For a little while I've wanted to do blogging on some of my random thoughts of things in the cubing community. But mostly haven't done it just due to being a TERRIBLE writer. I'm sure some of you will think this is absolutely unreadable. I decided for the month of November I'm going to (try to) blog while I'm traveling just to talk about my experiences and hopefully become a slightly better writer at the same time. I imagine most days when I write I will be completely exhausted so please forgive the many grammatical errors and such.
What I'm doing this month:
- I will be going to Las Vegas, Nevada for Rubik's cube Skillcon competition and to produce a video of all the skills at Skillcon with the Thecubicle.us This will be taking place Nov 5th-9th.
- After Skillcon, I come home for 2 days and then head to Dallas, Texas for some personal video projects and to compete at the San Marco's competition. This goes on from Nov 12th-20th
- I then leave Texas and immediately fly to Maryland for a River Hill competition. The flight was just really cheap and I couldn't pass it up. Definitely looking forward to meeting people I haven't met on that side of the US. Nov 20th-22nd
- The day after the Maryland comp I fly straight to Tampa, Florida to go hangout with James LaChance (also a cuber) and hangout over Thanksgiving then compete at Florida Feast 2015 that weekend. This part of the trip will be more of a relaxing/break type of trip. Nov 22nd-Dec 3rd.
This will probably be one of the craziest months of my entire life. I have never been away from home for that long. I will be home for a total of 7 days the entire month of November, but it will totally be worth it. My freelance videography (and cubing) careers have given me so many new opportunities to do things I never thought I would be doing.
I'm at an awesome stage in my life where I get to travel all around the US making money doing what I love. And just a year and a half ago I had absolutely zero clue what I wanted to do for a career. So the fact that I can do things that don't feel like work, and get paid to do it is pretty awesome I'd say. I remember in my early days of cubing (ages 12-14) people telling me things like "Rubik's cubing won't take you any where. It's largely pointless", "Stupid hobby. You're just going to get arthritis", "focus on figuring your career out. You're wasting your time". And of course, me being that young believed some of that because I didn't know any better. But these last few years I've found the exact opposite to be true of what I used to get told. I've gotten all of the best career opportunities from cubing!
- I've had the chance to work with sponsors, which has given me MUCH better written communication skills and a slightly better sense of business related things.
- Cubing videos has allowed me to expand my videography career so much further. A lot of my highest paying freelance jobs have been related to cubing. YouTube allows me to practice and master my editing skills that transfer over into my freelance work.
- My cubing friends (and family :P) are so unbelievably supportive of what I do. They help in every way they can to make me succeed. An example: last month Kit flew me out to a Michigan competition to photograph/video his wedding proposal to his girlfriend. He could have easily hired some local in the area to do it instead of me. Kit and Lauren are very supportive and it's awesome to have people be willing to support me so much.
There's quite a bit more that cubing has helped me with in my life, but we don't need to use all my stories in one blog ;)