I've only posted a couple of times on the board so far, so for this post I'd just like to quickly introduce myself to everyone. My name is Dean, and I've been operating for 5 years now, but only recently did I make the jump to working full time as a freelance Steadicam operator. I started operating on a Flyer as a freshman at Emerson College, and I fell in love with it immediately. It might sound cliche, but wearing the rig feels natural, like I was meant to have a deformed, mechanical third arm growing out of my midsection. When I graduated in 2008, I sold the Flyer to afford the move to Los Angeles.
2009 was a terrible year for me; I tried other jobs in the industry for a while, and kept freelancing on the side as a cam op or an ac as much as I was able to, but I realized that something didn't feel right. In January of 2010, I took out a loan, quit my job, and got a new rig (Glidecam X-22). I've been working my ass off to make a living as an operator since then, and lately it's started to pay off. I've met a lot of amazing people, made a lot of great contacts, and I hope that if I just keep working my ass of like this, that one day I'll be up there with all of the amazing operators on this site. I guess I'm gonna start posting here in the Journal section to chronicle my adventures/misadventures as a new operator in Los Angeles. Hope you like it!
PS: I just want to make it clear that I'm not just one of those flash-in-the-pan kids who just bought a crappy rig and is throwing himself into this world haphazardly. I assure you, I'm taking this very seriously. My teacher was C. Scott Coleman, I'm getting ready for another workshop with Curt Schaller, and I'm saving every day for the chance to go to the SOA Master class workshop in PA.