Originally Posted by RockyF
...But, then again, I feel like writers' brains are just wired differently than mine, and storytelling probably comes natural to them.
That's why specialists do what they do for a living: the most successful ones are mostly the best at what they do. You can learn to do any job, but the most successful people at a particular profession have a bnatural talent for it. People usually only associate that with painting, drawing, music, sculpture, writing or other traditionally "artistic" pursuits, but it applies to anything. Everybody has a talent that comes easily to them. For some, it's operating on brains, others it's shooting a bullet through one at 1000 yards.
In my case I have a few that all tie together to make me very good at what I do:
1) The ability to picture a complete outcome in my head and remember every single detail of it as I build the physical product. I can't remember anyone's name or phone number (probably the reason I'm single
), but I can remember what shot I was going to use in what spot, even a day or two later when I get to that point.
2) The ability to be so comfortable with technology and the devices I use that I can make it do what I need it to even when it is malfunctioning. I have the ability to improvise my way through anything. The same ability that used to make me a darned good jazz musician (despite not being very good at reading music), makes me good at finding a way out of a lack of transition shots, an odd sound in the audio or a defect in the video. I've operated automated systems in manual mode more accurately than the computer. I've even used WYSIWYG interfaces without a monitor by using keyboard shortcuts and by remembering the screen layout and how far the pointer moves when I operate the mouse. In short, if there are 2 known ways to achieve an outcome, I can alakazam a third if those don't work.
3) You can give me any raw element and I'll make art out of it. I'll not only polish the turd, I'll give you a choice of three finishes.
The fact is, for the most part, you can't teach those skills, only encourage someone to strive to use them.
Sure, someone can familiarize themselves with equipment and its functions, but you can't teach natural talent. You can teach someone about how art has already been created, but you can't teach them to find a new way to create it.
I think the biggest problem is, the best people at what they do make it look so easy, that people think it really is.