Someone once asked me, “What do you do for fun?” I was stumped. That’s a really tough question. My work is fun and my fun is work. It all blends together like paint on my palette. Painting was never a hobby for me. In fact, I don’t like the “h” word. Neither does any other serious artist I know. But I digress.
I like music, and antiques, and decorating but I’d have to say working on other people’s television productions is my favorite past time. You might even call it a hobby! Sometimes, I’ll help out in the CMAP studio and other times, I’m out in the field. Friday night, I got a chance to be a part of the video crew shooting The Tubes in concert at the Hollister Independence Rally. Now that was pure fun!
The producer, Jeff Byler with Pelicam Productions, gave me a camera let me have at it. I was worried about being such a novice videographer. He said not to worry he would be taking only clips of my footage. Accordingly, there was not a lot of pressure about my performance. Good thing because fail I did! Half way through the first song I hit the power button and shut the camera down in the middle of the shoot. I quickly restarted the camera, hoping I didn’t lose too much footage and kept going. There I was, right next to the speaker, shaking with the vibrations and grinning from ear to ear the entire time. I hope I captured something that was usable.
I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to learn and permission to mistakes along the way. May I always be that gracious with my crew. The experience was totally tubular!