I have gotten a few messages asking how’s it going out in Vancouver?
My answer is typically Good.
Then I stop. Not realizing people would like an expansion on good. I’m not always the best talking about myself.
So hence this.
Term 1 at VanArts is over as I did my final exam today. So I thought I would give you some thoughts on how things are going here
First what is working. I use the term working instead of worked because these things are developing.
I have stepped out of my comfort zone. As an example today being American Thanksgiving, I would be sitting home watching all the football games and chilling out. Not this year. I’m at a Starbucks reflecting on my term. When I came into this program, I had a plan on what I would do. Tell the news and sports. The plan didn’t include having voice characters. That was until I co-hosted with Chelsie Ostrom and we did some characters. Now I have a couple that I use that still needs work. I’m also working on a couple more characters. It’s been an example of developing skills. I’ve also taken some chances that quite simply did not work at all. But,they are learning experiences.
I also developed my own Facebook/Twitter page for when I’m hosting called The KevOle Show. It’s a working title for now. I also have my first demo out and am working on a second and third and fourth one. As well as a website.
I also have been having auditions for some movies. Thanks to Janie Fontaine for setting these up. I have had a few.As of yet, no movies. But this was not the plan. But it has been a great way to know what is going on. And, practice.
So those are good things being worked on that I can and will continue to develop.
Not everything was awesome.
The toughest day was Friday November 13. You will remember the day well as this was the day of the attacks in Paris. It also was the day a massive earthquake hit Japan. So, for those who aren’t aware, this is how our day works. One person takes turns doing different roles on the show. So one is the “Jock”, one does news, one does sports, one does entertainment, one does traffic. That day I was on news.And One of the things I have learned and continue to learn is importance of “prep”. Practice your reads before you go on. Let me take you through my process.
News is scheduled to go on at 1:50-
1:40-My instructor Martin comes too me and asks me about news.
He points out there is a developing situation. Turns out Japan and Paris were breaking at the same time. At the time, I didn’t know how bad Paris was. So I had to quickly rewrite the news for Japan.
1:55-I was just about to step outside for a minute when we learned much more about what was developing in Paris.
Nothing can prepare you for that. My emotions and adrenaline were running and it would be accurate to say nice guy Kevin was not present but ass Kevin was. (Sorry classmates) So for me, I will remember the day for very different reasons. To be honest, I’m still processing how I feel about that. I have some terms I use in my head. One of the terms is story. But that wasn’t a story and to use that term is downplaying the significance of it. As I said, I’m still processing that and will for some time.
In terms of “home”, I’m more and more comfortable every day with Vancouver/Richmond. It feels like home.However, it’s tough to deny that a good chunk of my heart is in Alberta. No better example than with the passing of Manmeet Bhullar. Although I never met him myself, I know many of the Alberta Political community did and my heart went out to all of that.As well, I still keep an eye on the Alberta Political Scene. And of course, your Facebook and Twitter posts :) I keep an eye out here too, but right now the most exciting thing here is deleting emails. But I think that will pick up. However, I’m making friends here. I found a church community and people seem to like me. I even had two lovely Thanksgiving meals here.
The job search was tough.However, I’m grateful to be working at the movie theatre. It’s not a lot, but at least it’s money. I’m also doing some Mystery Shopping as well.
As far as the Podcasts, I have done two here. That is due to schedule. School and work and looking for work have been priorities. I do have plans for more. They will come.
There are two big takeaways I have that I would like to share with you.
The first thing is good things take time. This is a term from the church community I’m involved with and it sticks with me. There is no instant success., It’s hard work every day. Every day I’m on the microphone, or in the production room, to the TV room, it’s practice. It’s an opportunity to get better.One of the instructors was taking about comedy this week. He was talking about how while you watch a comedy and it seems “fun”, it’s very serious. It’s preparation.It’s practice. It’s being professional. It’s making the effort. It’s being disciplined. And it takes time.And time. And time. And that practice, that effort, that discipline is what turns someone or something that is good to someone that is great. So far, I feel “good”, but long way from being “great”.
The second relates a bit to the first, but it’s a quote I read from Manmeet Bhullar actually. It’s this Work hard and the stars will align. I know that seems overly simplistic and perhaps spiritual but it resonated with me.Permission to be vulnerable, but I have felt a little down at times here. Particularly with the job hunt part. The audition part not so much as this is somewhat new for me.However, I refused and continue to refuse to give up. I take things one day at a time. I’ve been in tough situations before. So working hard will produce sometimes.
So thank you for reading, caring, and supporting. Shout out to my classmates Trent, Saige, James,Luke, Chelsie,Paula, Alex, Brandon, Bob, Colton,Mitch, Keith, and Michael. Also instructors Scott, Martin, Dave, Kyrian, and Brad.
That’s enough talking about myself.Term 2 is next.