Residents sleep under a makeshift tent  outside the emergency center in the town of Portoviejo, Ecuador, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Parts of Ecuador have been devastated by the country's strongest earthquake in decades, as the death toll continues to rise and people left homeless prepare to sleep outside for second straight night. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Dear NC friends,

As some of you may know, this past Saturday, Ecuador was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that destroyed entire cities. At least 650 people have died (the number keeps rising), 107 have disappeared and more than 12,500 are injured. This is a really hard time for my country and living abroad makes our community and family feel powerless and extremely sad in this situation.

Nevertheless, the small Ecuadorian community in Raleigh/Charlotte is trying to help where we can. So, I’m kindly asking you to please consider donating much needed goods for this cause. What is collected will be sent in containers to the victims through the General Consulate of Ecuador in Atlanta.

Please drop off donations at our office:
410 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
Donations are welcome until Wednesday, April 27 at 5:00PM.

Email, call or text me at 919-274-7327 for more information. Any donation, large or small, will be greatly appreciated.
Alternately, you can donate directly to UNICEF, The Ecuadorian Red Cross or Oxfam.

Here is the list of items that are needed the most:

– Baby or adult diapers
– Feminine products (pads)
– Baby wipes
– Non-perishable canned food
– Baby food & formula
– Toilet paper
– Toothpaste
– Bar soap
– Shampoo
– Light cotton blankets (new or used)
– Single or Double camping tents (new or used)
– Flashlights or LED lanterns
– AA or AAA batteries

THANK YOU!

Ricardo, Verona, Eva & Sebastian Roberts

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Rescue workers from Venezuela organize themselves before they search for earthquake survivors in Portoviejo, Ecuador, Monday, April 18, 2016. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Rescue workers organize themselves before they search for earthquake survivors in Portoviejo, Ecuador, Monday, April 18, 2016. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency.

Residents sleep in the street in the Pacific coastal town of Pedernales, Ecuador, Sunday, April 17, 2016. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency. As rescue workers rushed in, officials said Sunday at least 77 people were killed, over 570 injured and the damage stretched for hundreds of miles to the capital and other major cities.(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) ORG XMIT: DOR102

Residents sleep in the street in the Pacific coastal town of Pedernales, Ecuador, Sunday, April 17, 2016. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency.

Over the past year, I’ve been hearing more and more about virtual reality. The concept has been around for a long time, popping up here and there in fiction as advanced technology from the distant future. But in 2015, companies such as Oculus, Google, GoPro, HTC and Samsung really started to push VR into the mainstream. As we move through 2016, it’s going to become more and more common. And at Myriad, we’re already starting to have some fun with it!

Towards the middle of 2015, I stumbled across a link to this Youtube video, and when I opened it on my phone I experienced something completely new. What I saw on the screen of my phone changed according to the orientation of my body. It was totally fascinating—I spent a long time playing around with it, looking up at the sky, down at the couch, and on and on. And the thing that really struck me was that it wasn’t buggy and sluggish. It totally worked, and it worked great. Soon after, we ordered a Google Cardboard viewer and really started digging in to projects like NYT VR, watching programs like Walking New York, and my mind was really blown.

The thing that’s really exciting to me about VR is that it’s not going to be prohibitively expensive, and it doesn’t necessarily require equipment that you don’t already have. Sure, you can elevate the experience by investing in the new Oculus Rift (to be honest, even that is not going to cost more than a nice TV). But you can still have a really cool experience just using your phone and a cardboard box. You can also open up a VR Youtube video in Chrome on your computer, and just pan around with your mouse. It’s pretty awesome.

Here is a chain of increasingly immersive ways to see VR content:

 

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Over the past few months, we’ve been diving into VR production using a 6 camera GoPro rig. It’s been fun to discover and tackle the differences that exist between VR production and traditional video production. How do we create content that allows the viewer to “choose where to look?” How does that impact storytelling? How can we let it enhance the experience and not hinder it? We’ve already learned a lot, and we are really excited about pushing forward with that medium.

So here’s to a big year in VR!  I’m really excited about the type of content that we’re going to be producing as we make our way through 2016. We’ve started to post some of our initial projects to our Campsite website. Check ’em out!

