This week I have done lots of little tasks along the way. On Monday, my supervisor’s agency has been quite busy and she would also go out on location with her clients for the photo shoots. So, I was left at the office and had to work with images of clients and use Photoshop to fix lighting and erase bruises and that sort of thing. I also had to delete lots of images of the models and leave two or three for later reference and that was not an easy task, since some models had ten photos and I had to choose which ones I want to leave by picking the best ones from the looks. I was also working on answering emails and communicating with client’s parents at the office and answering questions they had, if any. At the beginning of the workday I also gave her a new revision of the list with the other agencies’ addresses and she was pleased with my work and even liked that I made the text much bigger for better reading. We also talked about the new project I am going to work on, which is a video slideshow, which basically will be a collage of different videos and photos introducing new models we have. I said that she could email me with some materials, so that I could start on working on it this weekend. The work week was fun and exciting, and I got to see the whole process of getting the model ready for her photo shoot again.
This week I was helping my supervisor with answering emails as usual and work day was not that busy as well, because a few of her clients has come for an appointment and I was answering emails that only could be answered by me, and had to wait for her to be free to ask her specifically what I needed to type and what should I answer them. Those questions were just mostly pertaining to her. I also talked to my supervisor about new projects that I could do, and she was very happy I asked that. She said she was already thinking about me creating a video that we could show to new, potential clients in their first meeting. I also have to change my previous assignment, because the address given for one of the businesses have moved to a new location. She said I could do a video project and work on her website as well. She said I should think about what ideas I have for the video and tell her next week when I see her, so that I could ask her for pictures and videos I could use. It would be sort of a slideshow that I would have to make. As for the website, she said she would give me the code of it next week, so I could take a look and update it if I can. This will give me a chance to practice my skills that I have already learned and show my creative side in these projects.
This past weekend went really well. Our broadcasts have been looking better and better and the whole crew is getting into a groove. If you haven’t been watching our broadcasts on ESPN+ I highly recommend it cause we’re killin’ it. After the Kennesaw State series with softball I helped out the camera crew disassemble the the cameras and tear down the production. I learned how to coil wires properly! Who knew there was a right way and a wrong way – I sure didn’t. I should throw that on my resume. This week we have the ASUN Beach Volleyball Tournament that we’ll be airing on ESPN+ since we’re hosting it. Tournaments are always a little nerve wracking but once you start it’s like any other game. Tournaments are a great source of experience though and a good way to show you’re the real deal. All of the events are back to back to back so you have to be quick with prep and cognizant of everything that’s going on. Apart from the actual broadcast, in order to to enhance the viewer’s experience we try to tell stories. Stories are why people watch and it’s on us to present them. And that means I need to always be ready graphics-wise with story related material. For example if there’s a team who has never been in a tournament before and they make it to the finals, that’s huge. And I should be ready with something graphics wise that helps explain that. Everyone loves a good underdog. Aside from the technical side of broadcasting I’m learning that we’re here to not just record the show but to be a part of the show. It makes the job all the more fun.
And we’re back at it with even more baseball! I thought I was ready for baseball but I forgot just how slow the games can be. The game vs UCF lasted FOUR hours. It’s good though because it’ll start building up my stamina for the tournament that’s coming up and prepare me for longer days which is always beneficial. During the set up for the NJIT series I shadowed a co-worker for a bit and he showed me how they set up cameras and where everything plugs in and such. It gave me a sense of just how much goes on in the preparation of these games outside of the graphics. This coming weekend we have a softball series and those are always nice and relaxing. For some reason softball and baseball have two very different flows. I’ve learned that you can’t come to softball with the same mentality as baseball. Even though the sport is pretty much the same the broadcasting side is paced differently and it takes getting used to. This job really makes you learn how to be flexible in a live setting; In fact, I’d say it’s crucial. Flexibility is everything in the real world.
This upcoming week marks the start of the grind for baseball season. We have five games scheduled to broadcast for the week so it’s going to be a busy one for sure. I’m still doing headshots for use of the day of broadcasting. I’d say I’ve gotten pretty good at them now haha. This past week was a slow one but I’m ready to start really getting into baseball. Baseball is the sport I know the least about to it’s always great to get a lot of experience with it to gain familiarity with the sport with rulings and such. It’ll provide valuable work experience and flexibility with what I’m able to do in the future.
