Going Public, and by that I mean speaking
|Wading in the Boone River with Shane and Tiffany.|
For the past two years I’ve been working on a project called “Iowa Land and Sky.” With the assistance of two very generous grants my team as well as a few instructional designers from IPTV’s Education department have been crafting special drone fueled ecological and geological materials for Iowa classrooms and broadcast. Getting my FAA drone pilots license in the process I’ve travelled all over the state to capture unique aerial shots of Iowa’s landscapes as well as tell very specific natural history stories.
With my Education partners, the stories and materials I produced on Iowa’s Freshwater Mussels, Engeldinger Marsh, and Iowa’s geological diversity will now be presented in high school and middle school classrooms across the state for years to come. These stories were some of the coolest work I’ve produced to date.
|Audience for my keynote at Iowa Academy of Sciences.|
Three out of the Five events were related to Land and Sky, and all of them required me to stand in front of audiences and hold court.
|Career Day at Four-Mile Elementary.|
|Produce Iowa 📷of Bruce James Bales, Chad Aubrey and myself leading The Film Lounge workshop.|
The frustrated performer in me loves the chance to address a crowd. Talking about subjects i love and revere such as storytelling or nature and the outdoors makes it too easy. The IAS gig went great and following the event, I reveled in post-talk glow of talking with attendees. The workshop was a three-person lift so it felt almost like I was back on stage power trio-ing my way through a set of punk rock. The drone day event was an intimate affair where I wasn’t sure drone lovers were super into the science/education portion of the production, but I enjoyed the experience just the same. Finally the career day was me just going full LeBron James in the world of children’s entertainment, and the open house was the encore.
|My International Drone Day presentation.|
It’s funny getting machine gunned with speaking opportunities and then descending from that high, back to business as usual. Will I hunt out speaker requests to replicate the experience? No, I’ve got too many hobbies and obligations as it is. Still, if someone does reach out and ask for me to work-up my personal knock-off TED Talk,