This year has been one of the most challenging I’ve had in a long time. What is it about this year? Almost everyone I talk to is happy to see the back of 2016 and are ready for a fresh start. I’m not sure about others but I know that for me it’s been an emotional rollercoaster and although it’s been a good ride I’m ready for things to calm down a bit.
Forget world events, natural disasters etc. I’ve had one of those years where I’ve had work some months and then nothing, not at all unusual in the film business, but the intensity was what got me. When I had work, I usually had several contracts all at once so I was working 20 hours a day for weeks on end and then nothing. Exhausting. And then there were all the projects that we thought were going to happen and they fell through at the very last minute.
I make this year sounds like it was pure agony, but actually this year has been a really good one in many respects.
- I had more work than ever and several projects that I’ve been working on for three years or more now have finally made their way into the world. i.e. The Human Face of Big Data, CRAZYWISE and The Click Effect. I even managed to fit in a few shorter films that I directed myself for PLU’s MediaLab and the PSESD.
- I’ve had more design projects than I’ve ever expected, especially considering I’m not a graphic designer. Film proposals, websites (www.rockabillyrides.com), film promotional pieces (posters, invitations, infographics) and more in the works.
- I have a beautiful new niece that I can’t wait to see grow up – but not too quickly please!
- And the biggest drain on my emotions – I’ve decided to finally move to California (sometime in the Spring after several postponements) and fulfill my lifelong dream to become a surfer… well in actual fact it’s to find more consistent work and take on a new adventure. The surfing will be a perk if I can ever stand up for more than 0.5 seconds. Right now I’m really talented at sitting on my board.
And on that more upbeat note, I’m preparing to venture off to meet my family for the holidays. It’s my favorite time of year because for a week or two, we are all together which is rare for us. I guess we can’t expect much else when we all live in separate states and/or countries.
As I sign off for the rest of this year, I leave you with this wonderful little piece that makes me smile even if it does seem a little scary in places. The world really is a big scary place but I can only hope that this next year brings more peace and joy than we’ve witnessed in the last 12 months.
Until next year…