factory reset

At the end of the last year I enrolled into a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a focus in 3D Animation. Last week was my orientation, and this week was week one of study.

I wanted to write this post to address how I’ve been doing lately – not only in regards to my studies but life in general.

The title of this post comes from an original animation I created a few years ago. Back in 2017, I was lucky enough to be able to complete a Cert II in Creative Industries that taught the basics of 3D Animation using Autodesk Maya and Premiere Pro. My animation followed the story of a robot trying to pick itself up after havoc had hit the factory he worked in. I called it “Factory Reset” because I thought it was punny – a “factory reset” as you probably know, refers to the wiping of all data/settings on a device, setting everything back to default settings as if it had just come fresh from the factory. The whole short story, set in a factory, is about a robot who has resurrected and cleaned itself up, and in doing so, has set a new chapter for himself and the factory as its sole survivor.

When creating it, I never meant it to be symbolic of anything, but revisiting it where I currently am in life has given it more meaning than I initially intended.

I feel a bit like the robot right now. The second half of last year was difficult, and although it wasn’t the worst thing in the world, it did impact my emotional and mental health negatively. And at the end of last year I found myself in a position I’ve been in many times before – picking up the pieces, starting from scratch. Factory reset.

Deciding to pursue a greater qualification in animation was a difficult decision that still comes with some ambivalence. I’ve studied many things in the past and still sometimes feel that I haven’t gotten it quite right. The difference is that this decision weighed more, financially and in regards to time. I sort of feel like this is the last “factory reset” I will be able to do in a long time.

Despite saying all this, my orientation and first week have been really pleasant so far, and I’m looking forward to delving deeper into it and connecting further with my tutors and peers.

As I am studying full time, one struggle I can foresee and already feel the effects of is a lack of time. I’m aware that my time management and decision making skills need to be honed if I want to survive this year. I’ve been feeling really good so far, being able to work on this blog, ministry and other personal projects freely, but I know that as deadlines begin to creep up, I will need to be more selective about what I want to spend my time on. Unfortunately I also believe that means my social life will suffer greatly. On top of all this, I still have yet to find new employment.

As a way to keep track of my progress, ideas and projects, I’m hoping to post more on my “art instagram” (under my old moniker!) which I initially created as a personal diary but has evolved into a creative journal. I will also be attempting to update this blog a little more freely as well – because although I did initially intend to post about creative projects I work on when I started this blog, I almost never do and that has to change! So expect a large mix of adventure/photography posts, project posts and rant posts this year. I may also become a little more spammy. You have been warned! πŸ˜‰

I am so excited for all the creativity this year will bring!

— Deborah

P.s. If you want to read more about the animation I created, you can check it out here.

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