2014: A Post Mortem

The holidays have come and passed and 2014 has come to a close. As we move forward in the new year it’s important to look back at all that 2014 was so that we can make the best of 2015. For me, this year can be described in one word: transition. I started the year as a grad student in Chicago, moved to San Francisco, was in LA for a while, and am now working as a full-time freelancer. It’s been a great year with lots of ups, some downs, and has finally started me down the path I want to be on.

2014: A Post Mortem

For the past two years I’ve been working on my MFA from Columbia College Chicago. In May I finished all the class requirements (just need to finish my thesis, The Jog, to complete the degree). We (the class and I) wrapped up classes in Chicago in March and we all headed down to LA for two months of classes there. It was a rough two months, mainly because it was the longest Loretta and I (and Zero) had been apart. But I got through it and actually passed my classes. It’s been more than 6 months since I’ve seen my classmates, and in 2015 I hope I can see them again.

2014: A Post Mortem

In between Chicago and LA, Loretta and I hustled ass back to San Francisco. We found a great house in the sunset district and needed to get her set up before I was gone. Instead of hiring movers or doing a Uhaul, we used PODS to ship our stuff to the new house. You can read all about the headaches we had here. But once we got to our new place, we were awed. Having secured the house sight-unseen off of Craigslist, we were weary. But the house is more than we could have imagined and the view from the hill next to us is perfect. Zero traded in snow for sand and we can tell he’s happy here too.

2014: A Post Mortem

Right before we left Chicago I was put in touch with John Churchman, who runs School Video News. They were looking for a new tech editor to work on their sister site, SVN Film. John and I met, and hit it off great, and now I’m helping write and manage articles for one of the biggest resources for K-12 students and teachers in the film industry. The NAB Show happened while I was in LA so I drove in and got to experience the show floor in a whole new light. Because I was covering the show for SVN I paid more attention to manufacturers and products that I normally wouldn’t have, and I’m glad I did. You can read my Product Spotlights here. The show in 2014 was amazing and I’m extremely excited for 2015’s.

2014: A Post Mortem

As for this blog, I had started the year hoping to maintain a three post per week schedule. School, and work, and moving, and life decided that wasn’t going to happen; but I did increase my output. 2013 had 34 posts, while 2014 had 55; and 2014 had more gear related posts. Which was a huge step I wanted to take. Overall the blogs in 2014, I feel, were higher quality and more personally fulfilling to write. Towards the end of the year I attended Shane Hurlbut’s Illumination Experience and the blog recaps (Day 1, Day 2) for the two days hit huge, garnering my biggest single hit days.

2014: A Post Mortem

Now that I’m done with classes and back in SF I’ve turned my attention to working. Instead of trying to find a full-time salaried position I’ve decided to give freelancing a shot. This is the first time I’ve relied on freelancing for all of my income. So far it’s been pretty good, but there’s also been a massive learning curve. I’m to the point now where I’m pretty much not doing PA work anymore, and that’s a huge step. Managing myself as a business is a weird sensation, but I’m getting the hang of it and hopefully 2015 will mean more work doing what I love. You can see some of the projects I’ve been working on, on my portfolio; and I’ll have a new reel coming out soon.

2014: A Post Mortem

The best part of finishing classes in LA was being able to come home and pick my life up again. Aside from my brother, my entire family is from the SF area and being able to see them has been very welcomed. Outside of working, Loretta and I have started exploring SF and the surrounding areas more. And now that we have Zero we’ve been going on more hikes (something that I’ve always loved doing). I absolutely loved Chicago; it was a great city and I’ll always miss it; but I’m happy to be home. We’ve reunited with old friends, made some new ones, and started turning this house into a home. Loretta’s 2014 Reflection has some more information about what we’ve been up to.

2014: A Post Mortem

2014 was an awesome year, and aside from finishing out The Jog, I hit all my goals. So here’s what’s on my plate for the new year:

  • Build my freelance career. More clients, more days, move into camera world completely.
  • Up my blog output average from one per week to two per week.
  • More blogs focused on gear reviews and tutorials.
  • FINISH THE JOG!
  • Build a new reel.
  • Fix some bugs on my site and make the gear page more interactive.
  • Get back into parkour shape.
  • Travel: Chicago, Vancouver, New York.

2014: A Post Mortem

As I write this I keep going back to all the amazing memories that 2014 brought me; mostly good; and it makes me excited to see what 2015 brings. If I’m characterizing last year as one of transition, then hopefully this new year will be a year of growth. Growth both professionally and personally. There are so many things I want to do, see, and experience; and I feel like I’m starting to get to a point where we can accomplish that. Stay tuned on this blog for what I’m hoping will be a fantastic year.

2014: A Post Mortem

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2014: A Post Mortem

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