One of my current projects I’m working on for my job as Marketing Coordinator for a government contractor is the Annual AUSA Conference in D.C. at the Washington Convention Center. The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference is 60 years in the running that is “a private, non-profit educational organization that supports America’s Army – Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees, Government Civilians, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and family members.”
That’s a mouthful! I’m working at the Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) booth which has a slew of programs. A few I’ve worked on are Army Diversity and SHARP. I’ve been at the Convention Center since Thursday (the Conference is 10/25-10/27), so I wanted to share some photos of the before look at the Convention Center.
I took all these pictures with my iPhone by the way, and the security guards scowled at me for taking pics too :-p
For those who have been following my blog entries I frequently mention an extremely talented woman by the name of Lori Olson who is in the midst of starting her own production company, Lorikeet Media. One of the projects we’ve teamed up on is the Alternate Route Parkour promotional video project. Just to briefly describe what Parkour is, it is “the art of moving from one point to another as quickly and efficiently as possible.” Thanks Wikipedia.
Awhile back Lori mentioned to me that her friend’s interest group was looking to gain some exposure. So I suggested, why don’t I reach out to George Mason University’s Office of Student Media and see if one of their publications would be interested in doing a story on the group. Back when I went to GMU, I interned at the Office of Student Media and knew they would love to cover something as edgy as Parkour plus the GMU demographic is right up the Parkour ally. So this opportunity was a no brainer to me.
The first step was to find who at Student Media would want to run a story. I reached out to a contact of mine and she referred me to Connect2Mason.com. In order to pitch the story, I sent the editor-in-chief another video Lori had worked on, called “To Catch a Traceur.” The EIC loved the video and scheduled a time for us to sit down with one of their reporters to write an article.
The idea then come up during the interview for Lori to shoot a video to accompany the story. On August 29, 2010, Alternate Route Parkour, Connect2Mason, Lorikeet Media and ROAR Marketing met to shoot the video. Lori did all of the shooting and editing and might I add she did an AMAZING job. It’s great to work with Lori not only because she’s so talented but because we’re coworkers and love freelance projects on the side.
Currently,ROAR Marketing is doing some media buying activities for the video and looking to get the video not only on the Connect2Mason.com website but also:
- Mason Cable Network
- GMU LCD Screens
- JC Cinema
Take a look at Lorikeet Media’s first video project, “Alternate Route Parkour at George Mason University.”
Look back for confirmed media spots on Lorikeet Media’s video in a future post.
So I know this may sound silly but I just want to celebrate the fact that my blog has just received over 100 views since September 29. Thanks for everyone who has taken a peep at my blog. I really appreciate it!
Still moving slowly up the views ladder :]
Staying relevant and on top of your game is a quality everyone tries to maintain in whatever field or interest they are pursuing. For marketing and creative professionals, workshops and classes centering on professional development help foster this. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I can’t deliver all the goods I should be able to and that my recent degree in Marketing seems like it becomes more and more obsolete everyday. Therefore, I registered for a workshop on creative design last week.
At my local community church a workshop is being held called, “Secrets of Design Photoshop CS5 and Beyond.” Hosted by John Falke, the workshop will give a hands on approach to learning some of the skills lead designers and special effects masters use.
Workshops like these are the perfect opportunity to recharge your MARCOM or Creative batteries. And the price range they fall in are pretty modest ($29). I’ll be sure to cover the event and follow-up on what I learned.
An event I attend regularly is Creative Connects. What is Creative Connects you ask? Well, it is “a free social event hosted by The BOSS Group for creative, marketing and interactive professionals.” Creative Connects is throughout the U.S. with events in:
About every three months, Creative Connects events are hosted in synchronicity in their respective locations at the exact same time. I ventured out to my first back in May with my coworker Lori (of Lorikeet Media). We had a pretty good time and got to mingle with other creative professionals, hand out some business cards, and eat some tasty finger foods. The best part is that it’s free to attend (along with free food).
They also always have special guests at every event who have some sort of creative professional background. For example, at the last event Jason Ferrera, Creative Director of Match.com was in attendance and representatives from CDIA Boston University. I’m especially looking forward to next month’s event since I’m actively seeking any business development individuals/opportunities. The individuals in attendance are also eager for freelance work, so this is right up my alley. The demographic is usually 21-34, so its great for generation Y and X. I’ll follow-up with a post on when I actually attend the event, so keep an eye out for it.