Since I forgot to cancel the subscription for this site, I’ll guess I’ll keep it going for another year.
I guess some things has happened since last time I posted here. Guessing it’s been about a year now. So looking back to August 2013, I was at a summer camp filming, having a jolly old time.
Back then, the filming thing was still classified as a hobby on my part, as I had a main income that didn’t involve me playing around with a toy all day. Very soon after that intense week, I went up to Trondheim and made my “first” music video for the most awesome girl in the world. Camilla Sky made a song that made all the girls cry, so of course I needed to make that into a video.
However, it still was just a hobby. For me to talk about what happened next, I need to go back a few years. When we were still in Falmouth, living each day as we saw fit, I made these event films with Mr. Chris Gordon and Big-I.
It was outside of uni work, and we made a few pounds going to parties having a blast. Way fun if that could be a full-time job, right? It would. I loved everything about those nights and often had 10 times more fun filming instead of just going as the party animal I hide away until the sun says good night. So I had just finished the music video and Camilla was happy and all was good. I had a small “office” at F5, in an attempt to separate work from home. It worked, but it destroyed my bank account. So a lot of money went out the window and not much money was coming in.
However, I wasn’t really looking for work when a friend of mine tipped me of these two guys called Who Dares. He had just come from an interview with them and recommended me to give them a call. So I did. I got called in for an interview the next day and went with not much care. For my sake, it could go both ways without affecting my life really……
My original plan was to travel, study some more and write as much as I could. That changed a bit after that interview. Sometimes, when you meet a person or you go into a flat, you get a specific feeling, like “this is it”, “I found it”. I found something I wasn’t really looking for. Inia and Taks, forming Who Dares, had done event films in Oslo for about 2 years and managed to establish a huge network of clients whilst doing so. I later realized we had started doing events around the same time, only they seemed to know what they were doing. It seemed. The “interview” went really well. I showed them two event films I had made in Falmouth (Annie Mac and The Garden Party)
At the end they both said: That’s exactly the type of videos we make as well. So they showed two of theirs, and they were right. We had done the same thing at the same time, just in different countries. Needless to say, I walk out of that interview with a new job.
My first day was three days later. I was sick and showed up 30 minutes late, so not of to a good start… There is something called the new-at-the-job syndrome, where you fuck up entirely, constantly, all the time. That happened to me. There were countless of things I just didn’t know I needed to know. I also had trouble adapting and adjusting to their workflow. Luckily, I had bosses with patience and I survived until my first paycheck.
There are constant struggles and constant challenges one has to go through when faced with a new job, and through my first year they keep coming and coming. Like the first time you are sent to a job by yourself, the first meeting with a client, your first business trip, the first time someone expects you to be a professional, even thought its a hard ask when you’re only 23. You walk around very often thinking that everyone around you knows more about everything than you do. However, you quickly figure out that’s not the case. Behind every production there are discussions, debates, people goggling what to do and people pretending to keep a strait face when in panic. That’s the main thing I’ve learned this year – amongst 1000 other things.
So since last time, I’ve managed to maintain a job within the industry I want to work, I’ve probably doubled my portfolio, made a new family of colleagues, learned skills and gained experience that allows me to call myself a professional. I’ve suffered from exhaustion three times. I’ve had 21 hour long working days, several times. I’ve met people I never thought I would meet, I’ve made contacts with people I thought would return my calls, I’ve been to places people pay to a fortune to travel to, and I got payed for it.
I’ve had the most fun I’ve ever had in my life and I can actually say I make a living out of my hobby. All because I casually walked into an interview, talking casually with two guys about filming events.
So I guess for the first few posts ahead I will talk about the different projects we have had at Who Dares the last year, whilst showing the results, when possible.