Finally! It’s been a long time coming, but I am finally done my fourth year documentary. “And Baby Makes Three” provides a peek into the life of Nic Leger and Jada Byard, young parents from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Many thanks to Nic, Jada, Marg and baby Malaya for letting me into their home. Enjoy!
My first audition in Halifax for Gillette Drafted!
I’ve been having some trouble embedding the video footage from my experience with Drafted, so here’s the link to their website. Episode 48 chronicles my “personal transformation”, and some of my feelings about the show.
From May of to December2009, I was involved in a reality competition by The Score Inc., called “Gillette Drafted: Search for Canada’s Next Sportscaster”. After auditioning in Halifax and waiting in suspense for a few weeks, I got the call to go to Toronto as a Top 5 National Finalist. The The Top 5 competed in challenges that would help the Score find their next sportscaster. We did streeters, put together highlight packages, and watched more concentrated sports coverage than I ever have in my life. After 6 amazing months of being “in competition”, I can proudly say that I’ve co-hosted live Hardcore Sports Radio with Sarah Meehan and The Score Tonight. Live television turned out to be everything everyone says it is – terrifying and exhilarating, all at once.
Jason Cassidy, a third year student at St. Thomas, did a story on me as the whole process was starting out. Here it is!
Tara Correia and Hilary Creamer are used to packing a suitcase. Hilary spent eleven months in Germany for on a Rotary Exchange in high school, and they both have traveled extensively throughout Europe. This week, the girls are packing for another trip. It’s arguably the most exciting trip either of them has ever been on, but they don’t get to go overseas, or even into another country. Tara and Hilary are going to Vancouver, but more specifically, these two students from Rothesay, New Brunswick are going to the Olympics.
The girls are getting a free 20-day trip to Vancouver courtesy of Samsung, as one of five teams of two in the company’s “Mobile Explorers” competition. Ten finalists have been chosen from across Canada to go to Vancouver to compete, as well as 47 others from around the world. Both Hilary and Tara have already won round-trip airfare to Vancouver, meals while they’re at the Games, and two Samsung Omnia II cell phones.
The grand prize is $5000.00 per team member, but the girls agree that the chance to go to the Olympics is enough of a prize.
“I didn’t even know about the money at the beginning,” Tara says. “I thought the prize was going to Vancouver.”
The friends got together, and filmed their entrance video to the competition on December 1.
“I heard about the contest on a Thursday, I think it was, and we filmed our video Saturday night,” Tara says. “It was during finals, but we stayed up all night and submitted it at, like, 5am on Sunday.”
They titled their submission “Two Peas in a Vlog”, and got the call as national finalists on December 21. The name stuck, and their website will be up and running for the duration of their stay in Vancouver.
The girls will be judged on originality, quality of interviews and the amount of hits that their blog gets during the Olympics. They both agree that the biggest challenge will be creating a hook, something that will bring viewers back to their page day after day.
“We’re thinking if we get some interesting things to say, we’ll be able to hook people in so that they keep coming back,” Tara says.
The competition is emphasizing social networking through Samsung’s Wireless Olympic Works. It’s a new application that aims at connecting Olympic officials, athletes, fans and the media.
“The neat thing about it is that it has the WOW application on it,” Hilary said of the phone. “Wireless Olympics Works, it’s the point of the whole competition.”
Benjamin Lee, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics Canada, says that the prize “will allow the eventual winners to use Samsung mobile technology, including the Samsung Omnia II Olympic hero phone, to interact and share their personal WOW moments.”
Although the competition has already started, and they leave in two weeks, Tara says that they still don’t know exactly what their tasks will be, or what equipment they’re going to use.
“The phone also has a five megapixel camera, so we’re wondering if they’re expecting us to use that for videotaping. But we know that the US part of the competition is getting a camera and a video camera, so we’re really unsure,” Tara says. “There’s a lot of stuff that they said they can’t tell us yet.”
While the contest is aimed at promoting the use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, the girls say that it didn’t take much convincing for them to build on their use of the internet.
“None of this would have been possible without social networking,” Hilary says.
When their original video had to be voted into the Top Ten in Canada, they used Facebook and Twitter to spread the word and encourage their friends and family to keep voting.
“ Each of us has almost a thousand friends on Facebook, so the emails got passed around quickly,” Hilary says. “Way more people than we ever thought saw our video and voted for it.”
They’re hoping that the views and voting will continue once they get to Vancouver. But according to Hilary, that’s not the most important part of the trip.
“We just want to have fun and experience as much as we can. I don’t want to forget anything!”
Visit the “Two Peas in a Vlog” site, and share in their Olympic experience at http://twopeasinavlog.com/
Kelsey Knowles, from Janeville, NB, was given the amazing opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch as it passed through Riverside Albert. From small town to small town, the torch was held by hundreds of deserving individuals. Politicians, athletes, celebrities, and hundreds of exceptional Canadians, like Kelsey, experienced the rush of carrying the Olympic spirit across the country.
The J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre at St. Thomas University is now offering personal trainers, but the fees aren’t cheap. This story introduces us to one of the trainers, examines what the new system offers, and gives a first hand account of the positive effects a personal trainer can bring.