I’m trying to start a posting schedule. I know I promise a lot of things about this blog, so don’t mark my words about that. Ha! Really, I want to post more consistently, even if that’s just once a week. At least this place will get an update here and there. Eventually, my plan is to turn this blog into some kind of satellite blog for a portfolio/work-related website, but that’s way, way down the line.
Anyways, this week has been really busy. On top of that, I’m getting ready to fly out to Seattle in a couple of days. I haven’t really been in the city (aside from less than 24hr layovers) in two years. I’m excited to hangout at some of my old stomping grounds, eat at my favorite restaurants, and just be around the people that make up The Town. Before I get into travel mode, let’s recap the week that was.
Projects & Papers
I spent more time on campus this week. I met with my group to talk about our PSA and we went around campus to shoot some locations for our shot sheet. I’m really excited to learn more about film other than the basics I sort of understand now. I got my hands on a couple of pretty cool equipment including a super cool steadicam, a field camera and a RED camera. I really want to work with film one day, but I might be just in over my head about that because the equipment was just SO COOL!
I also spent time at our TV station for the first time, and learned that Drew Barrymore and the cast of Big Miracle actually shot a number of scenes in that very room. A lot of the set is still used in the media room. I thought that was neat!
I’m in such a weird place right now. I really love that my job offers me stability, and not to mention a really good paycheck. However, I’m in a rut again and I don’t know why I’m letting myself be here for so long. I think the one thing that holds me back is that I set some financial goals that I think are only attainable if I stay here. I’m getting pretty close to them, and I just don’t want to give up now. However, I feel like my end goal to be where I want to be is going to keep being pushed back the longer I stay with what feels safe. What a dilemma.
Every Writer’s Dream
Last entry, I mentioned that I started to write from April Magazine. I wrote a piece on Lanie Alabanza-Barcena last month, but before that I had reached out to HLZBLZ and let them know I was writing about their co-founder. I didn’t get a response, so I went ahead and submitted the article to my editor without input from HLZBLZ.
Well, a few days ago, I received a notification from the HLZBLZ Twitter handle. And, in Twitter speak, I was shook.
“It’s HLZBLZ.” https://t.co/TIbCUlpoIo
— Shayne (@shayneblogs) October 11, 2016
@shayneblogs thank you for the lovely article 😘✌🏼️🌹
— HLZBLZ (@whattheHELLZ) October 27, 2016
With every writing job I get, I always go into them not thinking much of the outcome or how much an article is going to “pop.” I really do research, create, and write out of the pure love of expression and personifying my personal experiences through words. This is something that I have loved to do since I first picked up a newspaper and learned that I could put words together, tell a story, and have people make their minds up about something that they never knew they had an opinion on. I’m so excited with the articles I have lined up, and seeing someone I’ve admired for years say that they liked what I wrote about their brand, their story, it was completely beyond any words I could ever come up with.