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Burning Man 2015 prep begins…

Yup, it’s December 2014 and we are already starting work for OKNOTOK at Burning Man in 2015.  Some call us insane, some roll their eyes and say its ‘too early’.  But if you are a Burner, ask yourself honestly, does it ever ‘stop’ once you are introduced to the culture and experience of Black Rock City?

2014-12-08 11.54.47While some will relish the time off between Burns, others continue building, making, and turning inspiration into reality,  lighting up the sky in August.  Without giving away the fun details about what is in the works for camp OKNOTOK, there will be some changes and new sights to behold.  Make sure you party with us on the Playa in 2015!

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Long ride in Topanga State Park

I often think about how ‘productive’ I am being when I have down-time from work.  After finishing up my freelance gig with The Tennis Channel, I am back to searching for the next work

First rain I've seen in Los Angeles in over two months.

First rain I’ve seen in Los Angeles in over two months.

opportunity.  Productivity shouldn’t only be measured in dollars.  I’m talking about physical training opportunities, running, hiking, biking, etc.  I should relish the time off from work that I have because it allows me to pursue the things I love and affords me the ability to push my body and stay in shape for the next ‘big adventure’.

With all this in mind, I managed to get out for a couple runs including a half marathon distance this past week.  My left ankle (previously sprained at Burning Man) didn’t appreciate this distance very much.  I don’t want to stop running but I think I will stick to less then 10 miles runs to keep the impact down and give my body time to heal itself.  I am trying to help it along with LOTS of hydration and using compression after strenuous activity to help recovery.  To keep the intensity up and reduce impact, I turned to biking this weekend with a nice long ride in Topanga State Park.

A trail sign in Topanga State Park, Santa Monica Mountains.

A trail sign in Topanga State Park, Santa Monica Mountains.

Since I have been in LA it seemed like I had to drive a significant distance to find good riding or trail running.  This Sunday was a great instance of discovery as I learned that access to Topanga State Park is only a 15 minute drive from my house.  I accessed the great trail system from the 405 highway at Mulholland drive.  Parking is at San Vincent Mountain Park near the Skirball Cultural Center.  From this location you can ride some serious distance on a mix of fire roads and single track.

From the Parker Mesa Overlook you can see Santa Monica and Venice quite clearly.

From the Parker Mesa Overlook you can see Santa Monica and Venice quite clearly.

 

 

I intended to do about 20 miles and ended up grinding out just over 30…on the single speed.  While my bike choice wasn’t great, the terrain offered amazing climbing opportunities.  I was able to do a loop instead of an out-and-back and managed just shy of 5,700 feet of climbing.  It’s funny how I feel like the mountains here don’t even begin to compare to Colorado – true but the climbing exists.  This ride offered views of the Pacific ocean with some blazing descents.

Map and elevation profile of a trail ride in Topanga State Park.

Map and elevation profile of a trail ride in Topanga State Park.

Freelancing for The Tennis Channel

Annnnnd, we’re clear.  I just finished up my first chunk of time working as a Stage Manager for The Tennis Channel during their coverage of the WTA tournaments in Moscow, Stockholm, Luxembourg, and Singapore.  This freelance gig has been a lot of fun and a great introduction to working in LIVE television.

Remember when I was talking about networking?  It really is the lifeblood of the freelancer.  Case in point, this job came directly to me via a (very thoughtful) friend.  I didn’t see find this posted on Craigslist or Mandy.  There was no crew-call that I am aware of.  It just goes to show you how important it is to communicate and put yourself out there when looking for work in the film/television world.

Because of the time difference and the need to cover this tournament live, I have been waking up at 1am the past few nights to make it to the studio around 2.  Although it has been a little draining, I haven’t had to deal with the typical rush-hour traffic that plagues Los Angeles.  I stumble around the house, make some coffee, get dressed, and sleepwalk to my car (don’t even get me started on that contraption…it goes into the shop tomorrow…).

Acting as Stage Manager is both exciting and fast-paced.  Working with the Talent, Camera Men, Sound Techs, and the folks in the control room really allows me to see all sides of the production.  It’s fun being on the set and watching everything unfold LIVE, no room for errors.  Also, I love food and The Tennis Channel has fed me really well.

I am currently enjoying a few days off to recuperate before going back for another weekend of work.  I am extremely thankful that I got this opportunity to work with a great group of people and hopefully I’ll work with them again in the future.

And to end this post, here is a meme that I came up with.  I know it’s pretty bad.  Cheers!

My first attempt at a meme.

My first attempt at a meme.

…and some recent work…

Our friend Andrew turned 29 and we threw him a banana-themed party and put more then 3000 balloons in his backyard…it certainly made for some good photos!

Our friend Marcy sets 3000+ balloons free in the backyard at Nerdingham Pallace.

Our friend Marcy sets 3000+ balloons free in the backyard at Nerdingham Pallace.

It's beautiful when lighting, space, and props come together to produce an unforgettable experience.

It’s beautiful when lighting, space, and props come together to produce an unforgettable experience.