02 4 / 2012
27 11 / 2011
√ 4 different radio shows from Kevin, Maia, Joms and Louie.
√ Mixed the 4 shows into five mins max, editing the ‘dead airs’
√ Background music/themes, station ID’s, everything that has to be pre-recorded
√ PSA pre-recorded and Straight announcement
√ Script for Ms. Eva and myself
√ Extra five songs for back-up, just in case
√ 2 USB’s and one for back up
√ Laptop in case something doesn’t work out
Practiced several times, got used to both Windows and Mac softwares, double, triple and quadruple check everything, had several back ups, prayers, good lucks and words of encouragement from my friends, went to school early, check. check. check. All I need was a ‘Merry Christmas’ from my professor, Ms Eva.
And yet, when I was inside the studio, all my hard work and preparation was somehow put into waste.
LESS than 10 seconds for prep time was already a struggle for me, since I wasn’t able to talk to the person before me so that we could coordinate (plus he wouldn’t give a damn, really), what else could possibly go wrong? More than 10 seconds of dead air, DVD players 5 and 6 crashed, pro-tools software crashed and the only thing that was working was the microphone and your professor telling you that you have to stay on air while you are literally all over the place, confused. I was reading my script without a proper theme music that will set the mood and I depended on the timing based on my theme song.
STRESS. PANIC. ANXIETY.
Prepared for whatever’s going to happen, I wanted to use my final back up plan which is playing it thought my laptop but I wasn’t sure if it was the best decision to make but I had to make a choice now or I will forever suffer. I immediately got my laptop, opened the files, placed it near the microphone and started playing everything. While the show was playing in my laptop I tried to fix whatever problems there were on the DVD players, tried switching the USB’s just in case it might work out. NOTHING WAS WORKING OUT, the clock was ticking and I seriously needed to successfully deliver my Radio Production finals and not.. fail. Show no 1 done, doing the straight announcement next and using my laptop again for the song. Next was another show and I tried to fix the DVD players once again. IT WAS NOT WORKING OUT FOR ME. Around 12 to 15 minutes the recording software crashed. My professor commanded me to stop the simulation. I was in shock. She told me that we had to talk but first, had to entertain the others. Tears were falling in my eyes as I placed my laptop on the desk and I thought of how badly my performance was and how annoyed I am that everything crashed.
She told me to go inside the office. I went in and we talked about my finals. The good thing is that I was able to think of an alternative solution, using my laptop just so that I can stay on air. I captured everything that miss wanted, the profile that she gave to me that I should understand so that I can choose the shows that I will play although I had a hard time juggling the fixing of technical problems and I focused more on how to fix that rather than talk fluently in order for my ‘artificial audience’ to keep tuning in to my show. Of course, technicalities were not my fault but I got a grade of 2.0 MINIMUM (Highest is 4.0) and it could possibly be higher. I can’t remember everything that she said cause my mind was partly clouded because all I was thinking of was that I wanted to have a high grade and I wanted to repeat the whole thing all over again.Unfortunately, she didn’t want me to repeat it so that ‘she won’t prolong my agony’.
I know I should be happy, cause Radio Production’s done, and I won’t be seeing her again (unless she’s my thesis consultant or maybe my panel) but I can’t help but get disappointed by the thought of not finishing it. I was truly enjoying the experience, it was nerve wracking and really stressful, I really wanted to have finished the whole 20 minutes. Heck I even wanted to take Audio Production as my elective course.
I am honestly not feeling that fulfillment right now and I can’t help but dwell on it, I am not relieve at all. All I prayed so hard for a successful radio production to go smoothly, but I guess not all of my prayers can be answered. Hope I still get a higher grade.
After this, though I met up with my oh-so (bitter) sweet friends, Mark and Rianne, who were kind enough to cheer me up even if they were…. ‘hanging out’ (yeah right). I really can’t say that you guys look cute cause that’s… weird, for me, at least. Love you both! HAHA Bought a new book with Kuya Mark though! I’m excited to read “The Perks of being A Wallflower” by Chbosky so that I could relax after a stressful day!
05 11 / 2011
28 10 / 2011
“A libel is public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary or any act, omission, condition, status or circumstance tending to cause the dishonor, discredit or contempt of a natural or juridicial person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead.”
-Something I have to memorize word per word for my majors. Hello Introduction to Print Production. I hope I don’t forget any of the ‘or’s’ or the ‘and’s’ or the ‘if’s’!
17 10 / 2011
25 5 / 2011