Voiceover professional Jerry Reed's journal. Jerry has done a lot of things in his life and met a lot of people along the way. Often people told him that he should write a book. But, he never seemed to get to it. So this blog serves as that personal journal embracing thoughts, things, experiences, places, & people in his life. There are no limits and no one will be intentionally harmed in this exercise.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Dare to be different
who you are that counts.
The Crystals had a big hit record back in the sixties titled “He's A Rebel.” There's a line in the song that goes like this: “He's a rebel 'cause he never ever does what he should. But just because he doesn't do what everybody else does...” That would be me. I am that guy.
I have always been that way. A rebel am I. Some people call that being an individual. I just don't feel comfortable doing something just because everyone else does it. Is that bad? Some say yes, some say no. I say that's who I am. As an example, I can remember back in high school. I ran for the office of president of my junior class. Everyone told me that I had to do things a certain way. I needed to make posters, make speeches, and do all the things that everyone else had done in the past to get elected. But, I had to be different. I realized that the people that really got you elected and those in my class that had the most influence were the girls. So, I talked to my mom who had a large flower garden full of mums and asked her if I could pick enough to give every girl in class a flower. She hesitated but after some discussion agreed that I could pick about 60 flowers. That day every girl at Sauquoit Valley Central Junior Class (Class of '65) got a flower from me. I won (bought) the election, not because I followed the rules, but because I did something different. I have been that way ever since. When it came time to buy a DSLR camera I researched and analyzed and decided to go against the trend and did not buy a Nikon or a Canon. I bought a Pentax. The company was certainly not the leader in photography it once had been. But, the camera I selected had some benefits at the time that the others did not. It ran on AA batteries, accepted all the lenses I had from my previous Pentax SLR camera and was waterproof, something the others could not boast. I decided to be different and bought the Pentax K200D. I still love that camera even though it's only 10 megapixels. I do have my eyes on a Pentax K-5IIs. That'll be my next purchase, soon as I do a few more voiceover jobs. When I first got into computing I started with a PC. I struggled with all products Microsoft and those that bought into the Microsoft way of life. I never did fall for the Apple mantra. But, the Apple Computer company was clever by giving so many schools computers, starting the Apple Army early was a good business tactic. Adobe is clever that way also, making versions of its extremely expensive software very affordable for students. That's good for business. In the early 90s I became a computing rebel when I fell in love with a short lived operating system called GeoWorks. Is was actually a product originally made for the Commodor 64 but was eventually ported to the PC. I don't know why the company failed but I think the big boys had something to do with it. The original America On Line software was based on GeoWorks. I was sorry to see the company fail. They had a great product. So, I went back to Microsoft until 2005 when my Windows XP computer failed and Microsoft wouldn't allow me to re-install the operating system on that computer despite having all the correct disks. I remembered having received a free disk in the mail from Ubuntu Linux. I put that disk in the computer drive to see if I could rescue my files. Not only did I rescue my files I entered a new phase of my computing life. I was an immediate convert to Ubuntu and the open source universe. I have never gone back and feel I can do 99% of what everyone else can do with their PCs and Macs. But, I don't have to shell out money every year to upgrade my software.
When it comes to my voiceover studio, I opted for the Ubuntu Studio version of the operating system. It's a flavor that's specifically designed for those that want a better multi-media experience. Oh, I can boot my studio PC into Windows 7 if I need to, but it rarely happens. So the rebel perseveres, “Cause he's not just one of the crowd.”