Sink or swim

#337: Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?

Well, I’ll let my fellow bloggers decide whether it was a successful outcome…

For a little back story, it all began back in 2012 on my Iceland press trip (in celebration of the Ice Age 4 DVD release), where I was sent alone to represent the magazine among other publications and broadcasters from across the globe. I was also the guinea pig, the first person to do a filmed interview and a piece to camera, and without any training or practice I should add! The next filming opportunity that I was given, took place earlier this year, where I interviewed an animatronic Nigel the cockatoo from Rio 2 (Jemaine Clement was voicing him from another room) – as I’m sure everyone will agree, a most peculiar experience.

Thus bringing me to my latest project (as you can see above) – heading to Norway to celebrate the release of How To Train Your Dragon 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD. This was entirely my project; I prepared the scripts, presented and interviewed, as well as produced and edited each and every clip! It’s made me realise that this is what I want to do as a full-time career – even though it’s only my third project of this nature.

Check out my other clips below and let me know what you think!


#42: What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?

Fox Ice Age 4 Continental Drift, Icelandic Adventure

By far, the most surreal experience I have ever had was relaxing in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, combined with the fact that we were joined by Peter de Sève, the character designer for well-known movies such as the Ice Age franchise,  Finding Nemo and Tarzan, to name a few. I’d only just met him 24 hours before this surreal experience, after summoning my professional self when interviewing him for Ice Age 4: Continental Drift! So to go from having a brief professional relationship, to one where we were all in our swimsuits and bikinis, was a tad difficult to comprehend. This wasn’t even part of the press trip either, it was just something that us UK girls wanted to do with our free morning before heading to the airport to fly home. So, whilst floating around, I remember thinking to myself… how did I get to this point in my career? (I’d only been interning with the magazine for 4 or 5 months, but I’d proven myself so much that they wanted to reward me and also see what else I was capable of!). What made it even more unbelievable was that it was raining/sleeting quite heavily at one point, but we were all still perfectly hot since the water was being powered by volcanic lava (well underneath the surface any way!). It was as if it was completely normal to stay outside when there’s a down pour – it goes against everything you’ve ever been taught about being outside, without an umbrella, when it’s raining. Although, it’s definitely a moment that will never be forgotten – I still remember it very vividly, even though it was back in October/November 2012!

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Image: Peter – Twentieth Century Fox. Blue Lagoon – myself.