It’s summertime and I am enjoying having the first one of these off since I started wedding documentary in 2001. A bit of travel, a bit of free time and the freedom to schedule nothing in particular on the weekend is something I learned not to take for granted when I was working to document weddings. So, what’s next?
I have been working full time in the IT industry since 2011 and find myself gearing up to make a big push in the coming months to complete my degree, get my CCNA, Linux+ and OSCP certifications. Over the past few years I have been on-again and off-again pursuing a degree in Network Security and hope to eventually work as a Network Penetration Tester and Security Professional. Working full time in the IT industry and wrapping up school the next couple of semesters is pretty much going to rule out a lot of activity on my other endeavors (i.e., photography and music). It’s actually something I am really excited about and I look forward to what’s ahead!
Though I have had a great time reconnecting with electronic dance music I pulled way back on my plans to produce weekly sessions once I realized that, frankly, nobody was listening. Nobody, except me. I’m not terribly discouraged as my primary motivation for making these is so that I have something to listen to in the car. Would it have been more fun if more of my friends had checked the mixes out? Sure, of course. But I still need fresh tracks to listen to as I come and go from work so I figure I will continue to create new mixsets on a quarterly basis. I like the four “show” formats and am going to continue to explore new sounds as time permits. I will also create an occasional vintage set for the old school Shockwaves Radio (KTXT-FM) crowd.
On photography: I have been slowly working through some film and am soon to send a batch of it off for processing. All of it is personal work but I plan to share some of my favorites here sometime late August or early September. I am still taking time away from the camera and trust that this is a natural rest that many photographers go through during their career. I don’t want to offer my services again until I feel that special “something” that clients deserve to have in their photographer. A lot of this goes back to my focus on my IT-related endeavors.
On weddings: I haven’t been completely disengaged from shooting this year. By the time the season wraps up I believe I will have assisted my friend Rick Jennisch on a half a dozen weddings. I like working with Rick and helping him has allowed me to not get too far away from a profession that was once my full time passion.
On writing: I’m working on some things and will share more about what I’m working on as I get further along.
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If you're not prepared to be wrong you'll never come up with anything original. -Sir Ken Robinson
Explore the space. -"The" Bruce Dickenson
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. -Martin Mull
Electronic music is not necessarily meant to give you everything. Often it will provide you with the basics: rhythm and mood. Sometimes more but, ultimately, it's up to you what to do with it.-Jeff Wros
Every zoo is a petting zoo if you're not a pussy. -_Splatterpuss
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