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]]