Meeting at the planned location on time, I met my team and we were all lead to the the big Conference room where Annika and Kate, co-founder of Colour the Clouds Theatre were setting their presentation on stage.Once we were all sat down the presentation began. The presentation first covered on the history of the Foot in the Door, from its early beginning and how it had developed into a key feature of the Festival. How to pay a invoice property, working freelance and the many people who in last year's scheme have taken their new skills and used them to develop in selective careers within the arts industry.
The second half of the presentation covered the goals of Newtworking. How working alongside people and keeping in contact with those individuals can lead to more job opportunities and to work with new and interesting people that can help you develop a strong career in the arts. We also covered the basis of presentation, how to present yourself in a professional manner and how your personality can have a strong effect in a business environment. This led into an exercise in which we had to right four names of people who we met in networking and how they could us develop in creating new business opportunities and new contacts. Afterwards we began discussing that once we were put into our placements we had to keep a strong communication with them by having basic meeting, meeting up for coffee and speaking to them like a person and not just a business partner.
After a short lunch break we continued the presentation.
We began discussing being representatives of 24:7 and how to show this in professional e-mails or in other representations or media. We were shown examples of how to write an e-mail professionally and how not to write one. Many from past members of the Foot in the Door scheme.
We watched a Youtube documentary called 'Don't post it on facebook' which showcased how business partners use social media to look at the background of a person to understand their personality. It taught us how to separate your business life and social life and how you must be careful what you post online.
We were introduced to the Arts Awards. A special program in which we would each create a project and keep a portfolio of our process. the subject could cover anything from working your experiences working within the festival or the selected apprenticeship you were put into. We could cover other subjects outside the festival. We could use different methods to show our process from online blogs, files, notebooks or other. These would be used to inspire others to join the Foot in the door scheme and your skill set.
After the presentation we were told to wait outside and one by one we would be told which company we would be working with and what are role would include. I was chosen to work with Dreamscope TV company. My role included filming the festival with the a professional film making company. I was very pleased to hear this as it was my top choice and knew it would help me develop as a film maker.