One Class Left


Only one more class (2 more shows) to go! I’m terribly proud of all of us. Today while I was being announcer (aka not up to much) I had some time to think back about what all we have been through in this class. I remember Kris first showing us the switcher and all of our brains exploding because we never thought we would be the least bit knowledgeable about it. Ever. I remember when we all did director practice and I’m pretty sure I can speak for everyone when I say we felt like we were being thrown into oncoming traffic. When seeing how smoothly the shows ran today, I can’t help but be proud of how far we have come. Turns out we learned a bit more than we thought!


Getting There.


We are in the final stretch! My classmates have gone from being awkward, silent strangers to amiable, loud-mouthed friends that sit outside of our classroom and hang out together the hour before class starts.

I don’t hate it. I guess it’s a good place to be if we are going to be directing each others 10-minute shows.

On top of that, we are finishing up the 30-second commercials this week, we are DONE with the workbook for all time, and are going to be learning how to direct today in class!

The pieces are finally beginning to fall into place.



This is John. Technically, “Little John”. He is a Clydesdale, he is giant, and he carries all the tourists around in a carriage during the Azalea Trail every spring. He’s practically famous.

DSC_0253In the right lighting, John is a real dream. This was outdoor lighting with no flash and the sun to the right. He’s killin it. You can see the shape of his face, he is showing detail even though he’s very dark black…but he’s not washed out! Move over Tyra Banks!

DSC_0257-2 This is John with totally unnecessary flash. Flash+the sun= wrong choice. Plus, he won’t stay still because the flash was annoying. I don’t blame him.

john-wordpress-2Here is John indoors, in his barn stall. There is still sunlight but it’s not in the right place. Since it’s a little darker, John is a bit blurry because there wasn’t enough light to keep the shutter going really fast. The shutter was open longer to get more light into it, and in doing so created some horse blur. Not ideal.



Being a full-time college student as well as a full-time employee at the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas has added exponential amounts of stress and anxiety to my life, but more importantly it has provided me with a unique opportunity.

I currently am managing all visual branding and communications at my job and it is such a gift to be able to take what we learn in our class and immediately apply it in the real professional world. I have always had to write scripts, approve videos, get talent releases, and things like that- but now I have a better understanding of those concepts -and that helps me maintain a professional understanding in my career.

On top of being able to immediately put into action the things we learn in class, working while simultaneously going to school helps to me retain the information better, and frankly just care more, about what we are learning. As soon as something is explained I can immediately see how it can be put it into practice at my job.

All that to say, working and being in school is not the most fun I have ever had in my life, but the benefits are obvious and I would be a fool to say that it wasn’t bettering me professionally and creatively.

If you would like to see my photos, videos, and the branding I have worked on for the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas, feel free to check us out at BGCEASTTEXAS.COM.

Until next time!