November 2018: Changing the Game

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Yeah, we know. We’re working that sports metaphor to death here at Pregame. But it’s warranted. Whether we admit it or not, we’re playing to win. So why do we compartmentalize the lessons learned in and from sports? Especially in creativity and art, we act as if sports don’t exist. Blame it on a vague feeling of competition (and perhaps, in the professional realm, resource envy), but those of us who […]

Putting Crowdfunding in Perspective: Respect Your Audience to Maximize Your Results

Alexander Reben

Funding ain’t easy. Technology makes it seem easy, especially with platforms like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe holding the promise of access to new fans with open wallets. Of course, it takes a tipping point of personal contacts funding a project to a certain dollar amount in order to access your yet-unknown audience. Which means outreach to friends, family, and colleagues is a necessary part of the phenomenon that is crowdfunding. […]

October 2018: Digital Life

Alexander Reben

The amount of time you spend on screens is directly related to your level of anxiety. Extensive social media use leads to depression and isolation. At least, that’s what I think someone said they heard from a study that may or may not have been published in a reputable journal and/or website. In a new normal, where all news is fake and all personal truth is fact and everything is […]

Ditch Your Business Plan and Focus on Your Game Plan

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Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: you’re working to get your idea out there, so you sit down to write a marketing plan… because that is what responsible business owners are supposed to do. But what starts out as a valiant effort to lay out your marketing calendar for the next twelve months devolves into a flurry of cutting and pasting between quarters – an over-thought and overwrought undertaking […]

Encore: Welcome to the Elite Society of Former Performers

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An excerpt from Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers Once you’re solidly in your new chapter, you join the ranks of the Former Performers: the passionate souls who pursued one of the most difficult – and rewarding – career paths that exist. You followed your first dream, and that is something you should always cherish. For a long time, I struggled with the admission that I used […]

What to Do During a Slow Period: Strengthening Your Business Strategy

Pregame PDX Clubhouse Space - Photo by Dan Hawk (8)

During slow summer months or winter hibernation, it’s easy to find an excuse to drift in late, check out early, and let a lack of momentum slow your whole roll. Even if you’re not on vacation, your inbox is full of out-of-office autoresponders, which can mean meeting-free mornings and afternoons spent shopping online instead of sharpening your online presence. Instead of letting slowdowns make you lethargic or frustrated, view the […]

August 2018: Navigating Transitions

Travis Somerville

You know those people who lose or quit their job and use the time off to find themselves and travel and play the guitar and have a summer fling and work out and read novels? Yeah. I am SO not one of those people. I hate being in the proverbial hallway. Give me a map, a door, an obstacle course, a game plan. I’ll knock that out of the park. […]

July 2018: Exploring Relationships

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Many years ago, I bought an artist’s sketch pad in a moment of hope that its blank pages would somehow beckon forth my until-then-dormant artist skills… or at least, kill a few hours through attempted creativity. Ever the list-maker, I ended up using the pages to write a sort of autobiography through drawn diagrams: a U.S. map with stars denoting each city in which I’d lived, a list of significant […]

June 2018: Travel & Journeys

Rodney Ewing: The Hometeam, silkscreen and dry pigment on paper, 2016

By now we all know that productivity is a function of balance: factoring in periods of recovery in order to perform at our best. I struggle with this. Being surrounded by extremely ambitious people and setting high standards for myself, I am prone to letting the drive for excellence crash land into rigid office hours, borderline burnout, or comparing myself to your Instagram life. It’s a losing battle. Will the […]

May 2018: Arts & Culture

El Anatsui

I’ll never forget an editorial I read years ago, found via Thomas Cott’s excellent daily arts industry digest, You’ve Cott Mail (see what he did there?). Cott’s headline was “The Crucial Role of ‘Middlebrow’ Arts,” though a few clicks through Google reveal that the original blog post, by Clayton Lord, bore a more direct title: “Funny, Catchy and Not Too Challenging, or ‘At some point, you’re just an elitist f*ck.’” […]