Tonight was pretty amazing.
I had a chance to check out the newest RT Doc: "Why We're Here" . The title kind of gives away the plot. So, you know, I'll try and avoid spoilers. :)
When I heard about this documentary, I was so elated. Not really sure what it was exactly. But I was just really amped about it.
Was it because I'm working for a company that's been around for long enough to warrant a documentary?
Was it because RT had seen so much growth and cool content over the past 15 years?
Was it because I wanted the free booze at the cocktail party? (I mean. No, but that was pretty sweet.)
Before I saw it, I wasn't really sure. But then, the lights dimmed, we saw some super neat trailers, and as the documentary played, it all kind of just clicked.
An abridged backstory to my history with RT: I knew incredibly little about the company before I started working here. What I did know was, 17 year old me thought PANICS was one of the funniest things to ever grace the internet - and that was the last I really heard of RT until 2015. Did I ever suspect I'd be working with the guys who made that? Absolutely not. Not because it seemed insurmountable, but because it wasn't really something you considered back then when watching videos on the internet. At least, not for me. Then again, I didn't even know what I wanted to do with my life around that time - but here we are.
Okay. Enough of that.
So as I'm watching this documentary, I started to notice that I was smiling like an idiot watching my peers and superiors on screen as they talked about the history of RT from it's humble beginnings, through RTX and so many other pieces (you'll just have to watch to find out). As it rolled on, though, I noticed that everyone on screen was just.. so incredibly sincere about everything they had to say. It's kind of hard to describe, but it just felt like everyone really truly cared about the company and its accomplishments, and it was such an awesome feeling to witness it on screen. It's not often in this industry, you meet so many passionate individuals within a single company that are there because they were inspired by something they saw them do years before and are now innovating and doing awesome things with said company.
Well, at least, not in my history, but ymmv.
Even more, it makes me so happy to see how much they realize that it's you, the community, that helps us to keep moving forward. Seriously. Without y'all, we wouldn't be over here working on cool shit™.
So thank you! <3!
I hope that in my coming years here, I get to spend more time meeting and establishing friendships with the folks at RT and doing more community things with you lovely people. I'm excited to see where this road takes us.
TL;DR - I'm pretty excited for y'all to see this documentary. I laughed. I cried. I had a great time and spent entirely way too long on this journal entry. Major kudos (o7) to all who worked on it and cheers to RT for 15 years.
Here's to 15 more.
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