 

We bought a bunch of balloons and dozen roses, and then headed downtown. Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day from Myriad Media.

We are looking for a passionate, creative, hard-working summer intern with a desire to learn more about the video production industry. You must be a student enrolled in a university or a recent graduate to be considered for the internship.

Additional requirements include:

    • Solid understanding of Mac OS.
    • Proficiency in Adobe CS Production Suite, especially Adobe Premiere and Photoshop.
    • Experience in field production, such as basic camera skills and general knowledge of lighting and audio equipment.

Job Description and Position Focus:

Education and skill development in the area of media production. Duties may include:

  • Project management assistance (providing administrative support to our team of producers).
  • Creative development (concept generation, script writing, research, etc).
  • Field production (production assistant and grip responsibilities).
  • Post-production support throughout projects, including but not limited to: preparing footage, rough-cut editing, management and archival of footage and masters.
  • Miscellaneous office tasks such as scheduling, obtaining props, client deliveries, gear pick-up, craft services, etc.

Position Length: We are looking to fill one part-time production intern position this summer. The start and end dates are flexible, depending on your school calendar. Tentative dates run from May 19 through August 5.

Hours: Three (3) full days per week. Specific days are flexible depending on your summer schedule.

Compensation: The intern will receive a $1500 stipend for this internship.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

1. Send an email to malia@myriadmedia.net with the following mandatory items:

  • Your resume (attach as a .pdf)
  • Answers to the Application Questionnaire below (attach as a .pdf)
  • Cover letters are too formal for our taste. In the body of your email, tell us about yourself. For example, what are you passionate about? Why did you get involved in video production? Why do you want to work at Myriad? Include anything you think we should know about.
  • Links to your work (please include these links at the end of your email and specify your role in each video sample).

Please note that we do not require a demo reel or online portfolio to apply, but you will get brownie points if you have them. Feel free to include links to any other online platforms you have as well to help us get to know you (LinkedIn, Twitter, cool blogs, etc).

2. In the email subject line, please use the following format:

  • 2016 Production Intern – FirstName LastName
  • Example: 2016 Production Intern – Joe Smith

3. Application Questionnaire

  1. Tell us about one of your sample video projects that you are proud of. What went well? What did you learn? What did you enjoy most about the process?
  2. Tell us about a time when you provided or received excellent customer service. Why was it memorable?
  3. What is one piece of advice would you give a classmate or colleague to ensure their production runs smoothly?
  4. Who is someone you admire or respect? Why?
  5. What is the best work-related compliment you’ve ever received?
  6. Share a link to one of your favorite online videos that you recently discovered (1:30 in length or less). Why do you like it? What, in your opinion, makes the video successful?

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016. If your application does not follow the directions, it will not be considered. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

About Myriad:

Myriad Media is an integrated production company headquartered in Raleigh, NC. We specialize in digital video content (live action and motion graphics) for brands and agencies that we share values with. We’re folks with super ordinary haircuts and a love for producing smart, surprising videos. We’re down-to-earth people who put good work above being flashy. We hire co-workers who will make us better, and we are excited to learn why that might be you.

About the Myriad Mentorship:

To learn more about our internship program goals and to see some awesome internship projects, take a look at this blog post.

 

 

The Myriad Mentorship

February 1st, 2016 by Malia

We get a lot of questions about our internship program. This is an overview of our program’s mission as well as a look at some of our past internship projects. We’ll be posting our summer application this week, stay tuned!

Internship Program Goals

The Myriad Mentorship is a three-month-long summer internship program designed to help interns increase their knowledge and experience in a real-world, creative business setting. Interns have a mentor (a full-time Myriad employee) who directly oversees their work on a day-to-day basis. The primary goals of the mentorship program are:

