Project Revelations

When I first started this class, I was told that I would like it.

In high school, I was always editing things, whether it was music or pictures or videos. I used to edit ringtones with software I downloaded from the internet. I would save it on my memory card, put it in my KRZR, and then bluetooth them to my friends. I took tons of pictures and I Picasa’d all of them. I got a Flip camera as a gift for Confirmation and used it to film our weird Spanish skits in Señora Velez’s class. Then I would play around with them on the Flip software it came with. Things like that. So naturally, I love J2150.

But I’ve found something out more important. I hate deadlines dealing with things I’m not passionate about. That’s obviously a problem since my future occupation revolves around deadlines. I would really like to do this journalism thing doing things I like to do, too. Another problem because journalism is like a public service. It’s for the people, not yourself. I have a feeling that apart from the career I have in mind, I will be doing a bunch of random, freelance projects. Not with the intent of profit or to publish (even though that is a possibility), but to create. To travel. To make something new and if someone likes it, then cool I guess. Or just find a job that will pay me to travel and be on my own deadline. Is that even a real thing? Because that’d be cool too. I just feel like I’ve spent so much time doing things for school and for work and everything else, that when I graduate, I’d really like to start a project of my own, on my own time and work on that. Not for school, not for anyone, but for myself. So there’s a valuable thing I’ve learned. An aspect of what I expect from my future.

Experience-wise, I’ve really liked doing these projects, even though they’re a hassle. I go to school full time, 5 days a week, and work over 30 hours a week. I barely have time to squeeze in interviews. But I was able to do it. And I did it. And I liked it. The people I’ve met and interviewed for these projects have been so nice and helpful and available… but only if you time things perfectly. Communication and time management and patience have been my assets in making everything work. Of course, everything worked out better once I learned how to level my tripod. I’m still really embarrassing when I try to set one up. I suck at it.

So in conclusion, I’ve learned that 1) I plan on doing a big freelance project when I graduate (which is probably what everyone says) and travel and Anthony Bourdain it and that 2) I am a boss and I am capable of time management and planning projects. I mean, that’s pretty valuable right?

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