They say that most people will change jobs many times throughout the course of their lives. I have definitely lived up to that little mantra and am happy to say I have done some really amazing things and met some really interesting people. One thing I haven't done is bounce from job to job - I am proud to say that I have had several careers that I have enjoyed and loved and my reasons for change have never been due to negative feelings. Things change in life and opportunities arise that lead to a new and exciting direction - opportunities to branch out and try something new! I have been fortunate to be able to change and challenge myself - and so here are a few of my past most exciting experiences.
Filming a movie in the Rocky Mountains!
My first love was film, where I studied at NAIT in the Television broadcasting program, and finished as a second camera assistant traveling and filming all across Western Canada. I have had many amazing opportunities to work in interesting places with very talented artists. Everyday was different, fast paced and rewarding, and my career as a camera assistant brought out the creativity in me. It was hard work, long hours and done in the company of some people who are still dear friends to me. But alas the travel bug had called my name and I set sail for China to start a new adventure as an English teacher. The film industry is a very transient lifestyle, one not particularly suited to a mom and a family. Upon my return from China, I choose to no longer pursue the exotic adventures I had previously found in my career as a camera assistant. Instead, I brought the films to my home!!
Teaching English in China
Me and my students in Benxi, China
Winter in the film industry can tend to slow down in Canada, and to me it seemed the perfect time to travel and see some new and thrilling places. China was the top of my list, and so I signed on to a school called Talenty English School to start my second career as a conversational English teacher. I signed a six month contract to start, but I didn't return to Canada for another five years!! China is a country rich in history, culture and customs. My students and the people of China opened their hearts and homes to me and it forever changed who I am as a person. I spent just over 5 years teaching in China. I taught conversational English to students from age 3 to adult. I had never taught before I went to China and I was literally thrown into a classroom and told to teach! From that experience I learned the value of keeping a class active and alert. I learned that participation is key. I also learned that each student is so very unique and talented! I taught many students English, slang, stories and grammar, but ultimately they taught me that I had a love of teaching!
Videography From Home
When I came home, I found myself wanting to restart my film career, but I was a new mom and really could not carry on the involvement I had previously had. So I started a new company called Thomson Creative Video Production. I still do the odd job on the side, but mostly now I spend my time filming my little ones...no video is more rewarding then those first steps or first words!!