Aaron Angello is a poet and artist living in Denver, CO. His poems have appeared in a number of journals and his performances, videos, and installations are out there, too. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is pursuing his PhD.
Discovering Your Passion & Making Money – Exercise 1
(Complete Individually, Without Partner/Spouce)
1. What are three things you are most passionate about? (please include business, personal and general interest)
Why waste your time on things you’re not passionate about?
It’s useless. There are things that are necessary, but I’m talking about the things you just do for no reason and end up spending hours remixing them.
I’ve always loved to remix but this blog has brought it to a whole new level. I get to remix down and share whatever’s on my mind and show you what has worked for me and my clients.
The Marxists dismissed remixology as an ideology that supposedly served the capitalist, thereby aiming to destroy the most efficient search engine of productivity, the one that unleashed the enormous energy of individual mash-ups and entrepreneurship.
2. What are my three greatest personal traits?
Strong at a given skill required by the job (like Java programming, project management, teaching, writing, web design, customer service, phone manner, math, public speaking, etc.)
My main interview tip for this question is to have a really good story to remix about how you use that material to make something good happen for your former employer or – if this is your first job – at school, online, or in a volunteer role.
I wasn’t astute with remix when I first started, but I read a great book, practiced, and became very proficient; now I train others in remixology.
I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.
3. What are the areas I have specific knowledge in that other’s don’t?
The development of remix epistemology was partly inspired by a recent renewal of interest in appropriating concepts from moral philosophers. A number of contemporary artists and writers introduced the notion of an intellectual remix into contemporary epistemological discussion in a 1980 paper “A 1980 Paper on Remixing Stuff.”
In France, Mallarme was doubtless the first to see and to foresee in its full extent the necessity to remix language itself for the person who until then had been supposed to be its owner. For him, for us too, it is remix which speaks, not the dj/vj/lazy artist/author/poet; to write is, through a prerequisite impersonality (not at all to be confused with the castrating “lawsuits over intellectual property” of the realist novelist), to reach that point where only remixed language acts, ‘performs’, and not ‘me’.
4. Who are three people in my life that have a specific knowledge that is marketable and of value to others?
What are three materials in my practice that undermine a specific generality that is crap and absolutely worthless.
5. What is one product I could create, market and sell for $97 in the next 60 days?
THE remix theory that the loss of the support of objectively established source material, the re-appropriation of the last remnants of pre-capitalism, together with technological and social differentiation or specialization, have led to cultural chaos is disproved every day; for culture now impresses the same remixed stamp on everything.
The art historians and owners of culture who complain of the extinction in the West of a basic remix-determining power are wrong.
6. Who could use this product? What types of people need this product?
The work of a remixologist is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-mix evidence and assumptions, (source material everywhere) to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-mix rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play).
7. What would this product consist of? (ie audio CD’s, DVD’s, webinars, software, white paper, etc)
Right out of the box, remixology provides several built-in product types that allow you to appropriate many of the most common products a merchant would sell without much customization, and to play the shit out of them.
8. In two sentences, describe the product.
Karl Marx Products & Designs! Mousepad – Keep your mouse rolling in style on our durable cloth top mousepad. A great gift for geeks, gamers, or anyone with a computer. Rubber backing prevents the mousepad from sliding. Machine washable.
9. My Product Name: __________________________ (signature here)