Quite often people message me through one form or another asking for help. They have attempted to do something and it’s not working as intended, maybe it’s a trailer, maybe it’s AI, maybe it’s just a skin issue. But inevitably something somewhere went wrong (and more often than not it’s a very simple issue). In the aftermath people have often said they feel stupid, or silly at missing such an obvious thing…
But here’s the thing, even those of us who do know exactly what they are doing stuff the basics up from time to time. I’ve just spent the last two and a half hours trying to fix something that wasn’t actually broken. But wait… there’s more!
Not only was my log full of errors nothing to do with the trailer I was ‘trying to fix’, I already knew the truck was the issue. When I was originally testing it, I noticed the problem, but I started to do something else and completely forgot, so naturally, after editing a trailer and getting errors I assumed that was the reason. I believed it so much I became fixated on the issue being related to the trailer that I couldn’t see what was right in front of me. Even when things made no sense, the error linking to a file that the trailer doesn’t even have, I was so fixated I couldn’t see the truth.
Two and a half bloody hours to not only realise the trailer wasn’t bloody broken, but two and a half hours for the fixation fog to clear and let me READ what I was looking at all along… That the error log was saying THE TRUCK THE TRUCK THE TRUCK all along.
So next time you’re struggling to follow a tutorial, just remember, when you do something stupid we’re right there with you too.