“Live your life for the opportunities you will always find in version 2.0!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Version 2.0 is all about capitalizing on the lessons you learned and avoiding the mistakes you made in 1.0!
Such is the case with my new virtual broadcast studio, which I launched yesterday in a short live video I sent out on social media. As you might have heard, my wife and I moved from our original home of 29 1/2 years outside Toronto to a wonderful, smaller community – Guelph, Ontario. Look it up!
Examine the photo in the inspiration quote above – and then consider that the space in which this happened is seen in this photo, moments after we took possession of the house close to a month ago.
That’s it – that’s the room. From that, I’m able to create the look of a massive broadcast facility! (The panel is open because we needed to get a lot more plugs into this small space!) We turned that space into this marvelous location of green opportunity!
With that, we had to rebuild my virtual broadcast studio – it took over a month. But the result – both visually as well as the infrastructure behind the scenes – is fantastic! Here’s the first short broadcast I did as a test, as well as a peek behind the scenes.
This time, I wanted to ensure a nice, clean, organized looked, and a less chaotic jumble of wires that might disturb my production flow. To do that, I enlisted the help of my secret weapon – my 28-year-old son Willie!
The interesting thing is that he has grown up with a dad who has spent most of his working life on a stage somewhere. Willie would travel with me to a few events over the years and was always fascinated by the staging, gear, and audiovisual crew who manage it. When he got to high school, he knew exactly what he wanted to do – and became stage crew manager for his extracurricular activities.
The effort to get to 2.0 was truly a magical, family affair – particularly for my wife who spent hours painting the small space the appropriate green and chasing down small moments of interference with green tape. And I have to give a shoutout to Tom, Kim, and Laura for putting up with me all this time!
Not only that, but I must give a massive shoutout to the fellow who designs most of my virtual sets – on Instagram, @mus_graphic_/ . Located in Nizwa, the 2nd largest city in Oman (and one of the favorite countries I’ve ever visited!), he does fantastic work!