So...I missed Wednesday's class and quiz to go to Las Vegas to attend the NAB show! This was such an incredible experience because I had the opportunity to learn a lot about the media industry and network with industry professionals.
On Wednesday, I arrived in Vegas at 8am (Vegas time) and went straight to the Las Vegas convention center. I was incredibly overwhelmed by the size of the convention. It was comprised of 3 large halls (about the size of 2 football fields long each). Each hall was divided into specific areas such as media distribution, audio, production equipment, etc. I was able to check out the coolest gadgets coming out in the next year from Adobe, Sony, Panasonic, Cannon, and many others. It was a very hands on experience because I was able to walk up and touch everything I wanted to.
I was in the minority here (young college student) compared to the thousands of industry professionals. They attended the event for their business to check out new equipment and make purchases for their company. I witnessed a lot of schmoozing going on. It was almost creepy because most exhibits have private rooms hidden for deal making.
I also got to attend a couple Apple training labs and learned how to use Apple Motion, Color, and Soundtrack Pro. There were panels during the day and I attended one on the topic of making small budget movies look like they were on a big budget. I learned a lot about production and post skills at the session.
On Thursday, I attended an awards ceremony where I received my scholarship for all my hard work in school, summer internships and campus activities. It was a great honor to receive an award/scholarship in front of hundreds of industry professionals. After the ceremony, several people walked up to me and congratulated me on my accomplishments. They also offered me their business card. I will definitely need to keep in touch with them.
During both evenings I checked out as many hotels as I could. I stayed at the MGM and really enjoyed the hotel. The nicest overall though, I would say is the Venetian. I also saw the Cirque du Soleil show: Ka. It was amazing! Lots of flying, stunts, pyro, and crazyness.
All in all, it was a great trip. I really felt like a business man going on a business trip and it was altogether a great experience. I will definitely attend the NAB show in the future when I am working professionally in the industry. Hopefully, that will not be the next time I return to Vegas. I would love to come back as soon as possible!