Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Proud.

The day I decided to start my videography business, which was the day a fellow parent at the preschool saw a DVD I'd made and suggested that I make a promotional DVD for his company, a different parent asked me to make a DVD yearbook for our 4-year-old class. I agreed to do so, taped it, edited it, copied it, and distributed it over the past week. Today a mom from the class called me for the sole purpose of telling me she liked the video. And when she called the first time and got my answering machine, she didn't just give me that information on my machine (as I probably would have done), she asked me to call her back so she could tell me in real time. So nice.

This DVD is my favorite project that I have made so far (I'm sure it doesn't hurt that Sam is in it) and is Something I made that I was REALLY proud of.

I learn from every project that I do and each one is better than the last in one way or another. I got a refresher crash course in what not to do when taping from my first DVD. I learned about lighting (specifically bad lighting) in my next video. My current project is teaching me some harsh lessons about audio.

But the DVD yearbook is awesome. Sure, if I do it again next year for Jack's class, there are some things that I might do differently (charge more for the final project, for example), but for the most part I am completely happy with it. Everyone who has watched it loves it, some have asked for extra copies, and most of them have gushed to me that they will treasure it for a long time. I got another job from it, with the possibility of a couple more. And Sam loves it. Sam would watch it over and over if I let him.

So this project represents a major creative and professional achievement for me. But the best part of it is, when I watch it, I don't see the mistakes I made or things I didn't know to do. Instead I see the adorable class of four-year-olds that I have grown to love over the past year or more and am grateful for the beautiful reminder I have of Sam's introduction to school. And of that I am very proud.

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations and yay for artistic and sentimental outlets that get you $$ ;o)

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  2. Congrats on turning a hobby into a business! It's a wonderful feeling when something we love doing can bring us money as well.

    Came here via the CHBM

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  3. Way cool! I've been trying to turn my hobby (scrapbooking) into a business - Kudos to you for making it happen. Your children will cherish the videos when they are older. :)

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  4. Wonderful! I'm so glad the final product turned out so well!

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