I've gotten over the high that came with graduating college. Yay it's over!....now what? The answer that I've come up with is that now is the time to take some chances, maybe make some rash decisions. Perhaps some of those crazy decisions will pay off, perhaps not. For me the draw isn't as much the potential for a successful career path right off the bat (I learned not to hold your breath on that one), but rather the experiences that will help me find that successful career path. I know, I know, that all sounds a bit contrived, cliche and abstract, but I'm finding more and more that once you lose the structure of going to school and pursuing the end goal of a career you have to think a little differently and approach things with a different state of mind.
Of course now that I know that I need to go out and have some of those experiences I need to decide on a starting point. As many of you know, I've decided that starting point should be Boulder, Colorado. Why Boulder? I'm not really sure, it just feels right. I've never spent any extended time there and I don't really know anyone especially close to the city, but it seems like that's where I have some great opportunities. For those of you who know me, you know that I am obsessed with skiing and anything to do with winter and the outdoors. I've always wanted a career that will allow me to pursue that passion. Enter Colorado, a state chock full of ski areas, daredevils, action sports and outdoor fanatics. Yeah, I think I'll fit in pretty well. I've also found a growing passion for cinematography and photography, specifically involving (what else?) skiing and action sports. There are some great opportunities for that in the Denver and Boulder area and I'm super excited to get down there and start knocking down doors to prove to companies that I can add to their culture.
Cool, so now I have a starting point and a few starting goals, but I'm not moving until July, so now the biggest thing I'm running into is what to do while I'm waiting for that to happen?! What I've found is that once you commit to something, it's really hard to live life in the present and not concentrate entirely on what's coming up. I can't just expect to roll down there and take the state by storm, so why not build my name, portfolio and resume some while I'm here? Like I said, I've been getting more and more fascinated with film and photo. You can regularly find me out playing with camera, realizing that I'm not nearly as good of a photographer and cameraman as I would like to think. The cool thing, though, is that those times are full of little glimpses of awesome: a well lit moment here, a perfect moment of emotion caught there. All of these moments make me want to keep going and figure out what I did to get those. When you catch these moments people notice and opportunities arise to work for other people. That's what I'm chasing now, a few chances to put out projects that will not only improve my portfolio, but also make me better at capturing moments.
So, overall I'm still very much in limbo. I don't know what's next, other than moving to Boulder and hopefully catching on with a film outfit down there. It's a fun limbo; stressful, but fun and I can't wait to get going. While I'm waiting, though, I'm going to enjoy Missoula for one last summer and take advantage of all the places, activities and awesome times with my favorite people that this amazing place has to offer.