One Game Dad 39: Teamwork Matters
No company, no freelancer, no creative is an island unto themselves.
Inevitably if you're running your own business you're going to have to work with others. Whether it's purchasing goods or services from them, hiring them on for a project, or taking them on as a client or teammate. You may be your own boss but that doesn't mean you can steamroll through situations with others and solely get your own way.
Compromise and recognition that others bring not just something different but change for the better is necessary for success. It's something I constantly tussle with as a creative because I just want to make things. I constantly talk about the benefit of constraints when it comes to doing creative work, but there are times when too many constraints is severely limiting. Often times I find that occurs when working for a client who gives conflicting messages.
Working as a part of a team, as I do now - technically I'm part of two companies. My own, Third Culture Kids, and a second of which I am also an owner is Critical Charm. With this second company I'm writing and designing video games. It's not that different than what I'm doing with TCK, expect in that case I'm working for clients. In each case I have to approach teamwork differently.
My clients for TCK have the final say in what I create. Whereas with Critical Charm it's more of a discussion with each member of the team having a say over their specialty. In my case that's the story and narrative design. Of course all of that has to fit within the general design of the game and not deviate so greatly that it just doesn't work anymore.
It's an interesting balance, especially when compared to life at home where at some point there is absolutely no discussion to be had - things need to get done. Doubly-so if it involves the Kid. She needs to be fed, cleaned, entertained, put to sleep, etc. There is no ignoring any of that or talking about it except after the fact. But the Wife and I are a good team and we do it all, in part by trading off to make sure each other gets a break.
This week I did something different, I played on my work computer so you can actually see me a bit better as I played an early access game, Slay The Spire. You can find this episode on Twitch, Youtube, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and iTunes. This podcast is hosted by the Third Culture Kids network.