Part of our mission here at Daily Fuel has been to illuminate life and early career insights for our readers, and we're thrilled to announce that Sam Mooradian will be joining our current blogger, Christian Zilko, debuting Wednesday September 18th. We hope the sharing of their successes, failures, insights, and adventures will continue to inspire others on their journeys toward personal and professional fulfillment. Enjoy!

Crash Coursing

YouTube is one of my most valuable creative tools. This week, its value was proved to me yet again.

If I don’t know how to do something, or if I want to learn a new skill or creative technique, I try to figure it out on my own. If (more likely when) that doesn’t work, I immediately turn to YouTube. YouTube has tutorials for just about every learnable thing under the sun – I don’t know that I’ve been let down yet. Because of this wealth of informative content, one can theoretically elect to learn whatever they’d like from behind a screen. That’s what I did when I started producing music, that’s what I do when I need to learn new animation/design techniques, and that’s what I did this week when I
realized I could use YouTube to get a crash course in computer building.

Choosing components for and subsequently building a computer is something I’ve never done, and something that, this time last week, I knew nothing about. But I need to start thinking about acquiring a dedicated machine for my work – not a laptop, but a powerful desktop that can handle serious recording and animation stress. Something that can handle BIG projects. Check out the embedded video to see one of my older projects of such high caliber.

Unfortunately, the big computer companies seldom offer anything close to what I need. The four or five options I have also happen to be pushing four or five thousand dollars, and as a recent college grad/aspiring freelance artist, this is just not an option. But after a few hours of YouTube tutorials (coupled with a bit of research) I learned how computers are built and was able to compile a list of parts for a computer that more than meets my needs – at about half the cost. Therefore, I’ll likely be building my next computer, and I didn’t need a degree or classes to learn how. Just a few hours, genuine curiosity, and the tiniest bit of dedication. And an internet connection.

Creative problem solving counts as creativity, right?

Sam Mooradian

Guest Blogger:

Sam Mooradian

Creative and Crash Courser