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That kind of spirit and drive will serve you well my friend, and you are so very right. When I was starting out, heck, when I was 10 years into my pro career, if someone had dropped all the gear I have now on my doorstep, it would have only served to confuse me. Just about every piece of equipment I own is the result of my technique growing to the point I realized what tool I needed to advance a bit further. That progression, as you so accurately noted, is a considerably deeper experience when compared to attending a seminar and walking out all pumped. You cultivate a depth of knowledge and experience that you can draw from and adapt to just about any situation in which you find yourself.
I can't accurately describe the frustration that overwhelmed me in the early years when I was faced with a complex lighting situation. Part of the frustration came from recognizing that there was a shot to be taken, at the same time recognizing that I had not a clue how to harness the volume and mixed light that was bombarding the scene. I can clearly remember standing in a new building on the UT Austin campus and being so frustrated and intimidated by the existing mix of light, and my pitifully inadequate "Novatron" light system. In retrospect, I might as well have tackled the scene with a Maglight What I know now has been hard won for sure, but I know it, and I know every variation of it, and can apply as much or as little of it as a situation might require. Can a good seminar help you in that direction? Sure, but it's the day to day challenges and solutions that really create the kind of confident knowledge base that a commercial shooter really needs.
You are exactly the kind of person I love to help, because you get it. Kind of like that hard working air to air shooter in Austin that keeps hitting them over the fence. Don't ever hesitate to ask, it would be my pleasure.