It’s New Year’s Eve and – like the majority of folks out there – I’m spending a little time reflecting on the year that has passed. Thinking back, 2011 was a really good year.
At the start of the year, my goal was to find a better work / life balance than I have achieved in the past. While I still have a ways to go on this, it certainly improved this year. Sure, I worked way too many weekends. But I can say, looking back, that the time was spent on some really interesting projects. Every year, the business grows, but this year, I feel like I grew as a craftsperson – as an artist. I worked on many projects that pushed me way beyond my comfort range and I’m pretty happy with the results.
We started to get a foothold in the film world this year. I entered into it tentatively, as I’ve had bad film experiences in the past. I’m happy to report that such was not the case this year. I really enjoyed the film projects we took on this year. They filled a creative gap that I’ve been missing lately. The whole approach to film shoes is very different from other forms and I felt it really kicked my work up a notch – it’s changed how I look at the other work as well. Here’s hoping that trajectory continues into next year.
The original plan was to just keep status quo for the year and see what happened. 2010 was a brutally busy year and I was hoping to just focus in on the shows we have in operations for a while. That didn’t last long and we started to get a flattering number of calls for new and different work. Beyond the handful of films we worked on, we were also hired to make shoes for shows in two countries that we’ve never worked in before – Italy and Brazil (Brazil pushes the tally up to 9 countries and 4 continents that we have made shoes for).
I was introduced to some pretty fantastic people throughout 2011 as well. I was able to meet and work for two of my all-time favourite directors this year, which was pretty wild. I had the opportunity to reconnect with a costume designer who I’ve admired since highschool. And I was introduced to some pretty amazing and inspiring new designers (new to me, that is). And, of course, a tonne of great costume folk and some pretty fantastic actors.
Right now, I have no idea what 2012 has in store, but if it’s anything like this past year, I’ll be a happy little Jitterbug Boy. If I could get a couple more Saturdays off….even better…