With the sun shining, the temperature rising, and a social atmosphere calling people outdoors, you'd think I'd be in better spirits these days. The truth is I'm already exhausted.
The spring brings college edits and promo videos in a wave. Photo shoots for the magazine translate in a buzz of activity around the office, and before you know it there are new products and promos on my desk and new videos to shoot. And then there's my personal life - or the increasing lack of one. This is the balance I have between my web photography/editing day job and my on the side contract editing.
I honestly love the work I do, but I'm often left questioning if I'm really happy about my routine or if I'm just too busy or distracted by the perks to explore something that I haven't found yet. It's like I'm swept up by the fact that in film school I would've killed for my current life and now I'm realizing that I didn't put much thought into what I'd do after I got it.
It's been exactly three years since university now and in that time my life has transformed in almost unbelievable ways. Similarly I'm witnessing my friends changing their careers, getting married, having kids, and settling down. The concept of 'Editing Luke' was always grounded in my issues as a film student in addition to the literal editing I was doing. Now it seems that concept has broadened. I honestly feel challenged about how to be an adult - at least the kinds of adults I see many of my friends becoming. And then I think that was probably part of the plan somehow.
Editing is emotional, intensive, and meticulous. I'm realizing that a lot of the choices we make aren't though, and maybe I'm trying to contextualize something that's just meant to happen naturally. Why stress about what I can't control? But, in my projects I'm always focused on featuring the best shot, the most profound sound-up, or the crux of the action. In my life I'm trying to create it.