A Deathbed Perspective on the Business of Art


linds-reddingLinds Redding died of inoperable espohageal cancer. He was an art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi. Linds kept a blog and one of the last pieces he wrote before he died, “A Short Lesson in Perspective,” explores his final frame of mind on the ad business and how many of us choose to live our lives and approach our art. It is a devastating and scathing piece. And desperately worth the read, I think.

With over 20 years under my belt in the commercial casting business, I’ve worked a lot with the folks from BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi. May have even worked with Linds. I think what he discovered at the end of his life is considerable and noteworthy. Particularly while living in any Capitalist society. Not that Capitalism is all bad, but it does promote a state of mind that can be –how shall I say this — a tad misleading. Our goals and definitions of success are oftentimes out of sync with the greater elements and offerings of the human experience. It’s one of the main reasons I have such a hard time with the Hollywood mindset surrounding film and filmmaking. I think it almost entirely misses the point. At the same time, it has its own alluring gravitational pull that is hard to break free of. Lord knows I’m still struggling with it.

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Obama & The Great Writ: Town Hall Continues


Obama talks Habeas Corpus and your Civil Liberties in Farmington Hills Town Hall, September 8th:

I know we’re doing a lot of political posts these days, but as many of you already know, this is a crucial time in American History. I want to give folks who maybe don’t have the time to research as much as I do, the chance to find out a little more so that they can make an informed decision come November. And anyone reading my posts knows exactly where I stand.

We live in a nation obsessed with money. Maybe it’s a world obsession. Its value for many is above that of human life. It’s often mistaken for being synonymous with the word “success”. I’m hoping we can find a balance where the two can mutually exist, without sharing the same definition. 

At this time in history, at this point in our lives, America is in danger of not being a successful nation, Capitalism not being a successful economic system, Democracy not being a successful form of government. But we have a chance to get back on the right track. To be a successful nation once again. Let’s not squander this opportunity as we have in the past. If America fails, there is no going back.

Obama & The Great Writ: Town Hall Continues