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You might be asking yourself why I think Jason should be the one to represent the whole of Adobe via Adobe MAX 2014, so I’ll show you several ways in which he’s been doing this all along. I’ll leave the Adobe MAX 2013 statistical analysis up to you. It seems pretty representative of what I witnessed at the time.
You can also find praises of all kinds in the form of images and tweets at seen.co, but let’s just examine a couple choice comments.
The Never Boring Jason Levine
That’s pretty profound, yes? This was the only tweet he made that day, or about Adobe MAX 2013 at all.
The Worldwide Jason Levine
This guy made up a word for Jason. Google it. The only three results are about Jason.
(He also has a blog with lots of Adobe news in Dutch.)
Apologies, I’m not sure what this person said. It’s been a long time since I’ve spoken whatever language that is. He’s obviously excited. Google Translator finds it to be Japanese for “Function ~ ~ the video continues! ! Jason Levine’s! !” Make of that what you will.
Apparently, Jason was so charged up that we were a little worried about the well-being of the sign language interpreters.
In case Jason didn’t do it for you with prose, he dressed up Saturday Night Fever style and sang the praises of Adobe Creative Cloud to the familiar Love Boat theme. Yes, it IS online. We’ll get to that in a minute.
“It doesn’t get more entertaining than Adobe video guru, Jason Levine.”
“@Beatlejase you really make #AdobeMAX a joy to watch.”
Especially when Jason routinely demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the entire workflow, why limit him to video topics when it comes to something of this caliber?
Let him BE the workflow of Adobe MAX 2014.
Right?? This goes on and on. A couple people unabashedly profess their love. Others use words such as “on fire”, “sexy and enthusiastic”, “hilarious”, “easily the best speaker today”, and “my favourite speaker in the #AdobeMAX keynote”. One tweeter thanks Jason for the demo, noting that he is “destined for a grammy.” Another knows what we all know: “Jason should have been in show business.”
So, there’s that. Jason inspires with an exceptional speaking prowess and his ability to entertain. Lets move on. Adobe’s big thing is creativity, right? Let’s see how Jason is the epitome of a true creative.
The Creative Jason Levine
Right. Did you want to see Jason’s crazy Adobe Creative Cloud video? You can be sure it made it to Behance, where Jason has built his own little virtual stage from which he speaks directly to his followers, inspiring them to expand their creative wings.
Via his Raw Inspiration project, Jason shares how he turned a down day into a productive and uplifting one thanks to simple words from friends. He then plays Sweet Child O’ Mine on his baby grand piano. (If Jason does get to host Adobe MAX 2014, there MUST be a piano on stage. Seriously.)
Read through the comments on that project, and you’ll see that Jason has turned his Behance profile into its own subcommunity. An ongoing, international, online meetup of peace-loving creatives getting to know one another and sharing knowledge, anecdotes, and innovative ideas on a daily basis. Some were already Behance users. Others, including me, signed on thanks to Jason.
I enjoy all that Behance has to offer. However, I wind up spending most of my time engaged in Jason’s projects and those of his followers, such as Bettina, Olga, Tarja, Michael.. and the renowned Terry White, who has quite the profile of his own. I’d spend far less time on Behance if Jason wasn’t there. Though there are others with great numbers and a good deal of interaction on Behance, I really feel something different when I’m perusing Jason’s stuff. It feels like he is truly doing what he’s doing for others and Adobe. Maybe that’s because I know he is.
I am overjoyed that Jason found a platform for this, as he spends an extraordinary amount of his (own) time trading material and helping people this way on an individual basis. Can you imagine how time consuming and complicated that is for someone with his schedule? Even blogging takes up quite a bit of time. Now, Jason makes full use of Behance to achieve the personal reach he desires. He enjoys sifting the projects of others, leaving encouraging words, and contributing his knowledge to WIPs. He’s helping me on one of mine as we speak, which he managed to do among the insanity of his NAB schedule. I wouldn’t have dreamt to bother him.
I, for one, am thankful Jason showed Behance to me. I also find it to be a tremendous time saver and very uplifting. In my four years running CodeBass Radio, I’ve never found a better way to share what I do behind the scenes.
