A LOT has changed over the last few weeks. I take comfort in the fact that I know I’m not alone when I say that the range of emotions I’ve experienced while navigating this moment in time has been an absolute rollercoaster. I am grateful for the support systems that I have in my life both personally and professionally. And I am deeply, inexplicably grateful for those people who are on the front lines of this day in and day out.
In the spirit of trying to provide support and resources in a moment that feels so incomprehensible and overwhelming, here are a few I put together sourced from conversations, research and my own problem solving over the last month.
Things I Have Found Personally Helpful
- Scheduling virtual time with friends and family (game nights, watch parties, etc)
- Regularly checking in with people who are important to me
- Asking for help/knowing my options when it comes to monthly financial obligations EX: Adobe is offering Creative Cloud credits for the next 2-3 months, options for pausing, discounting or deferring major obligations
- Sticking to a schedule and communicating windows of working hours (and how those hours are being spent EX: blocks for calls versus blocks for execution)
- #QuarantineTimeCapsule - A quick project I put together featuring DIY activities you or your loved ones can use to connect and reflect during this time
- HospitalityLink - created by my friends at Monday.VC, this job board connects hospitality workers to open jobs in the grocery industry
- Freelancers Relief Fund - Freelancers Union’s fund to support freelancers impacted by COVID-19
- AidTable - Database of discounts/tools by category to help individuals and businesses dealing with COVID-19
WFH Write Ups
- Bloomberg Businessweek - Don’t Expect to Get 100% From Your Employees Right Now
- The Wall Street Journal - Living the Coronavirus Work-From-Home Life? Here Are All the Tech Tips You Need
- WFH Best Practices - A curated list of the internet’s best resources to amp up your remote work game
Had the honor of participating in a show about making shows with my friends at Wistia. We talked about everything from how to get buy in across your company to what it takes to turn your idea into a pitch. Last but not least, we broke down why it’s absolutely necessary to tell your story across platforms and how short-form assets can help expand, support, and extend the lifecycle of a single show or video. I’ll be sure to share the episodes as they become available.
PS - Being on the other side of the camera is not easy, the Wistia crew made it a breeze for me - so a gentle reminder to be kind and in tune with your talent.
I visited some dear friends in NYC and we went to Tyler Mitchell’s “I Can Make You Feel Good” exhibit at the ICP. I was blown away by the premise of the project. His execution and approach made my heart and mind race. There are countless things to say about the work but his use of perspective (hanging screens from the ceiling and creating 180 walkthroughs) are mind blowing. I cried while laying on the astro turf of the white picket fence, staring up at his imagery moving above me.
I am grateful to be surrounded by incredible people doing incredible things that they believe in. This month they include:
- Danny and Will Madden and the debut of their feature “Beast, Beast” at Sundance.
- Lorelei Bandrovschi announcing her world tour of Listen Bar and bringing people together for Dry January.
- Megs Gelfgot making her debut at TEDxCincinnatiWomen.
- Saskia Rysenbry for launching Precious Plastics and funding the next stage of her empowerment centre in India.