It always sucks when things go wrong, let’s just get that out of the way to begin with. Despite careful planning, a lot of hard work and preparation, nothing can truly prepare you for the eventuality that something can and will go wrong. We try to anticipate it but sometimes things are just outside of our control.
Live and Loud has been in pre-production for almost the entire year so far, the first I heard of Chad’s idea was at a Committee meeting back in February and he has given his all to this project. I’ve never seen someone work so hard on a project like this and receive no payment. I’ve never felt prouder of someone I call a dear friend and I am proud of the work every crew member of Live and Loud has done. This has been a truly unique endeavour for 3SSR, a jump into uncharted territory during a time when everyone expected us to remain closed and weep about our budget cut, but one of the core ideals held by the club is our resilience in the face of overwhelming odds and failure. We’ve survived for 43 years in one form or another, we survived Swinburne’s change from technical college to University, we survived switching from FM to web streaming and we have survived our budget cut so far, if anything 2017 has been the year of odd trends, at first we were demoralised by the loss of team members and 92% of our budget but we have turned that around to make this 3SSR’s biggest year on record in terms of members, engagement and equipment value.
In spite of the setbacks we have suffered, 3SSR has always carried on and we fully intend to carry on with Live and Loud, brave the setbacks of delayed equipment arrivals and whatnot. We will ensure that every Swinburne student has the opportunity to put their name of a piece of club history, to learn practical production skills and to come together to produce something amazing.
Now isn’t the time to play the blame game, to get angry or to lose hope, now is the time to remember what we have put in to this program and what we can still make of it, to look forward and inward to what we can achieve for ourselves. If there is one thing I have learned over my years with the Cadets and 3SSR, it’s that failure or setbacks shouldn’t be treated with sadness and anger, mistakes are always lessons in whatever form they appear and the greatest result from a setback is learning what you can do better and how to do it.
We may be only University students and the world is a harsh place, especially the world of creative production, but trust me when I say that resilience, understanding and determination are the key skills to success and remaining sane when things go wrong. We can and will get through this and I am proud of each and every one of you.
We’ll be back next week for Episode 1, stay tuned for more details on the crew and Help & Discussion groups.