To educate and inspire filmmakers and photographers to make a living at their craft.
In the Beginning
This blog started out as BladeRonner.com, a self-assigned nickname based on one of my favorite movies. Then the blog started getting a lot of traffic the same year it was announced that a prequel to Blade Runner was in the works. It was probably only a matter of time before the legal suits at whomever controls Blade Runner would come calling. So I decided to beat them to the punch and changed the name of the blog.
The mission is the same: to inspire and educate professional creatives to improve their craft and better their business.
What to Expect On This Blog
This blog has really evolved over the years. It started out as primarily musings on branding and marketing. But in the summer of 2009 I had a calling to get back to my roots as a filmmaker, so I incorporated more articles related to the art and craft. Because I’ve done so much video work in the pro photography world (including hosting the popular photographers podcast F-Stop Beyond for 2.5 years), and because I’m a partner in a photography company with my wife Tasra (pronounced TOZ-ra), you’ll also find a number of posts related to that industry as well. But it wasn’t long before I realized that much of what I write is applicable to all creative professionals. If you earn a living (or desire to earn a living) in the creative arts, this blog is for you.
Most of my posts fall into one or more of three buckets
(Not necessarily in that order of preference).
I love to educate people, to share my business and filmmaking knowledge. I also love to inspire others to pursue their dreams. Lastly, much to my wife’s dismay sometimes, I also LOVE to debate. So you’ll find a number of eye-brow lifting, thought provoking topics on here that will engage your brain muscles, challenge your belief systems, and get you to think twice, or even thrice about a topic. I believe that as artists, when we engage in thought-provoking discussion, it matures our craft.
So you think you have it in you to write for Dare Dreamer Magazine? Well, show me what you got! I accept insightful, inspirational, educational and/or provocative articles that would appeal to a creative crowd. Most of my readers are of the visual artist variety, i.e. filmmakers and photographers. But as any creative professional can tell you, many of the issues that creative professionals face transcend genre.
Why You Should Write For DDMag?
That’s a great question. There are three great reasons to write for this blog. First, exposure. If you want thousands of professional creatives to know who you are, this is a great place to get seen. Maybe you have a product or seminar to sell. Maybe you want people to hire you. Maybe you’re lonely and want friends. Who knows.
Second, you get the opportunity to give back to the creative community. I have found in life that the more you give, the better you feel and the better your perspective in life. Also, there’s a lot of good karma in giving. What goes around comes around.
Third…I don’t remember the third, but reasons 1 and 2 should be good enough.
- It has to be a first-run article. That means it can’t have been posted online or in print anywhere else. If it’s a slightly tweaked or adjusted version of a prior work, that’s okay. But no cut and pasting.
- It goes without saying it must be original. Cheaters never prosper, and as a creativity blog, it would be counter-productive to post articles you copied from someone else.
- Ideally it should be at least 300 words. That may seem like a lot, but you’d be surprised how quickly you can get through 300 words.
- I reserve the right to do minor edits for grammar or flow. But I’ll never significantly change or edit what you submit.
- I reserve the right to NOT post your article. I’ll usually let you know in 2-3 days if your submitted article will be published.
- For each blog post you’ll get a 50-word bio, one link to your site, and a photo of yourself.
- Any photos you submit for the article must have proper clearances (e.g. creative commons, taken by you, etc.)
- Lastly, make a point to reply to comments people post on your article. Readers love the interaction and it stirs great discussion.
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