It can always be daunting, that moment someone challenges you to confront a fear, and Jon Barrie from Adobe did just that this year when he asked me if I was keen to present a couple of talks as part of Adobe’s sponsorship of the St Kilda Film Festival and the emerging filmmakers open day at JMC Academy.
This was great, as it helped me recognise that I may have a little bit of industry knowledge… and that people may be interested to hear it! So a few days spent writing and getting my slides sorted, a lots of practice still wasn’t helping my stress levels, which I found ironic as I know what it takes to present and create content, but as this was my first time presenting my own, all of a sudden it was very real!
The day in question came and both presentations went as well as can be expected, and were well received by the audiences. I spoke on a project that I edited that I now part of the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) and a talk on what it takes to run a post production process on your own as part of the production process I undertake when editing and delivering MXTV to Australian broadcaster the 7 network.
On reflection it was great to be asked to do this, as I feel you can only learn and grow when pushed to do things that may be a little out of your comfort zone, be it riding a giant roller coaster at a theme park or standing up in front of a room full of your peers. Once you do it, it’s all completed, it’ll feel like a blur and you’ll wonder what you were ever worried about at the start!