    • HELP PEOPLE: This is Myriad Way Number One. We want to give great opportunities to smart, talented, hardworking people. The folks at Myriad want to give back to the community that has helped them get to where they are today.
    • TEACH: We want our interns to be challenged every day. Our internship is centered around interactive education. Ensuring that every intern comes away with knowledge, experience, and new skills in their field of interest is important to us. When interns are not working on real-world assignments, they’ll have access to things like online training courses, reading materials, production gear and inspirational videos catered to their discipline. Many of the day-to-day projects and opportunities will be based on their level of experience, skill set, career goals, and summer schedule (see the bottom of this post for examples of past projects completed by our interns).
    • INSPIRE: We want our interns to leave the program with the desire to keep growing. We want to show them what’s possible, as well as provide the encouragement and support for them to get there. We are passionate about what we do and we want to help interns discover and pursue what they are passionate about.
    • BUILD RELATIONSHIPS: Internships allow us to build relationships with talented individuals over time. We want to find people who we can trust—and who can trust us. We want to work with team members who share similar values and inspire us every day. We like working with people who challenge us to think and see things differently, and who are humble and willing to learn from others, too.

Interested in seeing some of the projects our amazingly talented interns have done in the past?

  • Kristen and Tyler were our 2015 Summer Interns. Read this blog post to learn more about Tyler’s experience as our Marketing Intern. Read this blog post to learn more about Kristen’s experience as our Production Intern. They worked collaboratively to create a micromedia spec piece. Take a look below:

  • Sam was our 2014 Summer Production Intern. Read this blog post to learn more about his experience at Myriad, and take a look at his final video project below:

  • Todd was our 2013 Summer Production Intern. Read this blog post to learn how Todd approached his final video project below:

  • Luke was our 2013 Summer Marketing Intern. He focused on improving our social media and digital strategy. For his final project, he researched and wrote all of the content in this white paper.

 

This is a guest contribution from a group of film students at Appalachian State University, whose project on immigration policy I have recently supported. Go, Clare and team! 

 
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As a group of first-semester freshmen, it is understandable that most people underestimate us. It isn’t until we roll up to an interview with our equipment that people begin to realize that we mean business. This has been a recurring theme throughout our project. What does a rag-tag group of freshmen from Appalachian State University know about making a documentary? The truth is, not much. Some of the group has a bit of film and photography experience, but nothing too serious. As we have gained experience, we have learned to use each person’s skills and talents to our advantage.

IMG_7228 Before showing up at El Paso, we hardly knew what the purpose of the film would be. We came into it with the intention of learning as we go and allowing the film to make itself. Of course, we didn’t go into it completely blind. We took a class on immigration and culture with our professor, Joe Bryan, and felt that we could make a difference. We saw the flaws in the immigration system, from the inhumane ICE detention centers to the xenophobic section of our country that cheers Donald Trump’s call to build a wall. It’s easy to say our country’s immigration laws are wrong and live our lives not doing anything about it. But, we decided something needed to change. There are stories of cruelty at the border and in detention centers that people need to hear. Not many people know what is happening at our southern border; therefore, we made it our mission to share.

IMG_7308We may not have known the exact direction of the film, but we had done extensive research previous to the trip. We found the people from El Paso most qualified to talk about the issues (a big thank you to our professor, who used his connections in the area to help us with this). We researched the people extensively in order to ask the perfect questions. In that respect, we were ready.

I have been amazed by the things we’ve learned from each interview and interaction. From Nellie Alvarado, a woman whose husband Oscar is detained at an ICE detention facility in El Paso, we learned of the abuses he has suffered inside. He was detained because he was shot in Mexico and Nellie took him across the border to seek medical help and flee the militarized Mexican police. After being released from the hospital, he was immediately taken to the detention center, where his wounds were neglected. He’s since been abused medically and physically.

From Carlos Spector, an attorney in El Paso, we discovered how the militarization of the Mexican police force has led to an increased flood of Mexicans into the United States. He shared horror stories of people being raped by the police, then fleeing to the border, where they were detained. These stories are where we have finally found the point of our documentary. We are sharing why people must flee Mexico to come to America, and what happens when they get here.

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Our immigration system has its flaws, some obvious and others not so obvious. We met with border patrol agents, who we thought might be the bad guys, but who aren’t. They are mostly good guys just doing their jobs. The real problem lies with the policy makers. It is nearly impossible for people to enter the United States legally. Asylum is rarely offered, no matter how necessary it is for people fleeing their homes in Mexico and Central America. Violence is prevalent in these regions because of drug cartels and government corruption. The root of the problem is the internal corruption and violence in Mexico that needs to be solved. However, in the United States, there is something that can be done in the meantime. We must grant asylum to more people because the majority are fleeing for their lives. It is un-American to leave these people suffering at our gates.

