Transcript for Interview:
Welcome to the evening edition of The Reflected Self. We are pleased to have with us the newly transformed Carrington F. Carrington is in the final week of Digital Storytelling and cannot say enough about the growth she has experienced as she stretched her personal boundaries when completing the tasks placed before her these past few months. This self-proclaimed introvert acknowledges the angst initially felt when posting text and photos online via a variety of media platforms. Welcome to the show, Carrington.
Were you clear about expectations when you signed up for the course?
C: I fully expected to become familiar with various media platforms. I did not realize the storytelling component would be comprised of my story – no matter how small and seemingly insignificant it might appear to others. I know it truly is a snapshot of my life in some respects, but the level of exposure I felt is a big deal to me.
Would you do it again? Would you register for another course similar to this one?
C: Honestly, I would take another course like this again. It was very enlightening and was for sure an interesting class to say the least.
What was the toughest component of the course?
C: I have always considered myself to be a tech savvy person, but I had never really been introduced to most of these apps that I have had to learn in these classes. I think my biggest challenge during the semester would definitely have had to be learning how to use the Audacity app. I had never really had to learn how to download or look for sounds/loops from the internet and create a radio show or music that tells a story. I have also been someone who does not like to record themselves talking.
What did you enjoy the most?
C: Hmm, I would definitely have to say the remixing or learning how to photoshop. Ever since I entered this class, I had no idea how to use any of these new apps like photoshop or Audacity. I really never had a purpose for using these apps. Also, I had never even used Twitter before I even entered this course! This is the first time I have ever had to tweet anything in my life…..I tend to stay away from social media for the most part. Yes, I have snapchat, but I never post selfies or anything on there. I am someone who is camera shy so typically you will not see me posting anything with myself in it.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
C: I think my greatest accomplishment would have to be that I have learned how to practically master using these apps throughout this semester or course. Also the fact that I was able to sit in front of a camera and record myself talking and editing my video is another one of my greatest accomplishments. I hate listening to myself and looking at myself on video. I feel that I am too critical of myself but by taking this course I have learned to somewhat appreciate the fact that I have the ability to kind of edit or alter these videos and photos.
What will you take away from this course?
C: I have gained many skills! I can better manipulate photoshop, edit and create videos on iMovie and edit and create sounds on Audacity! Also, I can now officially say that I have Twitter fingers now!
What has taking this course done for your confidence?
I look at things less as insurmountable obstacles and more like merry little challenges (It is December).
Has your appreciation for Bob Ross changed in any way?
C: Great question! I knew Bob Ross was a great landscape artist. Thanks to this course I now know that his paintings were the product of the beautiful life lessons he shared. When he spoke about perspective and color, he was truly encouraging his viewers to enjoy all the beauty that life has to offer. The beauty that he was able to create with seemingly simple brushstrokes is a testament to his appreciation of the world in which he lived and his fellow human beings. He exuded kindness, patience, and grace. He painted so much more than a canvas; He painted life. I certainly have a greater appreciation for his work and the messages he shared.