Right now I’m out on the road with a long time acquaintance doing a series of interviews around human rights and ethical treatment of workers. August 6th we started out in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and met some amazing people who shared stories of heartless bean-counters who announced callously that they too were experiencing fiscal restraint as they could no longer fly business class… oh, and you are all out of a job… IMMEDIATELY. Pack your things.
Today, I’m in Calgary, Alberta and just got back to the hotel after a day of shooting representative footage of one of Canada’s “Boom-iest” cities after a day yesterday of talking with a tremendous fellow who is an executive at Calgary’s Drop In Centre about the realities of the working and non-working poor here who access their services.
On my Facebook page I routinely ask the rhetorical question: “have I told you lately how much I love what I do for a living?”
It’s great to be back on the road doing what I love to do (helping to tell the stories of incredible people). Tomorrow we pull out of Calgary, headed for Lethbridge and more amazing people. This project keeps growing organically as we discover more stories from the road. I may not see home for another month as it looks like I’ll be staying on in my old home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba to complete an edit for Labour Day in September.
I’m thankful for the friends and colleagues I have who see what I bring to a project and continue to hire and refer me. Just a few short months ago I was seriously considering finding employment driving a truck or a bus as the bottom has fallen out of video production in Vancouver as I have mentioned previously in this Blog.
“Build it and they will come…”
I’m back doing the work I want to do, which can be quite polarizing – I’m a labour-friendly videographer; I help tell the stories of normal everyday people who go to work every day in search of an honest living. Sometimes they have uneventful days, sometimes they don’t.
As my mentor Terry Kennedy used to say:
“If we don’t tell your stories, who will?”
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