"Every ending has a new beginning", "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger", "For every closed door a new one opens" and a bunch of other cliches......
All I have ever wanted to do was make television. I started by pointing a VHS camera at football games in high school (thanks Mr Warnstadt), I worked my way through college working for the local PBS station and freelancing sports. I have spent the last 20 years working for KING TV in Seattle. It's all I have ever wanted to do. Come Feb 2021 I will be looking for a new job for the first time in decades. It's not really a huge surprise as I have survived multiple rounds of lay offs as my friends have been sent packing. Now I am watching the rack containing my replacement being assembled. Parts are being added to the "mechanical broadcaster" every day. I will likely play a part in making sure that it is up and running before my final day. KING has been great and I wish them no ill will. It's just over. In a way this may be a blessing. Broadcast television has been in a slow decline for ages. When I started I got to do a lot of studio production work, it has all been automated away. I haven't really loved my job in a very long time, it was just comfortable and I love my co-workers, the hours have never been that great as anyone working in broadcast television can attest. I will miss all of the friends I have made here.
I have been slowly preparing for this inevitability for years. It is the reason I have spent so much of my spare time shooting and editing video, and have devoted so much of my disposable income to purchasing gear. I knew I would need to find another way to make a living eventually, and it simply made sense to make it video production, to make it something I love doing. Having a full time job has been both a blessing and a curse in this regard. It allowed me the freedom to shoot whatever I wanted since I wasn't relying on it for my sole income, but it also made it exceeding difficult to take on projects due to time limitations. Now I am free to do whatever I want... but I am also unsure what that will be. Luckily I have some time to figure it out, but it doesn't take the sting away. Uncertainty is not something that I enjoy. So anyway... enough with the sad bastard talk... I will find something closer to my true calling, something more creative, something exciting... I am open to ideas if you have them. Cheers all.
Ben Rupp, film maker, rocker, skater, boarder, husband, dog owner.
Middle Aged Shred