I’m taking a few weeks away from video work to organize my files, my house and my life, and start thinking about my priorities for 2015.

I’ve been spending a lot of time this past year chasing paid gigs and coming up short, both in terms of making money and in terms of artistic satisfaction (my version of life/work balance).

My time on this planet being limited, I’ve decided to leave that overcrowded field to others and refocus on creating longer work about things I love, namely music and the performing arts. Mainly, I’m going to devote the year to getting my documentary about working musicians, Don’t Give Up Your Day Job, ready to release.

Meanwhile, here’s a short sampler of work I’ve done in the past couple of months.

PACA is a performing arts center in Erie, PA, that is a cornerstone of the city’s thriving “underground” arts scene. The 15-minute video showcases the quality and variety of performances at the space, which includes an intimate 50-seat theatre and a larger performance space. Both are equipped with professional sound and lighting, and both are available for rental to outside promoters and groups.

Erie Homes for Children and Adults, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care of children and adults with severe disabilities, held its first annual Victory Ride on a blustery day in September. Residents got to go on an exciting ride in a motorcycle sidecar, participating bikers followed a scenic route to Venango County and back, and everyone enjoyed a big party at the end of the day.

Tommy Osh was a Pittsburgh rock musician and mainstay of many great bands who lost his life in a tragic car accident last winter. Ten of the hardest rockin’ bands ever to come out of the Steel City held a benefit to honor his memory and raise money for his survivors. A DVD of the night will be on sale soon.

Finally, here’s a two-minute demo for MJT, a/k/a Matt Thompson, former lead singer of the Prodigys, who does a popular acoustic act that’s heavy on melodic pop from the ’80s and ’90s. Matt is a songwriter too, but we decided to focus this promo video on the most popular songs in his hit-filled repertoire. I keep trying to convince more artists that they need short promotional videos like this. A busy club booker doesn’t have time to watch a whole song — you need to tell your story quickly for maximum impact.

COMING SOON: “Mark Dignam: The Treelady Sessions” is an hour-long program to be broadcast New Year’s Day at 8 p.m. on WQLN, Channel 54, the public broadcasting station in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Mark is a hugely talented singer-songwriter, originally from Ireland, who makes his home in the Pittsburgh area. The program, a look behind the scenes at the recording of a live album, is available to other public stations in Pennsylvania.

This is the beginning of what I hope will be a long-term relationship with WQLN, where I worked many years ago as a freelance producer/writer/reporter. I don’t work for the station per se, I’m on more of a barter system where they provide me with office space and a super-fast Internet connection, and I produce occasional shows of local and (hopefully) statewide interest. I’m going into post-production shortly with “The Trouble With Poets,” an hour-long documentary of Erie’s burgeoning poetry community that’s named after a Peter Mulvey song.

That’s it for now. All the best!