Join Rob Garrott for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the community of Professionals at the show, part of NAB 2015: Navigating the Landscape of Video Production and Post.
- There is just something electric about being around things that you are deeply passionate about. Even more so when everyone around you is just as excited as you are. The NAB, or National Association of Broadcasters convention, is a yearly event that draws nearly 100,000 people from all over the world to Las Vegas, Nevada, with a love of everything production. Whether it's audio, video, lighting, or post, that draw brings not only colleagues, but an array of new friends and networks that can be vital to anyone in the world of broadcasting video. While NAB hosts lots of workshops, demos, and an impressive show floor, there are many activities that bring the community together, and also give many a chance to network, and meet more people in their field.
For some, it's the only time colleagues have a chance to reunite and discuss all the new innovations to come. We caught up with lynda.com author Anthony Artis about what drew him out to Las Vegas, even though he's based across the country in New York City. - This was, it was a tough decision for me to come out here, because I've been at NAB many times, I've spoken here before. This is probably my sixth, maybe seventh NAB, but I reached out to everybody on Facebook and said, "hey, who's gonna be at NAB?" 'Cause so many people reach out to me and they wanna catch up to me, and I don't always have the time, you know, to individually respond to them.
So this forum allows me to get together with people, and to sit down and meet the people that actually send me emails, and it's been a great experience. - We also caught up with a lot of NAB attendees to see what they have to say about their experience, their sense of community, and the great networking they partake in at NAB. - The most awesome thing I've seen at NAB, it's the people. Man, being able to talk to people outside of my little editing room, that's the best part of it for me. - I travel over from the UK to come to NAB, so it's like a 12 hour flight, eight hour jet lag, but it's the only place I can see all of my friends from the industry in one place at one time, and it's just great for connecting with friends and family.
I count all of these people as my family, really. - It's fun to meet other people in the industry, see what's new and going on, and, it's just kind of a fun getaway and, you know many times I think you're in your editing days, and in your bubbles, and different things like that, and even though online resources are great, as far as getting research done and things, it's always good to kinda come out and meet people one-to-one. - Having places like NAB to gather and share innovations, education and passion, is vital for everyone who travels from near and far to be there.