And, of course, Jason demonstrates creativity by CREATING… projects of all types. He has his awesome music up there, his beautiful photography, and a lot of fun Adobe tidbits! You can hear how his Adobe Audition and Evangelist theme tunes have morphed over the years, among other things. It’s a rare person who can not only create and inspire at his level, but also help the way he does.
Who Am I And Why I Care
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know I started making “Proud To Be #ACP #TBT” posts last week. I decided the “#TBT / #throwbackthursday” trend would be a neat excuse to start republishing CodeBass Radio related photos in an effort to celebrate our achievements, as well as to thank the various people who have helped us along the way. Some of you may not know that we started as a project that sought cross-platform collaboration of Adobe technologies. We have expanded in many ways, but the project site remains online, and Adobe tech remains at the core. “Proud To Be #ACP #TBT” will be an ongoing effort, as long as it serves to inspire. I get a lot joy out of doing it. It certainly inspires me.
Jason has been helping me in tremendous ways, over and above that of most people, save for others on the CodeBass Radio team. I try to reciprocate by paying it forward.. by using what he teaches me to turn around and inspire those in my sphere of influence the same way. As I consider Jason to be my top mentor, though, I go the extra distance by promoting Jason’s own efforts the way I wish I could professionally. This manifests itself in articles I take it upon myself to write once a year or so, as well as executing many of my ACP duties via the Adobe promo that emanates from Jason. When I came across one of my all-time favorite photos of me with Jason Levine and Terry White at the Adobe MAX 2011, and wrote the #TBT, that’s when it hit me that maybe I could do something much bigger for Jason, his fans, and everyone at Adobe. Here we are. May fortune favor the foolish. 🙂
Proud To Be #ACP #TBT @Beatlejase & @terrylwhite – @AdobeMAX 2011 keynote. No freakin’ clue how I got that lucky nor that I’d be there to see them ROCK the same keynote in 2013. Especially Jason. He needs to be HOSTING #AdobeMAX 2014!
Jason The Cross-Platform Evangelist
If anyone is the face of cross-platform collaboration and community, especially when it comes to Adobe, it is Jason. I started in the Adobe community as a ColdFusion programmer who got waist deep into Flex just before it was open sourced. CodeBass Radio has served mainly to help those communities, and through me Jason has been helping those communities as well. Those communities, as do many technical communities in these fast-paced technological times, have seen some challenges over the years. I can attest that Jason has personally helped me to keep the Adobe faith throughout those times, and many others by extension.
And, of course, he has helped us nerdy coders achieve the goal of finding our creative sides and improving our skills with the Adobe Creative Cloud tools. I think this post has gone on long enough. So, rather than lay out details, allow me to leave you with links to loads of relevant detail. If Jason is on your team, or important to you in other ways, I hope you will look through these articles and know that Jason’s presence here as a CodeBass Radio core team guy is huge, even when he is not specifically highlighted.
- Flex / MediaSlurp – Jason helped us promote the release of the MediaSlurp Community Player.
- Flex / MediaSlurp – We sucker Jason into continued Flex collaboration in a big way. Alas, Flex was open sourced before we got very far. While Flex remains viable, the MediaSlurp team had to move on for a number of reasons. Don’t let this awesome article go to waste.
- Flex / CodeBass Radio at 360|Flex DC – We coordinate a CodeJam for Charity and help out with FlexAPalooza
- ColdFusion / CodeBass at CFUnited – CTRL-F Jason’s name to see the awesome Adobe swag he contributed to my zany event efforts. The first of many such donations.
- Jason & CodeBass Radio – Jason re-prioritizes a tutorial series to serve some CBR needs, contributes his voice, his music, and more.
Please Make Jason The Adobe MAX 2014 Host!
Do me a favor. If you love Jason or support this idea, please show it by giving these tweets an RT.
If you have a say in the matter, please consider it. The guy wants to perform and spread the love. Why not take advantage of that? If I ever come up with serious finanacial backing for CBR Network, I’m coming after him. 😉
Scan forward to 15:55 to see Jason speaking at Adobe MAX 2013 (with a proper nod to Terry White, who also rocked it, just before that. Terry was my favorite part of Create Now DC.)