Life

The Ability to Adapt

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Last weekend, if you looked, you would’ve found me in a dingy carpark in Brighton taking behind-the-scenes photos on the set of a music video for Brighton-based rap artist, Nighlight’s ‘Take 3’ music video.

Thanks to @camgrantphotos, I got to play with the beautiful Canon 5D MKIII for the weekend and though the autofocus could be a little slow (maybe due to excessive use as it was a uni loan) it was glorious to try and I was sad to see it go.

The lead up to this shoot was a rollercoaster to say the least (for Sean that is) but overall I think the experience really solidified an important lesson for me about being able to (as the title of this post suggests) adapt.

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Everything that could have gone wrong did, and that’s not an exaggeration. Struggles in finding a location, cancelling make-up artists, lack of extras, forgotten tripod and more. So much had to be changed to the point of the entire shot-list and concept for the video having to be reworked on set.

And though the video won’t turn out exactly originally planned, and we didn’t have as much time to shoot as we originally wanted, there is still a video, and if I know anything about the crew working on it, it will be still be brilliant.

Unfortunately, as I am learning more and more everyday, nothing ever goes 100% to plan. To be honest things are almost more likely to go wrong than they are to go right, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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The ability to adapt is so important. Sean’s ability to adapt last weekend meant that he didn’t give up as many people would have in that situation.

It’s not easy to let go of your vision for something, especially when it’s something you have put so much time and effort into, but this whole thing we have going on, this entire life thing we’re doing at the moment, is all about things going wrong, and that’s never going to change.

I heard a brilliant quote on the Self-Helpless podcast a few days ago that talked about how important is to “be stubborn in your goals but flexible in your methods”.

And I can’t think of a better way to summarise last weekend.

You should definitely check out the crew for this shoot, they’re a talented bunch and I for one can’t wait to work with them all in the future.

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Artist: Nightlight

Director: Sean Devaney

Producer: Anna Geddes

DOP: Cameron Grant

Camera Operator: Will Faulkner

Thanks for reading.

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