Sheesh! Thank the lord this gig is almost over. Itís a lot of work in a short amount of time. Working hours on Saturday and Sundays = not fun. At least Iím working from home in my jammies and playing with the cats. At least there is some reimbursement that makes this all worthwhile.
I sometimes forget there more people read this blog than the 6-7 friends I write it for. Yeah, the webstats show that there are a few hundred people a day perusing, but they donít read much and leave. Itís my personal online journal. Itís meant for some lifelong peeps so I donít have to tell the exact same story over and over. This leads to confusion but also danger for your faithful narrator
I was distraught a few days ago, my emotional state weakened by the work overload and stress. Perchance I saw something I should not have seen. I read a story posted on the Internet that caused me to become somewhat enraged, almost Hulking out Jack Kirby style. I know better than to look, but my eyes were drawn in, mostly due to irony.
Soon. Soon I will have my new ultra comfortable new couch and then I will feel as though a soft velvety gloved hand is cupping my buttox as I watch movies on my enormous TV. I printed out a picture of the couch and taped it to the bottom of my monitor as inspiration to get through this long hour job. Itís nearly impossible to sit and watch a movie at home in anticipation of the new seating/tension removal therapy device.
Itís a safe bet to say I have a bit of the obsessive-compulsive thing. My mind gets stuck in a loop and I focus on one thing over and over until it is complete. This gives an advantage to my employers, but doesnít do so good on my health and personal life. When I put a project, especially a paid project in front of myself, I have a hard time doing anything else until it is complete. If I try to take time away from it, all that happens is that I think about it anyways which makes the time away pointless.
This is the first chance I've had to even peek at the internet in days. Good lord I feel like I just got hit by a Mack truck. Doing multiple 18 hour days on a national ad campaign with a tight deadline does no favors for eating right, exercising or sleep. At least it will come through in the form of cash money. I can put a few things to rest financially and gear up for the future. Here come a few shoots to wash it all down....
I donít know what I hate more; what happened today in Boston or the way it is reported by the news. I have so little respect for the modern day media outlets. 24 hour news cycles require repetition and an unending parade of opinions and uneducated guesses - they have to fill that time after all, and the sponsors want to see higher ratings so they can reach more people. Advertised based Ďnewsí is the worst idea in modern history.
Slogging away at this job. This is a gig weíve done twice a year for the last 7 years. The average number of commercials we output is about 150-160. We have almost 600 spots that have to be done in the same amount of limited time. In the last 18 we have had a drastic change from dubbing these all to BetaSP and shipping them fed ex. Today, they are 100% uploaded in HD via FTP servers. Youíd think that was quicker, but the file sizes and choke hold is a single ISP, so we have to head out with portable hard drives and upload like mad at several locations.
Working hard, making the cash money, and enjoying the nice weather. Iíve taken to reading whilst sitting on my bed with the window open for an hour, day or night. The world is a wonderful and amazing place. Life is worth living to the fullest right now. Getting things lined up to shoot and edit just makes a delicious entree out of the whole meal that is my life right now.
Trying to lose weight sucks! 7 days in a row going for walks ranging from 1-4 miles and Iím not getting any better. I thought Iíd have lost, like 40 pounds already! At least I feel like Iím Ďearningí my pizza and chicken fingers (fried and slathered in honey mustard). In a weird way this is like being Ďin trainingí to do more shoots and be on my feet a lot more during the moviemaking. I plan on making a lot of material in the next few months. I also hope to survive the experience.