Archive for March, 2008

TSO geeks out

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Star Trek at the TSOMy friend told me on the weekend that the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is playing a two-night special performance devoted to the music of Star Trek!

John de Lancie (known for his recurring role Q) and Robert Picardo (the holographic Doctor from Voyager) are your hosts for this space-age concert. Join them on a journey through the music of Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and your favourite Star Trek movies.

Pretty awesome, right?

You’ll have to wait until June though…

More on the TSO website…

A Career Coming of Age

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I think one of the biggest milestones a young professional encounters is when they are looking for a job, they are offered an opportunity, and they decline because it is not the right fit. I remember years ago when I was first trying to get my foot in the door, I was looking for ANYTHING IN THE MEDIA to just gain experience and prove myself. I would have felt lucky to be employed really anywhere.

I feel empowered to tell you the truth, because I was offered a position that I decided to decline. When I first applied, the posting sounded right for me, but once I went forward in the recruitment process, I realized that although the position is roughly related to what I would like to do and would pay a good salary, it ultimately is not a good fit for me and I wouldn’t want to be doing those types of duties everyday. Although I feel very fortunate for the opportunity, I respectfully withdrew my application.

This comes with a sense of “arrival” that I am sure more seasoned careerists have experienced often. I hope I’m not sounding too corny, but if I was giving advice to my younger, greener self I would say, “Have faith in yourself, know and focus on what you want to do, and you’ll get there soon. Don’t worry, little buddy.”

[Hero] Youngest Baby Beatles Show in Diaper-Hey Jude

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

I can’t help but lose it over this adorable kid.

Tucows Job Fair This Saturday

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

This looks interesting:

“On Saturday, March 29th, from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., Tucows will be holding a Job Fair at our Toronto headquarters. We’re looking for Customer Service Representatives and Technical Support Analysts to join the team.”

More on Tucows blog…

Scholarly TV talk

Monday, March 24th, 2008

There is a review of the Hills in the New York Times. I’m happy to see this in the times and that TV can be taken seriously by critics. However, I think the reviewer is incorrect about a lot things. For example, the assertion that “Heidi has emerged as a kind of feminist hero this season” is way off-base.

But still, this is a definite sign of hope for television studies.

Plan B

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I have to say, I’m really enjoying this interning gig at the Images Festival. I am working closely with huge publicity firm Planet3 Communications and I am getting a lot of hands-on experience writing press releases, contacting media, and attending events as a media and marketing rep for the festival. I really like the people I work with too.

I was chatting about “my life and what I’m going to do” with a friend today and he suggested since I am enjoying my internships so much and they are relevant, impressive ways to spend my time and gain experience for my career, maybe after my research contract ends I should just get a part time job to pay the bills (i.e. serving, coffee shop, retailing something cool) and concentrate on the internships. This way I can get the most of those experiences and it’s financially quite feasible. In the meantime I can continue my hunt for “the perfect job,” but without as much pressure as if I had no income whatsoever.

It might be something to think about.

Me in a somewhat professional-sounding nutshell

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I just had to write a new bio for a presentation I am helping to make for our research project. I’m pumped for the presentation, but writing things like this is not my favourite. I edited an older one I found online and wonder what things I was supposed to include, what things should I have not, should I make it sound more light-hearted with a well-placed, tasteful joke or should I make it sound more professional and use bigger words and call myself Ms. Lasch? These are big questions, but ultimately, few people will read it, right?:

Sarah Lasch has recently completed her master of arts in the joint program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities in Toronto. She currently works as a researcher for the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson on a federally funded project on the business risks of online social networks. Sarah also has extensive experience working as a producer in television and film. Before moving to Toronto, she spent a year at the Banff New Media Institute working in an environment on the cutting edge of interactive technology. In 2004, she received her bachelor of arts honours in Media, Information and Technoculture at the University of Western Ontario. Sarah is a filmmaker and new media artist whose work uses humour on the the surface to facilitate a deeper focus on questions of identities of race, gender, and sexuality.

Needle in the Hay

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I got called for an interview at a large TV corporation after I applied to an online job posting for a production assistant position. I’m positive that hundreds of people had applied and even though I worked hard on my application, I was not getting my hopes up for a response. I’m just happy that my application stuck out enough that someone actually read it and responded! This is very encouraging and the interview experience will be valuable no matter what the outcome.

I also feel lucky to have a few really amazing people and co-conspirators in my corner.  Today I am reinvigorated.

So easy!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I googled: “9 mm needles toque pattern” and this was the first link!:

http://frayedattheedges.blogspot.com/2007/02/big-fat-toque-free-knitting-pattern-by.html

The internet sure can really be awesome sometimes.

Oh and the images festival press conference was so good, btw.  Of course. I’m really happy to be a part of it. I am the media and marketing intern, yes! I will probably blog more exciting stuff about it as we go. In the meantime I’m going to be coming to a hip local establishment near to hang up posters. Watch for me…

Two Internships

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

I am now the proud intern at two awesome not-for-profit organizations in my field. I sent in my cover letter, resume, interviewed, they liked me and thought I could be helpful to them, and so here I am.

The first is for Images Festival. I am not entirely sure what I will be doing there yet, but I am going to the press conference at 8 am tomorrow at the Gladstone where I will be filled in. They hinted at writing their newsletter and also working in marketing, promotions and contacting media firms. Maybe some web stuff too? We’ll see. I’m really excited about getting involved with iF. Their festival is really quality and they are very innovative and well respected by me and everybody. Also, internships are fun because they really take in your skills and what you want to develop.

My second fun internship is at Interaccess. I’m super pumped for this one too and my understanding is I will be responsible for their vlog! How fun will that be? Interacces is a really cutting-edge new media gallery that is just doing the most amazing and interesting stuff AND they are hilarious and wonderful people. Also, that is great experience for me to be responsible for an online video- conceptualizing, shooting, editing, etc. I’m finding out more about this position later on this week or next week too.

So this is great news, trust me! I have found myself two really amazing opportunities where 1) they are places where I want to be in terms of what they are doing, 2) I will gain unique experience that will help in the future, and 3) meet lots of people who I can learn from and possibly start making connections to help find that all important career.