New found respect for travel video pros!

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Now that I’m settled back in at home after my Disney trip (and I’m not sick anymore), I thought I’d reflect on one of the things that I did on this Disney trip that I had never done before.

I worked on a video project.

I’m super excited to be putting together some helpful tip videos for Disney World and I worked on all the shots on this past trip. The first thing I learned is that it’s SO much more work than I ever imagined! However, I feel that every time I really get involved in a new type of venture, I re-discover this lesson over and over again. Remember how I mused some time ago that I was so surprised when I became a travel agent because I never knew how much work went into it? Well, this was a similar discovery!

Disney World was super crowded on this trip, and it was difficult to find places to film that weren’t too crowded or noisy. Sometimes I would almost get a good shot, but then something would happen noise-wise that I couldn’t control – like a noisy boat going by, or someone talking right at the camera as they walked by.

I also had the heat to contend with. For the second year in a row, my trip timed itself with record high temperatures. For almost the whole trip, the daily high was 98-99 degrees, with the heat index between 105 – 110. I had the constant challenge of having to do my make-up every morning and trying to keep it from melting off. (Make-up is not a normal part of my daytime park routine, but I was being video-taped – you better believe I put some make-up on!) Every morning, I used a super strength anti-perspirant wipe on my face under my make-up. And let’s be honest – heat makes people cranky, and I was on the edge of melt-down several times during the trip.

I’m realizing that just half the work is over. Now I need to begin the editing process. I’ve played around with iMovie a little bit already with my recital clips that I posted, but that just scratched the surface of what I can put together. The whole idea seems a bit daunting to me at this stage, but I know that I’ll just work on a little bit at a time and before you know it – it’ll be done! (Hmmmm…. sounds kind of like putting together a new role in an opera or musical, doesn’t it?)

I can’t wait to share the finished video projects with everyone, so stay tuned, as I’ll keep everyone updated as everything comes along.

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Jennifer was initially drawn to Europe for two reasons: music and love.  She lived in Vienna for four years, and now calls Croatia home for much of each year, as she married a native Croatian. Since 2015, Jennifer has worked as a tour director and cruise director on European river cruises for a major American travel company, and has become an expert in all of the cities along her routes on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers. She also has traveled to Disney World almost every year since 1985, and knows Disney World inside and out. As a travel agent, Disney World is her primary specialty, and she has helped many Disney newbies and veterans have amazing trips with her insider information.

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