When The Student Is Ready (Matthew Ankerstein influencer interview preview)

Matthew Ankerstein is not your typical Edmontonian. He didn’t grow up believing that that things would be handed to him. Even though his family had a farm, and he was involved in minor league hockey, he wanted to make a difference in the business world and connect with more people.

If you visit his website (http://beeinfluenced.com/), you’ll quickly learn that he loves to read and learn new things. I’m paraphrasing a bit here, but in his own words, he states that a major influence in this way of thinking came from seeing his father balancing the business books – he thought to himself, I can figure out a way to do this myself, and so he went after a post-secondary education, but he also started to hit the books in his spare time too. Reading books from successful leaders like Warren Buffet, M. J. DeMarco, and Dale Carnegie, he quickly learned that he loved business and seeing businesses grow.

In his time at post-secondary he worked hard to make friends in the technology sector and in computer programming. The combination of this experience lead him to develop the Bee Influenced brand.

What started as a website for a school project, quickly evolved into a startup business about startup businesses… It’s a weekly blog that teaches individuals how best to build and market their online businesses. One element of particular interest on his website is the podcast that features entrepreneurs who have built successful companies.

Matthew takes their ideas and experiences and explains the strategies these people use in their own businesses. Which made me theorize that he probably knows a thing or two about recognizing authentic leaders from the phonies. In this preview question, I ask Matt how you can find these kinds of business teachers in life, and what to do when you run across a charlatan.

theories Summarized

If you’re like me, and you love learning new things, but can’t make sense of world of online marketing, life coaches, influencers, and all of the social media… then I think I’ve found the creative interview for you! Come back in a week for the full interview and all of the great discussions Matt and I had about growing your business, especially in times of adversity. He’s really got some good theories, and I can’t wait to share them. 

Tim!

Lean Into The Grind (David Wiens interview preview)

 

In video game culture there is a term associated with the time it takes to increase your characters skill or attain level progression or even acquire additional items. It’s called level grinding.

We all do it in video games, especially those who play RPGs or more recently, those who play social games which have a pay-to-win model.

Those who pay get to skip the grind and reap the benefits almost immediately. This mentality has led to some not-so-nice feedback from the gaming community and a rather crude nickname for that 2% who spend the most – whales.

Deadpool_Its_Me_Deadpool_WHALES_WHALES_WHALES

I have this theory that the reason why people hate whales is because they cannot afford the same convenience of “skipping” the grind. But what they don’t realize is that often, the developers have set up a model that no matter how much you spend, the difficulty and challenge stays the same as you climb, thus the reason that demographic continues to exist – as they dump money into a social game, more opportunities and rewards crop up that warrant continued commitment.

Which is why perseverance is so valuable.

As you gain levels in life, you appreciate the commitment and recognize the patterns of it so that the grind becomes a natural element of your progression through life and not something to be feared.

Which is why today’s interview with David Wiens was going to be so fantastic. He serves as a shining example of the value of a creative player with perseverance locked down.

But I made a mistake.

You see, I promised I would share a new interview with you this Sunday, and that’s not really the case. What I really want to do is to give you a teaser of things to come in this month’s entry before the real thing. This is because I’m test driving some new lighting equipment and I want to get your feedback on the how things pan out visually.

Examples to follow:
Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 5.19.31 PM C

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 5.20.21 PM B

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 5.21.07 PM A

And thus we have arrived at A quality lighting. Sound familiar? It’s exactly what I did with the Paige Knickle preview a while back.

That’s why I am SO incredibly pumped to give you readers a test shot of episode 9 of timotheories interviews!

This month’s featured artist is a dedicated product photographer with a passion for perseverance and the commitment to follow through. Below is a clip from our interview!

I’m ridiculously excited to share this preview from the David Wiens interview and you will see the final result next week, but for now, enjoy our brief interlude and the rest of your Sunday. Maybe dig in and start building a new nightly ritual for rest and relaxation? Or read a good book?

I’m out of theories for now, dear readers! Have a fantastic night, and I’ll see you tomorrow with something to clap to.

Tim!

Theories Unfurled (timotheories May 2016)

Hey there, dear readers! Can you feel it?

It’s the first Thursday of the month and that means it’s time for me to share with you this month’s schedule… Duh duh duh. It’s gonna be awesome though, so don’t hit backspace just yet or swipe left if you’re a millennial. The new schedule will ease all concerns.

