily working for someone else's company. I want to be The Guy, and I'm determined to be The Guy eventually. The thought of that has given my life purpose, and especially at a time in my life where I'm depressed 100% of the time because I feel totally helpless and at the mercy of somebody else. In the words of The Wonder Years, one of my favorite bands of all time, "Won't Be Pathetic Forever". 

 

Until next time, 

Tom Kelly//Tom@elemental.fm