Creating a home studio

Super proud of how my studio is coming along.

I never thought I’d have a home recording studio. Then there was a pandemic.

Where I’d been traveling to California to record LinkedIn Learning courses 3-4 times per year, recording 2-3 courses per trip, I was suddenly reduced to no travel.

I started recording at home, screencast recordings only, without me on camera. That’s when we thought maybe we’d be able to resume in-person recording in the fall.

Now we’re experimenting with on-camera recording. I know nothing about cameras, video, sound, lighting, or anything else in that realm. But now I have free consulting from some very talented LinkedIn Learning staff, who are able to recommend equipment, walk me through setting it up, and helping me look and sound the best I can.

I can’t imagine that we’ll be back to 100% on-site recording at LinkedIn when the pandemic is over. A home studio becomes an asset that I can use in many other ways going forward. Shelf in my recording studio.

About the shelf

The shelf has been so much fun to assemble. I bought it for this purpose, so it’s fun and different. It’s mounted on the wall with some brackets and a support board.

The items on the shelf are things from around the house, plus a few items I bought especially for this purpose.

Things bought specifically for the shelf:

Other shelf additions:

  • My Shattuck Teaching Award from Harvard, and an Extension School glass
  • A ceramic box from my maternal grandmother
  • Hulk and Thor USB drives, and a tiny pottery teapot ornament
  • Russian nesting dolls, brought home from the USSR by my paternal grandparents in the 80s
  • DVD versions of some old Lynda.com courses
  • Photo of my old German shepherds
  • Copies of all three of my books with a very cool lava rock
  • Pottery jug from North Carolina, bought while traveling with an old friend
  • A ceramic box from my parents and a handblown glass vase from an old friend

Jen Kramer @jen4web