I stepped out of the jeep, looking around. Brent brought me to final control, where I saw the control room setup. The sight was, again, overwhelming. There were four monitors, all displaying pictures of locations I didn’t know. A keyboard with multi-colored buttons sat on the table next to a line of computers. It was like something out of a low key science fiction film and I gulped, horrified I might actually have to use this device.
Nevertheless, I was introduced to the studio staff at FC: Kirsten, Gerry, Rebecca, Jana, and more. All of them greeted me warmly and I felt instantly more relaxed just by how casual everyone was. Putting me at ease, I was shown to my tent, one of the last ones in the row. My tent was more spacious than I imagined and after unpacking my belongings, I began to feel like this place was more like home.
And a home it did become. I got used to things fairly quickly, being thrust into my job the next day. I helped out with whatever FC wanted me to do, which usually meant working on D2 shifts (these were my favorite), watching the rivercams for any herd crossings, going live when I was instructed to, and filming behind the scenes footage during the Migration TV shows.
Although I got into the swing of things quickly, I still made a lot of mistakes. I messed up a fair amount of times during my initial D2 shifts, often being too slow with questions from viewers. The pace took quite some time to get used to. Still, I learned from my mistakes and my fellow FC personnel gave me quick and constructive feedback. I slowly improved over the next few weeks and although I don’t think I’m anywhere near the level of the professional FC staff, I think I can hold my own decently, which is pretty good!