I have been hiding this video (see @ bottom of this post) from you guys for like 5 months. Just a little bit after I started blogging on my business, I met Adrienne Smith. Adrienne called me on the phone and we got to chat a little bit. Then after that something happened. Channel 30 contacted me via Facebook. Juanita Stevenson wrote me a message on facebook asking if I would be available for an interview for Channel 30 regarding Freelancing in the valley.
I was very excited when I read Juanita Stevenson’s message.
I told my husband right away. Asked him if Juanita Stevenson rings a bell. And he said, “Yeah.” Um, really? We don’t really watch the news except Saturday Night Live. How did he know Juanita Stevenson? He said, “Google her and you’ll find her.” So I did. And lo and behold, she is that famous Television Reporter for Channel 30. Now, besides being excited…suddenly I got nervous…
OMG…me on TV!!!! I told my sister, “Guess what…Juanita Stevenson wants to interview me regarding freelancing.” At first she was skeptical and said to me to be careful. But when I texted her Juanita’s website and that she’s legit, she thought it was okay.
So yeah…here comes the big interview!
Juanita said, “Don’t be nervous. Just be normal. Like you’re talking to a friend.” And that’s exactly what I did. She really made me feel at ease. I guess I got so comfortable talking…I didn’t even know that the camera man was rolling. And Juanita said, “…oh he’s filming.” Oooops! Sorry. It was so silly of me.
You can see I was trying to promote Google+. The camera man said, “Well, do your work as if I’m not here.” And so I did. I showed my blog and portfolio online. When I showed him my business movie, I had to lower down the sound. He said he didn’t want to pay the copyright on YouTube. I was showing him my website and I was reading the About Me page.
Me: So here’s my About Me page…(reading) I have been a Graphic Designer in Silicon and San Joaquin Valley area for over 10 years. I have created all kinds of camera-ready artwork for printing from thumbnails to finished comprehensive. From designing newsletters to magazines & newspapers, I have done them all except television…
Camera man: Well, now you’re on television…
That gave me a quick smile. Ahuh. Really. I’m so thrilled. *shakes head*
Anyway, after we saw my interview on Channel 30, Jerry (my ballroom partner) called me and left a message on my voicemail saying, “Congratulations Angela!! The women in our ballroom says they saw you on TV. I’m proud of you!!!” Mind you, these women used to gossip about me. And I’m not sure if they still are. Jerry is a friend I met from my girlfriend, Ana.
When Ana started ballroom dancing, I joined her to relieve some of my stress. One day, I attended their ballroom dance and I met Jerry. I know nothing about ballroom then. Jerry taught me how to dance Rumba on the dance floor. And when they had the Showcase 2012, Jerry asked me if I could be his dance partner. And I said, Yes.
And ever since …these women started to gossip about me. They thought me and Jerry were having an affair. So pathetic. I didn’t like the rumors going around but I kept on going anyway just for the sake of my friend. And now they saw me on TV. Then Jerry said, “Now they will respect you!” Um, not sure about that. And I don’t really care. See my Rumba video HERE.
This guy is the new principal of the Fresno Adventist Academy, it is the private Christian school starting from kindergarten to 12th grade. He wanted to create a special movie for the 2013 graduating students and so I thought I would present him the latest iMovie I have done so far.
BTW, I have never told you that my very first job was working for the Central California Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist as a Graphic Design Manager. Well, can you tell I’m an Adventist. Anyway, my first boss was Wayne Griffith. He was a doctor who specialized in Nutrition. He’s dead now (by the way) but I remember the good ol’ days when I used to work with him. And at the time, CCC was mainly located in Mountain View, California. Until later, they moved their main location here in Fresno, California.
Some of the project I have done were:
• The Winning Weigh
• How to Stop Smoking in 5 Days
• And other bizillion projects I don’t remember…
It’s been awhile. And I tell ya…this is the time when I used to sketch and draw in real drawing board. I had my drafting table in my office. No computer. I got this job before I even graduated from college. Wayne was surely a pleasure to work with together with his assistant Shirley. I forgot our secretary’s name. It’s been awhile. Anyway, this is the time when I used to use technical pens and colored markers to sketch all my drawings. I had the slides set of all the project I have done for them. And I have no idea where they at now. So many things happened…I just don’t remember where I put them.
And now that I am reminiscing the past again…I believe because of my background doing multimedia and slides for CCC, that’s how I got the job at Panorama Productions. Like they said, experience speaks louder than a degree in school. It’s nice to have that degree but it doesn’t guarantee your success. You have to have a killer portfolio to compete with bizillion designers!
As you can see, the Boo’s side of family are on television. Boo is my sister’s married name. I created this 20-minute video for her daughter, my niece Jazzmin, for her graduation and debut party. And so she didn’t know that we sneaked this behind her. We think she had an idea what we’re doing behind her back but wasn’t sure. But she figured it out. She actually cried after the movie.
The movie was pretty good but it could have been better. What I’m saying is, the photos could’ve been brighter. But I created this movie before I even learn how to adjust the levels and curves on Photoshop. There were 200+ photos all scanned in high resolution. I remember this was the time during campmeeting last year and this movie was kinda rush-rush. The movie that should’ve been created for a week was pushed down to get created in 1-3 days.
Sorry, I cannot show the movie of Jazzmin. It’s private. And my sister wants to keep it that way. However, I can show you a similar caliber of the movie I have created for my niece. Remember, I told you I used to play games on Facebook? Well, this is one of them (see video above): Fluff Friends.
FF for short. On this game I swear I have spent so much money. It was unbelievably crazy. My husband thought I was crazy paying for something like this. I love this game because I could create scenes from all kinds of stuff. Like for instance…a chair, clouds, rainbow…what we would do is put these pieces together and create something out of it. I could create a bed out of a piece of clouds and rainbow.
We could size our stuff to smaller or bigger, whatever fits the screen. I could create an angel out of a jar and hairdo. Things like that. It’s like the sim game. They have Art contests. Video contests. And this video was one of them that I have submitted and won an award.
Sorry, I’m not really an animator but I just created some sort of comics. Also the resolution is not that sharp because the screen on FF weren’t that big and so the images were derived from their website. We could save our creation in our account but the resolution isn’t greater than 500 pixel.
Anyway, let’s get back to the interview video by Juanita Stevenson here…
NOTE: If you can’t see the video you can click the text link above it.