Right now, I am sitting in Houston Intercontinental Airport reflecting on my experience in El Paso. First and foremost, I am so unbelievably proud of how well we carried ourselves. We went into each interview with poise and maturity. We visited the Annunciation House and even ended up volunteering while there. Our wild group of hippies from Boone, North Carolina came together to do something really great. I am so excited for the next step of this journey: Putting the film together!

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December 16th, 2015 by Chris

We’ve been working with Stop Hunger Now for about a year now. We jumped right in early this year by going to Haiti for our first project. We had worked with Karen, our client, many times before, back when she was at her previous employer, so we already had rapport and trust with her.  She’s one of the nicest people, and she truly cares about the work that SHN does.  She really inspired us to make more of a commitment and live up to Myriad Way #9:  Make a Difference.

We decided we had to do more. SHN needed some other video assets, including a new instructional video for their meal packaging events. We realized this would be a perfect opportunity to do a meal packaging event ourselves, which would help feed thousands of people, and help out a great organization.

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We quickly realized that we were going to need a bigger space, and we’d need a place to film it, too. We immediately considered Trailblazer Studios and their large studio as the ideal spot. I connected with Eric Johnson, who has been a Myriad collaborator for more than 20 years. He loved the idea, ran it by some of his team members, and people were on board. We nailed down the date, started sending out invites and making plans.  

The day of the meal packing event started early, as we were also shooting scenes for the instructional video. By mid-afternoon, we had captured the necessary shots and the larger group of volunteers began to arrive. Zack, our Stop Hunger Now facilitator, got everyone in and at their designated stations. There’s a funnel station, a weighing station, a sealing station and a boxing station. There are also a few designated “runners” that bring ingredients to the tables, and take filled bags to the weigh stations. I manned the boxing station, donning my hairnet and a tape gun.

Once folks got into a rhythm, the bags started flying at me. Before we knew it, we heard the first GONG! That meant we had packed 1000 meals. Everyone cheered and got right back into rhythm, a perfect assembly line.  The music kept us in time.

We had over 80 volunteers help us meet our goal of packing 20,000 meals.  It was a great event, and we got lots of feedback from folks about how much fun they had, and how cool it was to contribute to a great cause. I feel pretty confident we will have another event next year.  We’ll stretch that goal too!

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I’m sharing this incredible story on behalf of my colleague, Maria, based in our Vancouver, BC office. From Maria:

Hiking to Freedom

As an avid hiker, the Matt Gunn Scrambles book is the defacto guide to our local BC mountains. Scrambling is more than hiking, it requires a bit of climbing too. For the last several years I’ve had the goal of hiking every hike in the book. Some I’ve managed, others I’ve had to re-treat on due to weather, conditions, etc. Each hike is a massive epic sometimes hiking 14hr days, doing over 6,000ft of vertical elevation, waking up at 4am, and other forms of physical torture :)

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But the journeys I make pale in comparison to the journeys some have to make. My ultimate goal is a personal one. Having once fled a communist country with nothing but the clothes on our backs, I have a deep sympathy for those struggling to escape from North Korea.

Imagine a 3,000 mile journey to escape one of the world’s most oppressive regimes. The human rights violations are too numerous to count, the country runs the longest concentration camps on the planet – 70 years.

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It costs $3,000 to rescue a refugee (basic needs, transportation, accommodations, fines, fees, bribes, contingency funds, and resettlement assistance). My goal for this year is to help one through www.libertyinnorthkorea.org.

I will hike till my legs drop. I will endure every discomfort. And if you think it worthy, please consider donating a nominal fee for each mountain summit achieved. 

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Over the last year, Maria has delivered messages to mountaintops in exchange for a $50 donation to her cause. She has climbed more than 166,818 feet, and has succeed in her goal of rescuing one refugee. We’re truly humbled by her efforts, and honored to call her a friend and co-worker!

Read more from Maria’s personal blog here.

Exploring the Edge of Possible

November 30th, 2015 by Will

 

Maybe you guys should get some management
training, or something?”

