By Megan Egan
Giant Blue Bears, Road Trips and Wimpy Burgers – It must be my passion project.
Ok so it turns out, working a full-time job which requires a fairly long commute, reading 8 books, trying to find time to do and film a passion project, packing, looking for somewhere to live, going to hen dos and weddings and working on freelance projects is all pretty exhausting, and yet, I still find time for a cheeky pint – how very British of me.
What can I say? I’m like an ox… an ox with a penchant for beer (maybe not the most flattering comparison I could have come up with); I’ll just keep plodding along one step at a time until my list is all crossed off, and I’m certainly feeling less overwhelmed than I was 3 weeks ago.
Maybe I’m a bit of an idiot for choosing my particular passion project, which is very time-consuming and requires me to drive to new locations each time. I guess I wasn’t really thinking about realistically how many free days I have until the start of SCA. Nevertheless, 2 weekends ago I began, and drove off to some dodgy tunnels in the middle of no where. I mean seriously, this place consisted of several empty car parks and a Wimpy Burger, what a blast from the past!
One whole afternoon of filming and a burger later (I couldn’t resist the nostalgia!), I was feeling very relieved that I’d finally got started on my passion project; that was, until I uploaded the footage and sped it up so a reasonable speed.
17. measly. seconds.
Crap! This is maybe going to take a little bit more time than I anticipated. It turns out, despite currently feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day, 4 minutes feels like a really long time to fill. I guess I’m going to have to get a bit more creative with how I document this project.
This weekend I went out again, gracing the wastelands of Walsall this time – I’ve certainly been a bit more adventurous with how I filmed the day, and definitely feeling more confident that I’ve got more content to work with when it comes to editing it all together into a hopefully coherent film. Video isn’t something I work with on a day-to-day basis so it’s borrowed GoPros and learning curves for me.
As well as the passion project, I’m nearly 3 books down on the reading list, and thankfully understanding and absorbing them too; well, almost – I found the last few chapters of ‘Your Memory and how to improve it’ a bit of a struggle. With time being such a precious commodity at the moment, I am only finding time to write this SCAB whilst sat on a train down to London after a full day at work, to see if I can find somewhere to live. I have found myself carrying the reading list books with me wherever I go incase I have a spare few minutes.
Despite the long hours and tired, dry eyes, I am really enjoying what I’m doing at the moment. Advertising seems like an exciting new world that I just can’t wait to dive into.
In my last SCAB, I said that I was riding through peaks and troughs of fear and excitement. As time has gone on and the idea of moving to London and joining SCA has had time to settle in my mind, the trepidation has almost completely subsided. Instead, I now keep experiencing flutters of excitement about leaping into the unknown.
Next Friday is my last day working for Imaginate, and after the tears and horrific hangover have passed, I will begin packing my life into boxes and preparing for the move.
I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of my life has in store.