Once again I have let this blog lapse – but in all honesty I think at this point it’s not so much an unfortunate habit but rather a stylistic element to the whole shebang. However I want to frame it… whatever you’ll get what you’re given and like it! (I read somewhere that abusing readers is the best way to get them to like you… or was it the other way around?)
Anyway! Time for a MY LIFE IN BULLETPOINT!
- Work did NOT send me to Australia in the end – massive sad! Serious disappointment there, but on the flip side it did make me reconsider the work I am doing and why I am doing it. Very much it seems that the perks of this job (regular holidays time, access to fun apps and gadgetry, regular, reliable income) are really what keep me in it. The work itself edges too close to salesmanship at time and while I have not done any direct sales, there are some elements of the publishing industry that I find massively uncomfortable. This of course has led me to reconsider my career and…
- I HAVE DECIDED TO BECOME A SOUND DESIGNER! At the moment I am thinking for film, but certainly I am interested in game sound design for its interactive element. Yes! It sort of came to me over a period of a couple of weeks. I have hosted radio programs before, loved the hell out of creative radio shows like RadioLab and This American Life. I thought “ooh that’s for me!” but then I also wasn’t terribly interested in doing the reporting as I was in the architecture of sound that held it together. So I went cruising and found a wonderful blog – The Foley Diaries – and got in touch with Louise, the author. She currently works for a production company out of London, and I got in touch with her, and voila! I was sitting in for a week seeing how they edited sound together for this particular sci-fi film. It was GREAT and I want MORE which leaves me…
- Currently practicing with software – Reaper (for the cheapness) – and scoping out useful handy recorders. At this stage I am all about reading and doing practice sound work – getting used to the editing software and getting my sense of my own workflow and best practice figured out. The idea being I’ll return to Australia in 7 months, get a full time job that I’m okay at, and then work on freelance sound design. Ideally it will hit a point where I can take on part time work and part time freelance sound, and then hopefully full-time freelancing and then YAY!
- I have thought about doing a degree, but I know that for me personally all that will do is delay the start of me getting my shit together and doing sound for real. Also, I think freelance would be a great option for me because I tend to find I become complacent if I have to work 9-5 on something. I resent when things come onto my place outside of those hours, and then the hours drag. I want more control, and this seems like a great option. Also – no two days will be the same! Which will also be wonderful!
- With the impending return to Australia will also come the impending switch of roller derby leagues – I have to say that I am quite nervous. Mainly because the comparison criteria will shift. I know the league I am involved with now are quite serious business, and I am bottom of the pile at this stage – but will I be better in 7 months? I’d love to start bouting properly and perhaps be able to justify an $800 set of skates!
- I BOUGHT A BIKE! Yes yes I did. It was a total impulse, 100% but I still have a chance to not regret it! Over the next 6 months I will spend upward of £800 on my monthly travelcard. The bike cost £50. Getting into good nick will cost maybe £50-£80 on top of that. If I can cut my travel costs by £50 a month, then that means I can save an extra £300 by the time I go to Vegas, and on top of that I will get really fit because I’ll be cycling over an hour a day, most days of the week. Wahoo! Also my bike is beautiful (photo is full of “ghosts” but you get the idea).
- This January, as well as riding my bike, going to training, and then going to derby-specific fitness sessions, I am also cranking the paleo lifestyle back on track. I am not drinking this month, and sticking to paleo is my goal! I have had a pretty good 2.5 days so far! As well as discovering a mean breakfast frittata recipe involving canned salmon and avocado. Absolutely nomtastic. Right now I am craving some jerky…
- Currently saving to get my butt to Iceland for a wonderful holiday with Jesse, and then saving to get my butt to Vegas and then on to Australia by early August.
I didn’t quite realise how much I had going on until I wrote it all down here: holy moly. I hope to share some of my go-to paleo recipes here soon, and fingers crossed the cycling gets on a roll. HA! Really… that was awful.