Dear Just for Laughs/Juste pour rire Montreal,
I was really excited when I saw your internship posting, because it’s almost exactly what I’ve been wanting to do since I started thinking about internships almost a year ago. Let me tell you why I think we’d get along.
I am currently in the Applied Communication Program at Camosun College in Victoria, BC (the school year ends in mid-April, 2011; after that, I would be more than happy to move to Montreal). I have skills in:
- social media (Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, Flickr, whatever else your heart desires)
- radio (including interviews with musicians, actors, and community members)
- journalism (published in Camosun College’s Nexus Newspaper)
- desktop and web publishing
I am heavily involved in my community, always making time to attend Victoria’s multitude of festivals and to volunteer around the city. I regularly host a show on CFUV, the University of Victoria’s community radio station. I volunteer for the Victoria Fringe Festival, and last year was the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, training and scheduling over 300 volunteers. Last year, I was the volunteer Front of House Manager for Victoria Idol, and this year I am helping out with Vancouver Island’s Got Talent.
Not only do I have strong English skills, but I have had 14 years of French instruction. I completed French immersion through high school, and have taken French literature courses at the University of Victoria.
I am well-connected on Twitter, and I understand that social media tools are not meant for just broadcasting your message. They are meant for connecting, for creating a dialogue. I am excited to make this happen for Just for Laughs.
I am proficient in Microsoft Office and the Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, Audition). If I don’t know how to use it, I’ll learn quickly.
Perhaps most important of all is my love (obsession?) with comedy, which led me to spend 6 months in Melbourne, Australia earlier this year. I was over the moon that I got to attend the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where I saw 44 shows. (The Pajama Men and Tim Key BLEW MY MIND. Wil Anderson, Adam Hills, Sammy J & Randy, Sarah Millican, Tripod, Asher Treleaven, and The Bedroom Philosopher were all AMAZING as well… amongst others.)
I then spent the next few months frequenting Melbourne’s fantastic comedy clubs almost daily. (Spleen is the best. Softbelly opened just as I was leaving and is perhaps even better than Spleen – Karl Chandler runs SUCH good rooms. Local Laughs in St Kilda is also great. And Pure Pop Ha/Ha!) I befriended fellow comedy junkies, and got to know some of Melbourne’s finest comedians, including Sammy J, Anyone for Tennis?, Andrew McClelland, Oliver Clark, Karl Chandler, and Tommy Little. Oh yeah, and I gave Alan Brough a lamington that one time… (he’s the guy who’s not Adam Hills on Spicks & Specks).
If that’s not enough proof that I adore comedy, then I hope this blog is. This blog is an exploration of comedy, and has two purposes.
- To showcase great comedians and funny stuff with a mission to educate my friends, Twitter followers, and anyone else who happens across it.
- To encourage myself to expand my comedy horizons. As someone who talks about comedy daily, I keep discovering more and more comedians and comedy shows. Every day I discover that the world is more awesome than I thought.
Going to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year has just whet my appetite for comedy and comedy festivals. I hope next year will be my chance to head to Montreal and check out this incredible festival. I am really excited to be a part of Just for Laughs/Juste pour rire 2011, and to share my passion with audiences in Montreal and beyond.
You can view my resume and a small sample of my work here.
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