So, after almost a year of hunting for a full-time job, I've decided to put that aside and try to have a go at digital storytelling as a freelancer. I have a few places I'm getting myself stuck, and I would love some assistance/context in finding 'my people'
In my previous incarnation, I developed audio and video content for Sony Music, including podcasts around such album's as "Thriller", "The Stranger", "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" and Jeff Buckley's "Grace". It was around this time that I found a passion for discovering the stories behind things through interviews and such with people who were involved in their creation as well as those who were influenced by them. You can have a listen (yes, this is a self-link) at my portfolio
Much of the stuff I produced (and by 'produced' i mean more conceptualizing, casting, coordinating and going back and forth with a partner who did most of the interviews and all of the editing) was very well regarded, garnering millions of downloads and several awards. This was 2006-2009.
Now, I find myself without a partner (he's busy trying to support his family) and feeling like I don't really have a tribe or professional support network. The fact that these were in the podcasts format is kind of incidental to my actual interest in "the story behind the thing", so I don't really fit in with the podcast geeks. Trans-media folks seem to be more about developing a story across multiple platforms (which is cool but not really my thing right now), and 'digital content developers'? forget it! I think I'd probably fit in more with documentary creators, but i'm not sure if theres an online or offline forum for folks like that to talk shop in a way thats not about lenses and tripods.
I guess my question is severalfold:
- It's been hard for me to 'just get started,' partially because I feel an internal expectation to do work of similar quality to the stuff I worked on while at Sony, and partially because on some level I kind of feel like I'm only 50% of a one-man-show in terms of technical skills and interviewing experience (i've since taught myself some audio editiong and basic final cut pro, but I certainly can't turn stuff around as quickly or as high-quality as my old partner could). I would appreciate any advice on 'unfreezing' when this stuff shows up.
- I don't really know where I can go to talk with 'people like me' about their process, how they get unstuck, some of their tools, and just generally to share knowledge and experience. Are there folks on the green who are interested in these kinds of things who might be interested in having coffee (if you're in the NYC area) or skyping?
- What do you do to get out of your own way in pursuit of what may or may not be your calling, especially when you're first starting out on your own, with your own name 'on the line' when creating new stuff?
Just to pre-empt, I'm in therapy, and have been talking about this.