Ekhaya: SA’s London ‘home’ now open

first_imgDrum up support for Team SA;Market and promote South Africa through showcasing its successes and venues such as stadiums as the preferred places to host international events;Inspire people to visit the country and experience the culture of ubuntu; andHost journalists both local and foreign, with the intention of profiling South African athletes, political principals and the country. All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA. SAinfo reporter and Brand South Africa 27 July 2012 The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for South African athletes, fans and friends for the duration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, opened at London’s Southbank Centre on Thursday, with a packed programme of entertainment on offer. The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is being run by a host of national government departments – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa. The centre was opened on Thursday, a day before London Games’ official launch, by South African Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Mbalula announced a star-studded entertainment lineup for the centre, headed up traditional dance programme Dance Africa Dance and including the likes of The Parlotones, Thandiswa Mazwai, Afrika Mamas, Flash Republic, The Indigenous, and Natalia Molebatsi.Download the entertainment programmePlace to meet, connect, get into the spirit According to Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre “has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather. “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,” Ngendane says. The centre will be operational from 8am daily, with facilities including wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar. Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.” Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be open for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from home Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA. Ekhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations. “Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,” the department notes. The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home” that provides an opportunity to:last_img read more

How to Get Hired as a Video Professional

first_imgThere are many outlets for employment in the video industry, it’s simply a matter of positioning yourself so you are visible and well-represented to employers. Here’s how to get hired as a video professional.Sometimes, we find ourselves searching for work in a certain niche that we think we belong in, but it’s important you don’t let preconceived notions limit your access to quality opportunities. For example, many of us come out of school certain that we will become professional, classically-defined filmmakers but, frankly, those jobs are limited.If you haven’t already, consider other kinds of production, like commercials, reality television, or even corporate marketing and training videos. There are many opportunities to be creative and produce beautiful work in areas you may not be thinking about (often with the added bonus of a more preferable work/life balance).NetworkingImage from SXSWRegardless of your field, the single best way to get work is through people you know. This has proven true for me and those I know time and again. Start early and don’t ever stop!In fact, I wish I would have been more intentional about networking earlier in my life. Even if you are still in school, use that opportunity to create connections! You are surrounded by a built-in network of people who are preparing themselves to go out into the work force. They may not be a professional resource in the near term, but foster relationships with people who are smart and who are driven, or who you find common ground with, because, down the line, those relationships will be very valuable when you are looking for employment.Networking in school is a less formal version of the practice, but the value is that you can foster the relationship on a personal level without any of the baggage of the quid pro quo nature of most professional interactions. Relying on family members can be a mixed bag, but often reaching out to relatives can be beneficial, too (they should have a vested interest in your success, after all!).If you are post-graduation, don’t give up on tapping into that network. Get involved in alumni organizations or reach out to the career center at your school and ask them for ideas for organizations or clubs to join. Connect with old friends online and, if they are working in your field, reach out to them.Image from ShutterstockThe goal can’t always be to find a job directly from those in your network. A great way to utilize those you’re connected to is to ask them for “warm introductions” to people that may be in their network. Look at their LinkedIn profiles to see who they are connected to and if you find anyone who you may be interested in meeting, ask them to write a simple email of introduction. The recipient will be far more likely to talk to you or help you out if they know you have a mutual connection.For professional networking events, look on Facebook, LinkedIn, or MeetUp.com for industry organizations in your area. Good keywords in this search are “[Your Town] Producer’s Association” or “Filmmaker’s Group.” Find an open meeting or networking event, bring your business cards, and show up! For nearly all of us, networking is unpleasant. The hardest part is making yourself actually show up and walk through the door, but once you are there, you’ll find others that are happy to talk to you (because they’re uncomfortable, too!). In fact, a great ice breaker can be, “Man, I always feel so awkward at these, don’t you?”If you’re not comfortable talking about yourself, be prepared to ask questions of others. In fact, it’s good practice to have a few prepared questions you can ask others about themselves.  It helps keep a conversation going and some people really enjoy the opportunity to talk about what they do. How did they get into their profession? What kinds of projects have they worked on? If you hear something you can relate to or you’re interested in, use that as an opportunity to share a little about yourself or ask follow-up questions. Just remember, the more often you can rally yourself to attend these events, the easier they get.Go SearchingImage from Bootstrap BayProducers want to find a talented crew that they can trust and will always be on the lookout for those people. Beyond networking, they use other resources to fill open positions.One great resource is Staff Me Up, a production-specific, nationwide job posting site.Look for gigs on your state’s film commission or entertainment department’s website for listings. These sites can also inform you of work limitations in your state, like union or guild requirements.Your ResumeImage from Design InfographicsWe work in a creative field and employers want to see a creative resume (if you are applying for a job that requires a resume). Submitting a plain-text Word document may not necessarily hurt you, but it won’t do anything to help you stand out from the rest either. A quality resume is an effort multiplier — it takes some time to do it right, but it will continue to yield you better results every time you use it down the road.Use Behance.net or other resume design sites to look at designer’s resumes to find inspiration for yours. If you’re not comfortable building something from scratch, download a resume template.Take time to get the wording just right. You can find lots of advice about what content to include in your resume. Then go the extra mile to double and triple-check each sentence and the visual layout. Be sure to watch your spacing and alignment; we work in a visual industry and those who will employ you want to know that you can identify visual errors. Also, spelling or grammatical errors will irritate an attention-detailed producer, and may automatically disqualify you from employment, depending on the temperament of the employer.If you don’t have a lot of credits to your name, make sure you have a well-written summary statement that highlights your abilities, your competencies, and your goals.Your Online ReputationImage from TIMEThe first thing many employers will want to see is your website and portfolio, so make sure those are updated with your latest and best work.Almost always, if you work in production, you need a reel of your work. Depending on the types of projects or the clients you’ve worked with, you may not be able to use certain collateral. Ask them if it’s okay to use samples from content they own. Sometimes you can use clips as long as you don’t use the original audio. If you‘re not sure, it’s best not to risk copyright infringement!With regard to social media, if your personal profiles are public, you need to be especially careful. Just be mindful of what you are putting out there into the great ether that is the internet.  As Susan Adams with Forbes.com put it:Keep private things private, while assuming nothing is truly private.It’s important to be present on social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn because it allows people to get a better sense for who you are. Use these platforms to promote your work, if possible. Share production stills or industry related article or blogs you like.But keep in mind that what you post can hurt you too (especially as election season rolls around).The bottom line is that, if you look for them, there are opportunities to connect all around you. Whether it’s face to face or online, engage with others and be prepared to share your experience and knowledge. And don’t limit yourself by what you think you should be doing. Sometimes it’s worth it to take a low-paying Production Assistant gig if it means you can form relationships with new people you’d like to work with or get to know. Be mindful, be intentional, and don’t give up!Got any job-hunting tips for your peers? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Jerie Pingoy shows best form since ankle injury

