I was called back to work as Camera Operator on The Cyclone Variety Show last week. Being called back to work on a production, out of the many Community Producers working out of BRIC’s studios, is a good thing. It means my work and professionalism is appreciated.
It’s imperative that you build a reputable name and image for yourself as a professional because producers, agents, and other managers don’t want to work with unreliable crew members. Those crew members don’t gain practical experience and fizzle away, frustrated.
This was my first session at the remodeled BRIC studio and it is a far more capable studio, equipped with better cameras, a robust control room, and a larger workspace. I felt at ease and was able to take command of my camera, despite the few technical hiccups that challenged the crew.
We were able to resolve the issues to ensure a smooth production. Mics had to be rerouted to different wall boxes, the studio audience had to be re-situated, signals had to be interpreted, and other guerilla tactics were employed to manage the set. Ultimately, we “got it in the can,” and that’s all that matters.