November 16, 2013

"I'm a news promo writer." "What the hell is that?"

A few people have asked about my job and aren't quite sure what a news promo writer is/does. Neither was I before I nabbed this job. It's a delightful hybrid PR/journo position that's right up my alley.

I promote the news. I find out what's coming up on the different shows - the morning, evening and late night news casts - and make radio, print and TV commercials to convince people to tune in. There's a number of other little projects I have, but news promo is the heart of it.

I make these. These are my children. My 30 second, reductionist children.

November 10, 2013

Modern Matt

A wee update what I'm doing these days...

1. Graduated from CreComm

That "going back to college" thing some of you heard I was doing? I did it. That might be why you haven't seen me in awhile.

As much as I love acting and miss performing, I found I couldn't accept the lifestyle. Six or eight weeks of gigs doing the best job in the world didn't balance stacking boxes in warehouses the rest of the year (or getting a decent communications job only to have to quit when I was lucky enough to snag a part). So I went into one of the more intense programs in Manitoba, in terms of time commitment and networking opportunities. And it was right up my alley. And I'm so glad I'm done.

2. Running

Two years ago I found out that running away from my problems helped. Out on the road I can find the mental space to both unwind and contemplate. And feel great doing so.

I've notched two half marathons and have signed up for the full this May in Fargo. Excitedaunted!

3. Spin the news

A summer spent hustling multiple jobs has coalesced into one main gig: news promotion for CTV Winnipeg. I pump out the commercials saying what stories we're covering and why you need to watch. And I love it. I'm not just cheering for something I believe in, but in a small way I'm having impact on important discussions here in the province.

4. Reviewing theatre

I've taken my knowledge of the stage and turned it against my former colleagues, burning bridges and alienating friends! I fear nothing! Bwa ha ha!

Actually I just write a few thoughts on shows for the excellent Prairie site Spectator Tribune. And my opinions are just my opinions, so I'm sure no one is taking them too seriously. Hopefully it's drawing people to shows, but at the very least it's helping me crystallize my thoughts on the art form I adore.

5. Going for coffee/drinks with friends

Reversing the ill effects of point 1, I'm catching up with good people. Have we not sat down for a chat in a couple years? Message me. It's on.

November 9, 2013

Shadow songs - A night with Le Ombre

Because I'm helping the WSO's resident composer Vincent Ho with a movie (more on that in a future post), I was able to score tickets to last night's concert with Le Ombre - the traveling silhouette dance show (trailer is below).

It was great fun being surrounded by an audience gasping and sighing with pleasure at one of the oldest arts in human history. The dancers are strong on their own, but it's the moments of inventive imagination - when twisting bodies become an animal, a building or an iconic image - that carry the show.

It's a great night at the symphony, particularly if you don't regularly attend and are looking for a show to take you by the hand, smile and pull you up onto the stage and into your imagination. Check it out if you get the chance.