Learning through experience is the normal, common place approach to learning, and we take it for granted.’ Miller and Boud (1996)
After my work experience as a freelancer for Virtual’s new track” Don’t close your heart”, and my documentary for “La Gomera”, I heartedly agree with this statement. During my life I have taken my experiences for granted for example throughout my academic career and vocational encounters I haven’t really reflected on them.Swedish research that was later developed by Marton, Hounsell and Entwistle (1997) suggested that there were two types of learning deep or surface learning. The first stage was to plan for my experience and for it to be successful I had to plan well because effective planning is at the heart of effective teaching and learning.’ Gower (1997) I had to produce an initial proposal where I put forward potential career area that I could work in. I also did a proper CV,and a SWAT analyse to helped me develop myself as a professional.
A number of studies ( Bennett, Dunne & Carre, 2000; Arnold, Loan-Clarke, Harrington & Hart, 1999) have proved that skills gained at work placements are very important and sought after by employers. Having that in mind I decided to try on every opportunities that I could face, and I started looking for experience in Tv and Film. I’ve even contacted, opportunities that I thought were out of my league (TV 2 in Norway, PRO Tv in Romania, camera op for a short film project by a team in London). Those are just a few examples, but in the end I got to do, exactly what I wanted for my professional experience, which is creating a music video for an important artist. Back in december I was contacted by Virtual, and I was, and still am, very proud of myself, as I think that being a freelancer and having clients come to you and trust you with their work, is the best feeling in the world.
It was a long process, and I have to thank my team for believing and helping me throughout this project. While I was in Tenerife I also wanted to do an observational documentary about ” La Gomera”, which is 20 minutes away from Tenerife. I wanted to use all my opportunities and I think it was a smart choice, analysing my opportunities, and try to make the best out of it. I discovered and learned so much in this trip. I know that now I have a clear version of what inspires me and what I want to do in the future. 201MC thought me, to be professional, work with clients, develop my skills, and also develop my confidence that I needed to move forward. I felt extremely lucky to be able to gain experience, and put in practice the theoretical part from university, and being able to travel, cultivate myself, and have an International Experience, that developed me at work, and I could now use in practice for my professional future.
Being a freelancer, has given me an insight in to what I would like to do in the future, showing and giving me the drive and determination to do well. In the same time, I know now that this is what I want to do, work in the music industry, directing music videos, and in the same time work for short-films. I don’t think I would be involved in the documentary part of media, but I am sure that I will direct one from every single place I’m going to visit, as I think it’s a good opportunity showing the world, the beautiful places that are and my cultural experience.
I have learnt so many things throughout this module, developing skills and knowledge that I will be sure to use in the future. I feel this module has helped me realise what I want to do in my working life and given me the opportunity to gain experience in areas of the media industry first hand.