JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

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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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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