Well I can definitely say that I have never been this busy so quickly!
I already feel like I am at the end of the year, and technically we are still on the first project! It's been back to back work, straight into the deep end stuff but it's been great so far. Having to be organised and constantly being busy keeps you really motivated to do the work and you know that you will enjoy the breaks a lot more haha!
Just before I came back to London I was emailed by King Bee, an animation studio based at Elstree Studios, asking as to whether I would like an internship. Of course I said yes! Luckily, the lead animator was happy for me to do the majority of my work from my home, as not only are Elstree Studios a good couple of hours on the train, but I had to be in most days for uni.
My first project with them has just been completed, where I was designing a character for a television programme promo that they will be pitching! The work was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed creating the character and animating him in a very short period of time. I had to be super organised as I have my uni work to do as well and of course dissertation work to do!
Luckily it all went really well, and hopefully I will be getting some more work from them soon, but it will have to be after this university project is finished otherwise I'll never get any sleep!
I was really happy that I decided to do this as though it meant a lot of extra work and time management, work outside of university is so good for your C.V., website, portfolio etc. - it shows your capability at managing projects and completing work to deadlines, and also helps you with your personal time management.
It's super important, especially with art degrees, that you try to get a bunch of experience while you are studying as it will help to build your portfolio for future jobs. It's a known fact that out in the working world you need a bit of experience under your belt, as well as confidence and of course, skill, so getting internships/placements is a great bonus!
We had a talk about the dissertation a couple of weeks ago, and they were talking about KU Talent, which is Kingston University's careers advice and job opportunities branch. It's great to look through, they have events to sign up to, and a JobShop as well for not only part-time work for while you are studying, but available internships and placements! I I didn't know much about KU Talent, but I would definitely have a look through it as it's a great tool.
So use the university's resources as well as your own to look for internships and placements available!
Posted 16 Nov 2013 by Sara Ann
What's a frog's favourite drink?
Thank you, thank you! I'm here all week.
Okay, so that one isn't one of mine. My jokes are hopefully of a higher standard than your average Christmas cracker special.
In case you hadn't guessed by now, my blog this month is all about my baby steps into the high octane world of stand-up comedy. As part of my Drama module 'Popular Performance 2' I was given the opportunity to perform in Kingston University's bi-semesterly cabaret night at the Fighting Cock's pub in Kingston.
I was clearly suffering a brief moment of madness as I said yes. Three days before the show. THREE DAYS!
What was I thinking? I had three days to create something that people would find funny, and my sense of humour tends towards the... shall we say vaguely surreal end of the comedy spectrum. Obviously I couldn't just rely on writing stuff that would make me laugh, so I had to find a niche that everyone could identify with and find amusing.
Then it hit me - Internet Dating! My love life for the most part is a walking disaster area filled with creeps, weirdos, and me making a complete tit out of myself. I might as well make something positive from my misery.
So the show rolled around and I was on second, right after a good friend of mine who did some political satire about Vladimir Putin...
Now I don't actually remember what happened after that - some would say because of the adrenaline, most would blame it on the vast quantity of Lambrini my act involved. All I remember is people laughed! The magical sound of the audience laughing because they found the living hell that is my life funny! YES!
It was simultaneously the most terrifying and most exhilarating moment of my entire life so far - So much so, I'm doing it again at Christmas!
If you fancy a decent night out, or just want to watch me make a fool out of myself feel free to come along - Thursday December 12th 2013, Fighting Cock's Pub, Old London Road, Kingston. Entry is about £2 and since it's not just me performing there's bound to be at least one competent comic up there.
Also, my friend Jem is doing a contortionist act - what's not to love about a twenty year old girl climbing into a suitcase??
Sadly, much of my routine was a bit risqué and therefore probably shouldn't be reprinted here, but just to whet your appetites, here's something I can say on the internet:
'My boyfriend and I split up over religious differences. He thought he was God, and I disagreed.'
This month one of my ambassador jobs was to help represent the EDI team, (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) at the university's part time jobs fair in the canteen. I was helping to inform students about the support that the EDI team offers to the students and staff, including their mentoring schemes. These schemes are based around employability and are open usually to the 2nd years and postgraduate students.
During the year the students attend sessions on essential skills and are mentored by someone in the world of work, who either has a link with the student's subject or category. This year's categories were:
This year I have applied and been accepted to the scheme and I am very excited to find out who my mentor will be!
The part time jobs fair also included representatives from local employers eager to employ students, such as private tutoring companies, the Police Federation Headquarters, holiday camp organisers and so on. This fair is so useful because the people coming are here to help or work with students, which saves time; as if you are looking by yourself you first have to find which employers offer work suitable for students.
At the moment I have two big assignments coming up; presentations and they involve a lot of research. The first is for the module drug design and pharmacokinetics. We are working in groups of about 5 students, working together to prepare a presentation on a specific drug. We must discuss its properties, formulation, manufacture, its uses and its mechanisms of action and so on. It must be detailed and in depth.
The other is a health promotion based presentation. We are given a topic, for instance safety in the sun or sexual health. We must design a health promotion campaign for the purpose of use in a pharmacy, the aim of which would be to raise awareness and give information.
Coming up next month, November 8th, is the London Algerian Ballet's first full stage show. We will be performing our show "A Journey to Algeria" at the Tabernacle Theatre in Notting Hill - I am so excited!!! It will be a 3 hour show with dancers, musicians, singers, a 3 course meal and so much more! J
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