One of my all time favourite movies is Office Space, not just because of the hilarious scenes like when they smash the hell out of the printer that always jams, but also because it pretty much sums up a lot of the things that I couldn’t stand about working in a cubicle environment! The cramped quarters, the idle chit chat at the water cooler, flickering neon lights and pretending to look busy by doodling or stapling blank sheets of paper together as the boss walks by. I’ve been there, and it wasn’t for me. So this film hits home. It’s personal.
When I left my aerospace engineering job in Halifax to work for FarmOn and begin my career in video production, it was a pretty extreme course change. That was just about 5 years ago now, and I still often think back on the conversation I had with Kelly, before we were even engaged, where she really pushed me to deeply question what I wanted to do. She helped me to believe that it was ok to pursue something other than what my engineering degree was meant for, and that if I chose to do something I loved, I would probably become really good at it and not come home from work feeling miserable so often.
After filming, editing and producing videos for the FarmOn Foundation for just about 5 years and freelancing as Benjo Productions for about 3 years, it’s pretty clear that this is where my passion lies. Today, after an amazing Christmas break, I spent some time moving my desk, computer, and about 12TB of external hard drives, into a larger office space on Main St in Bashaw. Hanging on the walls in the new office is a gorgeous photo canvas that Kelly gave me for Christmas, a print of Rachel’s painting of Uncle Tim, a giant map of the world, and a space where my degree from Carleton University will go. Yes, it’s an office space, but it’s MY office space. It already feels like it has a bit of my personality and story in it, and it is NOT a cubicle. LOL
After Kelly helped me move in the heavy oak desk that felt like it weighed about 2 tons, I placed my red Swingline stapler right in the centre of it. In every place I’ve ever set up my editing studio, I always keep that stapler in sight, as a reminder of the cubicle confines that I have left behind, and as a symbol of my commitment to myself to always put passion into my work.
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