“Practice makes perfect” has always been a quote that seems to follow me in everything I do. When I played soccer, practice makes perfect. When I sang in the choir, practicing the songs made perfect. When I first picked up a camera and started photography, practice made perfect. When we were given this interview project, I was ready to go into the life of someone who practiced something that I knew very little about. This is why I chose Sal Lievanos to teach me more about his life as a practicing tennis player.
Through this project, I gained skills on trying to make bad audio work. There were a lot of other sounds going on while I was recording audio of the guys playing tennis which made it very difficult to record. I did not have the power to ask the people driving around to stop; I had to work with it. It is not the perfect audio that I would hope for but I tried my best to incorporate it to the interview piece and make it sound good. If I were given the chance to improve it, I would maybe try to record the audio at night when there was less action on the streets going on. I was on a time crunch from being sick and the cold front was also a hurdle. Being from Texas makes it difficult to be in the cold for a long period of time and recording in the cold was a problem.
The most challenging part of the assignment was definitely the recording of audio at the tennis court. It was difficult trying to capture what I imagined when I was editing the interview in class. In total, I probably spent approximately three hours total completing this project. I am finding that audio editing is a strongpoint of mine and I enjoy doing it. I see it as a puzzle that I need to complete. I want everything to flow to perfection and that is what keeps me interested in these projects.