Bedroom Decorating with a Budget

The first stage [one of three] of Sydney bedroom decoration and organisation!

My colour scheme is blush pink, light grey and rose gold after I was inspired by some stunning and impossibly perfect bedrooms on Pinterest. I however, have to do it on the budget of a graduate journalist; which in my opinion makes it that much more of an exciting challenge. I can’t wait for my first days off this week when I finally get the time and freedom to explore the city properly and tick off some more things from my ‘to buy’ list. A trip to IKEA and the local garden centre are also very much on-the-cards!

be sure to check out my bedroom pins!

WORK EXPERIENCE TIPS: JOURNALISM

Having just graduated University with a degree in Journalism, I can certainly say I have done my fair share of work experience/industry placement (or whatever you call countless hours of unpaid work.) I learned so much from the time I spent shadowing the professionals, sometimes even more-so than I did at university. Journalism is a very practical industry, and no amount of studying or examinations will prepare you for the real world like work experience will.

I thought I’d put together a collection of things aspiring journalists would do well to follow when setting out on their very own industry experience journeys.

All starts before you get there…

  • Consume all media and news you can… All. The. Time. You want to make sure you are completely on-top of the latest local, national and global news before you even set foot in the door. Watch the news the night before, listen to the radio on the way there and be listening out in daily conversations for what the general population is currently talking about. 
  • Particularly if you are heading to a TV News station, think of a couple of story ideas you could pitch to the news director if he/she asks you. They very well may not, but its much better to be prepared. If you are going to a regional television station there is even a chance you may get to chase your story, shoot it and get it to air.
  • Good personal hygiene is paramount. Shower with a nice body wash, use perfume and deodorant. You never know what situation you’re going to land yourself in, you don’t want to stink out the room or your mentor with your heinous body odour.
  • Don’t skip breakfast! Eat a healthy and filling breakfast, you don’t know how long it’s going to be until you get the opportunity to stop for food, and it’s not a good look to be ducking out for a sandwich an hour after you arrive.
  • Pre-make your lunch and bring it along. Journalists are always running against the clock and furiously working to deadlines. It’s highly unlikely you’ll get to stop for lunch and you don’t want to be that person making everyone stop just so you can stuff your face with a sausage roll.
  • Dress to impress (appropriately) – The best outfit to wear is a skirt/pants, a nice top/blouse or shirt (that doesn’t show any cleavage) and a casual blazer. You should also prepare for all weather conditions. Wear layers so you can adjust to different temperatures, and if it’s winter make sure to pack a small umbrella in your bag. 
  • Pre-plan your parking and you route so you will NOT be late (in fact you should aim to be 10 minutes early). Most-often high profile news stations and outlets are located in the city which means street parking is either unavailable or very expensive. Check public transport options and/or find the closest and cheapest parking-lot that you can use. 

Once you arrive…

  • Shake hands with people you meet. Extend your hand when you are introduced to people, make eye contact and smile. It’s important to always be wary of you body language. 
  • Join in on conversations that you feel you can add something to. If you can put your two cents into a topic without sounding overly ‘smart-ass’ or self-important, then join in! You want people to be able to imagine themselves working along-side you one day. You want to be the perfect balance of confident, hard-working and personable.
  • Ask questions of your mentor/s. This is an absolutely un-precedented insight you are getting into the real-life working day of a journo. If you don’t understand something that’s going on, just ask! They know you’re not a professional yet and its also very likely they stood where you are standing once upon a time. They will be happy to help (providing they have time)
  • Know how to read the room. Acknowledge times where your mentor may be busy and leave them to it (while working on your own things). When you’re out on the road and a press conference or court hearing has just finished. This is generally the time where a journalist will often need to compile their notes, summarise proceedings and maybe file a voice report for the people back in the studio. You should be quiet and let them concentrate.
  • Do exactly what your mentor does at all times. If they are writing notes in the court-house – you should too! If they’re scribbling down interview questions for their next talent – you should too! And if they’re writing a voice report to call-in to the studio – you should give it a crack! You may not be as polished or speedy as them but hey, you’re learning and by doing it in real-time sometimes situation-specific questions will arise that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. 
  • DO NOT sit on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or text people. If there is absolutely nothing you can do (and you’ve even asked) then surf Twitter and local news sites for potential stories.
  • Stay the full day. Don’t plan your dentist appointment for 5:15 if you know work experience finishes at 5. You don’t want to be rushing out of the door, or having the leave early. You want to give yourself time to appropriately farewell the team and thank them for their time and help. 

