There’s a lot to be said about doing what you love as your profession. Not everyone does just that or is lucky enough to find a way to make a little money as they progress through life by doing something that excites them and keeps them motivated.
I’ve been one of the lucky ones and I have been reminded of that fact many times in my life. Most recently, I had a little downtime in writing assignments. I used that time to do some personal organizing and downsizing, other activities I find I like and look forward to when I get the chance.
I guess I’ve always been easily distracted. Among my first memories are playing cowboys and Indians (sorry if that’s not PC these days, no offense intended, but that’s what we called it) or war. It was fun and games, what kids do. They escape.
Some of the books I recall reading as a youngster were more of the fantasy or science fiction genres (and are still the ones I enjoy reading the most), then horror stories. Not to say I don’t enjoy non-fiction books but if I have a choice, I’d much rather journey to imagined planets populated by beings totally foreign to humanity, even if it’s only in my mind.
Several months ago (too many, really) I set out on a professional quest to take my career to a next stage. I’m still hoping to find that stage. Job searches are so much more competitive than they were back in the day, and in my chosen profession – writing and storytelling – it’s all about multimedia storytelling these days.
In the spirit of trying to become more of a jack-of-all-trades (and hopefully not a master of none) I’ve done a little research into video storytelling and will try to use an upcoming weekend trek to Billings, Montana to flex these still-developing skills. I don’t have fancy, expensive cameras and lights – just a Kodak EasyShare C340 that I haven’t really used in a while. And a cell phone that doesn’t produce very good photos as a backup. The results might be fairly amateurish, but I’ve seen many a YouTube video that doesn’t look very professional get thousands, even millions of views. Continue reading “Getting into this video/photography thing a little more”→