Monday, August 17, 2009

Russell Davies: How to be Interesting

Russell Davies came to the UO once and he changed our lives forever. This advice became so valuable to our program, we found ourselves coming back to it time and time again. When Andrea and I were getting ready to lead Allen Hall Advertising our senior year, we gave everyone a moleskin to use as an idea book and included Russell's timeless advice. As I was cleaning my room, I came across the moleskin and the paper and thought I should share.

Incase it's hard to read from the scan:
1. Take at least one picture everyday. Post it to flickr.
2. Start a blog. Write at least one sentence every week.
3. Keep a scrapbook.
4. Every week, read a magazine you’ve never read before.
5. Once a month interview someone for 20 minutes, work out how to make them interesting. Podcast it.
6. Collect something.
7. Once a week sit in a coffee-shop or cafe for an hour and listen to other people’s conversations. Take notes. Blog about it. (Carefully)
8. Every month write 50 words about one piece of visual art, one piece of writing, one piece of music and one piece of film or TV. Do other art forms if you can. Blog about it.
9. Make something.
10. Read.

Thank you, Russell Davies!


Ashly Stewart said...

A response via facebook:

Michael Vitellaro
I wish there was a "don't like" option. Jeez.

First of all, the idea of "being interesting" is subjective, so there's no cut and dry formula for attracting interest. Instead, "to be interesting," one should abide by one single rule: BE YOURSELF. Like pictures? Take some. Like to write? Start a blog. Like to make stuff? Get your toolbox. It's true, the way to be interesting is to be interested — but don't force yourself to be interested in Russell Davies' 10 activities. He wouldn't want you to do that anyways. His list is intended as a curriculum, not a guideline. Look at these ten activities as thought provoking exercises.

CHALLENGE:... Read More
I challenge you (all of you) to make a list of 10 things that interest you and to make sure you never lose sight of them. Sure, we're adults now and we're crazy busy and have tons of responsibilities, so our interests often get pushed to the wayside. Don't let it happen and I promise you'll be interesting.

Ashly Stewart
wowowow. I don't do all of these like a rule.. I just thought they were inspiring and good ideas. If you are boring, or stuck, it's a good place to start.

I don't think he meant that if you do these 10 things you'll be interesting according to an interesting measurement meter.. I think he meant that these are 10 things you can try and by doing so, you will spark creativity and find new out about new things you didn't know before.

Sorry you want a dislike button for this one. Maybe you should write to Russell Davies with your thoughts or visit his post about it? ... Read More


curiosity said...

gotta love it when people say he (or she) wouldn't want you to do that. or claim what someone else would want you to do something... suspect of intermediaries.
those were russell's suggestions for being more interesting. the primary one being the first on the list. be interested. he thought of them as we walked back to campus from a coffee shop. they work. saying yes more than saying no works. laying out what you think works. just more enjoyable when it is positive. more fun anyway. maybe more interesting.