first_img“I will still do what coach wants me to do. I just hope this game of mine will continue,” he said. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PBA IMAGESFor Jerie Pingoy, it almost felt like a throwback of sorts.With his team’s fate on his hands once again, the former UAAP Juniors Most Valuable Player did what he does best: deliver the goods.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games PSL: F2 scores second win at expense of woeful Smart Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Admittedly still groping for form after undergoing surgery back in December, Pingoy’s aim in the PBA D-League may be a little different from the team’s collective goal.“I wanted to prove that I still can contribute even if I came off of an injury. I wanted to show that I still deserve to play,” he said.But Pingoy tries his earnest to not veer away too much from the team’s mission as Akari-Adamson prepares for the upcoming UAAP season later this year.“I just play my role. We don’t have a star player here, so we just try to help each other out,” he said as he seeks to follow the lead of top gun Jerrick Ahanmisi and recently-graduated guard Robbie Manalang.Pingoy, though, remains committed to the system of coach Franz Pumaren.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I really wanted the game today,” he said.Finally putting his left ankle injury behind, the Cebuano guard drilled three consecutive treys in the final 2:03 which broke the back of Batangas-EAC to deliver the 89-79 victory for Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: D-League: Pingoy’s late 3s tow Akari-Adamson past Batangas-EACThat late flurry capped off his 6-of-9 shooting from downtown en route to 23 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and three steals in the win — his best showing in the developmental league to date. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more