So there you have it guys! If you can relate, or add to this list be sure to leave a comment! Also – please share this article with any aspiring student journo’s you may know! Hopefully it helps someone!

10 Things I Wish I Knew as a Teen: Advice

I can’t believe I have officially been an ‘adult’ for five-and-a-half years. Time has absolutely flown. Now, that’s not to say I haven’t achieved anything, because I certainly have, but thinking back to high-school… back to friendship troubles, puberty, pushy boys and peer pressure, I don’t exactly ‘miss’ it. But, I am grateful I came out relatively unscathed. Age 13-19 is a pretty tumultuous time in a young person’s life, particularly for girls. There are a number things that I know only NOW that any teenager would do well to understand. So take it from a happy-go-lucky, hard working, independent 23 year old…

The 10 things I wish I knew as a teenager:

  1. Your ATAR is pretty damn insignificant (In Western Australia, your ATAR is the grade you get when you graduate high-school). Firstly, unless you want to be a doctor, scientist, lawyer or engineer you don’t even really need a high grade, and even THEN, there are bridging courses, TAFE courses and many other pathways you can take to reach your goals. If you want something bad enough, you can have it, regardless!
  2. Parents are actually awesome! Now I’m sure a lot of you are culprits of shouting and snapping at your parents. Those days where your emotions are so high, and every little thing is tugging on your final straw. Hey, I’m embarrassed to say I screamed “I hate you!” to my Mum on a number of occasions as a teenager – totally unacceptable. But your parents believe it or not are actually pretty cool, they will always be on your team, always defend you and will be side-of-court at all times as your biggest cheerleaders .
  3. Everyone is insecure as you are. You’re not the only one going through puberty. You’re not the only one with hair under your arms, pimples on your face or a uterus that feels like its about to implode. You’re a teenager! Bodies are changing. Everyone will get boobs, bums and hips, maybe a little bigger, smaller and at different times, but you’ll all get there! Everything is normal and everything is going to be fine. It’s ok to be nervous about or a little bashful of your new body, but just know you’re not alone and you’re bloody beautiful!
  4. You don’t owe boys ANYTHING. Hear that? NOTHING! Boys will tell you you’re ‘hot’ and ‘sexy’ and unfortunately you might even find out one said you’re ‘ugly’ (disgusting I know, but it happens). Boys will try and pressure you into sexual things… YOUR job, is to completely ignore them.  YOUR job is to see yourself as so high-value, so incredible that you don’t need to rely on anyone’s comments to tell you what you are and what you are not. (Check out this post I wrote to help you with this one)
  5. Nothing lasts forever – in fact it usually lasts just a few days! All those fights and disagreements, those days where nobody will talk to you or your ‘best friend’ is hanging with other girls, they don’t last! High-school fights often seem more explosive and brutal because everyone involved is forced into close-contact with each-other every single day. You can’t escape the person who you wish would just disappear for 24 hours. This being said, the close proximity will often mean that fights need to be resolved/confronted much faster and so are often short-lived. Regardless, time heals everything and everyone’s human, so more likely than not that the instigator will realise the error of their ways pretty damn fast. 
  6. You will most likely lose the majority (if not all) of your high school friends – After you leave school you go from being forced to seeing all your 100+ school-mates on a daily basis, to literally never seeing anyone unless it is actively organised between you. This inevitably means, you won’t stay in contact with everyone. In the first couple of years out of school you may still see many of your school-mates but now being six-years-out, I have a very new group of friends and stay in close-contact with around 5 of my school friends. This isn’t to say I dislike my school friends and neither will you, it just means priorities change and a time-poor work-orientated lifestyle forces you to pick-and-choose your social interactions. So focus your time and efforts on the friends you see a seriously long-term and don’t worry too much about trying to be friends with everyone. Quality over quantity.
  7. Have a hobby! Anything! Journalling, scrapbooking, walking, photography, even reading. Just pick something productive that you can focus your brain on in your spare time so your life doesn’t revolve around social media, drinking or getting caught up in gossip and boys. 
  8. You don’t have to do things just because your friends do – Peer pressure is something that I can say I definitely gave into a lot in my teenager years. There were many dangerous and frankly stupid situations I look back on that could have been avoided if i’d have just had the guts to say ‘no’ Any friend that deserts you just because you won’t do exactly what they’re doing, is not a real friend to you. 
  9. Everything that happens to you in life is setting you up to something bigger –This one I can’t claim as my own, as I learned it from the ever-wisdom-filled Oprah Winfrey. This lesson doesn’t just apply to your teenage years, but I definitely wish I knew it back then. Every mistake, argument, wrong turn, fight just any little thing, is just setting you up for something else, that will make sense in time. Honest mistakes will only ever make you become stronger, wiser and more interesting.
  10. The best is yet to come – When I was a teenager I thought I knew everything about life,  that I had experienced everything, and I understood how life ‘worked’. As I get older, each and every year I feel more happy sexy and confident in myself. If you’re having a tough time, Your 20s rock!

