Twenty-fourteen is coming to a close and I have been thinking a lot about the changes this past year has brought. I started the year thinking it was time for a change, and I was needing some new adventures in my life. And they came.
The first development of the year came with a trip up to Austin, to work with the national team from ClearChannel. There I worked on the iHeart Country music festival with a staff of people from all over the country and I had the opportunity to observe how the national team executes a massive project with digital elements and social media.
Layoff and a new job
In April of 2014 I was laid off from ClearChannel, this turned out to be a massive blessing in disguise because it freed me up to pursue new opportunities. I started working for my friends company later in the month of April, and it has been an interesting experience. Towards the end of my tenure with ClearChannel I was no longer excited to start each work day, I was ground down and needed a break. At the new company, ImageFreedom I am excited by every day challenges again and really feel that I am excelling at opportunities that are given to me.
Alamo City Comi Con and Photo booths
One of the best opportunities that has come my way in 2014 was a complete and total surprise. I volunteered to work for a photographer while I was unemployed working a small Con in San Antonio. This has turned into some great work running a photo booth for him at small events and conferences. As a bonus, he runs photography for Alamo City Comic Con; which gave me full access to everything at the con, and taught me a lot about event management for photography on a large scale. We didn’t get everything right, but it was an amazing experience that I think will be better next year. I have had so many freelance opportunities this year. I started 2014 with the goal of trying to get $60 in freelance money a week. I have surpassed that by a mile.
Pdexposures, the little podcast that could. 2014 was the year that it really hit its stride. We had amazing guests like Film Ferrania, Impossible Project and Lomography. We handled some great topics and grew the show and the site even more than we could have ever imagined. I am excited to see where this goes in 2015. I think there is so much potential here.
Race to the finish
Finally I am out of my rut. A few years ago I did a bunch of races including a half-marathon. Then I got stagnant, and did not do anything. This year I have done two 5k’s and a 10k. I am already planning what races I want to do in 2015. I think another trip to the warrior dash is needed.
And now for 2015, lets see what it has in store for me.