You have to start somewhere

You have to start somewhere: Yesterday, Slate’s TV critic Troy Patterson wrote an actual, legitimate review of Rocketbook’s Amanda Congdon and Rocketboom for the Washinton Post (I would link to it but the Post’s site seems to have lost my password and I’m too lazy this a.m. to track it down). I thought he did a fairly accurate job.

Quote:

(Congdon) eased into a persona that owed its goofiness to Coen brothers’ comedies, its guy’s-girl aggressive zaniness to McCarthy, and everything else to Saturday Night Live. When Congdon wasn’t borrowing from Tina Fey’s “Weekend Update” act—even, for a time, wearing eyeglasses of a Fey-esque hipness rating—she was referencing Wayne’s World with her every cable-access-ready gesture. With practice, she got to be OK.

It’s hard making a serious point by using slap-stick or hard-edged humor as examples, but here goes. The more you try to perfect something before putting it out there, the more distance you are placing between where you are now and where you want to be. A wise man once said (okay, it was zefrank and he said it yestereday) “Someone who does something bad three times still has three times the experience of that other person who (hasn’t done something because it isn’t perfect and is) still dreaming of all the applause.” He calls these unattempted ideas “brain crack” that people get addicted to and then sings a song with the F-word in its title to illustrate his point. In other words, it’s not for everyone.

Zefrank’s show yesterday (even though he mis-dates it at the beginning), while it uses adult and graphic language to get the point across, is a worthwhile lesson to learn on ideas vs. execution.

(Thanks, Laura)

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  • Kate O’

    Great point. I’ve been musing on this myself the past few days, having just the other day had a job interview where I spontaneously came up with this chestnut: “If you can’t look back on stuff you did a year ago and see mistakes, that was probably a wasted year.”

    (Incidentally, I got the job.)

  • BB Logan

    “Someone who does something bad three times still has three times the experience of that other person who (hasn’t done something because it isn’t perfect and is) still dreaming of all the applause.”

    Thanks.
    I needed that.
    BB

  • Blake

    even though he mis-dates it at the beginning

    Heh…I noticed that. I did the same thing on my last one and didn’t realize it until later.