Friday, January 13, 2012

A Little Piece of History - Ink & Paper

A wonderful little film about two Los Angeles businesses hanging on and operating in the way of bygone days despite all odds. Charming but so sad. (Note: this film, at 9 minutes long, is a bit longer than I usually post).

ink&paper from Ben Proudfoot on Vimeo.

Music by Kyle Malkin


Laney4 said...

I watched the entire video and it didn't seem that long to me. I could definitely relate to many things they said.
My typing business was really busy before computers came along. At that point, I was still busy because not everyone else had a computer (they were too expensive). But then my main clientele - college students - got their own personal computers, and my workload decreased substantially. The students' marks remained at C's and B's, rather than jumping to A's with my editing skills, and the students no longer learned how to make those A's by reading my comments (and talking to me) that explained what I did. I enjoyed teaching them how to improve their written work, but those days are gone. Now I type resumes for many and have been an off-site secretary for several companies until they either fold or get busy enough that they can hire someone full-time to work IN their office instead. Along the way I have typed dozens of books - especially non-fiction - and made tons of friends.
I could also relate to how you can go days and days without customers, and then someone out of the blue brings in a large work order that pays your bills that month. I am fortunate in that I work from home, so I can work at a business loss after the home expenses are allocated - plus I am not a main breadwinner. There were years I made over $25,000 and years I made less than $2,000. I don't pay for advertising because I am in my home and prefer word-of-mouth advertising instead. I COULD step it up a notch, but I prefer to have the freedom until the next busy customer comes along. Too many busy customers doesn't leave me time for ME!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Elaine, while I love technology, I'm always sad at the things we lose because of it. As a former teacher, I agree that those students lost something in not having the personal connection with an editor.

These days you could probably end up with far more work than you want. With digital self-publishing, there are so many authors in need of editors that the demand must be fierce (or it seems to me that it should be. I don't care how experienced a person is, every writer makes mistakes and every book needs editing by an objective expert before a book goes live on the Internet).

Laney4 said...

Thanks, Myrna. I probably should explain the editing for students a little better, though. I would type their assignments/reports beginning in let's say Semester 1, but by Semester 2 or 3, they could then do it themselves. They learned about putting same-topic sentences into the same paragraph, eliminating redundancy, making perhaps three paragraphs per typed double-spaced page rather than one or twenty, consistency with content, comma and semi-colon usage, and much more, of course. I still "help" my customers, but just not as many of them. Back in "the day", I had about 15 young bucks (mostly male, but a few females) coming to my house every day, for either dropping off or picking up assignments. Most were in the Law and Security program at our local college. You know, I still keep in touch with several of them via emails. Some will email me their resumes and/or cover letters every few years, and I'll "fix them up" for them and send them right back (and they will mail me a cheque for payment).

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Elaine, I love that story (well, I know it's not a story, but you know what I mean). It sounds like a win-win situation for everyone.