So here’s my one and only Oscar story. Back in 2010 I was working at Lynchburg College. The college hired Jon Landau to come and give a talk on business ethics as it pertains to movie making. This, you can be sure, is about as rare as the now extinct rhino. Who knew there were any remaining ethics in Hollywood? Of course, this was almost 4 years ago and that’s like 100 years in LA time.
Anyway, I was doing my usual job of Photo Librarian. The boss came flying into the office like a crazy person telling me to grab the camera and get out there and start taking pictures. Jon Landau had shown up on campus and she was totally unprepared. She apparently didn’t know he was coming to campus or that there was an interview planned with the local news in the college tv studio. Now is a good time for me to tell you the boss was the head of PR for the school. She seemed to have no idea anything was happening. Good job Deborah. You always knew how to inspire me with your leadership. (Yeah, I really didn’t like her.)
So I grabbed that piece of crap Canon they had for us to use. Honestly, I was embarrassed to even use it. And having to use it to photograph an important visitor was humiliating. I felt like an idiot. But you know what? I got the shots. I was the only photographer there and got beautiful shots of Mr. Landau in his interview and with staff and students. I got to be the college photographer for the afternoon. When they called on me to shoot photos for them, I always brought my Nikon D300 and speedlight 800 from home so the picture quality would be professional looking. Since I got called on to do this without any preparation I had to make due with what I had. That’s how I know that at the end of the day, I am a professional. I got the pictures regardless of the circumstances. That’s what being professional is all about.
And that’s my one and only Oscar story.