Featured FindSpark Creative: Elizabeth Spear, FindSpark Premium Member
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What sets you apart from other young creatives?
This one’s difficult. I think, especially in the media realm, young professionals are always working and doing things to better themselves and just over all be more relevant. If I had to choose something I guess I would say I’m pretty good with time management and organization.
By that I mean last semester I was a full time student juggling 3 internships, a part time job, and held 3 executive positions in some clubs on grounds (campus). If that isn’t time management, then I don’t know what is..
What is your proudest career moment (so far)?
My proudest career moment is one of transition. Passing on my position as the Universal Pictures Ambassador is something I’m really proud of, because it means I’ve been successful enough to allow the program to continue and I get to pass on my knowledge to another. Mentoring the new rep to create and execute her own campaigns is pleasantly fulfilling, and I’m really glad I am able to be a part of her development as an aspiring marketer. I hope my successor is able to expand on the program and make it better!
What’s something cool you’ve made or done recently?
After weeks of procrastination, I’ve finally made my own website, so that’s cool. However, the coolest thing I’m currently working on is helping a friend with her short movie. It’s now in the distribution stage and we (being her, myself, and other people on the team) are working on general awareness for the project as well as getting it into film festivals. Learning the ins and outs of the film festivals and how to market a student production is definitely an interesting experience. Shameless plug– the movie is called Flight of the Finch.
What’s something new you’ve recently learned?
I recently began volunteering to take photography and write reviews for some of the local music venues in Charlottesville. I hadn’t realized taking concert photography was so difficult, although it with the amount of movement and light changes involved, I shouldn’t have been surprised. I’m very pleased to say after 3 mediocre concerts, I can finally take one or two really good shots. I definitely have a long way to go, but I’m excited to continue.
Where do you see yourself in in 5 years?
I mentioned before I was the Campus Rep for Universal Pictures. I have loved every moment of promotional and event marketing because of the ability to be extremely creative with each campaign and interact with the audience. (Almost) Needless to say, I really hope to be working in that segment of the entertainment industry in a senior position managing my own campaigns. I’ve noticed for the most part if you like what you do, then the promotions come more easily.
What has been your biggest obstacle, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle has been learning how to say no to opportunities. Honestly, it’s something I’ve still yet to master, but I’m progressing. I’ve found that it comes down to priorities and a careful balance of what one can give and receive from opportunities that arise. Simply, I can’t say yes to everything, otherwise I’d be unable to put a good faith effort towards anything.
What’s your favorite part about being a FindSpark Member?
Definitely the people. Everyone is really friendly and since most are young professionals, they completely understand the job/internship struggle and are more than happy to provide tips/tricks to help.
How did you hear about FindSpark?
Not really sure. Somehow it ended up in my Mailbox and I’m glad it did!
If I had to really think about, I think I found it while browsing through other similar networks on Twitter and saw that FindSpark was another good one.
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