Passionate Problem Solving

Today’s multidisciplinary creatives and freelancers often find themselves looking for “what’s next,” whether it’s in regards to their next job, project or even more importantly--what direction they will go with their career. Here at “Pixels and Pads” we’ve been talking with some successful creatives on our podcast who started off working in one discipline only to suddenly find themselves fall into another that then takes over as their main source of income. For some it’s the side hustle that becomes the main gig, for others it’s passionate problem solving. Our most recent guest on the show, Nathan “Dust” Corrona, has all of these things culminate into a career path that teaches us a whole lot, but what we really must learn from Nathan’s story is to “pay attention!” Many times your next move is screaming at you in a problem that needs to be solved.

For Nathan he did just that. As the DJ/Producer of legendary Christian Hip-Hop duo Mars Ill, he faced the dilemma of a bad music video for one of his songs; it wasn’t what he artistically envisioned (or to be put simply, it just wasn’t good). He took it upon himself to get some video equipment and shoot a video himself. Later the group faced sample clearance issues which put the music making on hiatus allowing for him to have time to hone his videography skills. Fast forward to today Nathan has his own film company that has shot hundreds of professional music videos and short films for big clientele in the industry.


These two life occurrences in Nathan’s story show him solving problems that end up shifting his whole career path. Another interesting piece to add from the podcast episode is that Nathan tells us that he was able to channel the same creative energy and approach he took in beat making to video and film. This is crucial to understand as a multidisciplinary creative. Sometimes we can ‘psyche ourselves out’ or discourage ourselves from focusing on a side passion or ‘new discipline’ because it isn’t our ‘main thing,’ but it’s foolish to miss the reality of what being a creative and artist for a living makes one most likely capable of--capable of channeling creativity through multiple forms of expression. Nathan amazingly illustrates this for us in our conversation by saying that, “there’s something that music producers share with film directors, especially with editing [...] it was like second nature.”

What’s the takeaway? Again it can’t be said enough, “pay attention.” Maybe you could start with looking at the current state of your career and looking at what problems need some solving. Are you outsourcing a certain job that you could do yourself? Do you enjoy doing something that isn’t necessarily bringing you money right now but has the potential to do so with some effort? Even more specifically, do you find yourself doing something right now that you’ve fallen into naturally, yet it still requires you to channel creativity? Everyone’s situation is different but we can all certainly count on the life of us freelancing creatives to be quite unpredictable. If anything that’s more than enough motivation to be open to change, and confident in it.

Head over and listen to our podcast episode with Nathan HERE.