You can’t always be the best

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“It’s really horrible.”

“I didn’t have time to do a good job.”

“This isn’t my thing.”

These are all phrases I use way too often. And the truth is, most of the time it’s not true.

I’ve realized that I’m very self-consicous about my work and don’t like other people judging it. And the truth is usually my work isn’t that bad.

This semester at school I’ve realized that video is something I’m really not good at. I’ve also realized that when I’m truly not good at something I tend to just give up instead of going through the embarrassment of having people see how bad I am.

That isn’t really something that can happen when you’re in school. When every second week I’m shooter for a news story, there’s no way to get around having to do video.

So, last weekend I took home a camera, tripod and mic, and got to work. I put together a video for a Kickstarter campaign of mine. It’s not the best thing in the world, but I put a lot of effort into it. And I learned a lot from doing it, such as that I’m better at doing stand-ups when there is someone behind the camera I can speak to and that getting too much b-roll is always a good thing.

I also learned how rewarding it is to work hard at something  and that it’s not a big deal to not get something as long as you give it your best.

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