Friday, March 31, 2017

Through A Different Lens

Having spent a lifetime on the "behind the camera" side or in front of an editing console, I was called upon this week (by one of my kids--who can say no?) to be on the other side of the lens. It was a daunting thought--how would I look and sound? Would I know what to say or how to say it?

My schedule being what it is, I had little time to worry too much. Before I knew it, there I was, minimally made up, partially prepared, and talking, talking, talking. I had no particular desire to "watch myself" before I sent my video off to her for her project, but I did sneak a glance, and was pleasantly surprised. Was I on-camera material? Hard to say. But, pushed to do so, I delivered. I stepped out of my comfort zone, and engaged reasonably well with my "audience." I gave my daughter a video about which I felt pretty good.

Will this trip to the other side of the lens change my life? Probably not. I will almost certainly continue to spend my hours editing or writing or directing, not being the person recorded. But it did remind me that I have another voice, and that "out of my comfort zone" doesn't have to be so uncomfortable after all. And I guess that's what being "not washed up yet" is all about...

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