Portfolio

Hobbytech/Youtube video.

March 17 & 18 2012

This a small project/video clip, I created it for a friend who works at a hobby shop, he needed a short promotional video. It is the first video clip I have made, feedback is welcome so I can make improvements on my future work.

You can find the promotional video here Hobbytech STR8 EP.

Author: Richard J Cormick

Melbournebelly.

 From September to November 2011, Semester 2

Another blog created as a part of my Media and Communications course at Swinburne University.

As a group of three, we joined forces this time to create a blog all about Restaurants, Cafés and Bars around Melbourne. We wanted to create a blog that talked about different Melbourne venues as well as about food, drink and cafes in general. With our un-paid opinion and advice on different venues around Melbourne we hope to give a more true discussion of each.

The blog turned out really good; the best part was eating at each different venue and trying to find new and interesting places to take out audience.

You can find our blog here; we decided to call it melbournebelly.

Author: Richard J Cormick

BigBelly!

From March to May 2011, Semester 1

As a part of my Media and Communications course at Swinburne University, last semester a friend and I teamed up, to produce a large piece of work for one of our major projects. We decide to incorporate food and culture into a weekly blog. The idea was that each week we would go and seek out people of different cultural and food backgrounds around Melbourne. Then to attempt cooking a few favored dishes and tell our audience a little about the culture and heritage background of each.

It was a large project that we both loved, it took a lot of time and effort to collaborate and coordinate eat session, in the end it was really worth it. We learnt many things along the way such as team work, organisation skills, culture and diverse communications skills for cross cultural communication.

I hope you like the blog and enjoy it as much as I did making it, you can find it here, we called it BigBelly!

Author: Richard J Cormick

My Japanese Study Experience.

Kansai Gaidai University, from August to December 2010, Semester 2

Japan was one of the best experiences I have ever had, I only wish I could have stayed longer, meeting so many people from all around the world has given me insight that I will never forget.

Don’t get me wrong it was a hard road, missing friends and trying to adapt to foreign culture, with hard times and good.

My favorite part was meeting so many people; all with different experiences, mixing intercultural ideas was a blast. You got many different perspectives about anything and everything. I really hope I can stay in contact with the friends I made for many years to come, maybe one day I can visit them in their home country.

The Japanese food was the best, my host family cook a different mean almost every night, and the food at the campus cafeteria was great and they had so many choices. Also there were small restaurants close buy that you could go to with groups of friends.

The hardest part was my home stay, keeping up with their prospects and my own was difficult. Adapting to traditional Japanese life was very difficult but very interesting, having set breakfast and dinner times every day of the week was hard to adapt to as well as only having one shower every day in the evening. Furthermore washing my clothes in recycled bath water (my clothes were just not cleaned properly due to this), eating rice for nearly every meal and keeping to the curfew were among the hardest parts.

However there were pluses, the Japanese home cooking was great they fed me way too much, but at least I got to try real traditional Japanese food, it was so tasty. I got to learn the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and perform it in front of about 160 people, I was so nervous but it was an experience I will never forget. Also was taken to a sports day at the local primary school, it was amazing and so different to Australia, I think it was much better than any sports day at an Australian school for sure.

 Moreover riding my bike and taking the train was the most interesting, as I got to see many locals doing the same thing, commuting. Watching what people do in everyday Japanese life was my favorite past time, as I found it the most intriguing, trying to understand why they do the different things they do.

Japanese life is unlike western life, Japanese people are so friendly yet humble I believe they are some of the nicest people in the world, at the same time they are very strict and stick to the rules and never bend them. I found japan a most pleasant place to live, study and travel compared to other Asian countries I have visited.

The Kansai Gaidai University was fantastic in every aspect, it is a great school to go learn a language, learn other subject, meet people, try new things and do voluntary programs. It was really strange how many voluntary programs there were and the Japanese students seemed to love it, both creating them and joining in. I did two voluntary programs while I was there and it was where I met the most of my favorite friends and had the most fun. The voluntary programs seem different to here in Australia, the programs in japan are all about having fun, meeting people and not strict at all unlike other parts of Japanese society.

