It’s been an odd switch for me going from being a show organizer and participant in the horse world, where providing media with information and photo ops were part of a regular occurrence, to going to places and events as media.
As life has changed I’ve been very lucky to have been given some wonderful invites and opportunities to get backstage and up close at a variety of events. Giving our readers and followers a chance to learn and see more of what’s going on and what’s available for their family.
So far no two media experiences have been the same. Some have had very fancy passes complete with prepared packets of information, opportunities for one on one interviews with participants and even snacks for us all the way to just being welcomed into the door and told to enjoy ourselves. No matter what the format we have approached each event from our family lifestyle base.
Letting our followers know about the event, the good and the bad, as well as what about it may be of interest to them and their families and how to get out and get involved for themselves. With tips and tricks to help make their day out run smoother.
Which means sometimes on our end it has been a family affair in reporting. The teens have sometimes had some great insight into what was working or not for a location as well as unique points of perspective and what was worth coming back for. Good to have some differing points of view, after all isn’t that often what families are about.
We have along the way had a lot of positive feedback, especially regarding the fact that we are encouraging families to get out and to try new activities. To put down the technology for a day, weekend or week, and to plug in instead to family time. Find ways to take what you see in the movies, your favourite tv shows or on a FB meme and make your own memories that were inspired by it. To take the idea of a bucket list and to start working on it in the now, with your kids and spouse. That adventures big and small are all around us, just that sometimes you have to look outside the box every once in a while to find them.
I have to admit despite having been at one point in my life on the other side of the media experience, and knowing about the performer only entrances, and private areas of venues I’m still a little bit geeking out while doing this. When now as media I get to go backstage and see just how these events come together, I appreciate the work done, as well as that I get to have that moment of viewing it all up close and personal. Seeing the big media companies putting on their shows for primetime audience members while we walk past them and ultimately share the same work space is humbling and thrilling at the same time. Quite a bit goes into pulling together these events as well as getting all the variety of media coverage out there.
On the other side of geeking out because I have a media pass around my neck I’ve been enjoying using my camera to capture the moments. The public ones as well as the backstage nuances, the quiet moments and the high energy bone crushing, chaotic ones.
I’m looking forward to sharing more of these moments and venues with our followers. I’m excited about some of our upcoming events and adventures, both personally and professionally. I would also like to thank all those that run the media departments at the fairs, shows, sports facilities, and private businesses, thank you for your hard work as well as generously welcoming attitude towards us. We appreciate the opportunities to showcase your events to our readers as well as to enjoy them with our family.