Video #12 —- Justin Moore - If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away
I went through a somewhat emotional ride during this video. While sitting on the ground, right out of camera shot, next to Justin as he belts out “Losing them wouldn’t be so hard to take, If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away…” really made me think about my Granny who we lost in November. She wanted nothing more than for me to get the job I ended up landing, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the second she got to Heaven, she helped the process along. Anyway, as I was sitting there, soaking in the words in a dark theater with beaming melodramatic lights shining on Justin, I really just took in the moment and realized I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing with my life. Exactly. And not many people can say that. My Granny had faith in me, she always did. During the performance shots, I really realized that. I made it to where I am because I’ve always had the best support system anyone could ask for. People have believed in me, and there are no words to describe how grateful I am for that.
I think my Granny was on set that day. I felt her there. Beaming with pride. Watching me live my dream. Smiling from ear-to-ear because she knew all along its exactly where I should be.
Anyways… after all that rambling: I hope you enjoy this video. It means a little more to me than all the others so far.
(#11 is still in post — Michael W. Smith - Welcome Home)
Porch beer. Work break. Production Team at our finest. Happy Friday! (Taken with instagram)
Reba - “If I Were A Boy”
She… was a doll and a rockstar, all combined into one humble lady that was an absolute pleasure to work with. I never thought I’d actually see the day where Reba McEntire knew me by name.
We’re having post-issues with my 9th video for a Christian artist named Francesca…
Vid will be posted soon.
As of now, we shall just leave this space blank.
Carter’s Chord - “A Little Less Comfortable”
Absolutely loved all 3 of them: Becky, Emily, and Joanna. Such great girls with insane talent. I enjoy working with newer artists and this was their first ever music video. They still have that extreme excitement and zest for what they do. So excited for their bright future in this industry!
So many Mac products. Testing instagram. (Taken with instagram)
Went to lunch with Brandon today. For those of you who don’t know… Brandon is the best producer i know. He knows what he’s doing and he does it well. He used to be on staff here at Taillight and decided to leave and turn to freelance at the end of 2010. Thank God he left! No… not because I wouldn’t LOVE working with him everyday at Taillight, because I really would…he brings a little flare with him where ever he goes… but because when he left, Matt moved up, and I moved in. Brandon deciding to leave Taillight opened up my position.
Anyways.. he still works on the majority of our projects here at Taillight, the only difference is that now he is freelance. He was in the office this morning to discuss our upcoming video for Margaret Durante. Around lunch, we left the office at different times, and then ran into each other in the Quizno’s parking lot. After we contemplated what food to consume, we sat down, and ended up having a great conversation. He told me all about his career, his goals, the different potential downfalls, and just plain, straight forward advice for the music industry. He really is an inspiration when it comes to myself and the path I am about to head down. He has been in my shoes before. He actually sat at my current desk for 4 years. And he knows the ins and outs of the business. We agree on a lot. And one thing we both agree on, without a doubt, is who we look up to and admire, both professionally & personally: Chandra. She is the Executive Producer here and for lack of better words, is a badass. If anyone knows what they’re doing, she does. Shes a pro when it comes to client relations, she always knows what she’s talking about (and if she doesn’t, then she can sure fool me), and she is just a genuinely good person. Brandon & I talked about her today during our lunch. He said that without any doubt, she has taught him everything he learned in the last 4 years with our company. Working by her side, he is now confident enough with his knowledge and ability to make a career out of freelancing.
After our lunch, Brandon had to run and meet Kristin Barlowe (one of my favorite directors). They are location scouting for our upcoming Margaret video. I can’t tell you how thankful I am that chance had us meet in the Quizno’s parking lot for lunch today. It was a quick sit down, probably 25 minutes tops, and most likely, Brandon has already forgotten about it due to his extreme whirlwind of a day, but it meant something to me. It got me excited for this journey I’m about to embark on. It made me realize some things. And most importantly, it made me realize that there will probably be good times and bad, but if you have your heart set on a goal, you can ultimately get there.
"Don’t dream your life, Live your dream."
I think thats an amazing quote that holds a lot of truth and hope. You can dream all you want, but putting your dreams into action is when you are reciprocated with satisfaction. I go to work every day, Mon-Fri from 9-6 (and leaving at 6 is getting out of here early), but I have yet to “work.” I’m doing something I love, surrounded by good people, people that I look up to and admire. This industry is more than just a job, its a passion. And if you don’t have that passion, then get out, because it will eat you alive. So if this IS your dream, chase it. Because I sure am and it feels great.
[[Until Next Time]]
Today after work, I started a portfolio of all the music videos I have worked on thus far in my career. It is a binder, with lots of paper, numerous burned dvds, and production books. After I completed that, I thought, hellllllo, this is 2011 (or twenty eleven, if you will)… What am I doing with all this paper? So I came up with this idea:
Instead of blogging about ‘things I find odd’ (ahem, my first post.. not really sure what was going on that day, I apologize) I figured, maybe I could put this blog to actual use. I can create an online, digital portfolio of the music videos I work on and some of the more exciting aspects of life/work. Pretty much, I’m doing this so that I can stop emailing my mom with quicktime files after every video I work on (because lets be honest, it takes an extra hour on the phone with her to explain how to open the download, save it, and then WATCH the video).
So here we go friends and family (probably my mom - since I’ll just now be emailing her this link, and Jenn - since she is the only person I know with a tumblr and got me started on it)… Here are the videos I have worked on soooo far in my career.
I will attempt to keep this up-to-date and maybe even throw in some interesting stories every once in a while :)
[[Until Next Time]]
That concludes the videos I did while working freelance.
All videos posted from this point on: fulltime staff position at Taillight (Production Coordinator).
Videos will be posted soon.
The last 4 we have done (Carter’s Chord, Francesca, Reba, and Michael W. Smith) are all in Post Editing at the moment.
More to come!