08 April 2010

Doing, Talking, and Living to Tell the Tale

by Tyler Weaver.  Follow me on Twitter.

The Socio-internetosphere has created two very distinct types.  The Doers and the Talkers.  Twitter is assumed to be a place where Talkers talk, and Doers are off, well, doing.   There are countless tweets from talkers talking about doing, and doers complaining about talking.  "Doer" is what you want to be called, "Talker" is what you're called if you're not "Doing."

But, as with everything, there needs to be a balance between the two.

Though I don't pretend to be a human manifestation of that balance (it's a tightrope that no one has truly learned to cross), I do my best, and because I only really can speak of my own personal experiences, I'll refrain from making vast suppositions about the categorization of Doers and Talkers.

Do I talk or do I do?  I try to do both, and live to tell the tale.

We are in an age where anyone can pick up a camera and make a movie.  It may not be good, but it can be done.  I've shot commercials and promotional pieces on a Flip camera, and it was an eye-opening experience.  We are in the age of abundance. 

Which is civil for "there's a lot of shit out there."

And it's not only limited to film.  SEO.  Gurus.  Experts.  Anyone with half a brain, internet access, and a desire for a quick buck is a snake oil salesman that can talk the talk, but could never walk the walk.

So what's the balance?

The Sharer.

Sharers talk and do.  They share their experiences doing so that others may benefit.  And lets be honest, so that they benefit as well.   Sharers must become well drawn characters in their own movie.  And what makes a good character?

A balance of doing and talking.  Not just flimsy eccentricities (characterization is different than character), or endless talking.  Dialogue backed up by correct action makes or breaks a character.

A character is a balance between action and dialogue.

As is the Sharer in the socio-internetosphere.  As is the brand which we must cultivate to survive.

Which are you?

Tyler Weaver is a filmmaker, writer, contributor to the pulptone.com website, and is the founder and EIC of Multi-Hyphenate... which you're reading right now.  He's currently making new things and yaks about that and more on Twitter under the creative guise of @tylerweaver.


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