All posts by Ksenia Rodrigues

Week 5-Regular Work Week

During this week, I worked two days, instead of the regular one day a week schedule. I turned in my project and my supervisor told me that the printed version of the excel assignment was good, but it could use some improvement, and gave me another week to figure out how to space the cells out better, so that they print well. As per usual, I had my daily tasks and helped with answering messages and writing to new clients. On Monday, I got to see the whole process of preparing for photography session of new clients for the comp cards. I also took pictures of billing information of clients for their photo shoot and comp cards that I had to send to the accounting department. This week, I also had lots of filing to do and I am pretty good at it, since on my previous job, I had good practice of doing that. Something new that happened to me this week, was that I had to walk three blocks to pick up the portfolio photos from a printing company; it was a sunny day and I enjoyed my walk and got to see the downtown area, which was pretty cool, since I haven’t been to that part of the city before. I got to work on portfolios, construct them and cut out the white, blank spaces with paper trimmer. Besides this new task, this week was not as busy as before and I did not have any new projects for me to do. Hopefully, next week I could start working on something new and get a new experience in this industry. So far, I liked that my tasks were structured and I knew what to do every time, especially when I am finished with previous tasks.

Week 4-New Tasks

This week I got to do a couple of new things. As the day started, I was working on answering emails and checking business’s Instagram to see if any new clients wanted to come in for an interview. I also had a task to speak with referred models and write down their information to fill out an application. Also, I got a new task that I have to do before next Monday, which is to make an excel spreadsheet with other agency’s information that will be used to give to clients. It is the first project that I would have to do on my own time and it has a deadline. On Wednesday, I got to go to a photo shoot, for which the pictures will be used for the composite cards. I had a special job, that included me to use disc panel reflector; I held it above the client or on one of the sides in order to bounce off the light for better picture quality and lighting; although, to be honest, it was a little complicated, since it was very windy that day and it kept flying off and I thought it would accidentally hit the person next to me; overall, this new experience was pretty great, I got to go outside and enjoy the beach scenery and also got an arm workout! This week was full of new experiences and tasks for me to do, and I am grateful for these opportunities. So far, my internship experience has been awesome and I got to meet new people that work in this industry.


Week 3 Reflection

In this blog entry, I want to reflect on my internship experience that I had so far. For the past few weeks, I have been getting to know the dynamic at the office and learning what some of my tasks would be here. So far, it has been an interesting journey, since I have never been associated with this industry, which is modeling business, before. I am always excited to learn something new and getting a fulfilling experience is my goal. I think that during my internship, my public speaking skills would definitely improve and I will be more open to communicate with others, since later in life I would have to talk to my bosses, colleagues and people around me and be more direct, express my point of view, ask questions openly, so that I could be successful in all that I do. I will also make new connections with people that work in this industry, that might be useful later. In my opinion, it is always important to keep in touch with people, keep those connections and have that support. Also, I think that my management skills will get better, since I was able to manage the office by myself, when the supervisor had to leave for a while. I was able to meet the interviewees and provide help they needed before their appointed time. I have been working with Photoshop and fixed some photo shoot images that will be used in the composite cards. The main purpose of doing this, is to enhance the lighting, remove bruises, work with contrast and to improve the overall quality of the picture. This experience has been very enjoyable to me and I hope that I will get to work in other areas of Digital Arts world.

Week 2 – Learning the Ropes

This week I had to come in for my internship only once, but I doubled my hours, so I worked two days in one. My supervisor did not have any appointments in the morning that day, so most of the time I was just helping her and we worked together. Some of my tasks were to help her with Instagram and reply to different clients she works with, I also got to work with the images for the composite cards and constructed a portfolio of one of the older model’s pictures. I got to manage agency’s social media platforms. As always, I was using email to contact different people and answer any questions they might have had. This time, the business was not that busy, so I did not get to participate that much. My supervisor and I have discussed for me to help her with the website for the business, but I am still learning about how her business works and I am only in the beginning of my Web Design class. Hopefully, in the next few weeks, I would have a better knowledge of how I can assist her with that. I will also have an opportunity to design her applications and maybe I will even get a chance to create a logo or some kind of inspiring posters that she could use or put around her office for new interviewees to see. So far, my workload has not been so rigorous, but it is only the beginning! I am excited to move forward and learn new skills and tips from my courses that I could apply to this internship.

First Week of the Internship

This week I started my internship on Monday. I was a bit nervous coming to intern for the agency, but my supervisor was very welcoming and had some tasks ready for me to do. This week I was doing some filing of paperwork, but also I was able to work with Photoshop and edit some images for the models’ composite cards. I was also asked to organize a little bit and make sure everything was in order, so that when people come in for the interviews, the office space would look neat and organized. I was also sending out emails and talking to different people to resolve any issues they had or answer any questions they had regarding this agency. At some point during my internship, my supervisor had to leave for a short time, and left me to keep doing my tasks, but then somebody who had an interview came in early for their appointment, and I didn’t really know what to do, but I was able to manage this situation and called my supervisor who told me to speak with them, make them feel  comfortable and provide any paperwork that they would have to fill out. Surprisingly, I was very communicable and confident, which for me is not always true and sometimes it’s hard for me to talk to people, since I am a little shy. I also got to be a part of a photo shoot and observe what really happens. I was able to see what type of styles are used for the comp cards, and also I witnessed how photographers work with babies and how they make them smile for pictures, in order to get a good shot. I was able to recall some skills I learned last semester from my DIGA 101 class and how lighting plays a big role in photographing as well as how photo editing should be done. This experience was rewarding, and I am glad that I could utilize skills learned in class towards this internship week. I liked that supervisor needed my input in editing and I also got a confidence boost from communicating with others. I hope after this internship, I would be more confident and comfortable with myself and this would be a big improvement for me.