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#5DaysOfFail: FAILERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE! Day 1-2

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#5DaysOfFail: FAILERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE! Day 1-2

#5DAYS OF FAIL: FAILERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!

PERFECTIONISTS. OVER-ACHIEVERS. DO-GOODERS. JUDGEY-JUDGERS. YOU HAVE BEEN PUT ON NOTICE.  

THIS IS THE FIRST-EVER #5DAYSOFFAIL AND WE WILL BE FLAGRANTLY FLASHING OUR FAILS IN YOUR FACE.

YES! For FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS, a group of creative friends AND i will be performing DAILY ACTS OF FAILURE in an artform of our choice.

 

Read all the blog posts about the first #5DaysOfFail:

* Day 3-4: http://jennyyang.tv/blog/2014/1/8/5daysoffail-failers-of-the-world-unite-days-3-4

* Day 5 and Final Show!: http://jennyyang.tv/blog/2014/1/10/5daysoffail-day-5-and-final-show

 

WE WILL BE FAILING FAILURES OF FULL-FRONTAL FEROCITY.

(and I will be using as many "F" words to describe this as possible.)

WHY FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS OF FAILURE?

As creatives, the process of making stuff up requires us to tune out the evil voices in our head that tells us we are not good enough to even get started. And the reality of creativity is that we need to create many mediocre, half-baked ideas before any one of them can be worthy of being polished up and shown to the world.

Five Days of Failure is one way to give ourselves a nice "sprint" of work to produce.  Our goal is to FAIL EVERY DAY for FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS so that we can practice the process of daily creativity and an accepting mindset that allows us to simply "try" our ideas.

To keep us honest, each participant will email me, the FAIL ORGANIZER, their daily pieces at the end of each day this week. AND they must create pieces related to a daily inspiration word given to us by a third-party. (In this case, my English Professor friend, Scott Okamoto.)...[continue reading]

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#AGoodAsian: How To Be A Good Asian is now a ZINE!

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#AGoodAsian: How To Be A Good Asian is now a ZINE!

Yup!  In addition to this blog, I've made a hard-copy self-published, short-run ZINE that you can hold in your own hand - "How To Be A Good Asian: Redefining success one failure at a time"!  The first issue came out in December 2013 with fifty copies and it has already sold out!  Don't worry! More issues to come! The first one featured a Jeremy Lin paper doll (that I drew because...well...I wanted to. And i wanted to dress Jeremy Lin up in different outfits so he can break out of his Harvard-educated NBA basketball playing box). [continue reading]

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#AStoryADay: story 23. parking ticket theater

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#AStoryADay: story 23. parking ticket theater

to celebrate national novel writing month (or the unfortunately nicknamed "NaNoWriMo") this year i will spare myself the white-hair-inducing effects of writing 50,000 words in the month of November by writing a story a day.

these stories will be of any length and veer into any territory i wish. the idea is for me to write one a day for every day of november. these will be first drafts with minimal editing.

if you are into any of it. please comment below! perhaps you can help me figure out if there's ANYthing in these stories worth adapting or polishing into something awesome.

story 23. parking ticket theater (by jenny yang. friday, november 29, 2013)

i tried to cry myself out of a parking ticket this week.  i’m not proud of my work. but it happened.

i’ve been working on my acting skills and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

i mean, when is acting in real life not acting but real? i often wonder that when i watch the latest catfight between two preserved plum housewives on the teevee.

i consider myself a responsible handler of my vehicle.  if you live in the los angeles area, you have to be.  cars are a huge part of our cost of living.  If you don’t factor in the occasional expense of a blown tire or parking ticket then you are dumb and don’t deserve to operate a tool that can become a weapon for committing homicide.

that said, i do not believe in parking meters. if i can manage to find parking away from the main commercial street and in the neighborhood, i will walk myself the ten minutes it takes to live the next few hours without the weight of getting a parking ticket on my shoulders.

8pm was when the meters shut off Tuesday night on the busy commercial strip of Melrose Avenue.  my buddy and i got there at 5:45 so the maximum two hours of meter time gave my car the blinking green light of approval until just before the 8pm cutoff.  no problem.  i had a sweet spot right in front of the large windows to the restaurant where we were dining. i sat facing my sweet sweet nissan hatchback chariot and all was going to be well.

“i’ll just set an alarm for myself on my iphone.” i said to myself....

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