One of the most important lessons I've learned is, use your time wisely. When I say use your time wisely, I mean, be productive and do not procrastinate! Procrastination is the project killer! It will leave you stressed and anxious, rushing at the last minute to finish a project. This being, start early! As soon as you come up with an idea or get assigned a project, start on it! It's better early than late. Make sure you remind yourself of deadlines and your due dates, as they are extremely important! We usually write down little markers in the planner, but you can also go onto the CKTV website under 'Class Curriculum', where you can click here. There it'll tell you when your scripts are due, when to stop filming and start editing, and overall to just check if you are on track. Even if you don't procrastinate, it is also very important that you are being productive with your time! To be productive, you need to make sure you prioritize correctly! If you have scripts that are due that day, don't spend your class time doing your blogs! Make sure you're using your time in class in an efficient way. So don't be playing on your phones, or talking to your friends during class and advisory when you can actually be getting things done! One important lesson I have learned is to use your time wisely by being productive and not procrastinating.
Another important lesson I've learned is, don't be shy. In the media class and in life, you cannot be shy! You will be forced to talk to people that maybe you are not comfortable with, or do things outside of your comfort zone. But you have to be able to do so if you want to succeed in life! For our news/feature story projects, you will have to call people who you haven't met and just talk to them! If you're shy, you might not land an interview. Being outgoing is a very important trait to have. You'll meet new people, make new friends, and learn so much more. If you have a question, do not be afraid to ask! It will only help you become better with your new knowledge. In STN for Crazy 8's Broadcast, you will need to go out into the community were you're most likely not familiar with, and go up to strangers and talk to them. Don't be afraid, and please, speak up. Another important lesson I have learned is to not be shy or afraid to talk.
The last lesson I have to share with you is to be prepared. Being prepared covers so much things, especially in this class. If you're going out to shoot an interview, make sure you have a list of questions and that you know what you're going to say. You don't want to have to ad lib it on the spot because you'll probably forget important details, or be stuck and don't know what to say. You also need to make sure your equipment is ready and checked. The last thing you need is a camera to not work or your SD card has no memory. You always need to make sure that you have spare batteries, your SD card has memory, that your tripod has a shoe and works, and that your camera is working, mics, etc. If possible, scout the area that you are planning to shoot at. How is this lighting? Do you need an LED Light or light bouncer? Of course if you're shooting interviews at a night time event you need to make sure that you have that LED ready. Is the background or environment busy, distracting, and loud? There are many things that can affect your shooting, and many things that can go wrong. Make sure that you are prepared so that you can try to prevent anything bad from happening. The third lesson I have is to always be prepared.
In summary, those are just three important lessons I have learned, but please be sure that I have learned lots from this class and the people in it. I am very grateful that I have gotten into CKTV because not only has it taught me about film making and journalism/storytelling, but it has also taught me many life lessons that I can benefit from. In a year when I leave this class sadly, I will still be able to enforce everything I have learned. Maybe I'll go into a career into media, but if not, I can still use the lessons I've learned there. It is always important in any situation to use your time wisely, be outgoing, and to be prepared, right? Well, that is it for this weeks constructive response! Thanks for reading! Bye!