There is nothing better than waking up when I want, where I want and knowing that on this very day I am going to be doing what I want.
It is this thought that got me thinking about travel in the first place. I just needed to find a way to fund this "ideal" life of mine. I went through a number of different jobs first. Here's a couple of them!
I worked in a Deli when I was a kid. I'd deliver fresh meats to the local retirees at the nursing home nearby that couldn't come down to the shop. The oldies would tip me a dime and tell me not to spend it all at once.
I then started to get involved with computers and websites, but never made any money that way (at least not yet!).
I delivered papers in my neighbourhood too, which was funny because I was delivering also delivering the deli produce. For this reason I got to be pretty well known in the neighbourhood.
My weirdest job was in a call centre for a large pharmaceutical that focussed on over the counter skin care and skin allergy medications. These included tinea cruris, jock itch, athletes foot and other skin ailments. I got to know all about the different types of infection and inflammation. It was weird and I didn't necessarily like going home thinking about someone else's jock itch!
All the while through these different jobs I was taking photos, and I'll be honest, taking some pretty good ones!
Well, guess what. I think I'm about to take another step in my career and I couldn't be more excited!
For my career up until now I have only been shooting still images, which I love to do.
More and more I am reading about filmmaking and video production though.
More of my clients are asking me to film things for them and I have actually lost photography gigs because I said I couldn't do video as well. It is going to mean me learning all about filmmaking, shooting video, editing video, post production, using video effects like lens flares, light leaks and (free would be nice!) plugins! I will have to decide on which video editing platform I go with, whether it is Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere (they seem to be the two biggest!). I have heard that FCPX has a lot more free video effects but whichever way, I am sure I have a huge learning curve.
I'm not scared of this learning curve though. It is stuff like this that excites me and gets me amped to wake up in the morning and get going!
This means that in the coming months you may be seeing moving pictures from me as well as still.
First however, I have to buy all of the gear. I'm happy because my Nikon already shoots video, and the lenses will work across video or still, but I have to also get tripods (fluid head), more memory, upgraded specs for my computer and a full editing package (plus textbooks or courses on how to use it!)
Bring it on I say! Stay tuned for the first video sometime in the next few months.