How To: Make the most of your day off

In celebration of my new YouTube Channel and my new Nikon Coolpix A900 I vlogged my entire Sunday and have JUST finished editing and uploading: Take a look!

Today was the first day I found myself completely free of work in about two weeks! Instead of lazing around on the couch, snuggling up in bed or even doing chores, I decided to wholly utilise every second of the day in a really positive way! I figured, my chores are better off done on days when I’m grumpy, tired and overworked (why not be exponentially p**sed-off right?) So I harnessed all the positive energy of my freedom time and made the most of every single minute!

6 Ways: To make the most of your day off:

  1. Walk around a local lake or beside the coast – Picturesque walks are just phenomenal (providing the weather is ok). Seriously, you get all the endorphins without the excessive sweating and heart palpitations of running (or is that just me haha!)
  2. See a friend – Give that buddy a call that you haven’t seen in ages – see if she’s free. It really is the perfect time to see friends. You have nowhere you need to be, no external stresses and nothing on your mind. You can just enjoy one another’s company to the fullest actually being able to tune in to every word (without half thinking about the fact that you need to pickup your dry-cleaning, buy toilet paper and hang the washing out all before work at 4pm)
  3. Eat out – Go on! Don’t be a tight-ass! Spend a little money and enjoy a meal that you really love and will actually have time to sit and enjoy! I think this is why I’ve never really understood the draw of McDonalds as a ‘quick-fix’ – why would you eat oily, salt-ridden fatty food as a quick meal? What a waste of calories.
  4. Lay in a Park – Just lay down on the grass, feel the sun warm you up, forcing you to squint your eyes; take your shoes off and feel the grass between your toes (I guess again, providing the weather is okay). Now I’m no naturist, and in all honesty, don’t even really like the outdoors, but doing this really does make you feel so alive.
  5. Bake Something- Now this one certainly doesn’t depend on the weather. Rain, hail or shine, you can always bake. I love baking, its so therapeutic to me. The process of following recipes, getting creative with flavours, decoration and photography really excites me (and as long as it’s gluten free the family isn’t complaining!). Get off your iPad, shut down your Netflix and pre-heat that oven, everyone wins!
  6. See your family – Depending on your relationship with your family members this one may or may not appeal to you. I however am very close with my parents and revel in the days that I can just drive over to my Mum’s and just mess around with my younger sister or talk to my Mum about boys, work and reality TV. It really is something I’m going to dearly miss when I move to Sydney in July (hopefully not forever!)

 

 

 

New Camera – YouTube Channel!

So on the premise of moving interstate in less than a month, I over-indulged (as usual) and bought myself a Nikon A900 camera for $579. It would be rude not to really, after my friend Hannah sheepishly asked the shop assistant for a deal and they threw in a 64GB memory card for $3! It’s an all black point-and-shoot from JB-HI-FI in Osborne Park, has a flip-up ‘selfie’ screen and can shoot in 4-K. Safe to say it’s much too fancy for a novice, but I have fallen deeply in love with it! Despite seemingly being an impulse buy, I really have been thinking about it for almost a year. Besides, the level of post-purchase euphoria I had only re-enforced that I’d made the right decision!

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The primary reason for my extortionate purchase is my long-held desire to start a YouTube channel. I love the connection YouTubers are able to make with such large audiences through their personality, opinions, editing skills and style. I also thought the timing was perfect as my imminent move to Sydney is a great reason to start a channel. I think my parents, family and friends would love to see and hear what I’ve been getting up to and the general day-to-day thoughts, activities and ‘goings-on’ in my life. There are so many new experiences that lay ahead of me, as well as an abundance of spare-time after graduating university (go me!).

As mentioned in my About Me, I really am just an over-sharer. I love to share my thoughts, experiences and advice with others in a fun and non-judgemental way, and think ‘vlogging’ is such a creative and personal way to do it! I think like many other people who have decided to start a channel, there are always reservations. Those niggling feelings of judgement or scrutiny that come with unforgivingly opening yourself up to the opinions of people worldwide. That’s the cool thing about getting older though, you just don’t care as much!

I definitely have a lot to learn about YouTube but I really just love shooting, editing and thinking up fun ideas about what to film and different things I can talk about! Subscribe to my channel (in side-bar) if you’re on YouTube!