Weekly Work Update #2

End week 8.

I have finished all that I set myself to do this week. I just need to buy an Australian Geographic magazine to take into my Feature Writing tutorial next Thursday. Our next piece is a magazine feature article, and we’re going to be talking about submission guidelines and content in relation to specific magazines. I’m also taking in a frankie magazine, because I originally wanted to write for them, but my new idea came out of the story about the Byron Bay man who recently died of a shark bite; hence the AG magazine.

And yes, I will be posting that story here as well when I receive the mark for it. I do have a profile piece I wrote on my skating coach, but I need to ask her permission before posting that.

Assessment that was due this week:

  • an in-class personal column for Feature Writing.

Assessment that is due next week:

  • a blog for Media Design and Layout; and
  • an in-class exam for Corporate Writing and Editing.

Assessment that I’m currently working on:

  • an event operations portfolio for Event Management (due week 12) that is finished;
  • a blog for Media Design and Layout (due week 9) that is finished, but I keep adding to it;
  • a design portfolio for the same subject (due week 13) that is almost finished;
  • the first part of a writing portfolio for Corporate Writing and Editing (due week 10) that is finished, printed, and ready to submit; and
  • a magazine feature story for Feature Writing (due week 11) that I’m now finding sources for.

Assessment that I haven’t started on yet:

  • a background feature story for Feature Writing (completed within a three-hour block in week 10);
  • the second part of a writing portfolio for Corporate Writing and Editing (due one week after the end of semester) that we don’t have information for yet; and
  • an exam for Corporate Writing and Editing in the two-week exam period after the semester has finished.

I have my dance test this Sunday for skating, which I’m very confident about, although I missed training and my private lesson Wednesday night. As I discussed in my first Hump Day post, I had a job interview for Oktoberfest, which went…

Awesomely.

I am working at Brisbane’s Oktoberfest at the RNA Showgrounds in… that’s right, October.

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Also discussed in my first Hump Day post, my boyfriend, Paul, was meant to take me to have pancakes this morning to celebrate my success in securing a position at Oktoberfest. Unfortunately, we had to stay home to wait for a delivery (because no time of arrival was supplied), but he did take me out last night to see the fifth movie in the Step Up franchise: Step Up All In.

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Yes, the movie does live up to its reputation of being more awesome than its predecessors. What I like most about this one is the themes that it discusses. Step Up All In privileges the side of dance that doesn’t usually make it to the big screen – the failure and the real struggles that all dancers go through to forge a career for themselves, if they ever even achieve this. Yes, the other Step Up movies show montages of the hard work leading up to a big punch ending, but this is different; more real.

Step Up All In beautifully explores the rejection of being a dancer, what people sacrifice if they madly love what they do, and how you can easily lose your way in a commercial world if you forget why you started in the first place. Apart from showcasing amazing dancers, I feel the movie highlights how dedicated you really have to be to become a professional dancer.

The movie also made me realise how much more I have fallen in love with skating over the last few years; the harder it gets (both the technical and financial sides), the more determined to succeed I become. And I felt more uncomfortable than I thought I would when I missed training on Wednesday. I just love everything about it – the early mornings, the long drives, the blisters. Yes, I love having sore feet, because it means I’ve been working hard. But you can always work harder. Always.

 

Until next time

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