Happy Friday! How is everyone? I had another fantastic week of hanging with my dog and cat. I’m getting a lot of work done on some of my projects which is great. Plus I’ve been learning a bunch of new Adobe programs to work with such as Illustrator and After Effects. YouTube Tutorials can be very handy if you look for the right ones. I will say though I’m considering looking for some day playing days in the weeks coming up. Although I enjoy the time off I think I need a little change of scenery. Some human interaction will do me good, my animals keep looking at me like I’m the guest that over stayed his welcome. What the Fuck? They don’t even pay rent! I have noticed however that cats and dogs sleep a lot. I mean I don’t know what else I thought they did all day when I was gone but holy shit. They put in some serious sleeping hours daily. I’ve joined them for maybe a quarter of them…ok ok..maybe half. Alright, let’s get into this shall we?
Today I wanted to talk a little bit about some of the amazing side jobs, hobbies, projects and whole other lives in some instances that some of the people I’ve worked with have. I always go on about all the awesome people that make up this business and part of the magic is some of their lives when they leave set. These humans not only create entire worlds for directors and DP’s to shoot tight shots in they do other stuff too! Which in itself is amazing accomplishment when one is working 12-14 hours a day. Did I write about this already? Shit! I’m do far in now let’s just go with it. HA! Back to these folks that work and still manage to maintain a life..They work all day and then somehow with the other 10 or so hours they have left they mange to sleep, eat and handle all the other random but necessities of life plus dedicate time to set hobby. How? I mean I know I myself do it but there’s people out there that really have time consuming hobbies. I know someone who built a house. One of those mobile small homes that now have their own tv show. I’ll have to tell this story soon.
There’s many things I love on this earth and one of them is beer. It’s an acquired taste that took me a while to attain but I fucking love it now. And so one of my favorite hobbies that is becoming more common amongst more people I work with is Beer Brewing. It seems like lately every show that I work will have at least one or two beer brewers. I love beer brewers because they always want folks to taste their beer. Again I myself am a bit of a beer snob so they always offer me a few bottles. Free beer everyone. Yet another one of this industries fabulous attributes. I’ve flirted with the idea of trying to brew beer but I need to hold back on the new taking on of projects for a while and start actually finishing these little jobs I give myself.
I’ve worked with Artist, Photographers, Illustrators and Pilots. Pilots! These guys and gals just head to the airport on their days off and soar through the air. I want to do that too!! I’ve worked with people who specialize in altering cars for drifting purposes (See Fast and Furious Movies) and people who restore classic cars. I haven’t worked in many types of businesses in my life but I really don’t think that any industry has the diversity in shit that people do on their spare time than we do. I mean while our schedule might be insane at times it also does lend itself to give us big chunks of time off at times which isn’t really the case in other fields. I’ve been off for a month now, I don’t have many friends that can say they cane do that. Thanks film business for allowing this time off to explore crazy and new experiences and challenges.
I just worked on a show that was very heavy with musical crew people. It seems like almost everybody at some point or another played some type of instrument in our business. However in this crew there were peeps that were part of a band, group, choir or something in the music world. FUN FACT! I use to rap in high school. I recorded a few songs in a real studio and all. One of the guys I know a few months back actually showed me a few of his music videos that he made with his band back in the days. He told me all the crazy ass stories about performing in bars in clubs all over Los Angeles. Now he’s a teamster. How dope is that? I’ve worked with artist that will perform on the weekends or at times right after work. I’ve gone and watched a few of their shows, it’s incredible. I work with comedians who host or perform shows all over L.A after working 60 hour weeks in Simi Valley. I know someone who runs a farm with live stock and would bring in fresh eggs! Hand knitters (Is that a thing?), 3D Printer enthusiast, coin collectors..the list goes on and on. Just truly special people who have this relentless drive to express themselves in many ways. Valuable, talented and amazing people who make up this business and I just wanted to say that I appreciate you all. I’ll never be able to truly appreciate everything that you all do but know that it is appreciated. How about that another positive post here at WNR. Maybe my days of ranting are over….I highly doubt that but it’s a nice thought.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. Have a great weekend! If you have a friend whose a brewer see if they want to have you come over for a beer tasting day hahaha! Hmmmm..Make sure to come back this and every Monday to check out The Toke Talking Podcast where you can actually watch me stumble to make coherent thoughts as oppose to writing them. Doesn’t that sound entertaining? I sure fucking hope so because I’ve been doing it for a while now. HA! Take care all.