Hola!, Oi! Ciao!,
As a freelancer I have a lot of “Free” time. By free time I mean time to do things other than “work” time.
Here is how it works. I sit around doing “stuff” until the phone rings. Really great projects come around every 1 – 3 months for me. By great, I mean interesting unique fun projects that also pay well.
There are plenty of wedding, event, and family portrait requests but that is not the type of work that I am interested in. I rather spend my time doing what I want to do.
So this gives me months of personal time. Yes, it is as good as it sounds. I am not rich but I am the happiest I have ever been at any point in my life. Although I sometimes have “free time remorse” which is like survivors remorse.
Survivor, survivor’s, or survivors guilt or syndrome is a mental condition that occurs when a person perceives themselves to have done wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not. – Wiki (In this case I consider the traumatic event to be the 9 -5 cubicle lifestyle.)
In my free time I mostly work on personal photo projects. I have found that doing unique personal projects actually makes the phone to ring.
The convo usually goes “Hey I seen your work on some website. Here is some money, go shoot something for me.” I say “ok” and im set for the next few months.
Recently I have dedicated my time to drawing. Starting from the basics. Understanding anatomy and figure drawing and and proportions and the relationship to people in an environment and blah, blah, blah. I study from Andrew Loomis books. Google him.
Drawing has really helped me photographically. Because photography is actually drawing without a pencil. In both mediums the same rules apply for making a great image.
The real reason for making this post has to do with my love for language learning. I want to be a great artist but on top of that I want to be a polyglot. Someone who knows mad languages!
I officially started with Spanish. I am also learning Portuguese and Italian.
Spanish has provided a strong foundation in romance languages so i am picking out the others fairly quickly. When I become comfortable with these languages then I will move to french.
- Jamaican Potais
- French (at some point)
So we are looking at 5 1/2 languages. The 1/2 is patois. Hahaha.
I have been using a great free program called Duolingo. I spend 2-4 hours a day working on language. It may seem like a lot but most people spend more time watching TV in a day.
In addition to the hours of Duolingo I also watch mad movies and listen to mad music in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Just last night I watched a movie called Bicycle Thieves which was in Italian.
My brain hurts daily but I can feel myself getting smarter I think. Studying a language teaches your brain how to focus on a single task at a time. Language learning requires your undivided attention. This is an important concept to learn in such a busy world.
Most people (including myself) cant not hold a face to face conversation without looking at our phones. And if we force ourselves to leave our phone in our pockets we still think about using it. I assume this is what being addicted to crack is like. There is a constant struggle between my smartphone.
I also feel like new chambers of my brain are being unlocked.
Language different languages also helped me understand my native language (English) better.
So why learn languages? For me, It is just to say I did it.
Just a another random line of thought… Adios, Adeus, Arrivederci.