Sound Boot Camp

It's not something you see, it's something you see with.

It’s not something you see, it’s something you see with.

Yesterday was a lovely day of staying home and doing my own thing. Today, however, was the Not-Mandatory-But-Not-Optional-Production-Sound-Boot-Camp, and that meant putting on pants.

It was a beautiful day to be out and about, so I suppose I am grateful that the Boot Camp got me out of the house. The Camp itself consisted of a three hour lecture-and-practicum of setting up sound equipment and recording a practice scene and was very helpful in making the equipment more approachable. It answered some simple yet profound questions like “Where is the On switch?” and “Which way do the batteries go in?” which I wish that I could say were things I would have figured out on my own except that they were questions that I actually had to ask the TA how to do. So I’m not too proud to admit that I needed the tutoring.

On another plus side: it forced me out of the house to make progress towards the upcoming production as well. As much as I enjoy having time off, the quality of my enjoyment quickly becomes tempered with my need to accomplish things. If I wait too long before getting back to work then the work seems overwhelming and I begin avoiding the work that I worry about because I haven’t done it in a vicious cycle of procrastination. So just the fact that I had to be out of the house and thinking about how I could be moving forward was a big help in actually getting me to move forward.

And it was a good day to be out. The weather was pleasant. The air was clear. I got to scope out some interesting buildings in downtown Los Angeles: home of interesting urban decay. I had a conversation with one of my teammates about life and the work that we do giving value to the things that we have. It made me realize, for a little while, just how much I have and have always had and just how grateful I ought to be for it in every moment of every day.

That state of gratitude isn’t easy to hold on to. It’s hard to articulate the things you have and easy to name the things you want. It’s like trying to look into your own eyes: they inform every single aspect of your point of view but you can never see them except as reflections. And if there is nothing there to catch the reflection then you might not know what you are looking with at all.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on January 19, 2014.

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