5638098071_240da16a8f_b

*Disclaimer* As always, every week I  purchase an album and movie one week ahead of the actual review release and while I have the best intentions, I don’t always get what I want… so if you follow me on instagram (@timotheories) you can actually see what’s coming.

In other words, I live in Canada, which is not as free and as brave as the US – please don’t be disappointed if the music and movie reviews change, because they’ll still be good ones. I promise.

Alright?

Great! Let’s get this show on the road! Here are the May entries you can expect to see on timotheories; I’ve even included the week of May 1-7 for easy recall later on –

Stimulating Sundays – (05/01) Importance of marketing, (05/08) your identity, (05/15) Cross Talk Ep.5, (05/29) David Wiens interview
Melodic Mondays – (05/02) Leon Bridges, (05/09) Plants and Animals, (05/16) LUH, (05/23) Mark Pritchard, (05/30) TBA
Theatrical Tuesdays – (05/03) Wolfcop, (05/10) Joy, (05/17) Deadpool, (05/24) The Witch, (05/31) Zoolander 2
Wisdom Wednesdays – (05/04) Quotes, (05/11) Ernest Hemingway, (05/18) communication is key, (05/25) evaluate life
Timely Thursday – (05/05) May 2016 preview, (05/12) Mother’s Day, (05/19) The Reading List, (05/26) flea markets

The year of all killer, no filler continues friends! As always we have an excellent lineup of reviews on film and music (if you’re a musician or filmmaker, drop me a line for your own review opportunity). We have an excellent Cross Talk lineup on the 15th, which coincidentally is my pick and close to my heart, so stay tuned for a case of David VS Goliath.

85e8691bf8efbe74ffaf3d38f95d46e3

Okay, I know I’ve gotten into the habit of giving you a teaser of the Cross Talk episode, but I’ll do you one better and go into some more detail. This month Chris and I are going to be talking about under-appreciated films. The ones you love but can’t understand why they aren’t more popular… And we open up about our favourites too.

You won’t want to miss it.

Now let’s talk turkey about the May timotheories interview. So you know how I’ve been slowly improving on my videography skills, much like a ninja of motion? This is thanks, in large part, to the instruction of various creative types in my community who have given me advice on occasion. Well, I’ve decided to interview a friend of mine who is a photographer and a sculptor of light. He’s got an interesting back story too, but you’ll have to watch on the 29th to get the full picture. Might’ve been a bad pun there.

And now we’ve covered it all, my friends. Or have we?

As you know, we’ve been playing with the idea of introducing a tabletop gaming series on timotheories for a few months now, and this month might actually see the realization of that idea. But with a different name. And did I mention I’m opening up the lines for international creative types to take Q&As with me? May could have some of those interviews in store. If you think you’ve got the stuff to duel with keyboards, please send me a note.

And those are all of the theories I can come up with for now friends.

Please leave some comments, to let us know what you want to see in coming months and subscribe to the blog too!

Tim!

A Short, Impromptu, Review (timotheories April 2016)

Hey there, dear readers! It’s update time! It’s update time.

Come on in, sit down in your favourite chair with a hot beverage, and get super excited along with me… as I will be revealing my calendar of posts this month so you can set your own agendas and tune in at 9 PM MST in anticipation of the publish dates.

GboxUpdate

*Disclaimer* As always, every week I  purchase an album and movie one week ahead of the actual review release so if you follow me on instagram (@timotheories) you can see what’s coming.

I’ve decided to change things ever so slightly this time around and slot in the music and movie reviews as well, as long as I can acquire said hard copies in advance of the release. If I cannot, don’t be disappointed, I’ll find something equally as entertaining for you.

Read? Let’s dig right in and go over the April entries you can expect to see on timotheories, I’ve even included this week for easy recall later on –

Stimulating Sundays – (04/03) How enviornment effects creativity, (04/10) artist statements, (04/17) Cross Talk Ep.4, (04/24) Lisa Jones interview
Melodic Mondays – (04/04) Amon Amarth, (04/11) Weezer, (04/18) The Lumineers (04/25) M83
Theatrical Tuesdays – (04/05) The Hateful Eight, (04/12) Star Wars VII, (04/19) The Dark Knight Returns w/graphic novel (04/26) The Revenant
Wisdom Wednesdays – (04/06) the secret to apathy, (04/13) Twitter, (04/20) Buzzfeed, (04/27) dealing with burnout
Timely Thursday – (04/07) April 2016 review, (04/14) National Poetry month, (04/21) Earth Day, (04/28) flea markets

The year of all killer, no filler continues friends! That’s right, we’ve got some great theories to go over, lots of events to cover, a wicked cool interview with a visual artist, and Episode 4 of Cross Talk. Hint, it’s about film adaptations, and promises to be an awesome topic.

