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  • Disneyphile and the Giant Rolling Ball of Opportunity!

    (Disclaimer: This is all about me. So, if I don't interest you, stop reading now, lest you enjoy gagging profusely. And I'm not providing barf bags. )

    My life has taken a drastic turn in just the last 7 days, and it's so exciting (but scary!) that I need to share. :clap:

    I used to work in the television and film industry as a cameraperson. Jobs became very scarce for me about 6 years ago, so I took a fulltime computer job with a major corporation. The only benefit - a steady paycheck.

    Over the last 6 years, I had become very comfortable in my surroundings. While secure, I've been miserable. I missed the days of waking up, excited to go to work, as I did when I operated a camera.

    The sting of that comfortable misery hit last year when I saw the Black Pearl and her camera crew off the coast. I told my friend, "I should be on one of those camera boats. And, I could have been had I not given up." I cried that day, feeling like I let my dreams waste away to be a corporate drone.

    I talked to fellow MC moderator Never Grow Up about this too, and he suggested doing wedding videography, which would free up my weekdays to edit the wedding package, but also pick up day shoots in the industry again. Well, that'd be great and all, except I had no professional equipment.

    I stewed over this for the last couple months of 2006, pained by turning down phonecalls for day shoots for cable shows, indy films, etc. I had to get my gear, but it would take awhile, plus thousands of dollars that I don't have, and besides, I have the comfort of a steady paycheck.

    NGU kept pushing me a bit - telling me to get my gear and come to weddings. Yeah, it would be nice.

    Then, he called me last week, flat out telling me to come work with him - just get my gear and do it finally, and that he'd help advertise for me and everything.

    So, I made a phonecall to my parents, to see if they could help, and I was sure they'd turn me down. About an hour later, they called back, ecstatic and more than willing to help. :blink:

    I hung up the phone, and nearly fell from my chair in my "comfort cube" at the office. It was actually going to happen.

    Shaking, I started researching resources for the equipment, calculated total cost, and it was transferred to my account the next day. I couldn't believe it. I was at the point of no return - my parents expected me to go forth, conquer the dream, and pay them back (of course). It was (and still is) very exciting and very, very scary. It's a BIG change from the usual M-F mundane work of which I'm been used to for the last 6 years. The fear is the sign that I'm doing the right thing. Stepping outside the box (in this case, represented by my cube) is a very frightening thing to do, but it has to happen to truly obtain what we desire in life.

    I also recall the physical demands involved with camera work, so I have no choice but to get back to the gym, and rebuild my strength and energy. So, my physical self will be changing too - I have no choice, unless I give up on the dream, just for the "comfort" of an office chair. NO WAY am I letting that happen.

    In the last week, the ball has been rolling quickly. It's so amazing and frightening, I've calmed my panic by envisioning that ball as being made from stone, and I'm like Indiana Jones - working swiftly so that I don't get crushed by it, and eventually conquering it. (And, I even have a jeep of friends below me, ready to help that happen. ) But, yes, it's scary - I've had the shakes, lost sleep (too much adrenaline), and even a twitch here and there. I've also cried, screamed with joy, and am happier than ever. And, I can't stop grinning like the Cheshire Cat during every waking moment.

    Friends have come forth in assistance, the equipment is ordered, I've signed back up at the gym (with an awesome personal trainer!), and events are already being booked. I've even received some more calls about day shoots, of which they're now noting that I will have my own gear after this week. With the current outlook, I should be able to safely leave the corporate world within the next two months, possibly even sooner. :gladsad:

    I received the video camera yesterday, and cried when I loaded it into my car. It was one of the best days ever, and they only keep getting better!

    Never Grow Up is amazing, and I'm so thankful for him pushing me out the door. We'll be working together on events, so check out his site - He's a brilliant photographer, and a truly fantastic friend. :squeeze:

    I've got a LOT to do over the next month - familiarize with the new camera, work my butt off (literally) at the gym, and prepare for a fantastic new adventure of a lifetime. I can't wait to capture the moments of a bride's biggest day, and also pick up some of those day shoots and watch my work on the screen once again.

    Like Walt said, "It's kind of fun to do the impossible." :clap:

    Don't stop dreaming - that door will spring open when you least expect it, and you need to run through it, scary as it may seem at first.

    To summarize, this is how I've been feeling and still do:
    :yea: :unsure: :yea: :yea: :vogue: :blink: :yea:

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    Absolutely awesome stuff! Best of wishes with that
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    • #3
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      That is SO freakin cool!! I'm so happy that life has smiled on you so much in such a short time!

      I wish you much luck :squeeze:
      "Tonight I wash my hands of you
      You set the bar I could not live up to
      Tonight the light is breaking through
      So thank you very little and send me postcards from hell"


      • #4
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        THATS AWESOME!!!

        I have a cousin that does videography on the side on the weekends and his son does all teh editing and computer stuff! It's a great self-employed business and once you get the ball rollin, you'll be one of the top in the biz!!! I'm sure you'll have fun at the bridal shows, conventions and all that

        Congrats and good luck!!!
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        • #5
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          That is awesome DP! I am so happy that you are so happy! What a great adventure you are starting on!
          "I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. "Groucho Marx


          • #6
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            Teresa, I can't tell you how happy I am for you!!!!! You're an amazing, strong woman, one who I admire greatly, for your convictions and your heart.

            You deserve this so much. You think of others before yourself in so much of what you do... just because that's your nature. This is YOUR time. And you've earned it!

            If there is anything at all I can do to help you, please let me know.

            You've got a bright future ahead, I just KNOW it!

            P.S. Paul is a darling isn't he? We're all lucky to have you and he in our lives. I love you guys and your other halves so much. :gladsad:

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            • #7
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              :clap: Oh my gosh!!! This is so wonderful!!! I'm happy, scared and excited for you too!!! To many people give up on their dreams and just settle (personal experience here too). Now you have this chance... never, never, NEVER give up on yourself and pushing for what your dreams are!! It won't always be easy, but in the end with the love and support from your friends, family and yes... even yourself you WILL make this happen!!!!!

              You go girl!!!! :yea:

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              • #8
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                If you need any physical help, don't hesitate to ask.

                Do me a favor, prior to starting any work out regimen...see a doctor. Let him give you the A-OK, then let's go at it full boar.


                • #9
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                  Congratulations for getting out of that box!


                  • #10
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                    Yea!!! :gladsad:

                    I am really happy for you! It takes guts to do what you are doing ... and I know you're gonna be very successful and happy.

                    Love NGU ... such an inspiration!
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                    • #11
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                      Wow!!! Way to go! You are currently my new hero! There have been a lot of things that I've wanted to do with my life, but being a mom has slowed me down a little - but, after reading your post - I think I may actually take a class or two and do something I enjoy!!!

                      You're awesome - I wish you all the best of luck with your future!
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                      • #12
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                        DP this is awesome news! Remember if you need anything, just call! You've always done so much for the Wolfpack, so we need to start repaying!

                        I'd wish you luck......but know you don't need that! When you set your heart to something, it just IS!

                        Congrats on making your dreams come true!
                        Mom, remember, it's not what a person is like on the outside that counts,
                        it's what they are like in their HEART!

                        - Wolfette


                        • #13
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                          Glad to see someone follow their dream! Good luck!
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                          • #14
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                            That is so great!!! Best wishes on this next chapter of your life!!! :yea:


                            • #15
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                              disneyphile that is such great news.. I am so so happy for you.. good luck in your career

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