Have You had to Pivot?

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2020 has been a crazy year in so many ways.

At the beginning of the year, I had a new TV show on the air. It was a spin-off of my old TV show that was my heart and soul. The network decided to target a certain demographic and my old show didn't fit that demographic. The old show was such a hit that they didn't want it to go away, but they wanted to see if it could be "tweaked" to fit the new target demographic.

It was really a complete overhaul of the show. While it was fun it didn't have the same magic that kept the old show on the air for 12 seasons. It was canceled after just an 8 episode season.

I had already started to transition into doing more video production, trying to do a few random stories on YouTube like my old TV show, and even went back to my roots and started doing some national TV news reporting, but then a worldwide pandemic hit us all. TV and video production was hit hard. No one was shooting much of anything.

I found myself without my identity--the ability to tell stories.  No TV show. For me, everything dried up. No ability to generate an income.

It was unsettling. The virus played with my mind. I started the year on fire. I was never much for new year's resolutions, but I was three months into perfect daily exercise and then March got crazy. The virus concerns grew. Schools were shut down. Businesses were shut down. Travel was shut down. I shut down.

It has taken me a while to figure my way out of this funk and figure out what to do next. My passion still lies in proving that everyone has a story and I will still find a way to do that. But now maybe I can help train others to go out and get those stories, and share their own,  rather than being the one who does it for the short time being.

I have taken having a TV show and a great crew for granted. It is such a blessing to be able to share incredible stories of "everyday Americans" with the world. And to have amazing professionals who make me better than I am is more than I have deserved.

I have been spending day and night for weeks and weeks getting a lot of content ready to teach, lead, and inspire others to find the power in their stories and the stories of others.  In this endeavor, I am camera operator, editor, audio, graphics, marketing, etc. It has been a great opportunity for me to grow, to learn, and to pivot my talents in a new direction.

The launch is coming very soon. I hope you'll check it out and share the information with others who want to be great on camera, great at sharing stories and interviewing others.

2020...the year of the pivot.

I hope you are all doing well!

Have you had to pivot this year?

2 Comments

  1. Amy S on October 26, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks Todd!!! It certainly has been an interesting year. My big pivot was getting more involved in what my kids are learning at school. What an eye opener!

  2. Regan M Vance on November 9, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Great post Todd. Learning to pivot is a skill we all need to perfect.

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