It’s obvious I won’t be traveling for at least the rest of the year, so I’ve been trying to get creative about how to deliver virtual talks and workshops that are maybe even more interesting and intimate than something I would give in person at a big conference or lecture hall. Since I’m speaking from my studio, virtual talks seem like a perfect opportunity to show the place where so much of what I talk about onstage happens.
I recently figured out that software like Zoom lets you select different cameras and microphones on your computer, so it’s possible without much effort to quickly switch between my MacBook Pro camera, which is pointed at me, and my document camera, which is pointed at my desk, all while continuing to speak into my nice microphone. This makes it easy to talk for a bit, then demonstrate a drawing or collage technique or show off an artifact, and then switch back to speaking. (UPDATE: after publishing this post, it came to my attention that you can use the screen share function in Zoom to share an ADDITIONAL camera! No more switching back and forth! Boom!)
I’m pretty busy with kid wrangling and book writing right now, but if you’re interested in having me do this kind of online event for your organization, drop me a line.