Although well-intentioned, I could hear something close to panicked frustration in my colleague’s voice. As a 22-year partner at the ever-unconventional Myriad Media, it’s not the first time I’ve received this sort of challenge. We’re determined to meet the future on our own terms in a world that eats bright ideas and best practices for breakfast. That comes at a price that my co-workers and I have paid many times: A loss of certainty coupled with an increase in anxiety. I deeply value the time and purpose of our people, so I’ve often wondered if this inclination to venture into the unknown is a good one. I call this exploring the edge of possible.

Perhaps it’s because we are in the middle of an exceptionally active period of change, but that call from my co-worker made me curious. How can we best deal with a lack of certainty in the pursuit of big dreams?

While searching for answers, I found this article by soccer player Andrea Pirlo. Pirlo describes going to the next level after meticulously studying the work of his hero, Antonio Augusto Ribeiro Reis. This surprising nugget of wisdom made me wonder, what insight would my own heroes offer? How do they navigate this so-called “edge of possible” while maintaining their equilibrium?

For me, that’s a question for explorers like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Carl Sagan. Musk in particular is an excellent case study. He states his current goal is to:

…change mankind’s outlook on being a multi-planetary species.

Specifically, he wants to save the human race from extinction by colonizing other planets. It starts with Mars. Have human beings ever set out to do something more challenged by the unknown?

At this moment, the key is to create rockets that can depart Earth and come back in tact. Without reuse, interplanetary travel simply isn’t feasible. The space shuttle was an attempt at a reusable rocket, but even its main tank was thrown away every time. The parts that were reusable took 10,000 people nine months to refurbish. The space shuttle ended up costing a billion dollars per flight (credit TED.)

10,000 people and a billion dollars!? The fact that no one has cracked this in the 58 years humans have been firing rockets spaceward makes it exceptionally daunting. Though lack of previous success makes the path steeper, it hasn’t stopped Musk and his engineers at SpaceX from venturing forth.

It’s a story chock full of imagination. A winding road of adventure, loss, and massive success. What follows are five distinct practices I’ve distilled from my own meticulous study of the most ambitious person of our time, Elon Musk.

Practice 1 – Visualize Possibility

“The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.”

Elon Musk

Renderings for the SpaceX Hyper Loop

Renderings for the SpaceX Hyper Loop

Whether it’s Mars-bound rockets or earthly Hyper Loops, progress starts with possibility. Musk repeatedly spots opportunities others miss because his mind is tuned to see things as achievable. To me, there are three keys to this inclination:

  1. A natural and relentless curiosity
  2. The skill of holding different–sometimes opposite–streams of thought so as not to narrow your focus too quickly
  3. The perspective to synthesize these streams into a new, better proposition.

According to Bruce Nussbaum, author of the book Creative Intelligence, “Successful mining of existing knowledge can reveal important patterns and show you possible paths to the new. Recognizing the important ‘dots’ and connecting them in different ways is what entrepreneurialism is about.”

One simple example: Musk takes the SpaceX drive for reusable, affordable rockets and connects it to another project to launch a fleet of low-earth-orbit satellites. The payoff? Cheap, high-speed internet access anywhere on Earth. Of our 7.3 billion inhabitants, there remain 4.4 billion without any internet access. Take a second to think about the multiple revolutions in the past decade with less than 50% of us having access to the web. Now, envision the change that will occur when everyone, at every distant corner, village, desert, or mountaintop can connect at a low price. 

Indeed, the optimistic tendency to see things as possible and connecting diverse concepts to one another reveals opportunities others will miss.

Practice 2 – Embrace Risk

“…there’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.” (credit WIRED)

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On one side of the ledger, Elon Musk can point to a list of notable achievements. On the other, there’s a much longer list you might think of as missteps, overreaches, and head-scratching screwups. Achievement and failure are two sides of the same coin. The key element binding them together is risk. Explorers like Musk understand the basic nature of this equation. While it’s wise to moderate risk, it’s actually unwise to eliminate it. It’s also impossible.

Think of risk as another tool in the box, just like money, expertise, and connections. If it’s not part of the equation, particularly in the early stages, your chances of long-term success will be relative. Richard Rocket, a space industry consultant, notes: “You cannot change the world the way SpaceX is trying to without having significant challenges. This is all part of the plan, not to experience launch failures, but to push things forward through iteration and innovation.” (credit Fortune.)

