I came up with the idea for this video when I made an absolute fail of a video 2 weeks ago. That was the time I just gave up... and then, of course, came up with the idea of the "Practice with Me" videos.
At that point, I had given up on coming up with a video idea and went with just showing you guys random things on my bookshelf. Usually this goes really well, but this time it was such a train wreck! I ended up talking way too much about how Victor Borge affected my career, instead of just showing you guys the sweet deal I got on his DVDs ($14 for the whole set, in its original sealed packaging, at a flea market!).
I tried to edit it, but I couldn't keep going with it. This happens very rarely, but I was cringing so hard at how terrible it was (the lighting was really, really bad too) that I just abruptly stopped working on it.
That evening, as I was attempting to hash out an idea for another video, I finally realized what my heart wanted to say in that mess of a video I shot. I really wanted to share my comedy influences! I noticed that I ended up talking way too much about Anna Russell, even though I had nothing to show in terms of merchandise. So why not just make a video primarily about Victor Borge and Anna Russell?
Hope you guys enjoy hearing about my comedic influences. :)
Originally, I was supposed to have way more time to film this than I ended up having!
On the day I was expecting the flutes, I missed the delivery by half an hour, as I had been out to run some errands. The next day, I ended up waiting half a day while it was sitting in a new pickup location nearby. The staff there had forgotten to scan it as "received" and didn't realize their mistake until I called in to ask if they had received it yet. Luckily, they were really sweet and owned up to their mistake, so I couldn't get mad at that.
Then on the day of filming, the lighting went crazy. The sun was coming in and out of the clouds. Most of the footage ended up looking way too dark, so I had to colour correct the entire video as best as I could. There were clips where the sun moved in or out of clouds where I couldn't make a jump cut, so that complicated things a little.
But in the end, I made it work.
The flutes themselves were such a joy to work with. Beautiful craftsmanship, designed to project like crazy. It made me think of Sankyo performers I'd seen online. Getting to know these flutes made those performances and the way they played make so much sense!
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- sterling silver hand-cut headjoint (ST, FT, or RT cut)
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It's funny when I spend 3 days labouring over a topic to share with you guys, attempt to film it, and it turns out so badly that I can't bring myself to even finish editing it. I was at a loss of what to do by Wednesday evening because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't think of something else I was passionate to talk about for this week.
My boyfriend Jon and I are heading out for a weekend getaway trip this weekend, so he suggested that I make a quick announcement video that I'm on vacation, and that would be that. I initially agreed.
I think that's when my mind started to relax. I realized that I suddenly had little to do for the rest of the week. I finally had some time to practice!
So I picked up my flute.
And of course, that's exactly when inspiration struck me.
I remembered that I had played with the idea of "Practice with Me!" videos, especially with the craziness that "Get Ready with Me" videos seem to enjoy in the beauty world. I didn't want to make a boring practice video where you guys are just watching me thump out rhythms, hum to myself, and drill sections over and over again. I really wanted to show you guys what's going on in my head.
But wait a second, it was already Thursday afternoon by the time I thought of this. The sun was going down. Lighting was going to be horrible. I had no makeup on. If I wanted to film this video, I wouldn't have time to put on a full face (usually takes 30-45 minutes) before I'd get too hungry for dinner.
And then it dawned on me. Why bother making a "Practice with Me" video if it wasn't going to portray what I really look like when I practice? I practice in a room with horrible top-down lighting, and I never have makeup on. This is real, and this is me.
So I just busted out my camera and filmed it. It was amazing how fluid the whole filming process was and how easily the words came to me. I quite enjoy how the video turned out, and I really hope it helps other people who are trying to figure out what they can do during their practice sessions besides just drilling. :)
This video has been in my mind for a while, but it's taken some serious headbanging to figure out how to organize my thoughts in such a way that I am actively encouraging you guys to take good gigs, instead of sounding like I'm discouraging you guys from taking any gigs.
The truth is that there is no formula in terms of how gigs are set up. As you journey through your music career, you will encounter all kinds of clients. Some treat you like servants and don't feel like you need to be paid. Some treat you like kings and queens and fawn at your feet! It's pretty crazy. I've had both of these experiences within days. It was a wild ride for my self-esteem.
I found that once I asked myself these questions, it helped me set up some semblance of a routine, even though most of my clients had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they asked me to come in for a gig. These questions helped me set up my own system so I could guide my clients through the process of hiring me for a gig, instead of relying solely on them to come up with fees and invoice deadlines. A great side effect of developing your own system is that it makes your clients visibly more comfortable with your services! They know they can trust you because your system displays the fact that you have experience. You're showing them that you know what you're doing, and you can take care of them and the services they want you to provide.
I really hope this helps those of you who are just getting into this line of work. It was a roller coaster of good and bad experiences before I came up with any of this, so I'm hoping I can save you guys some time, energy, and resources by sharing my own experience. :)