Day 212 - Ted (1st person I approached)
July 31, 2014 - Ted was sitting on a bench, smoking a cigarette. His bike was in front of him. I told him about my project and asked if he would chat with me.
“That sounds like a great project. I’m meeting someone in a little bit but we can chat until then, sure,” he said. Ted was meeting a friend nearby at one of my favourite taco places, so we talked taco for a minute or two. Priorities.
Ted was born in Montreal, Quebec.
“I have three sisters. Two older and one younger. When I was twelve, my mother and sisters and I moved to BC (British Columbia). My parents had separated and my mother had ties to BC because of her family. I’m still close with my father and go back to Montreal to visit him,” said Ted.
“I think growing up in a house with four females really shaped the person I’ve become. I’m a sensitive guy, and I’m the peacemaker. I don’t like confrontation, if people are arguing or there’s friction, I’m the guy that wants to smooth things over. Even when watching movies, I’m easily moved or affected by what I’m watching,” says Ted. We agreed that there could be worse influences, like if it had been three brothers. We both laughed at that.
Growing up in an English speaking home, Ted doesn’t have a Québécois accent.
“I’ve lost most of my french (language) as well. The transition from Montreal was ok. The only difficult part was not having my friends here with me. But I didn’t have any problem making friends. I was well-liked in school. I could easily hang out with the guys in the smoke shed and then sit and talk with the video kids. I was able to get along pretty much with everyone. The peaceful guy. I got into film and short videos. I made a PSA (Public Service Announcement) with a couple other kids in school, and I thought I wanted to be a film maker,” said Ted.
“A lot of my friends were really into music which didn’t do very much for me. Until I went to a 'Chemical Brothers' concert at the Pacific Coliseum (Vancouver). And that changed everything. That concert just opened my eyes and ears to what music and music production was,” he says, remembering it like it was yesterday.
“I was fifteen at the time."
After Ted graduated from high school, he went to a private audio technician school.
“A friend of mine had gone to this private school out in Port Coquitlam. It was a fully accredited program, taught by a man that has worked in the industry for years, Kevin Williams. He had a full set-up in his home. You get interviewed to see if you’re a good fit for the program and to ensure the program is what you’re looking for. He only takes in three students at a time. It’s less costly than the bigger commercial schools, in part because he teaches how to use the equipment, not build or repair it. He said ‘If you’re looking to learn how this light works and what the wire inside this cable is, then you’re in the wrong course.’ That worked for me. The course was eight months long,” said Ted.
“Kevin has closed that school (Hot Sole Music) and joined with a couple partners and opened the Nimbus School of the Recording Arts, close to downtown Vancouver.” (*Fact Check - see link below.)
Ted and his friend who had recommended Hot Sole Music to him, started their own company.
“We both had collected equipment since high school and we got a small studio space to start our company. We did audio production, recording and producing. An artist might come in to record music, or do voiceovers and get them on burned onto a CD, ‘cause it was CD’s back then,“ he says.
“It takes a lot of time and money and experience and after about a year we closed the studio and each of us started our own ventures, working back at home. I had a job in construction at the time to pay the bills, and then I was working audio production evenings and weekends,” he said. Ted finished his cigarette and bending down to put it out on the ground, he picks up the finished cigarette butt and places it on the bench next to where we are sitting.
“I just got home from being in Whistler for a month. I’m working for an audio visuals technical production company now. We have contracts with a lot of hotels, being onsite to arrange, setup, and tear down systems for events. Weddings, banquets, conferences and trade shows, that kind of thing. We just got into a hotel in Whistler so I was there setting up our office and desks. Getting the site ready for the person who will work for us out of that hotel. I’m based in a hotel out in Richmond. I’m on site full-time, taking care of all the audio visuals equipment and the needs of their guests for events,” he said.
“And I just moved into a new place as well. I moved most of my stuff before going to Whistler but now I have one more load of stuff to move and then I’m in my new place. My girlfriend and I just broke up. This was my first real relationship. I think that’s another thing about growing up with four women. I didn’t feel the need to have a serious girlfriend and I focussed on doing things that I wanted to do, like film or music. We were together for five years and it wasn’t really my idea for things to end. I could tell the energy was changing and I knew something was up, but I was the one who wanted to stay together. I’m trying to be an adult about it all. The sensitive guy again. We’re trying to be amicable, and not fight. It’s the best thing for her, it’s what she wants, and I want that for her too. While it sucks and I’m sad, I’m also ready now, and excited for the future. Having my own place and living alone and spending sometime working at this stage in my life, for me,” he says with a shy confidence.
“I’m looking forward now. My basic thing is I grew up thinking like Batman," he says, with a big, perfect smile.
"I surround my life with the Batman philosophy," Ted says. He looks down and realizes by coincidence that he’s wearing a Batman teeshirt.
“Huh. I didn’t realize that I even had this on. Underneath, Batman was a regular guy that was peaceful, and calm. But he also wanted justice for everyone and for everyone to get along. That kind of sums me up.” I take his picture, and he gives me the photo approval of
“Yeah, that’s ok.” We say our goodbyes. Ted assures me he will check in to see the story I write. He then picks up that cigarette butt he had placed on the bench after smoking it. He keeps them until he can find a garbage, so as not to littler. #notastranger
*Fact Check - http://nimbusrecording.com/about/