April 23, 2011

Advice to my kids in 2011. By Todd Swank

You have every opportunity in the world to lead an incredible life. You have tools at your fingertips that weren’t even imagined when I was your age. I would have given my left arm to have access to the Garage Band music studio when I was 11. It has higher end features than most record companies had available to them 30 years ago. And it’s at your complete disposal 24 hours a day for free!

If you want to be a musician, you can. If you want to make movies, you can. If you want to express yourself in a million different ways, you can.  Best of all, you can then instantly share your creations with anyone on the planet!

All it takes is a little bit of talent and a whole lot of practice and eventually you’ll make something that others will enjoy experiencing.

The challenging part is that you currently spend too much time enjoying other people’s digital creations. I understand that Black Ops is an incredibly immersive experience that is unparalleled to any thing we could do when I was your age. The Atari 2600 was fun, but it didn’t pull a person into a three dimensional world of characters driven to stalk and kill me by advanced artificial intelligence. But just experiencing other people’s creations isn’t enough. It’s the act of creation that’s going to allow you to advance. So make a song. Make a movie. Allow your creative juices to flow.

Just go for it!

Learn. Practice. Create. Share. Repeat.

Eventually the life of your dreams will reveal itself.

You’re at the age where you have the time and lack of responsibility to be able to devote yourself to the things in your life that make you the happiest.  Take advantage of it.

I may be a lot older than you with less free time, but I’m going to try to live the exact same way!