2016: A Year In Review

Let's be honest, 2016 has been a pretty shocking year for the world as a whole. We saw a reality TV star elected as the next US President, we witnessed countless acts of disturbing violence across the globe and lost an extraordinary amount of bright stars that inspired us throughout their lives…  In my own little world, however, 2016 proved to be a year filled with achievements and new opportunities.

La La Land - #1 Film of 2016

La La Land - #1 Film of 2016

I didn't start the new year expecting much and even felt a bit lost, sort of in the stage of life where you’re just waiting for it to start… Needing something concrete to focus on I came to the decision to return to university, undertaking a Master of Creative Industries, majoring in Creative Production and Arts Management. While many thought me crazy for going back to a life of assignments, readings and lectures, so far the course has proven to be exactly what I needed and has inspired some ambitious thoughts for the future. Anyway, with being accepted into the course in February and the course not starting until July, I had about five months to wait. Three of these weeks were spent travelling around the US, which you can see from the video below. The rest of the time was used to make the most of projects I had been working on and jobs that had come up. From doing edit assistant work on a couple of features to teaching workshops on Podcasting to publishing a few writing pieces. The work was varied but that’s the joy of freelancing, you never live the same two days. 

Exciting times were also had with what I like to call my “unicorn projects” - projects that I work on purely out of passion. One of these projects, Young, Wild and Almost Free, which is a series I have been working on with a couple of others, was even pitched to the ABC! While that particular opportunity did not pan out, hopefully more will come of this project in the coming year so stay tuned. 

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the only way to create the life you want is to get up, go out and put yourself out there. It’s proven true for me time and time again and will hopefully continue in 2017. So, straight from my top film of 2016, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, “Here’s to the fools who dream!” 

Happy New Year! 🎉