Or, early mid-life crisis?
This is Liam’s Substack.
Hi! I’m Liam and this is my substack. I came up with the idea of launching this as a way to hold myself accountable and write more. Will it work? Who knows?
The reality is that I just turned 40 and one of the goals for this decade of my life is to write and make more stuff. When I was a teenager, writing felt fairly easy, but I had to do it for school and I liked creative writing. In my twenties, I wrote infrequently (at this stage, I was mostly doing theater and making cheap web videos). In my 30s, I experimented with some morning pages and even wrote a few screenplays (it makes sense; I got my master’s degree in writing and directing narrative fiction, so I had to!) If I’m honest, my best decade of writing was my 30s. I generated a lot of ideas for a lot of projects. I also tried and failed to make a few different film projects.
They went mostly nowhere.
I was around 35 when I started podcasting, which is what I do now. I produce podcasts in Hollywood (no autographs, please).
Currently, I both host some pods and produce some others. The ones I host I basically also produce, but they don’t require a ton of pre-pro and basically are single takes. I’m pretty good on a mic (I think?). I spent many years as a teacher explaining things like video editing and documentary making and even taught English. Those jobs never paid much for preparation, so I got really good at teaching without planning. I was able to translate that to making conversational pods mostly about cinema. I do a small amount of prep for these, but it’s mostly reading, outlining, and thinking. I almost never plan what I’m gonna say, and that helps because it keeps it spontaneous and fun. You record them, you put them out, and they exist. It’s fun, and it beats the hell out of trying to make some kind of masterpiece film that takes ten years to make and nobody sees.
I hope I can bring the same energy to my posts here. I’m going to write stuff, edit stuff, and put it out in the world. I hope people enjoy that stuff and share it. I also hope I integrate videos and photography, too!
To be clear, this isn’t a place for me to write about writing. That’s not something I’m qualified to do. But, rather, just to write?
But about what?
That’s for next time.