i am so terrible about blogging anymore.
how to sum up a month?
i helped my two closest friends in chicago move to boston–sort of. mostly, i was just the muscle to move boxes and personal effects. that wasn’t the most fun time.
in that same period, i also moved into a new apartment myself–albeit in the same city. this place is much more hospitable than my last apartment, given its location and the new roommates. i won’t divulge too many details, for privacy reasons.
i shot video a few more times for a production studio. weather was not my friend. all were man-on-the-street videos–the worst kinds of interviews to shoot.
the first time out, i wasn’t familiar with the gear setup or the format of the interviews. call that a mulligan. the second time, it was 45 degrees and raining. that meant it was difficult to get good audio–but more importantly, difficult to get anyone to talk with me.
the third time out? it was 20 degrees and gusting wind. i had to ask 75 people to stop and talk with me before i’d get one to bite. that was simply demoralizing, and terribly cold. just the worst.
so the video wasn’t up to their standards. do i want to get better? sure. there’s always something to learn. but i’m not particularly interested in feeding people lines (i’d have to), conducting MOS interviews in general, or having to pick out people who look rich and attractive. it sort of goes against the moral compass, i suppose.
still, i’ve done other PA work for them. it’s mostly being a gopher and has minimal responsibilities, but it beats not working at all. i worked a webcast on monday where a ceo of a large company spoke to its employees on their internal network. today, i drove a bunch of equipment around and paid for things. not glamorous, or particularly fun (i detest driving these days), but again, better than nothing.
i also spent a tremendous amount of time recently applying for the mccloy fellowship. through the american council on germany, the fellowship provides $200/day stipend and full airfare to conduct three weeks of reporting in germany. i reworked my proposal twice and even had a former professor edit it. so it should be good. it wasn’t the best writing i’ve ever done, but it was well-researched and thorough. that should give me at least a fighting chance.
i need to finish the re-edits for that about.com video. then i get paid $250. but more imporantly–i’ll get to shoot more videos. that i’ve procrastinated as long as i have is embarrassing, really.
so that’s a month. not a lot of action. it rained for practically all of april here in chicago. that was a bummer. but, like many things in this world, i have no control over the weather.
c’est la vie.