The Falcon 9 Crash-n-Burn

The Falcon 9 Crash-n-Burn

I’m sure Musk’s coffee seemed particularly bitter the morning after Falcon 9’s June 28, 2015 crash ’n’ burn. I’m also sure he quickly re-oriented and zoned in on the data this failed risk returned. Accordingly, we’re one step closer to eating our morning flakes as we watch moons Phobos and Deimos fade in the twilight. As Musk noted, “Failure is an option here.”

In my job of preparing our company for the future, I frequently feel a pull to convey certainty even when it doesn’t exist. This can put me in an uneasy state—hardly the right mindset for doing great work. For me, Musk’s Zen-like acceptance dials back the unrealistic pressure to always be certain. This prepares me to do better work, communicate more effectively with my team, and improve upon yesterday’s results.

A Martian Sunrise

A Martian Sunrise

I recently attended a talk on organizational change by Ari Weinzwig. He’s the visionary co-owner of Zingerman’s Deli and other ventures in a community of businesses called ZCoB located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ZCoB has been noted as the coolest small company in America. There were three key themes in his peppery, whirlwind talk:

  1. No one person has all the answers. That’s OK.
  2. The crowd is far wiser than the individual. Every person should contribute.
  3. We’ll figure it out together.

Weinzwig must have said, “We’ll figure it out together” six times in 75 minutes. ZCoB is a 33-year-old cultural treasure, has 10 different employee-owned businesses, 700 employees and did $59.3 million last year. An important reminder that when it comes to risk, failure and uncertainty: Keep the unique values that drove your previous accomplishments front and center. In other words, dance with who brung ya.

Practice 3 – Connect

I am struck by the number of experts Musk has in his network to help him tackle great problems. It doesn’t matter if it requires throwing back countless vodka shots with seedy, dollar-hustling Russian space vets, joining an admirable, yet geeky club of Mars enthusiasts, or recruiting aerospace students. Musk has surrounded himself with others more experienced, and perhaps smarter, than himself. 

The SpaceX Dragon docking with the International Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon docking with the International Space Station

Practice 4 – Drill to the Fundamental Truth

Another aspect of Musk’s core is his use of “first principles thinking.” According to Musk, “The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. [With analogy] we are doing this because it’s like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. [With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths … and then reason up from there.” (credit Kevin Rose & Foundation)

Using first principles to persistently inquire rather than copy, SpaceX was able to devise a method of rocket building that costs roughly two percent of conventional approaches. 

Another good example is sister company Tesla’s challenge to the commonly accepted standard of electric cars: short range, low power and, well, dorky. By questioning assumptions about energy requirements and aesthetics, Tesla created the Roadster. This evolution has changed the way we think of electric cars and made their success more likely. Given that transportation is the cause of 30% of climate changing emissions, this shift is a big deal.

A Myriad Orange Tesla Roadster

A Myriad Orange Tesla Roadster

 

First principles thinking can lead to major steps in progress, but it’s not a magic bullet. It requires substantial mental energy and time. It’s most useful when attempting something new and complicated rather than in day-to-day matters. When using first principles thinking, it’s critical to be flexible, solicit negative feedback (from friends, particularly), and embrace such feedback.

Starting from someone else’s baseline of how they approached a challenge will result in solutions relative to their baseline. Sometimes that’s good. But when looking for a bigger jump forward, drill until you reach the fundamental truth.

Practice 5 – Work with Purpose

Simply put, Musk is a hard-ass worker who doggedly pursues a problem until it’s solved. Ex-wife Justine Musk has described him as, not altogether affectionately, a “bear.” His typical work week is somewhere in the neighborhood of 85 hours. With three companies to run, that comes out to only 28.3 hours per company. Slacker!

The point here is not that Musk is successful because he works harder. Rather, it’s because he’s found challenges that are bigger than himself, whether it’s saving humanity from extinction or powering our cars with the sun.

At Myriad Media, we are just a small company of 35 folks. But we want to make a difference for those people. Our approach is to encourage our employees to find their “thing,” too: The one that doesn’t really feel like work, to which they are naturally called to give their best.

