My Opportunity of a Lifetime at the 29th SEA Games

My Opportunity of a Lifetime at the 29th SEA Games

My Opportunity of a Lifetime at the 29th SEA Games

My Opportunity of a Lifetime at the 29th SEA Games

By Maliha Ayyaz (Bond University)

 

When the opportunity to work as a trainee EVS op on the host broadcast coverage of the 29th Southeast Asian Games comes across your path, all you can do is take it on with arms wide open, full of enthusiasm bursting from your skin.
 
Knowing I would be boarding an international flight for my first overseas industry job, I woke up bright and early ready to begin an amazing experience. Leaving the house at 9am I headed to the airport to ensure nothing could impact the start of what is the best opportunity ever given to me to date! On the night of the 20th August, we finally arrived in KL Malaysia and travelled to our hotel.  After all the excitement and lack of sleep kicked in I fell straight to sleep ready for the next 6 days of incredible learning opportunities about to come my way.
 
After a rough night of sleep, due to a lack of familiarity, I found myself a little tired although this did not dampen my excitement for the day ahead.  Once breakfast was over we travelled as a group to the Athletics venue.    At the venue I met some amazing personalities and friendly people who I would be working closely with over the next few days. The amazing thing about this opportunity is that not only am I being put into the real world situation but I also get to work alongside industry professionals that have 20+ years under their belts. I am lucky that the team are all amazing and extremely informative that makes this opportunity not feel like work in the slightest. The day ended at six in the evening so we headed back to our hotel and to relax and get to know one another.


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The morning of my third day marked the first day of athletics (SEA Games), the team and I left the hotel to head to the venue and set up for on-air later in the day. As the time to go on air was approaching, I found myself getting more and more nervous. Being my first live international event, there were things expected of me in my position and in order to do my best I had to focus and concentrate to deliver these tasks to the best standard possible. Being an EVS operator can be an extremely intimidating job at times, everything happens so quickly that you have to be constantly ahead of what is being covered and ready for whatever the director may ask of you. At first, I was a little frightened and I slightly doubted whether or not I was ready for it. But as the time passed I found it was the most exceptional and life changing experience granted to me.
 
The following two days passed in a blur, with intense workloads and long hour.  One of the most beneficial parts of this opportunity are the people you get to meet, the ones whose insight into the industry is second to none. Their experience and lessons are so crucial to growing within this industry.
 

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The sixth day of the event began slightly differently to the rest, unlike the previous days the weather was slightly cooler as rain began to fall on the city. It was nice to see a little bit of rain to break up the strong heat that we’d experienced on the first few days of work. In addition to this change, the day marked the last day of athletics for the Games. It’s unbelievable  how fast this week has passed, with the abundance of work, life lessons and unforgettable experiences that I have been given the privilege to experience it’s no wonder I enjoyed my time here so immensely. It was an amazing experience for me to work with this wonderful team, I couldn’t have asked for more.
 
As we said our goodbyes the next day, I wished all those I had grown to know farewell and a safe journey home before heading back to finalise my packing and reflect on what had transpired this last week. The experience as a whole was unforgettable and makes me excited to meet up with those I have just had the pleasure of working with again and also what my future may bring me.
 

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