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When I first started this blog, I thought I would share some memorable anecdotes from my early years in the business. Like the time the Chyron blew a gasket the day before our weekly college newscast. Or the time I broke a 1" master my first day on the job. Or the time I visited Las Vegas for NAB while still in college and was taken to a show featuring scantily clad dancers by my tv professor and his buddies. Yep, I had some memorable times.

But then, once I completed my brief history of college, internships and early work experiences, I realized that I have a lot to say about my current job duties, activities, travel adventures, workflow improvements, editing and technology experiments and did i mention traveling? Oh, and eating - I do like to talk about good food - and how many other blogs feature such memorable multimedia elements as cell phone pictures of cups of coffee and gas station egg salad sandwiches?

Sometimes I go back and read some of my earlier posts and even I have learned some things. I can take a walk back in time to roughly early 2007, and see a pretty accurate rendition of what I was up to professionally, personally and emotionally. I even recounted the losses of my dear grandparents Hilda and Izz, whose influence made me the person I am today.

Sometimes I have talked about technology for the sake of technology. But most of the time I try to relate my tools to my methods and my methods to my madness. Do all of my posts about travel mean I dislike travel? On the contrary...interstate travel has always been a part of my job. Video shoots and conventions take place where the business is - getting there is half the fun. The other half of the fun is doing the work. Is standing at a tradeshow booth in dress shoes for 8 hours fun? You decide...Spending those 8 hours talking to surgeons about the products I help to create, getting feedback from satisfied customers and selling our products to new customers is...priceless! Watching my work projected in front of 1000+ people in an aircraft hangar sized auditorium is something to remember.

At one particular meeting, a military surgeon came to our booth to compliment the usefulness of our textbook on penetrating trauma. He took it with him to Iraq as a reference to help him save the lives of both soldiers and civilians injured by IED's and gunfire. Those countless hours sitting around a conference table editing the text with the other members of our team seemed very worthwhile.

As we started shooting in HDV and various flavors of mp4, I have documented the learning curves to hopefully help others flying by the seats of their pants, and for posterity.

There are other experiences I do not, or can not blog about. Proprietary information or experiences to a client or work-in-progress of course have no place in a public forum. During these projects I spend less time on the COW, only monitoring interesting forum threads and occasionally chiming in where I can. But all experiences feed the collective treasure trove of knowledge, training and brain food that I hope to impart to the world when I can. The form of future information sharing may be text, video, audio or some medium not yet invented.

To the folks out there who have read my blog posts, articles and forum posts - thanks for reading. If you have given feedback, thanks again. But I'm not in this for recognition. I am trying to give something back to a community that has given me a lot of valuable information both earlier in my career and up to the present. Paying it forward is the theme around here. Never stop learning and growing.

If you haven't read some of the earlier posts on the COW Blogs, take one down, pass it around...

Thanks for the opportunity to share a little bit of my world with the wider World.

Mike Cohen

Posted by: Mike Cohen on Jan 25, 2010 at 7:37:49 pmComments (1) blogs creative cow

I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills.

Years ago I canceled my Media 100 support contract upon discovering what a treasure trove of helpful advice can be found on the Creative COW website. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community.

In my blog I talk a little about media production, a lot about travel and workflow, and occasionally about cooking, nature and my four-legged friends.

Follow me on Twitter: med_ed_mike

I'm also on LinkedIn if you can't get enough of me!


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