In my last post, I paid homage to Millennial, the Radiotopia/PRX podcast that gave me the post-grad motivation to intern, work part-time, but mostly, figure out what I really wanted to do and make no apologies for it.
Well, update: I met the creator of Millennial. (!)
But first, let me back up a bit.
For the past few months, I’ve been learning more and more about the public radio landscape. Since the Corporation for Public Broadcasting helps fund America’s public radio stations, it’s important to know how they work, right?
And boy, have I — the types of journalism and music created, the push for more voices to be heard, the efforts of stations in various geographical places around the country.
For about a month, I delved into podcasts–how the structures of teams vary across topic and release schedule, what a weekly routine looks like for them, the skills necessary for successful producers and journalists.
And during this month, one of my dreams was realized when I got to attend the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, IL. Third Coast is an annual, international conference for independent, non-profit, and commercial audio producers. Not only is it a place for audio makers to bond, it’s also a place to learn about successful pitches, see what’s new in audio production for journalism, non-fiction and fiction pieces, and podcasts, and share stories of creative, exemplary audio.
I first heard about the festival when I was a senior in college when the professor of my Hampshire College audio production course would sometimes pull the conference’s recorded sessions to teach us about certain audio techniques. The true genius, if not obvious, part of this audio conference is that all sessions are recorded then shared a few weeks afterwards. So even if you’re not there, you can still benefit.
And yes, it was there, that I met the creator and host of Millennial.
It was brief, and because I’m me, I made sure to scamper off before I could embarrass myself (more). But being able to thank someone in person that’s so positively affected my life? Definitely a top highlight.
If there’s anything the past few months have taught me, it’s that seeing a glimpse of the possibilities–what’s so close but also so far, the multiple alternative endings for everyone trying to get to the same place, etc.–can be inspiring and also disheartening. There’s no guarantee that the path I’m taking will lead to my desired destination, even though so many other people make it look oh so easy.
But even though the formula I’m using may not get the same answer as everyone else, I try to remember that no one’s using the same formula. There’s all these hidden variables I can’t see and the same goes for me. I try to remember that these differences are a good thing. I try to remember that even a glimpse, a taste, a hope of the possibilities is better than no possibilities at all.
(P.S. I’m working on a different audio project and hope to show it to you guys soon. Stay tuned!)
What I’m Listening To: Okay so if you’re into podcasts, Third Coast is like the best place in the WORLD to get recommendations. I wish I could list them all, but the ones giving me life are these main two: FRONTLINE Dispatch and Brave Little State
What I’m Reading: I’ve been a bit busy (see post above) so I’m behind on my reading. I’m desperately trying to finish these two books, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (the same author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens) and The Real Simple: Guide to Real Life. before Winter Holidays sweeps me away. The Upside of Unrequited has such relatable lines for the romantic relationship-challenged like:
I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.
Real Simple offers great practical advice for clothing and such, but as usual, I always wish for more tax filing advice from this genre of books.
What I’m Watching: It’s been a light season for movies (seriously, after Wonder Woman and Spider-Man, I didn’t go back to the theater until this month). But I did see Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League.
Thor: Ragnarok‘s director, Watiti, went in a completely different direction than previous Thor movies, which ultimately was the right move for an optimistic character like Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The movie is hilarious with loveable new and old characters, and really seems to transition/flow from scene to scene. Although I did think the ultimate End- of-The-World scene is underwhelming, the movie still gets thumbs up from me.
Justice League, on the other hand, falls short of expectations. The movie has director Zack Synder’s characteristic slow-motion shots and too-on-the-nose at times music soundtrack, which could’ve been forgiven as an attribute of Synder’s style. But add in the poor writing and confusing story lines from character to character? The film seems out of rhythm, certain expectations last a beat too long or too short–like it wants to be funny but the lines or the scene isn’t right; like it wants to be dramatic but the cinematography doesn’t relate to the moment or the characters are still digesting a previous scene. It’s neither an enjoyable superhero film (Wonder Woman, Avengers), suspenseful (Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy), nor thought-provoking (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was really good). It’s unfortunate that Gal Godot’s Wonder Woman and enjoyable newcomer Ray Fisher’s Cyborg’s performances couldn’t save the movie; but they shouldn’t have to do it alone, it’s a team movie, right?