This past October I was asked to be one of the main speakers for the Adobe Max conference which was held at the Nokia center in L.A. The other guest speakers were Lee Hirsch, a documentary filmmaker, Ami Vitale, photographer, and Weird AI Yankovic, Comedian.
It was a true honor to be asked to speak and to be honest I wasn't nervous at all until the day before when I had to do a practice or run through of my presentation. I walked out on stage and realized I was going to be speaking in a stadium. I didn't sleep at all that night. I tried to but was too nervous. Ami Vitale was the first speaker and she killed it, she was really amazing and truly inspirational. After she was finished an announcer began to introduce me, my legs started to give way and my mouth was dry as sand. They called my named and as I walked out I knew there was no going back. Walking out on a stage with over 7000 people waiting to hear what you have to say felt a lot like skydiving. You're up in the plane and you know you have to jump, it's a bit scary getting there but after doing it, you're glad you did it.
It was a neat experience, I had 20 minutes to share with the crowd, so in front of me there was a clock counting down along with monitors displaying my notes as well as images of my paintings so I could see what images were on the 50 foot screen behind me. Crazy seeing my paintings so huge but insanely awesome too!
I'm super grateful to have had a great crowd. The day before Adobe was presenting and sharing the new and cool things coming out and the day my fellow speakers and I spoke was meant to act as a day of inspiration and it really worked out that way. To be a speaker with Lee, Ami, and Al, was awesome and even better to be able to hang out with them, and equally great to meet and make so many awesome friends at Adobe!