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Voyage of growth and self-discovery boosts confidence

Gloria Tong
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Creative Writing and Film Arts (full-time programme)

Intern at the Arts Foundation in Wellington, New Zealand

‘Although my training at school had focused on dramas, I was involved in producing videoed interviews for the Arts Foundation. This provided me with practical experience in producing a different category.’

Gloria Tong

Voyage of growth and self-discovery boosts confidence

An internship for the Arts Foundation, in Wellington, New Zealand, has boosted Gloria Tong’s self-confidence. “It’s a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. I’ve become more independent and confident about my problem-solving ability,” she says.

“The Arts Foundation is an NGO helping local artists raise money through crowd-funding. I worked on shooting videos, which matched my study of filming and editing and allowed me to apply skills and techniques learned at school. It was an interesting experience as I participated in video-shooting at various artists’ studios. Although my training at school had focused on dramas, I was involved in producing videoed interviews for the Arts Foundation. This provided me with practical experience in producing a different category,” Tong notes. “I approached the editing of the interviews based on a broad outline of style requested by my seniors, and put together clips to highlight a joyous mood. I was kept fully occupied at work because the schedule was hectic, and I was requested to edit a number of videos. Once, I was asked to handle a video-shooting session with a children’s book illustrator on my own because all the other crew members were on leave. I was involved all the way from the shooting to the editing of the final version. It was a rewarding experience.”

Although the Foundation allowed Tong to work at her own pace, her sense of responsibility and commitment drove her to deliver good-quality finished products efficiently, she says. “I have learned about time management. I would continue to work to complete the videos to my satisfaction after office hours.”

“In the past, I never thought I would sign up for such offshore internship programme,” Tong notes. “But after I had taken the first step, my self-confidence increased. I feel that I can accomplish tasks well when I put my mind to it.”

(Source: Classified Post, SCMP)

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