Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Day I Decided to Take Over the World

Each morning on my commute, I pass a magazine stand. I'm so tempted to grab an issue to read on the bus, but then I think of how expensive magazines are and how little I'm bringing in as a children's media intern. I've had my eye on the issue of Wired featuring Pixar. A great alternative to buying the magazine is looking up the article on their website. I'm sure this will cost me money some day in the near future.
I've always been one to pull pictures out of catalogs or obsess over small objects on websites or stories people tell. Years later, these things continue to inspire or motivate me. It doesn't happen very often, but it's magical when it does. I had this feeling when I read the Pixar article and subsequently checked out their website. I love how they describe their company and seem to create a happy and creative environment for their employees. Today I've decided that this article came to me for a reason. I'd really like to work for actually be one of those happy employees. At the least, however, I think I'd like to create this kind of working environment if I ever run my own production company. I'd have Legos in the break room, dogs under cubicles, and scooters to get from one part of the office to the other.
I've spent a lot of time this week thinking about whether I'd like to work for someone else or take a huge risk and work for myself next year. It's nice to have goals, but I'm going to let this one work itself out. I think whatever is meant to be will be, and the best I can do today and tomorrow is produce an awesome and active program for kids.

Applied Experience

It's been a while since I've written anything. I've spent all of my time since mid-May working as producer and writer for my Rogers Scholarship project. Last week I also started as an intern for Nick Jr. It's been busy but incredibly exciting and a great learning experience! I've really been trying to educate myself about the business. In addition to reading Josh Selig's Planet Preschool blog, I've also been looking up articles in newspapers and magazines. I was really excited to come across this article about Disney's Phineas and Ferb. I've heard about the show through enthusiastic kindergarten students. It looks like the company is really trying to capitalize on its blossoming popularity. This article seems to have some amazing marketing tips and has provided me with a different point-of-view on the children's entertainment industry.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


It has been a long time since my last post. I've been finishing both my semester and my first full-year teaching position. I'm particularly proud of completing my very first story bible! It's printed and bound and ready for review! I nailed down cameras today (woohoo HD!) and MUST find a shooting location by next week. I have a few more places to look, but I never thought it would be so hard. NYU had so many spaces to work in and there was almost always something available. It seems like there's much more red tape to go through here. I'm hoping to have a place by next week...look for a new post with pictures!

I've been telling my students Pearl stories this year. Pearl stories are oral stories about a tiny mermaid...kind of a cross between a mermaid and Thumbelina. My mom used to tell them to us each summer. We loved them! Sure enough, my kids love them too. As their summer gift, I've edited a story book film for them. Maybe this is the first step in getting Pearl produced?

Hope you like the story as much as my students do!