We had the good fortune of connecting with Tall Skeleton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zane, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance is really hard. I think life in general is all about balance. Right now I still have a day job but I would like Tall Skeleton, and filmmaking to be my full-time job as soon as possible via patreon and partnerships. Since covid-19, like everyone stuck at home figuring out day-to-day balance has been really vital. Now that it has been harder to direct music videos and short films in this climate, it has given me even more reason to make the channel multi-media with video essays, podcasts, and just all different kinds of videos for people to enjoy which I always intended. Balancing work, fun-work, and leisure all in the same space is a challenge but a necessary one.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Right now the YouTube algorithm disincentivizes people to have channels that do too many things. As a I result I see a lot of artists wind up operating very repetitively to try to make the numbers, and recurring fans happy. I think though that anytime somebody is exceptionally good at something people can tell, and the traditional way of doing something no longer matters much, Tall Skeleton aims to be a place where if you like art, ideally you can find something you like here. Making everything from podcasts, to video essays, to music videos and movies is all so fun, and I think most art nerds have wide reaching interests, so for me if I found a channel that features so much of what I like in one place I’d be excited. I’m looking forward to making more and more of everything and become more people’s favorite new channel.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Honey Bear’s BBQ. Carolina’s Mexican Food – get the Oaxaca burrito bro. Bring some tortillas and beans home and make burritos for the family.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shout out to Lil QWERTY for being the first artist I directed a music video for. QWERTY is a good friend, and amazing artist I’m sure everyone will know soon. I’m as passionate about directing short-films, as the music videos I get to make with great artists, and I hope new viewers just get a lot out of checking out Tall Skeleton as a channel, whether they’re into the podcasts, music videos, or films I plan to make. But this is all reliant on getting to work with other amazing artists like QWERTY, or one of my best film-making friends like June Hucko who’s been incredibly helpful on several of my projects, and an amazing director herself. More than anything shout out to my parents who are both artists themselves, and have always inspired me, and believed in what I’m doing, which is more than a lot can say, I’m incredibly lucky.