yessir…it's often more FrankenSTEIN than Frank LYMAN, as I learned again over the weekend as I went on a shoot comissioned by Assignment Desk.com to gather some b-roll for a nationally syndicated TV show.
Now, I'm not so much with/on Facebook anymore - really never was - I have no interest in who the divorcees are being "tagged" by OR with, nor can I muster any enthusiasm about what others are eating for dinner.
Likewise, I'm certain that no one's life is any the richer by reading of my exploits, so I'm off that grid.
However, I DO find myself captivated by Twitter, as some of those whom I'm follow offer sage and cogent advice on hardware, software and other things digital videorati like myself enjoy. One such Tweeter frequently posts photos of celebrities, apparently shot by equally celebrated photogs. A recent post featuring a snap of Scarlett Johansson had me musing, why can't I get gigs like THIS?!?! To be sure, one must crawl, before one walks, and while I've got a considerable amount of production work (some of it award winning), I'm admittedly not yet a "photographer to the stars" candidate. Another tweeter I follow recently exhorted followers to "just get off your asses and go wherever the work is-you never know where it might lead!"
So, when this quite unexpected gig came in, (with the chance to shoot b-roll for a national TV show!) I leapt at it.
While I can't disclose any particulars about the shoot, or its subject, I can say that it lead me to a sadly blighted place, and some terribly impoverished folks dealing with a most unfortunate situation.
I left there thinking "there but by the Grace of God, go I", and giving thanks to the Man above for all the blessings I have: a great job doing what I love - even if I'm not my own boss, a nice home in which to live- be it ever so humble, and above all-my family.
Not Assignment Desk's fault by ANY stretch of the imagination…nor are those who produce the TV show to blame. I made a nice paycheck off the work, and will likely take any future offers they might be good enough to send my way. Point is, it just got me to thinking about how lucky I am. Puts a LOT of cred in the words of Sheryl Crow who tells us that "it's not about having what you want, but wanting what you've got."
It's a hard, ugly world in which we dwell, and it's tough to make a living these days. Some aren't living though, they're merely existing, and what's worse, they didn't get a say in the matter.
Well, that's CERTAINLY enough melancholy for one blog post, morale of the story is, yes…work is work and any honest day's labor is indeed its own reward. Thank God for whatever paying opportunities come your way, and just keep in mind that the legal tender spends just the same, whether your shooting Scarlett Johansson, or someone living a considerably less glamourous lifestyle.