Diane Ingino here. A few years ago, I made a complete turnaround in my life and decided to drop out of the corporate world (I had been working as an Executive Assistant for over a decade) and attend college for the first time in my... well, I won't tell you how old I am, but suffice it to say that every semester at least one of my classmates mistakes me for the professor. Sigh.
Anyway, I knew I didn't want to just go to school to make my resume look better – I wanted to gain new skills and study something I would enjoy. I almost took a writing program, but opted for a video production curriculum at CUNY. When I first came to NYC quite a long time ago, I studied acting for about five or six years, and I've done some work in plays and indie films. So, show business appeals to me (call me crazy). I started this course of study and discovered – much to my surprise – that I love editing! I also enjoy the process of conceiving and writing a story, directing, and putting all elements together. I thought I'd love operating the camera, because I've always enjoyed photography, but that's actually not my favorite part of production. Of course, since I am at a community college right now (will transfer next year), we don't spend much time on theory but learn by doing – and wind up having to do everything. I have always been drawn to docs, and history, and am hopefully finding my voice. Being an older... ahem, more mature... student, I think I take what I've learned and add a kind of depth and perspective artistically to my projects that comes from experience.
The technology is a different challenge. I am learning every day and feel like there is so much I don't know, but every time I work on something I realize I'm getting a little better at making editing decisions and navigating the software (I use Avid).
I'm also producing a doc series independently for Public Access, and another series of shorts for a musician friend who needed some videos for her blog (only donors to her current album project can view them). I believe in my abilities and creativity, so... hopefully, I'll make documentaries that are meaningful and enjoyable. I also hope I'll be able to contribute something positive here at D-Word.