Flirt Squad Challenge: What is your passion? #ATOTCchallenge

What's my passion?? Hmm well you could say I probably am passionate about a lot of things. I decided to tell the story about my career though because it's something that I still think fondly.

It all started long long ago in a town far far....oh wait I still live in the town I grew up in....anyway....So when I was in middle school I was involved in a lot of different activities. I actually was a dancer, played the clarinet, played the viola, and was in choir you get the gist. Kind of makes me sound artsy fartsy huh. I have to admit there I don't think I loved those things as much as I loved being in Newspaper and Radio Club. I actually was in charge of the Radio club and wrote the scripts and planned the shows. The part I loved the most was working with all the equipment. It didn't take long until I expanded my horizon in a more video format. I would take two VCRs and edit together clips from my favorite Anime cartoons. Let me tell ya the trick is to put the record deck on pause instead of stop, it avoids flash frames. Being this was the 90s and there was no awesome computer editing software (my friends there was not even the internet yet) I would then take a cassette tape and record a song from the radio that I wanted to use for the music video. Then I had it down to a science when I would push play on both the VCR and cassette player so that my edited video and music would match up. Looking back I think in my head. Geez what an idiot I was in middle school I can tell you in ten seconds how I could have put the sound on vcr instead of doing that way. Although I think I remembering trying and the VCRs back then didn't work that way. Anywhoo, I would then subject my friends to watching these music videos. Let's just say that people started to avoid my house....just kidding.

So in high school I was pretty lucky and there was actually a video class for me to get involved in. Let's just say some of it was a bit primitive and there was a lot of self-teaching going on. Editing though was always my main thing that. I can spot a flash frame a mile away and I'm master at syncing voices, no joke.

When I got to college I went specifically for a Communications degree with a concentration in broadcasting. I took my main classes’ senior year and then became manager of the TV studio there; I think maybe second semester sophomore year or something. It was small college so it's not like I'm beyond awesome or something. I loved it though and my professor really pushed me toward a life in editing. I think he burnt me out though because I started to feel like I needed to expand. My internships were at a sports station, which I loved editing highlights for it. It's actually where I gained a love of Baseball. I always loved hockey and got to oogle some real sports hotties that came in. I also interned at a Tribune cable exclusive 24 hour new channel which is where I got hired right out of my internship. There was no break between the internship and when I started working so I'm not sure if people even knew I didn't get paid that first 6 months.

I loved my job but the tech side of television is often dominated by men. Women have a tendency to go towards the writing/producing/anchor side. So when I was a master control/Eng operator I ran into some issues with photographers calling in to tune in their shot and asking for someone else. Don't worry I would tell them they either worked with me or they could explain why they didn't get their shot ready on time. Ha so that ironed out quickly. (I know there are a lot of technical terms that don't make sense if you’re not in the business. I don't know how else to write it :) ) I actually also have a passion for learning so I have a hard time sitting in still in one position so I bounced around the station doing different things. This is how I became a graphic artist for a while. I ended up having to leave the business for some personal issues and then when I had my kids as much as I wanted to go back and still miss it. It's better for my family if I don't (there are no such things as good hours and you work holidays).

So that rambling story is about one of my passions. Now on to something more interesting!!

August 6th is going to be an awesome day because it's the official release day of....

A Tale of Two Centuries (ATOTC) by Rachel Harris

Let me tell ya. I love Rachel's writing and this book was well.......Austin please come take me away! I will be posting my review next week but here is a little about the book. I know you are going to love it!

Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?

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