The Art Of Profile Writing
I've read a few of these profiles now and I see certain patterns emerge quite often. The main one that springs to mind is the instant self-contradiction of what the person is like. For example, I like x, but I also like the opposite of x. x is usually going out and having fun of some kind and the opposite of x is staying in and watching TV. Well, which is it? The truth is everybody likes different things at different times. Who doesn't like going out and having fun when the mood suits? Or chilling out and monging at the gogglebox when you're just too beat? The modern world allows for such multiplicity. What I think is important is what is your main thing. What do you like doing most of all? Well, for me that's film-making. The whole process from writing and shooting to editing and screening. I love every bit of it. I also think that as it's the main thing in my life, then a relationship with someone who doesn't at least have some kind of overlap with it and their main thing, just isn't going to work out. Film-making is a very varied art form, so this doesn't narrow the field too much. I think at the core I'm a creative person and that's what I'm really getting at, you need to be creative at the core too. Of course we all have specific sub activities we enjoy as well as our main thing, and these will overlap more readily with more people. Mine include music (writing and listening to it), poetry (writing it and sometimes reading it out to people), cycling, tennis, badminton. Then there's the things that pretty much everyone likes but they still feel it necessary to put on their profiles anyway (including me!): A few drinks with friends, going to the cinema / theatre / concerts, travelling, candle-making (oh no, sorry, how did that get in there?). At the end of the day, what can we really say about our uniqueness in a short space like this. I can reel off a list of my qualities (and I will - honesty, reliability, creativity, open-mindedness, sense of fun and mischief, sense of humour, pragmatism etc), but what do these mean unless put into practice. I can talk about the many things that I'm interested in (and I will - politics, science (fact and fiction), history), but that won't in any way tell you what I'm like. The only way you'll find that out is by meeting me and having a chat. That said, some indication of what I'm like could be gained from finding out what I like. With that in mind, I present to you a taster menu of me, the things I like a lot.
Films - Life Of Brian, Sean of the Dead, The Third Man, The Conversation, Local Hero, Withnail and I, The Remains Of The Day, Brazil, anything that pushes the envelope
Books - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, The Age of Reason by both Thomas Paine and Jean-Paul Satre, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Mr F.C. Ware, The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguru, anything that's imaginative and bold
Music - Daft Punk, Arctic Monkeys, Aphex Twin, Ennio Morricone, Video Games by Lana Del Ray, Obscure 60's electronica, anything with energy and passion behind it
This list doesn't really mean a hell of a lot though. Who we are is essentially defined by what we do, so to get an idea of who I am, you'd have to see some of my work. To that end, whoever replies to a message from me shall get a link to my website where you can see, hear and read some of the things that I do.
So this hasn't really been about the art of profile writing at all. I've deceived you and for that I apologise. Hopefully I've given you enough information to help you judge me, for that at the end of the day is what this is all about. A human being reduced to some photos taken by someone else and a few words, sent out into the electronic aether to be rejected or accepted. The choice is yours. But think on this, to even have read this far in such a long-winded way of saying very little means that at least you must be interested. Why not find out more?