Interview with Erica Barry (she/her), author of Don’t Wait, Create.
Erica Barry is a media strategist, entertainment industry professional, writer, and digital content creator. She desires to inspire creatives to get up and do what they’re dreaming about! Growing up in Washington D.C., she loved watching early YouTubers like Ryan Higa and Jenna Marbles – and watching digital media platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok transform the entertainment industry.
Barry: “I went to Pomona College where I majored in economics and minored in media studies. I enjoyed learning about the powerful relationship between media and culture, and the capacity of readily accessible digital media platforms to inspire social change.
It is an exciting time to be working in media because things are changing rapidly! There is so much going on in the world of content creation, streaming and digital media, and I hope to continue learning and growing in this new and exciting area.”
How do creators even get started? There is so much excitement around the magical social media skyrocket to a platform that pays the bills. But that overwhelming sense of “What should it be?” and “What should I do?” creates a barrier to ever beginning.
Barry: “…During the global pandemic, with very few new shows and movies to watch, I found myself consuming digital content: memes, TikToks, and YouTube videos, as my primary form of entertainment. This inspired me to write Don’t Wait, Create, which provides a roadmap to digital content creation and finding one’s creative voice while highlighting the journeys of successful digital creators like Bo Burnham, Chloe Fineman, Jimmy Tatro, and many others.”
Barry: “I applied lots of the techniques described in my book to get it written. My advice for any creative work, whether it’s writing a book, creating content, etc., is to stop waiting. The best way to learn is through trial and error and through making creativity a habit. It’s so easy to let perfectionism and the fear of failure prevent you from even starting. When writing Don’t Wait, Create, I put this to the test by setting a timer for an hour of judgment-free writing time per day. After a few weeks of this, I could feel the writing process getting exponentially easier. So, abandon your misgivings, your preciousness, and your perfectionism, and let your true self shine through your content.”
Actionable tips, ideas yet to be imagined, and thoughtful commentary on the road already travelled awaits you and your creative community. The foreword is written by Selina Ringel, an actress and producer I met at the world premiere of THE BEST PEOPLE at Dances With Films. Selina Ringel is an award winning writer, producer, comedian, and AFI graduate – AND a huge supporter of content creation!
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