A lucky break

Just when I found out I’d been scheduled for one 7 hour shift at the department store for the next two weeks, I got an email from one of my editors. She offered me the chance to do a video every day for her for the foreseeable future, which as far as I can see is regular work in my field. I can’t say much about it, but my first day is tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be able to share my finished product at that point, but still, I might not.

I am still going to work at the store on weekends if I am needed, and maybe weeknights. My video deadline every day is 6 p.m. so feasibly I could still do a short closing shift. I can also still do freelance videos and stories for other editors in the evenings and, depending on how things turn out, during the day when I am done with my scheduled work.

I will not be making much money, and I will still have to work really hard to stay afloat in Chicago. But the timing couldn’t be better, and this means I won’t have to go home like I was afraid I would. At least not for now. Once again, I’ve somehow managed to buy myself a little more time.

The thing is, the company I write and do video for is not perfect. It’s relatively new, and there seem to be some communication issues. For example, yesterday morning I drove all the way down to a southwest suburb to cover a demonstration by the local fire department. The demo got canceled but no one told me. So in the end, I lost money driving down there on top of not getting paid for the assignment. To make matters worse, I could have been on the set of a film project that morning instead — a great video contact I met through Christina invited me to the set but I had to cancel when I got asked to cover the demo. Hopefully I will get another chance to do something like that again soon. You know, with all my free time.

This may sound like a lot of trouble to go through, but when I stop and think about it, I would way rather be a traveling reporter / sometimes retail worker than be doing what I was in Columbus. I really lucked out with my last job and I’m grateful for what it allowed me to do, but I don’t think I was ready for a boring desk job at 22. I loved SNP and getting out there and doing something different every day, and OCSEA just didn’t lend itself to that kind of work. I feel like it could have, but it didn’t work out that way.

My dad pointed out that with my new daily assignment, I’ll be doing exactly what I wanted to do: getting paid to edit video for a news outlet. I’ve been doing that, but this is going to be different. You’ll see soon, I hope.

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