Monday, April 15th, concludes my eleventh week working at MoArtDeLand. This week I was given the layout to my final few weeks of work duties. I will be working on one final event for the Museum and making the design for the fliers, posters, place cards, food tents, etc. Other than receiving the layout I had a relatively simple week doing paper runs, printing, desk work, reviewing press releases, and so on. The Museum of Art also has a film showing of the documentary, The Last Resort, with artist Gary Monroe happening on May 8th that I helped promote. I had one day dedicated to calling and emailing all local synagogues and temples for the educational benefit. The Gary Monroe film focuses on 1970s Miami Beach and its large community of Jewish retirees. The screening of the film will begin at the Athens Theatre, and will be followed by a question and answer session with Photographer and Author.
This week, I was working only once and mostly was assisting my supervisor with answering emails and Instagram messages. Something new that happened that day was that my supervisor got a message from one of the shows that said to recruit child models. So, my job was to find composite cards and bring them to my supervisor, to see if they were right for the job. After writing down their email addresses, I was asked to create a new email about the show, where it is going to happen, what to bring, what to wear, who you can bring with you, etc. and send that email to kids’ families to see if they were interested in participating. It was a busy day and I liked that I was active in my tasks and was able to show my creative side and add my personality to the emails. I am thinking about asking my supervisor next week if it’s okay for me to help her with improving the business’s website. Before, I was still learning about the html code and how to apply it, but now I think I am ready, and I know a little bit, and can help her with a few tricks and tips I learned. My thought, going into this internship, was for me to be able to help in improving her website, so I am determined to accomplish that and see if she has time for me to do that. Even though her main priority right now is for me to work with the clientele and assist them with any help they need.
Monday, April 8th, concludes my tenth week working at MoArtDeLand. This week was a lot of photography. My assignments consisted of taking photos to document the newly installed shows. These two shows feature two very different artists. The downstairs gallery features over 70 sculptural pieces by artist Robert Thiele and the upstairs showroom features Abstract Expressionist painter, Grace Hartigan. Photographing these two exhibitions was a true learning experience because I never really realized the difference in photographic techniques involved when documenting shows of differing medium and background. Hartigan’s paintings contain “content and emotion” through abstraction and figuration while Thiele’s work can be characterized as “minimal.” Many of Thiele’s sculptural pieces are large scale sculptures and paintings as tall as 9 feet high to 10 feet wide and assume a wide variety of shapes. The components that I considered the most when shooting were the dimensions of each work, medium, color, background of works, and viewing audience. The photos I took will be used as reference during condition reports and will be used as Social Media posts to resonate with the Museum of Art DeLand’s’ viewing audience.
This week I was mostly working answering emails. Also, this week my supervisor got the news that some shows are coming up. My job was to get all the information from the paper and write three new, thorough emails about what the shows are and send them out to our clients. I had to dig deep and find all of our clients’ email addresses. Some disorganization was present in the office, but I was able to manage. Some of my other tasks include that I had to take pictures of the credit card information and send it to the accounting again. A new task has been given to me as well. I was asked to find pictures of a model and send information about her to the other agencies to see if they were interested in representing her. Answering emails from existing and future clients can be hectic sometimes, especially if you just wrote a nice email and sent it to one of the clients, and two minutes later, they have replied with a new question. Going back to the fashion week show emails, I have sent them to at least twenty people, with most of them replying within a day. Since one of the emails had little information about the event itself, it was said to contact our agency for more information, which most people have done, and a new obstacle was on my way; I had to reply to each one of them with another email about what to bring, who to call and where to send their comp cards. These events are few weeks away from now, and I am sure that when I come back to intern next week, I will have much more emails to answer about these modeling jobs coming up. Getting used to the workflow has been easy and difficult at the same time, because some days I have little to do and others have tasks that are just overwhelmingly piled up on top of each other. This experience has taught me to stay on top of my homework and assignments’ due dates; For example, I do a little bit of my projects every day, so that I could turn it in on time and it would not become too stressful, and I have implemented this technique since the beginning of this semester.
Monday, April 1st, concludes my ninth week working at MoArtDeLand. This week was all about Social Media. My work time involved a lot of social media management including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter captions for some upcoming exhibitions and Facebook banners. I learned a lot of strategies this week aimed at attention grabbing for social captions and the benefits of proper hashtaging and tagging. It is important to realize that social media changes our realm of communication. Social media networking allows organizations to reach millions of users on a platform they are using on a daily basis. Through these platforms the Museum of Art is able to reach the DeLand community and advertise upcoming events to increase public involvement. That is why it is important to analyze the content I put out for the Museum of Art as it affects their image. Going forward in my career, these strategies will have a constructive impact on how I produce content for Social Media.