Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Let me know when your personal life is falling apart: then it’s time for a pay rise!”

Quote taken from one of my favourite (Guilty Pleasure) Chick Flicks,

The Devil Wears Prada.

This quote, without a word of exageration, makes me want to cry with fear and hopelessness.  Simply because it is so true. And even more so, because I don’t want to work in Fashion, where many women struggle with the scary balance between their work and personal lives. But I want to work in the TV & Film Industry, where men still rule the roost (admit it, they do). I know I’m going to struggle, constantly having to choose between career and relationships, as often preached in Hollywood films and TV Dramas aplenty, because, apparently, you can’t have the best of both worlds.

I’ve witnessed this first-hand over the past couple of weeks. I threw myself head-first into producing two projects at Uni: a live TV show, and a short documentary. I then scored a runner position on a graduate film, working with the most talented students Bournemouth Uni has to offer, followed swiftly after by an offer for more freelance work for clients such as Honda, Swiftcover and even Channel Four.

So, basically, March has been the best month of my career so far! Which is brilliant, and I’m so incredibly proud of myself – and bloody excited too!!

BUT (why is there always a But?) – this Month has also seen my family/personal life descend into chaos. With my Dad deciding to move to Cambridge, my brother being hospitalized with septicemia, my boyfriend disappearing into a dark and dingy animation suite, my social life coming to a halt, and my best friend betraying me so that I almost lose my home. Not great, I hear you summarise.

However, I’m not one to let things get me down for long. If life was easy, there’d be no point in it, and if I’m going to have an amazing career and an amazing personal life I should be prepared to work extremely hard to get both. The easy road would be to just settle down and have kids; the boring, traditional route. Or I could become a career-crazed bitch and end up alone. Neither one of these is acceptable.

The long, hard  and steep road it is then – to a fulfilling life balanced equally between career and relationships.

I refuse to believe Happy Endings are just for films: another favourite quote of mine is this…

“You have to be the Heroine of your own life.”

And that’s your slice of cheesy goodness for today 😉

Love ‘A’ x

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How you become a Sports Producer, and other short stories that actually happened

S- “Well, I remember the more gruesome scenes… There was an uprising in India I believe, can’t remember the reasons but the crowd attacked these police officers. And they started bashing their skulls in with hammers. You know how the face cracks when you hit it in certain points with a hammer? Eyes fall down, bones crack, you could see it all quite clearly… Yeah, so that was my job. Look through all the footage and make sure only the relatively nasty made it onto the evening news, the rest was put back in storage. That day I was watching their skulls crack open, you see a lot of blood you know… Yeah… So after work I checked in with the sports guys, asked if they had any extra work. It sorta went from there.”

 

And there you have it folks.

S is a rather successful sports (football) Producer with a good 20 years in the business (of live sports broadcasts, not medical studies). I would imagine there are less traumatizing ways to get the job, but you gotta edit what you gotta edit…

 

Xoxo

 

‘P’

 

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Our thoughts are with Japan…

A slightly delayed entry but… Our thoughts go out for the people in Japan who have had to suffer devastation from mother earth, the stress of not only loosing their homes and in many cases loved ones, but also not knowing if there’ll be enough necessities such as food and clean water, and not to mention the threat of a nuclear disaster and heightened levels of radiation.

Take a minute to give them your thoughts… And if you want to help visit MSF – Doctors without borders, or the Red Cross, or the Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Project 2011.

 

 

xo xo

 

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Producer: to be or not to be?

So the past two weeks in my crazy world of TV Production at Bournemouth University have, without a doubt, been the most eventful and strangest two weeks of my education so far.

Allow me to elaborate… (this will surely be dazzling and thrilling in every way possible, as I am currently sitting comatose in front of a computer, in a stuffy edit suite, at half 9 in the evening – after 7 days solid work and very little sleep).

So I arrived back from my weekend with ‘P’ (twas a blast, if you must know) and strolled into uni without a care in the world – it was then that I was told I would be producing a 30min news and chat show in the Sony HD Studio, and not only this, but it would be broadcast LIVE!!! And – here is the fun part – I had 3 DAYS IN WHICH TO ORGANISE EVERYTHING!! My face at this moment:

I first experienced a state of denial – no, no. NOOOOOO! Then anger – How could you do this to me????!!!!! :@ Then anxiety – ah ah ah ah what the hell am I going to do??? Swiftly followed by a surge of extra insanity. Before finally, I took a deep breath, told myself to stop acting like a pathetic, PMS-ing (Pathetic Man Syndrome) man and sort it out.

Needless to say, the show went swimmingly and, though I say so myself (not one to brag, too much) everyone was impressed with my thorough organisational skills and “attention to detail” (ah lol at the in-joke ;p )*

Will skim over my boring weekend of waitressing and coffee-making  with the wonderful summing -up power of the word BLEURGH.

Bringing us to Monday (yesterday) when I realised to my horror that in my haste to produce a live TV show, I had completely forgotten I was also co-producing a documentary, to be shot that Thursday and Friday. My face at this moment:

I think you get the picture.

What happened then was what can only be described as a threatening onslaught on the citizens of Bournemouth, in order to find some idiot crazy enough to be the main subject for our doc. After 4 hours of being hung up on, maxing out my phone bill, and collapsing in a state of ‘Ah I just don’t give a fuck anymore!’ I received a phone call from a lovely lady. She had received my 5 voicemails** and was free this Thurs and Fri for an interview and tour of her haunted pub. My face at this moment:

It was then that I had the realisation- maybe I am actually good at this producing malarcky? Or not.

Stay tuned to see how this all pans out 🙂

Love ‘A’ x

*in-jokes permitted, this being a blog that nobody reads

** exaggerations also permitted, because sympathy is needed from the many, avid readers of this blog

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J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 trailer is here! Looks amazing, and it’s got Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame (among other things). Enjoy…

 

xoxo

 

‘P’

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P: “Been spending too much time with Daisy?” A:”I’ve hardly been on her yet.” P: “No? Just under then.”A:I hardly made use of her facilities

Conversations in the production office, part 354 –

 

IT-Man for the Artsy bottom floor people (i.e. different company, only met him once in passing) – “So who are you?”

E – “She’s my lesbian life partner.” (very serious face)

Me – *nod* (very serious face)

IT-Man – *moment of silence with obvious mental short-circuit*  “Re… Really?”

E – “No you fool, I have a boyfriend, you know this. ”

IT-Man *looks at me for a long time while me and Esi are getting ready to leave* “I love your name.”

Me *vaguely creeped out* “Uhm… That’s… Thanks?”

IT-Man -“You have the wrong surname though. It should be Kournikova. P Kournikova. It’s my ideal pornstar name.” *extended pause* “We’ll get along very well.”

Me *creeped out, but confused by the fact that IT man is basically a giant puppy with massive rimmed glasses and completely innocent and has quite obviously never got laid* “Okay, well, I’m gonna walk that way and pretend you didn’t speak. And you’re not gonna speak next time we meet. Or stare. Or picture me or my name or anything related to me naked in any form.”

IT-Man – “Just not Completely naked though, right?” *puppy eyes and confused sad faced*

Me & E – “If women ruled the world you would all be robots. It would be awesome…”

We’re setting up puppy man with a Sci Fi geek now. It’s all very strange.

 

xo xo

 

‘P’

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