CMU School of Drama

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dude, Where’s My Gear?

Pro Sound Web: As I waited patiently through dozens of random items donated for a local auction, the moment finally came… A box of microphones donated from a local music store.

The previous hour or so had been nerve-wracking. I didn’t dare leave my seat for fear that the mostly unorganized charity fund-raiser crew would decide to pull it up when I wasn’t looking.


William Lowe said...

The sad thing is that I could totally see myself doing this. I love playing with technology, especially hardware, and I enjoy being able to explore other areas of interest — many of which require me to have certain pieces of software or hardware. I think the scary part for me is the extremely accurate statement made by the author of how it is hard to see when your purchases are for your job or for a hobby which means you may never use it because your life is incredibly busy and leaves little room for you to work on your hobby. It is complicated further when your hobby usually requires the participation of other people, which means working with their schedule, which means that it is an extremely rare — yet wonderful — experience when you are able to use all of this gear you have purchased. I really hope to be able to afford these luxuries later in life — in both a monetary and time sense. I want to be able to have time to use and appreciate what I own, especially because I think it's so much fun. This all being said, I am one to usually be very careful and deliberate with my purchases because of the amount of money involved and it’s a great disappointment when something like this doesn't work out.

Claire Krueger said...

I like the subtle reference to the Hyundai, the car from hell made of the fire from hell. If you like explosions you will love the videos of Hyundai cars, I promise. The article had a little bit of levity that I enjoyed but I really didn't like the hobby can’t be a career part. You can make a career out of just about anything as long as you are good enough at it. So in my mind the writer who tried to make a career out of his sound simply wasn't good enough, in either talent or business skills. And he should stop discouraging people to try their best at a enjoyable career.