Monday, August 29, 2011

It was Harder than I Thought

"That priceless galaxy of misinformation called the mind..."
~ Djuna Barnes

For one of my very last assignments, I was suppose to write my very first pitch.  I read the material (all of it!) and browsed online to get a better idea. Mind you, I really thought  it wasn't going to be hard at all when I first read about the assignment.

But once I was sitting, staring at the white word doc, I had nothing. I didn't know how to begin or what to write! My mind was empty. I'll be sincere, I started to panic. This is material I should be able to pitch to that one person who wants to hear about my story, and I couldn't write anything down.

I wrote my story. I know how it begins and ends. This story has been part of my life for the past year, and I couldn't write a pitch. One thing was certain, I couldn't give up. So I did what anyone else would do.

I procrastinated.

Yes, I played SIMS on Facebook (addicting so don't play it!) and texted my boyfriend while chatting with my sister who was in school. Anything to avoid the frustration I was feeling. That is, until I came back to my senses and said, "Eva, get your butt back on track and write that pitch! Shame on you."

And I did. I started to write my pitch as I listened to one particular song that I believe fits well with my story. And wouldn't you know it? It worked. I was able to complete my first pitch. Yeah, it took me a few hours (okay, most of the day), but I did it.  I felt accomplished. I was finally able to get back on track, and I now know I need to practice writing pitches.

Because it turns out that writing a pitch is harder than I thought.

Till next time,


Friday, August 26, 2011

Just Because the Pearl is Small it doesn't Mean it has No Value

"And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, 
you risk even more." ~Erica Jong

A few weeks ago, I was finished with a job contract as a Quality Assurance Specialist (QA). You know, the one that edits, researches, writes, and goes over the surveys that are done by mystery shoppers. I did enjoy the position, but they couldn't keep me.  So now, here I am looking for a new job and it's hard.

Well, with the way the economy is at the moment, that's no surprise.

Now on the upside, I have been able to land a few interviews. Usually, I have the skills they need (you know, the writing, editing, researching, and marketing techniques). Unfortunately, I don't have the experience they desire.

I understand that when a company is hiring, they want someone with the experience--even though they say education matters too--but don't consider those that don't have it. Unless there's an extreme need. Now, I'm not saying this is always true because it's not.

Now my question is, how are we suppose to acquire the experience the companies need, if no one is willing to take a gamble on us "inexperience" job seekers?

Ah, yes. No one ever said finding a job was easy, but I do hope someone will be willing to take a gamble on me.

To all my fellow job seekers out there, good luck! And remember, don't give up.

Till next time.

Monday, August 22, 2011

When One Journey Ends a New One Begins

"It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing 
themselves--in finding themselves." ~Andre Gide

It's been a while since I las blogged. A very long while indeed. There's a lot I need to write about, but we all know that might not happen. So, why not move on, right?

I will finish with my M.F.A in Creative Writing from Full Sail University next month, and that means that I have officially completed my first full-lenght movie script. It was an interesting journey. I had the opportunity to master Final Draft, experiment with Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, and become familiar with Timeline 3D. All of these are great programs, and yes, I now see the benefits of using them for writing purposes.

I was able to experience my own writing adventure. I was able to feel the ups and downs of creating characters, a story, and doing the research. I went through a rewriting process and received useful feedback from peers and instructors. My pride was also swallow somewhere along the way.

And now, after so many doubts and fears, I am ready.

Now, I'm ready to create more scripts and go as far as I can.

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