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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jephyr Posts Third MCC Declare Success Your Major Video

Hi again,

Working Towards Two Degrees

As you may already know, I've been slowly working towards both Fine Art and Digital Illustration Degrees at Mesa Community College, taking one or two classes a semester.  

Initially I was only enrolling in courses that interested me...and wasn't honestly looking for anything else.  I primarily just wanted to learn about computers and computer art, and study fine art techniques.

But more recently I've discovered that I had taken most of the core classes for those two areas of study and have gotten serious about finishing up, and from now on will concentrate on only classes that apply to those tracks.

It'll be good to put a period on both programs and then if I want to continue taking classes I can just go back to taking what interests me.

Video Competition:  Newest Video Posted At Bottom

Over the last few years MCC has hosted a video competition for enrolled students.  I entered in 2011 for both the spring and fall semester and won 1st and 2nd places respectively.

The idea behind the contest is to promote the school...which isn't hard for me to do because I've had a very good experience there and think it's an excellent opportunity for prospective students.

Here's my first place video from spring 2005:

Two weeks ago an instructor told me the contest was going to be held again this semester and sugggested I begin working on a video and so I started putting one together right away.

Last week I received an e-mail from the school saying that the contest was "officially" on.

I began working in earnest then and put in a number of hours...and was approximately two thirds of the way to having it finished.

Then on Monday of this week I received word that the school hadn't been able to secure funding for the contest and would have to cancel it.

I was disappointed...but they also indicated that they knew a few of us had already been creating our videos...and that MCC was willing to buy them.

But only IF they were finished by Wednesday!!

Now that was an offer I couldn't I quickly finished my video...changing a few things I had planned (like a voice over) so it could be completed on time and had it posted late Tuesday evening. 

So far it appears I was the only one to take them up on their challenge. 

Here's the result of those efforts:

Wednesday, when I went to school I was paid in cash!!! 

Cue the Hallelujah Chorus!  : ) 

Later I thought to myself:   “Any day I can make money from my art (including videos etc) is a good day”!

Thank you for stopping by!


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  1. Jephyr,
    what can I say except that your talent is deffinately God given, and the way things happened were deffinately meant to be - no effort in the order - everything just flowed. It looks like you have been led into advertizing too, if you are not already in it, who knows? I love your artwork, the one with the deer is really beautiful and you have a variety to suit all tastes. I am going to spend more time looking at some of the animal and bird pictures, I love birds of prey ( and birds of PRAY ). I have always only done what I was interested in doing, on courses too. I don't believe in 'excess baggage'. I would always prefer to be in an art society as opposed to an art class, so that I could keep my originality but take tips from others, although my art is only a hobby.
    God bless you in your business and all things that you enjoy.

    1. Thank you so much Brenda! God really has given me many opportunities to follow my dreams! I think I see myself pursuing more of the art side rather than advertising but when I was in my late teens and 20's I sold radio advertising for a few years. " )

      I'm so glad you like my efforts and the variety. The picture of the deer was one of the first paintings I did when I entered the art program.

      I definitely know what you mean about following your own path. In school I've learned so much about the technical and classical side of creating it...and have had a great time. But sometimes you do have to slog through "learning" that seems off the track!

      Thank you for your comment and Blessing Brenda!! May God Bless you with all you pursue!

  2. Sweet!! That's awesome Jephyr!

    I will have to come back to watch your videos. My computer crashed so I am using my phone and it won't let me watch them. :( So later in the week I will be back.


    1. Thank you so much Child Of God!

      Hope your computer is up and humming again soon too!!

      God Bless! " )

  3. Hi Jephyr,
    Well I FINALLY have a computer!!
    WOW you are very talented! I love both of these videos. The first one with your pictures and your narrating is so amazing, and the second one with the campus and the visual text is also very good.
    Thanks for sharing them. I am sure with your talent you will land yourself a fantastic career.


    1. Hi Child of God! It's great news that you have your computer and are back on line.

      I was knocked off line for a few days too...and realize how much I rely on a computer and the internet these days.

      Thank you so much for your awesome, encouraging feedback on my videos! It's so appreciated!

      I'm in contact with a new client, I think may be in large part as a result of working on the newest video.

      : )

      Thank you again for visiting and commenting!

      God Bless!!