For some reason it feels as if this semester is jet setting off without me. The days are going by so unbelievably fast, I remember at the beginning of the semester I wasn’t too keen on being in school but I’m so busy that I don’t even feel like I live on campus to educate myself anymore. I have so many extra curricular projects on the go that it doesn’t feel like I’m going to school, but I assure you that I’m still attending every class. My woodwork teacher in highschool once told me that if we found a job we loved, it would never feel like we were going to work. I feel like I finally understand what he meant all those years ago as the classes I’ve chosen compliment my creative projects. Whether it be classes on sound production, podcasting, magazine publishing, or the design process behind video games, everything I’m learning has somehow contributed to my projects.
I’ve also found that after every shoot, from reviewing my posing, outfit choice, or concept, I consider what I could’ve done better or differently for next time. Not only that but every new creative I’ve had the pleasure of working with has taught me so much. On topics from working in the industry, to personal stories and struggles with creating content, I feel like I’ve finally found my people. Never in my life have I ever felt like I met such a large group of people who understand exactly where I’m coming from, or accept me for all that I am, or don’t turn away when I pitch one of my many crazy concepts. It’s truly a feeling like no other when you find a group of people who support you for you.
In this week alone, I’ve shot one full video and parts of two others (the videos follow stories over time, so they have to be filmed in separate parts). I literally cannot put my camera down, it’s like a full blown drug and I’m completely high on it. Every time I shoot a new video I learn something new, from editing techniques, to sound quality, to even better ways to conduct myself in front of the screen. I absolutely love this process, not only do I get to create the content I want to create without any confinement or strict parameters but I get to use all the knowledge I’ve acquired through the classes I’ve taken towards my degree to my better my production. When I first applied to SFU, I didn’t even get in because I didn’t have the marks to get into the Computer Science faculty. To be completely honest, I barely knew how to apply for university let alone really wanted to be here but it seemed like the best option for me at the time. Looking back to where I was three years ago, I know indefinitely that attending SFU and switching my field of study to Communications was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life to date.
If I do this for the rest of my career, I’ll never work a day in my life.