A Step for Success.

I wasn’t confident at some point this week, and I started to doubt myself and my working with a great team, but alas, today showed that I’m going in the right direction.  I always found that I was my own worst enemy.  I doubt myself at times, but at least this time I over came it and presented my ideas for the project.  My clients liked what I had to present them, and I’m confident moving forward that my creative team can build something around the ideas presented.

I know the next thing I have to consider is how we want to structure the ideas and get a narration written for the project.  I’m also excited that they agreed to shooting on off hours so that I can have a bit more control over who appears on the camera.  That’s just another issue that I’m glad we can control.  I’ll have to assemble my team for this shoot, but I think that things will run smooth.

I’m loving the experience of trying something different than I’ve done, and I know that we’ll have to do a bit more research before finishing the treatment.  Just to make sure that we’ll have enough time before we decide to film.  I don’t think I can say that I’m excited enough times.

I’m trying to get my homework done before the weekend so that I can enjoy it fully, much like I did last weekend.  Father’s day is among us once again, and I can’t believe that I’ve had sixteen of these so far.  Time flies, and it’s incredible how much you realize this after parenthood.

I hope you have a good night, and find joy in the people around you.

Finding Experience

About five years ago, I was invited to a local writers club meeting by my father’s co-worker.  It was a day during December and the club was having a guess speaker, Ted Lange(imdb.com). Ted’s most known for his character on The Love Boat(1977), as the friendly bartender Issac Washington, and I really paid attention to what he said.  He was funny and personable, but his message was that he became a writer to give himself work.  He said that it was hard for a black man to break into the business and that’s why he became a writer.

I took that to heart, and as I write this tonight, I keep thinking that everything that I’ve been doing for the last several months, and more so now since my last months classes, is that I’m creating that experience.  I’m starting to grasp the concept of marketing myself on social media,  I’m learning programs that I will need to have experience in to get jobs in the field that I want to get work in.  So, that’s my advice to anybody frustrated in searching for work, or getting experience.  It might take time, but find a way to do it yourself.  We live in  world that doesn’t want to give most people a hand, and that’s why reading books, researching, and doing are the keys to getting the success that you want.

I remember not that long ago, that was my thought process, “how am I going to get another job without the experience they’re looking for?”  It’s a scary thought, but as I’ve grown in knowledge and determination,  I’ve discovered that there are ways too find a way to learn those skills.  A good start is looking online for classes, or workshops for gaining that knowledge.  Another thing is too look at the local employment agency.  They should be able to point you in the right direction.

I’m adventuring into the world of owning my own business, and I’m blessed with the people who are involved with the process. They will keep me grounded, and we work well together.  The scary part is that I know that there will be failure along the way, but that’s the other way to gain experience.  As I’ve seen stated in books, magazines, and various other places, failure is a teacher, and if you keep failing, you learn how to not fail as bad.  It’s also a great way to teach you what works and doesn’t work.

The best thing to do is be cautious, but don’t be afraid to succeed, and don’t let failure stop you either.  We as people tend to be our own harshest critics, and in general, we also get in the way of our own success.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I messed up something because I got into my own head, and had self doubts.  That’s why we tend to sabotage ourselves.

The other thing I have to say about this is do what makes you happy.  As cliche as it is, there is a reason for that.  I listened to everybody else for so long and I was miserable for doing what I was “supposed” to do and it almost cost me my life.  Wouldn’t you rather feel happy about chasing your dreams then be stuck in the same spot in life?  Yes, I won’t lie, it would be much easier to just do what I love and not be concerned about anything else, but I have a family to provide for, but I was given the motivation to prepare for a different life when opportunity came and gave me the chance to go for something I had want to do for most of my adult life, and most of my life in some way that, evolved into wanting to make movies.  Remember that survival is the most necessary part, but going for the dream is important too.  While it might seem crazy, the skills that I’m learning in film school, are things that I can apply to the “safe” jobs as well.  So there is a back up plan in place, and it would still involve what I want to do in life.

I will leave a final note before this thought train leaves the station:  Be kind to each other, there are too many negative energies out there wanting to bring you down.  they want people to be down on their levels and can’t stand other people’s success.  Don’t add to that problem.  Try to be positive, and keep that mentality.  If you wake up and look in the mirror in the morning, tell yourself that you’ll have a good day.  Positive affirmations work far better than I ever thought, and it generally keeps me going in a positive direction.

 

Collegium

I am an active member in the Society of Creative Anachronisms, and I’ve been “playing” with my family in the middle ages for the last three years.  Due to my situation in life at this time, I haven’t been as dedicated to certain aspects of it as I did in the beginning.  Being busy with school mostly, has put many aspects of my life on the back burner, but has I near graduation, I’m trying to add parts of those aspects back in little by little.

While I still do local events in our barony of Naevehjem,  I’ve always been one to help set up tents and assist where I can to get the day’s activities going.  Besides our March Melee, Baronial Barbecue, and our anniversary Frost Dragon,  our first out of town event was Great Western War of 2015.  I enjoyed seeing the various people in their garb, and going out to the fields to watch the mock battles that take place.  The best part is seeing the fellowship and great bonds that are formed over this little hobby.

When we joined, my wife ended up becoming the Youth Point officer and has done a tremendous job within the SCA.  I started out as a field herald, as I like to talk in front of people.  I enjoyed this for a while but wanted to turn my attention to other things.  One of those things was the baronial web right.  That means that I would be in charge of the online portion of running the barony for the kingdom of Caid(Ki-eed).  I took the position as something that I wanted to learn and add to my marketable skill set.  I’ve been slowly doing so, and I will hope to get the update completed soon.

My wife’s gained a reputation as youth officer, and last year she was asked to do Youth Point for our neighboring Barony Dun Or,  so that was the second official Kingdom out of town event we started going too.  She’s now done the job twice for them.  This year we took our travels and went to Collegium.  Yesterday was fun, with the classes we decided to take, and she had a class to teach as well.  We were introduced to the art of rapier, also known as fencing.  We enjoyed taking that class together, and then I had gone off with her to watch her teach her class about bringing special needs children to events.  While the class had just a few people from our barony,  I was proud that she went through the process of teaching a class.  This is a big step from when we first got married and she was shy around people.

After her class, we went to a youth class about a newer program to get youth and families to participate together.  She sat down with the teacher who had been our kingdom youth officer at one time, and I was looking over the program, and talking to the teacher’s wife.  They are good people, and the conversation was nice.  After looking at this program,  I want to help teach and learn with my own kids about this stuff, and I think we’ll get a good amount of bonding time with in our family and our SCA family while learning to better our hobby.

I want to go back and take more classes next year, and I was glad to be able to end the day with a good dinner with our friends from the barony and also have our baron and baroness partake in good food and conversation with us.