There was a time when I worked in San Francisco and would eat soba noodles on a daily basis from Yo Yo’s. A big tub of broth, noodles, and fish cakes was about $2.50. I was poor and this was a great deal and bonus, it was delicious. For a few bucks you could also get a few sushi rolls. Nothing fancy. Salmon. Seaweed. A California roll. They introduced me to edamame and seaweed salad. Good folks. My weak American palette wanted salt, so most of the rice in my meals would get doused with soy sauce.
This lead to me making the following video, properly titled “Soy Sauce Scissors.”
(It’s only 1:40, you got that much time, right? Honestly watching only four seconds of it will give you the overall gist though.)
Now, a few things lead to this video being made. One is obvious, I had a pair of scissors on my desk that I used exclusively for cutting open my soy sauce packets. The other belongs to the nature of my job – as an audio engineer my desk was literally a recording studio and when I didn’t have clients I was encouraged to explore the uses of our gear. We also had Final Cut Pro because our work was in advertising and we’d have to import video files to sync to or create video files to send off for approval. Blah blah blah we had video gear that also needed to be explored. I made a lot of stuff with this gear in my down time, and not all of it was good, not that this video is good in anyway but it does exist and some would argue that that in itself is good.
If any of this has a point I would say it is this – you can’t hold off on making something because you’re afraid it will suck. It probably will and so what? That’s how you develop as a person, as an artist and I will be the first to admit, making this video did not help my ‘skills’ in the least. But I made it and it definitely does suck, so at least I have that.