I'm going to talk about Producing on the go, how to set yourself up to be able to do this, and what to do if you AREN'T prepared for this.
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I've spent years trying to find a way to produce on the go, but I was never able to find a system that worked for me. When I'm in the studio, I can record audio or video, and I have access to a wide variety of equipment. But when I'm not in the studio, I have none of this at my disposal, and it doesn’t make much sense to bring my studio equipment along with me.
I've spent years trying to come up with ways to create content on the go. I've tried bringing a laptop, or even a whole computer. But at the same time, I want to bring as little as possible, especially when flying. After a lot of trial and error, I've found some of the things that help me stay creative when I'm traveling.
At the end of this article, I’m going to share with you guys what I brought on this trip to stay producing and how I made this video.
How to Prep:
- Put Everything on an External hard drive. This is so important and cheaper. (make sure to take backups of your drive too).
- Decide what the minimum you need is. When I say minimum, I mean whatever you need to be able to record audio or video, and then some. The minimum I bring depends on what I'm producing. For example, when I'm producing music, I bring my laptop and headphones. But when I'm producing educational videos, I bring my phone, recording equipment, and a portable microphone.
- Get small versions of the equipment you use. For example, if you record videos on a laptop, get a tablet. If you record music on a computer, get an instrument that you can carry around. The smaller your equipment, the more easily you can travel with it. The less you have to pack, the happier you will be.
Setting it Up
1. Find your “spot”.
2. Use this as a time to write IDEAS down. You’re going to be in a different space. Embrace it! Come up with creative ideas
3. Get to Work.
what to do if you AREN'T prepared for this
Chances are, you’re watching this video and it’s already too late.
You’re on vacation.
- Use this time to brainstorm.... What would I NEED to actually be able to create on the go?
- Find something you CAN do. For me, I typically work on the projects that I don’t typically make time for. This can include:
- Researching new tools to use for your process.
- Make your website.
- Setup something like an email subscription list. (that’s actually what i did on this trip).
- Come up with “ideas” - See Phase 1 of my video on 5 Phases of Music production.
- Clean up your social media.
- Relax, the world isn’t going to pass you by. Vacation is a chance for you to recharge, a getaway. You can get back in the groove when you get back.
What I brought on this trip
So if you made it this far, you’re probably wondering what I brought on this trip!
- Camera gear
- Sony A6400
- 30mm 1.4 Sigma lens
- 3 128 GB SD cards.
- Cell Phone - Obviously
- Laptop and Charger - MacBook Pro M1 chip.
- Docking from my M1 mac mini at home - Same one I use at home.
- This has adapters for extra USB ports, holds my hard drive and my has an SD card adapter.
- Air Pods - These are my “headphones”. (I should have brought my actual headphones).
So finally, after spending years trying to figure out ways to produce on the go, I’ve finally found a system that works for me. When I'm in the studio, I have all of the equipment I need to record audio or video. But when I'm not in the studio, I have everything I need to stay creative. I've found that this minimalistic approach to production has allowed me to stay productive on the road, and I plan to continue to use it in the future.
Thanks for watching!