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Colleen Wainwright

The Internet, Only More So

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I’ve advocated using the internet to do business since I fell backwards into it myself with a blog, LinkedIn, and one of the first 10,000 Twitter accounts. Most of my work and many of the relationships I’ve made over the past 12 years are either directly, or, more usually, indirectly attributable to some connection made via the internet, including all my connections to ASMP. As 2016 dawns, we’re clearly dealing with a very different internet…

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Let Your Vision Find You

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Ultimately, all of the interesting career shifts and cool projects I’ve managed to accomplish came at me sideways, while I wasn’t looking. I left ad copywriting to become a screenwriter–until I found out that while I wasn’t much good at writing movies, I had some skill (and a lot more enthusiasm) for acting. And when I left acting, I thought I was going to become a graphic designer–until a random series of events brought me…

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Selfishly, Selflessly Interviewing

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For most of my career, I’ve been the interviewee more often than I have the interviewer. And everything I’ve learned from being the subject has taught me that the easier and more interesting I make things for the person I’m interviewing, the more fun we both have, and the better the end result. This boils down to a few simple things. First, I do my research. So far, I’ve only interviewed people I’ve already got…

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No-Fly Zones

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I spent the first 10 years of my working life getting the best education in copywriting a person could get paid for, at a representative sample of major consumer ad agencies in 1980′s and 1990′s New York and Chicago. While I’m grateful to have had the opportunity, I am, as some kids somewhere once said, over it. So much so that I have a no-copywriting policy. This excludes a couple of clients whom I work…

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A Way Back To Why You Fell In Love

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Back in the late 1990′s, I was a full-time, working actor with an active design hobby that fed my jones for display typefaces. To anyone standing on the outside looking in, I had a great life, both professionally and creatively. But I was dying inside. Because somehow, somewhere along the way, I’d abandoned my core competency, writing. Or maybe it had abandoned me. Whatever the reason, my ability to write anything personally meaningful had dried…

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Rejuvenation In Stealth Mode

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After a few years of doing the same-old, same-old, I had reached an impasse. My work, giving talks on and consulting with small creative businesses about marketing, had grown stale. Worse, my ability to write had all but dried up, and I’d lost my mojo for the few collaborative projects I’d begun. (When it rains, it pours down from the heavens like Kansas skies on Dorothy Gale.) Part of me wanted to trash my entire…

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Don’t just do something—sit there!

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Searching for the thing that has significantly changed my work life, I was surprised to find that it was not a tip or a tool or a tip on finding a tool, but a slow-acting, time-consuming, complete game-changer: sitting meditation. I started out using a guided meditation; then, two years ago, I got instruction in a meditation practice developed for civilians—i.e., folks with jobs and families, not “holy people”. While meditating has made me neither rich nor famous, it has made me…

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Three Reads of Varying Breeziness

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I’ve been laid up with an annoying illness for about a month now, but my loss of ambulatory excitement will hopefully be your gain in interesting picks for summer reading. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt is peppered with excellent characters–scoundrels and angels and lost souls and an anxious killer–and a few really surprising plot twists. I could not help but cast this in my head as I read, which means as a visual artist,…

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To Get Past It, Get Down With It

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You name it, I’ve blown it: marriage, career, the second-grade book report. (Note to self: do not start reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin the night before your report is due. Or, really, ever.) Nearly 20 years later, I can feel the sting of getting cut from my improv troupe’s “farm team”. If I am honest–and if I’m not, there’s very little point anymore–I am still chagrined that when I finally decided to make a go of…

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Three Things That Have Made Me (almost) as Smart as My Phone

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Think outside the box when grouping Renaming folders–sometimes creatively–and eliminating capitalization when I do–keeps crowded screens slightly airier, while still keeping apps within easy access. It took me a bit of fiddling to figure out how to corral a mess of so-called productivity apps in a way that wasn’t forced or arbitrary. But now my multiple timers, Fitbit and calorie-counting apps, calendar, calculator, and weather all happily co-exist under the moniker “numbers”. Quit fighting Siri…

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