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Politicians Are Out Looking For Votes– Don’t Miss Your Chance!!

October 29, 2014

Election Day is fast approaching here in the USA (it’s next Tuesday, November 4th).
It will be a mid-term election, coming at the halfway point of the U.S. president’s 4-year term.

Here in New Hampshire we like to pretend that election campaigns are still conducted like they were 50 years ago: smiling volunteers knock on doors and hand out flyers, candidates mingle with real people, shaking hands and kissing babies.

In truth, today’s campaigns are conducted through television advertising: candidates 
and the special interest groups that have an ideological or financial stake in their election spend millions of dollars on ads that trash the candidate’s opponent.

That said, candidates still make the rounds here, especially in the closing days of the campaign. Mostly it’s a chance to be seen smiling and shaking hands on the six o’clock news.

So it’s still possible to encounter a real, live political candidate in 2014. Here we see how Busker, everyone’s favorite street musician, deals with that situation.

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Street musician saxophone player Busker pausing by sign announcing campaign rally and chance to meet political candidate running for office

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Street musician saxophone player Busker stopping to think

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Street musician saxophone player Busker abruptly turning around in street

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Street musician saxophone player Busker smiling as he walks into joke and novelty shop

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Street musician saxophone player Busker smiling as he exits joke and novelty shop

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Smiling political candidate campaigner running for office, walking toward Busker with big smile and hand extended for shake

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Street musician saxophone player Busker giving political candidate a zap as he shakes his hand with a joy buzzer

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Note: the above gag only makes sense if you’re familiar with an item called a joy buzzer. I never had one, but when I was a kid, I used to see them advertised in every comic book I ever bought.

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Have you ever attended a political campaign rally to support a candidate?

Have you ever shaken hands with a famous politician? Who was it?

Have you ever zapped someone with a concealed joy buzzer? Has anyone ever actually seen a joy buzzer??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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7 Lessons From The Gunfight At The O.K. Corral

October 21, 2014

As mentioned in a previous post, I have a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a network for business professionals. It’s a good way for a freelancer like myself to make connections and attract potential clients.

This year, LinkedIn gave members a new perk: they could write posts on the LI platform at no charge. A great way to demonstrate one’s knowledge and expertise.

Here’s my latest LI post. It has a humorous premise (we can learn something from a messy wild west shootout), but I think the lessons hold true. See if you agree.

You can also read the post on LinkedIn.

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cartoon showing Wyatt Earp at O.K. Corral texting message "Kicked Clantons' butt" while Ike Clanton is lying in pile of bodies and texting "We lost"

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The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The most famous shootout in the history of the Old West. It took place on October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. The Earps won, the Clantons lost. It teaches me, a freelance illustrator, 7 important lessons. The lessons are the same, no matter what product or service you might offer.

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1. Legend (and the movies) say the Earps were the good guys. It’s more muddled than that. Muddled enough that the Earps were tried (and acquitted) for murder after the shootout.

Lesson: Don’t be so quick to judge, to immediately categorize people (clients, customers) as good or bad. Use good sense, judge people by their actions over time. But keep an open mind, and give people a chance. You might just pick up a loyal friend and customer for life.

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2. The entire gunfight lasted about 30 seconds.

Lesson: Be prepared for a life- or career-defining moment. Be alert for a window of opportunity, and seize the moment. Such windows may be open for only a very short time.

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3. Wyatt Earp was the only “good guy” who wasn’t hit in the shootout. He outlived everyone else in the fight, and died at age 80 in 1929.

Lesson: Sometimes you get lucky. But it’s also true that you make your own luck. You
do it largely by being there, being in the arena. You work hard, put in the time, gain experience, sharpen your skills. If and when your big chance arrives, you’re ready– ready to “get lucky.”

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4. The gunfight did not actually take place at the O.K. Corral. It took place in a narrow lot next to Fly’s Photographic Studio, six doors west of the rear entrance to the corral.

Lesson: Never take “facts” for granted. That includes the specs for a design or any other job. The client may be mistaken, misinformed, using the wrong terms, and/or doing some wishful thinking. Be proactive: do the research, ask questions, fill in client knowledge gaps. In short, bring your expertise to bear. It’s part of the job, and crucial to successful results.

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5. Town Marshall Virgil Earp deputized Doc Holliday on the morning of the gunfight. It was Virgil, his brothers Morgan and Wyatt Earp, and Holliday who faced off against the Clantons.

Lesson: Know when to ask for help– and ask for it. You need to make connections, and stay in touch. You’re ready to help them, they’re ready to help you.

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6. Two members of the Clanton gang ran from the fight when the shooting started.

Lesson: Speaking somewhat facetiously: they recognized they were not a good match for the job, and turned it down. That’s excellent advice for an artist or anyone else: we all have our specialties. It’s a mistake to try to be all things to all people. Recognize when a job is a bad match for you, and politely decline. If you can, recommend a colleague who is a good match for the job. Perhaps said colleague will return the favor one day.

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7. The gunfight did not become famous until 1931, when author Stuart Lake published a largely fictitious biography of Wyatt Earp. Movies and television have since raised the gunfight to the level of myth.

Lesson: You never know when something’s going to go viral. You never know when you and your work might be discovered. Be ready. Practice, put in the time, stay optimistic, and always, always do the best work you possibly can.

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Note: Facts pertaining to The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral were taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunfight_at_the_O.K._Corral

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Mark Armstrong is the Chief Sketch Officer at Mark Armstrong Illustration. He’s a Photoshop expert, and has been in business for over 25 years. He believes there’s always a visual component to any communication problem. He uses illustration and humor to help solve those problems. You can view his profile in slideshow format.

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Were you familiar with The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?

Can you think of other historical events where the “movie version” is a lot more glamorous than what actually happened?

Did the seven lessons ring true? Was there one in particular you especially liked?

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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