A few weeks back I took a weekend trip to New York City. I used the trip as an escape from a few things that were going on in my life that I really just wanted and needed a break from. Now I know what you are thinking, New York is such a basic and simple trip, its not that big of a deal. While you may be right in your own thinking, I believe that you can simply get lost anywhere you’d like if you truly want to.
The only set plan was my trains back and forth from Boston, and staying at the Neoscape apartment. Other than that I was going there to experience total surprise. I essentially wanted to get lost in what I was going to do. It was a tough thing to actually perform and act out as like most people I am always on a set time, a true creature of habit. It was not the fact that I was going to a different place because I have been there numerous times, maybe it was the circumstances that surrounded it but it all felt different.
I walked around the city for three days straight, eating in random restaurants, seeing sights that I have seen numerous times while meeting and seeing people who were amazing to be around. I knew their whole life story within hours of meeting them, great people that I hope to run into again someday.
It was fun, different, and some would even say pointless (Altman). However it did show me that you can simply forget about any simple troubles you have in life and just check out some place that you don’t see everyday and learn how much we take for granted. As an artist I tend to forget, like most artists do, our minds are machines that sometimes do need to rest and stop for a bit.
I have already planned a trip during the summer to Montana to see an old friend, and I plan to use it the same way: as an escape. Not a vacation where most people think of what they are going to buy, the endless party nights, or the waiters bringing their booze to them on a beach. The type of trip where you don’t care what you see, the people you meet, or even the food you eat.
The world is full of amazing and new things that aren’t on internet recommendation lists or being reviewed by bloggers, go out there and find them. Experience your own Holden Caulfield moment and just go, escape your everyday life and go. Don’t plan too much, don’t think too hard and don’t make it into a big deal…buy the ticket and take the ride.
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Squint/ Opera, a diverse and dynamic young film and media production company in Battersea, is seeking a full-time Studio Manager to look after the administrative aspect of the business, and ensure its smooth day-to-day running.
Squint/ Opera?s broad parameters have won the company a myriad of clients (as well as awards), from cultural colossus The Design Museum to the BBC, Channel 4, a host of architectural practices and local authorities.
The studio works with animators, architects, designers, visual effects artists, writers and music composers to produce its innovative short films. Now the search is on for a capable Studio Manager to take charge of (among other things):
Assisting the studio as a whole
Studio organisation- everything from helping out with technical problems to ensuring everything is kept tidy and systematic.
Dealing with some press enquiries and filing press cuttings
Keeping everyone in check, tidy, on time and accounted for!
Other ad hoc duties
This role is perfect for anyone who is interested in film and architecture but is suitably organised. Experience in a similar role would help but above all, the candidate should have bags of common sense and initiative, as well as be full of energy, enthusiasm and ideas. To find out more about the company and watch some of its films, visit www.squintopera.com.
If you think you are interested please send your CV to