It’s clear Elon Musk has found work that effortlessly pulls the best from him. In my opinion, this adds a critical energy and passion that has allowed him to power through when the going gets tough. 

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For me, the most valuable insight on how to maintain poise during tough moments of uncertainty isn’t Musk’s ability to synthesize or include just the right amount risk. It’s not first principles thinking. It’s not the network, nor his passion-powered work ethic. It’s Musk’s unbridled optimism that a better way is out there. He is an explorer who has taken up permanent residence on the edge of possible, and has made a difference by doing so.

In our unique ways, we should each wander around this tricky territory. I can’t help but think my hero Carl Sagan would agree:

Maybe it’s a little early. Maybe the time is not quite yet. But those other worlds— promising untold opportunities—beckon.

Carl Sagan

We’re seeking a full-time Sales and Business Development Manager to join our team. We are looking for candidates who have a minimum of 5 years of experience, with at least 2-3 years of sales-specific experience. Ideal candidates have worked for ad agencies, design shops, production companies, tech companies, or other creative industries. You must be passionate about discovering and solving client problems and have a fearless approach to new business.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Generating and maintaining new accounts with major corporations and brands.
  • Managing all aspects of sales cycles (lead generation, lead qualification, account entry strategy, client needs analysis, etc.)
  • Creating monthly new business activity reports and sales forecasts.
  • High-level selling with a consultative sales approach.
  • Working with our Marketing Director to improve and expand our sales and marketing strategies.  
  • Networking (industry events, client outings, etc.)  
  • Leading and collaborating on client pitches.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • You should represent and reinforce Myriad’s unique culture in a positive way. You are fun-loving, hard-working, intellectual, kind, collaborative, and caring. You possess a strong desire to make a difference beyond “the work” and revenue generation. You demonstrate empathy, sincerity, persistence, and creativity.
  • You have the ability to communicate, influence, connect, and build trust with a wide range of people.
  • You have excellent presentation skills. 
  • You have an existing, vibrant network that you’ve built over your career.
  • You have experience managing all levels of the sales process.
  • You are results-driven and have a high closure rate. You have a proven ability to set and meet ambitious sales and revenue targets.
  • Good taste is required, but design experience is a plus. You have an interest in the artistic and creative fields.  
  • You should be comfortable working in a small, boutique-style atmosphere, but have an expansive worldview and a desire to grow in a sustainable, strategic manner.
  • Knowledge of, and participation in, social media is not required, but highly preferred.
  • The position is mainly inside sales, but some travel will be required.

About Myriad:

Myriad Media is an integrated production company headquartered in Raleigh, NC. We specialize in digital video content (live action and motion graphics) for brands and agencies that we share values with. We’re folks with super ordinary haircuts and a love for producing smart, surprising videos. We’re down-to-earth people who put good work above being flashy. We hire co-workers who will make us better, and we are excited to learn why that might be you.  

To learn more about our work and culture, please check out the following:

www.myriadmedia.net

twitter.com/myriadmedia

instagram.com/myriad_media/

If you are interested in applying for this position:

  1. Send an email to workwithus@myriadmedia.net with the following:
    • Your resume (attach as .pdf)
    • Answers to the application questionnaire below (attach as .pdf)
    • Cover letters are too formal for our taste. In the body of your email, please tell us about yourself and include any links that might help us get to know you.
  2. Below is our application questionnaire:
    • Why are you a good fit for this position? Why are you a good fit for Myriad?
    • Please list some notable accounts you have won. Which account are you most proud of landing? How did you win and continue to grow the account?
    • What is the best work-related compliment you’ve ever received?
    • Who is someone you have worked with that you admire or respect? Why?
    • What is your personal sales and business development philosophy? Why has it made your career successful?
  3. Please follow the formatting instructions below
    • Email subject line: 2015 Sales Manager Application – FirstName LastName
    • Resume file name: 2015 Sales Manager Resume – FirstName LastName
    • Application questionnaire file name: 2015 Sales Manager Questionnaire – FirstName LastName
    • Your resume and questionnaire must be .pdf files.

Phone calls and drop-ins for this position will not be accepted.

Thank you for considering Myriad Media. We are eager to hear from you!

Myriad Media is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment consistent with specific city and state legal, criminal, and background check requirements.