April 11-14th, 2013
Not many people will appreciate why I had a complete geeky meltdown when I received this email: “Hello, and congratulations! You have been selected as an in studio audience member for Rob Adams’s Final Cut Pro X workshop!” CreativeLive is a game-changer in the creative industry. They offer free live broadcast workshops over tons of topics such as photography, video and small business, while further positioning the teachers of those workshops as industry leaders. They also allow a small handful of students attend the workshops as the live studio audience to represent the global audience in asking questions. Those student also have the obvious benefit of meeting and connecting with the instructors.
I’ve admired the work of wedding filmmaker Rob Adams from afar ever since I first witnessed his talent on CreativeLive. He taught a weeklong crash-course in shooting wedding films from A-Z. I was able to catch the WPPI class taught by Rob and his wife Vanessa back in March of this year. (See my post over that trip here.) Attending an on-air CreativeLive course had been on my bucket list, and once I saw that Rob was coming back to teach a companion course on Final Cut Pro X, I immediately applied. I had no guess as to the likelihood of being selected (I assumed it was very slim to none), so… back to my geeky meltdown.
Within a week, I was off to Seattle- excited as I had never been anywhere near that corner of the US. (Also harboring some geeky enthusiasm for the fact that I’d be in the same city where Andria Linquist regularly shoots- her work is amazing.) During the whole trip I gave myself permission to just relax, enjoy a new city, and absorb as much as I can. That is to say, I didn’t tax myself with lugging any camera gear around on public transportation or trying to document everything, so I don’t have many photos. That’s for another time.
If you’re a fan of CreativeLive and ever have the opportunity to attend a live broadcast, you won’t be disappointed. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. Rob and Vanessa were also great, down-to-earth people. So much fun getting to know them! Rob did a fantastic job breaking everything down for us in the three-day software course, and made me excited and confident to use it when I get the chance to work on some video projects. Vanessa taught a one-day course, which I was excited to get to attend since it was back to back with Rob’s. Vanessa- if you read this, I’ve been using BlogStomp ever since (among other things you taught us), so thanks for that! I also got to meet some really cool people who were also students that I still keep in touch with.
I can’t wait to go back to Seattle- either for CreativeLive or just to explore the city when I actually have time to do so.
And I only got a little bit of crap about stealing their NBA team.