Staring down the barrel of 2013, if someone were to tell me a year ago this is where you will be by the end of 2012, I’d say “You’re Bloody Joking Mate!”.
2012. What a ride it has been… Since leaving Australia and making the almighty big plunge into the American freelance industry, you’ve thrown me curve balls left, right and centre. Settling in Minneapolis, Minnesota; provoking the question for many, “why the hell did you pick Minnesota?” The thought often crossed my mind over the year, but now I can confidently say “Why the hell not?!”
Freelancing as a Cinematographer/Editor, I’ve met some really great and talented people here in the Twin Cities. Which proves you dont have to go to LA or New York to get work. If you’re talented and hardworking, like so many Minnesotans are, the work will eventually pursue you. I discovered this upon meeting Photographer/Director Jonathan Chapman who is a case example. The past couple of years have been an even bigger ride for Chapman’s Still and Motion brand, landing gigs with McDonalds, Microsoft and Samsung across the North and South America, China and Australia.
Meeting and working with Chapman and his crew has without a doubt been the highlight of my year. Taking a leaf from his book, the learning experiences are second to none. Chapman’s module of work demonstrates a rather humble approach to learning. What a new team member brings to the table is a crucial part of the melting pot. He can learn from you just as much as you will from him.
It has been amazing discovering talented people such as Jonathan Chapman plus many other creatives throughout the year in the Twin Cities. Which is why I can’t believe the postion I find myself in knowing the talent that is out there.
For a year which was suppose to result in the end has proven to be anything but. If 2013 has got anything similar to offer, I look forward to blazing ahead to the new territories that await.
As for you 2012, I farewell you with fond memories, surprises, long hours, great people, and great experiences.
It’s been the “Bees Knees!” 20-12