Maid_Marian_about_to_throw_a_pie_at_Trigger

When you think of film adaptations, more often than not books come to mind, followed by television shows, and then video games, right? But we’re not just going to be covering examples of when those can work and when they fail, we are also going to discuss how peoples expectations can be unrealistic when it comes to how adaptations compare versus the source material.

Wheels turning yet? Good.

Now let’s talk more detail on the April timotheories interview. This month should be even better than previous entries, because we upped the visual quality of the lighting to accommodate this artist. She’s a painter with drive to innovate and change the world, one step at a time. But you’ll have to tune in to see what I’m writing about.

And now we’ve covered it all, my friends. You can rest easy knowing the quality of timotheories continues to support the community surrounding the arts, giving you a voice and information to pursue your passions. I’m about spent now, so I’ll leave you with these theories and see you again on Sunday to talk about artist statements.

Of course please leave some comments, to let us know what you want to see in coming months and subscribe to the blog too!

Tim!

Soundtrack (The 1975, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It review)

It blows me away how easily sounds can pull us back into our memories. We don’t think about this a lot, but I bet if you turn on your favourite song, you’ll have very specific memories associated with it and you’ll be pulled back in time to when that song came out or to an event you didn’t know matter so much to you.

That’s what this week’s album review feels like, a familiar sound but a new experience.

 

 

 

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
released February 26, 2016
******** 10/10

The-1975-I-like-it-when-you-sleep

The 1975 are an English alternative band right out out of Manchester – A classic 4-piece group that have been playing together since 2002. Did you know that they released 4 EPs before they were comfortable enough with their sound to put out their self-titled debut in 2013? 2016’s I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It is their second outing, and frankly, a stronger sounding record because of this initial strategy, which is a good thing for all of us.

In case you were wondering about their genre, The 1975 take elements of pop (electropop, indie pop, pop rock) and rock (alternative, funk rock, indie rock) to form their unique sound. 

They remind me of a whole whack of different musical acts (Depeche Mode, Marianas Trench, Arkells, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Cure, Purity Ring, Savage Garden, and David Bowie, for starters), which is interesting because despite that, or if you’re a half glass full type, because of that – Their music is really quite fun to listen to.

And yes, we need to address what will be the obvious for those who have already listened to the record, and for those of you who will listen to in the near future. Yes, a lot of the songs on this album have a very 1980’s sound to them. But you know what, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Apparently the 80’s are in vogue these days, because I’ve heard my share of albums that pull from that era already this year.

Hell, Matthew Healy, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, admits that his greatest influence is the filmmaker John Hughes.

My original plan was to break down the tracks and tell you why each one is good or bad, what they sound like, etc. You know, in typical review fashion, and what I’ve done in the past before? But that isn’t really beneficial for you OR I, dear readers.
I really like this album, and I think you should listen to it, because this is innovative music, straight up. It’s apparent from the outset that you are in for something different with a long-ass album title ILIWYS,FYASBYSUOT.
Yeah, I got tired of typing it out.
It’s interesting because I’ve heard some people are immediately drawn to it, and other take some time, while still others think this record is a bit of a slog. But I’m willing to bet that the delayed response is the most accurate, and counts for the outliers. This album takes a bit of time to warm up to, not because the songs are dry, but because there is a lot going on. After that though, it’s amazing to see how much range and experimentation is within the walls of the The 1975’s house.
Similar to how music from the 1980’s felt.
But I won’t leave you hanging dear readers, check out the music videos for Love Me, UGH! and The Sound. Also previews for She’s American, If I Believe You, Paris, and A Change of Heart.
I bet you won’t be disappointed, and much like the theme song behind the documentary about the search for John Hughes, I bet you won’t be forgetting about The 1975 any time soon. In fact, this might be one of your new favourites albums to emote to.

 

 

 

 

As much as I want to have a soundtrack to my life, I don’t think I’ll ever get there. I have too many interests and too broad of tastes at this point for my life to fit so easily into a specific sound or space. But dammit if I won’t try. But what if you didn’t have a choice, and you were confined for a time to one song, how would you cope?

Check back tomorrow for a film review that looks at those kinds of questions!

Tim!