What's your passion/talent?

Just thought I'd fire a bullet into the air with this. Some of us are a Jack of all trades in this craft, but often there's one part we love more than others or simply do better at.

For me it's definitely props and set design (yes, I know, hardly the dream of most), followed by screen writing. Direction I do love but it just seems like a way of fulfilling the other roles the way I want them. When it comes to the set and props, I find myself in my element. I simply love creating the scene I picture to make the story come to life.
My fiancee's (or wife in.... blimey, 19 days now!) is definitely visual effects and make up, although truth be told, she's a better writer than I am! Do NOT tell her this! I seriously don't know how her brain develops so many ideas which I could never think of, especially in our abstract/metaphorical works.

If you could "specialise" tomorrow and focus on one role in film making, which you love over all the others, what would it be?

Forgot to ask: who do you admire or their work in those roles? I would have to say Earl Betts and Chris Casey for their attention to detail and the way they design to the atmosphere. there's something about the "busy-ness" of it all which I think takes a true artist to envisage.
 
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certainty gives you passion, passion gives you drive, drive lets you overcome any obstacles thrown your way.

the only thing that gives me passion is driving a ferrari or lamborghini convertible in the future
 
My passion and drive, not necessarily my most talented is acting. My next would be cinematography and then editing.
 
I am a music guy. Most of the time, all I'm thinking about is music. I like every kind of music, and every kind of instrument, and want to be able to do it all. I can't hear music without wanting to make similar music myself.

So, yeah. I do specialize because it is my passion. Of course, if I could specialize further I'd be a better musician, but I'm getting better all around!
 

Alcove Audio

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If I were able to follow my true passion I would still be out there pounding stages. There's nothing like the rush of hundreds - and sometimes thousands - of people rising to their feet and applauding/cheering/etc. As many here already know, arthritis curtailed my performing career, so I had no choice but to pursue other alternatives, first as a music recording engineer, then migrating to audio post.

Don't get me wrong, I love doing audio post, organizing, manipulating and creating sounds. But I do miss the immediacy of performing with a bunch of very talented people and the interaction with the audience. It does occasionally get lonely sitting in a room by myself for hours on end....
 
If I were able to follow my true passion I would still be out there pounding stages. There's nothing like the rush of hundreds - and sometimes thousands - of people rising to their feet and applauding/cheering/etc. As many here already know, arthritis curtailed my performing career, so I had no choice but to pursue other alternatives, first as a music recording engineer, then migrating to audio post.

Don't get me wrong, I love doing audio post, organizing, manipulating and creating sounds. But I do miss the immediacy of performing with a bunch of very talented people and the interaction with the audience. It does occasionally get lonely sitting in a room by myself for hours on end....

Sorry to hear that, Alcove. Is there no limited role you could do in theatre?
 

Alcove Audio

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indieBIZ
Not theater. I was a touring keyboard player as well as doing various recording sessions. Lots of clubs and hotel bars. I did some arranging for bands, and, in the late 80's, did MIDI programming for performers and bands. At the "peak" of my career I was the musical director for the Del Vikings, who had a couple of hits in the late 50's; besides the usual small theaters and "town park" outdoor shows I got to play Carnegie Hall (Eric Clapton was in the front row at one of the shows), The Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, The Meadowlands and similar places around the country.

I had some fun, got to play with some great people, met lots of other cool people, and got to see - and be in - some great shows. I've long since reconciled myself, and at least I got to spend a lot more time with my daughters than if I had been out on the road.
 

Alcove Audio

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indieBIZ
But I do miss it....
 
Not theater. I was a touring keyboard player as well as doing various recording sessions. Lots of clubs and hotel bars. I did some arranging for bands, and, in the late 80's, did MIDI programming for performers and bands. At the "peak" of my career I was the musical director for the Del Vikings, who had a couple of hits in the late 50's; besides the usual small theaters and "town park" outdoor shows I got to play Carnegie Hall (Eric Clapton was in the front row at one of the shows), The Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, The Meadowlands and similar places around the country.

I had some fun, got to play with some great people, met lots of other cool people, and got to see - and be in - some great shows. I've long since reconciled myself, and at least I got to spend a lot more time with my daughters than if I had been out on the road.

Sounds like you've had a pretty rewarding career :)
 

Alcove Audio

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indieBIZ
It's been interesting.
 
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