Last week I was privileged enough to attend Media Talks – an event organised by Faustina Agolley about media in Australia. The event was extremely well run and organised and a huge thanks and gratitude must go to Faustina and the panel members. The rest of the panel consisted of Megan Miller, Auskar Surbakti, Sarah Wilson, Darren Rowse & Rachel Moor.
The first hour of the session consisted of the panel introducing themselves and discussing about their lives in the media. The theme’s that stood out were: passion, hard work, take up every opportunity you can, immerse yourself, focus, confidence, study what you love, do what you love, only set goals that you’re actually prepared to work for, be experimental, work hard.
We then broke for a dinner break (which was jut a little amazing!), we were provided with delicious food of burgers, taco’s, Emma & Tom juice and a chance to mingle with other attendee’s. The overall comment was “totally did not expect this”. For a free event it really was pretty outstanding!
It was then time for session 2 – the Q&A session. Members of the audience were invited up to ask questions of the panel. The panel were fantastic and got through as many questions as possible and provided us with an insight into how they got to where they are.
The event mostly consisted of mostly year 12 students looking to get into media courses and university students studying media and communications. And then there was me, the random Management student. I am sure there were other non-media students somewhere there, I just didn’t meet them. While I have always enjoyed writing, reading, media and communications I feel that perhaps I have entered the game a little late!? On the other hand, doing a degree in media or communications is not what I was/am looking for and in some ways my arts degree probably did provide me with a lot of reading and writing…. and obviously I am doing A LOT of that this year!! But I don’t think you have to do a specific journalism degree to still be part of the media and communications world… if you have a passion and belief, something that came from the panel time and time again you can definitely make your own way in this world.
I also met one of my huge inspirations, Darren Rowse from Problogger.com. To be perfectly honest it was him, Sarah Wilson and Gala Darling that really got me inspired about the blogging world, the possibilities it had to offer and the understanding that if you believed in something then you should go for it. Anyway, that was a huge hi-light for me, think I may have been a bit star-struck as I mumbled over my introduction but was lovely to meet him.
But I think the thing that came out of this for me is that you absolutely have to take and create every opportunity you possibly can. When asked about the philosophy of ‘should you fake it till you make it?’ I think Auskar summed it up really well when he said yes… but ensure you can back up whatever you say you are going to do. Have confidence in yourself that yes, you can do it. Set realistic goals that you are prepared to work hard for.
There are a couple of projects that are getting lined up for my life post – Honours that I have been unsure of, but if we don’t give it a go how will we know, while we are not necessarily experts we can become experts if we give it a go. That was something Darren also re-iterated, he didn’t necessarily know much about blogging when he stared but once he started, he became to learn and share ideas and so it goes.
This was the first Media Talks event but i strongly encourage you all to get involved and apply if they decide to make it an annual thing. You never know who you will meet, where it might go… and what an amazing (free) opportunity! Live your dreams my friends x