The campus was very large, as was the library, computer labs and not to mention the 3 different cafeterias. Also there were 3 different student lounge areas where you can sit and chat or study in groups etc. Furthermore they had sports programs and a gym for the sports minded as well as running groups and a swimming team.

The teaching quality was great and compared well to Swinburne but was also different at the same time. It was very enjoyable to be taught in this manner as I didn’t ever miss a class, due to the teaching style being fantastic. Moreover there was ample material in the library and databases for all the assignment and projects.

Kansai Gaidai study abroad was a great experience for me, one I am so glad I did, as I am sure it has changed my life for the better.

Author: Richard J Cormick

Freelancing?

It is coming near the end of my University Degree, I thought, what is the best way to get into the media industry? Put simply, freelancing.
To endeavor this challenge research is needed, to ascertain what is the best method. Many things were running through my head such as – What does it mean to be a freelancer; why and how do you become a freelancer, how do you finding work, what are the advantages and disadvantages.

What does it mean to be a freelancer?

Let’s get things straight from the beginning so we are all on the same page, Wikipedia states that “A freelancer, freelance worker, or freelance is somebody who is self-employed and is not committed to a particular employer long term” and usually “specializes in many different fields”. Furthermore they usually “create works on their own initiative, and then look for someone to publish them”.

So with this established, creating my own work or looking for a topic that different media outlets may find interesting would be the first port of call.

Why would you and how do you become a freelancer?

There are many reasons to become a freelancer in the media industry; the main point is freedom, freedom to work when and where you please mainly for reasons of convenience and lifestyle. Also if you do decide that you prefer a full time gig you can always do freelancing on the side for a little extra cash.

Being a freelancer is surely not for everyone and it can even be a scary place, especially not knowing where or when your next job will come. Bills need to be paid; consequently keeping on top of things and being proactive should be part of a freelancer’s personality.

The easiest way to start is to look for work on the various website sprawled around the internet. It also help if you have a website with your profile (like this one), with what work you have done to date and contact details would be a great place to start. This way when you contact people you can include a link in the email that way they can see exactly what your work is like and what you have done previously. Offering something that they don’t have or cannot get is also a great way to get work.

How do you find work?

You can start by trawling the internet for different sites that allow you to find work and give you tips, useful website’s I have found are:

http://www.freelancer.com.au/

http://www.freelancewriting.com/newsletters/morning-coffee-freelance-writing-jobs.php

http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/ and http://www.workfromhomeinaustralia.com.au/freelancewriting.html

Also great site I found has a step by step guide of how to become a freelancer in 30 days, it offers great information and is useful as a guide. Along with other sites scoured from the internet I found journalism.co.uk they have a lot of informative articles about freelancing, so these would be some great places to start.

What are the advantages and disadvantages?

I cannot say too much about the advantages v’s the disadvantages will affect me as yet but here goes.

Freedom, freedom and more freedom: this is a big advantage, for me being able to work when I need to and also have the choice not to work is important, it provides for a rich  work life balance enabling you to do what you want when you want with no unwanted ties or constraints.

You could work anywhere: the ability to move and travel anywhere and work anywhere is very attractive, what better way is there to see what the world has to offer and still have some type of income.

Being new to the industry: this is a major down fall starting out, it is a hurdle everyone in this position must concur to get ahead. Having many contacts and networking will play a big part here..

No or not many contacts: trying to establish new contacts and networking with the right people can be difficult at first; one must perceive and ignore setbacks, use this time as a learning ground.

Unsure of the type of stories needed or wanted by the industry: plenty of research and networking should help here so it is not really a big issue. Also on that note: you should write about what interests you and be passionate about the topic that way others will be interested in what you have to say on the topic.

Irregular pay dates: you must keep this in mind, a good budget and organisation, a lot of the time will ensure you do not run out of money. Still there could be long periods without an income so be prepared be very prepared.

Swinburne university of technology, exchange experience, university of technology, japan, and technology exchange.

Author: Richard J Cormick

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