Busy Bee Chronicles: Classes, Competitions, and Theatrical Adventures

Hello, lovely readers!

Apologies for the radio silence – I’ve been buzzing with busyness lately! Classes, writing competitions, and a thrilling collaboration with a dear friend have consumed my every spare moment for nearly four weeks. You see, my friend is producing and starring in a theatrical production, and I’ve been wholeheartedly assisting her in getting the videos ready for our local Fringe Festival. It’s been an absolute labor of love!

Let me tell you about this marvelous project—it’s a musical accompanied by a captivating photo set. My task? To infuse the show with an explosion of animations and effects by turning the photographs into video sequences. And let me tell you, I went all out! Twenty-two (!) videos conceptualized, storyboarded, and edited later, and after countless days of juggling my day job only to dive into editing until the wee hours of the morning, I’m still catching up on sleep. But you know what? It was worth every sleep-deprived moment. Our show received a stellar four out of five-star review, and guess what? They specifically praised my video work on the backgrounds! It fills me with immense pride to witness the culmination of our collective efforts.

Oh, and I must mention my personal highlight—I was able to create the most enchanting effect: particles of embers drifting in the wind.

That’s my quick update on the whirlwind of activities. I’m eagerly anticipating the conclusion of my last class this summer, as it will pave the way for a much-needed month of relaxation in August. The bliss of unwinding awaits!

Before I sign off, here are a few tips for my fellow busy bees:

  • Embrace passion projects: Giving yourself time for the joy of pursuing your creative vision is worth more than any monetary reward (and might save you from unnecessary stress or job-related frustrations if you aren’t currently in a role that satisfies you creatively).
  • Collaboration is key: Joining forces with talented friends can lead to remarkable outcomes and memorable experiences.
  • Burn the midnight oil, but only occasionally: I get it; I personally do my best work between the hours of 11 pm and 2 am. When you’re immersed in a project you love, those late-night editing sessions become a labor of love, fueled by excitement and dedication, but don’t do it too often! Your health is more important.
  • Take pride in your accomplishments: Remember to celebrate your achievements, big or small. Each success is a testament to your talent and hard work.

Mahalo for reading and I hope your personal journeys are going well,


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