Monday, October 23, 2006

Joy to New Zealand

Good day, mates! ;)

It's official! I'm traveling to New Zealand for ten days next month to conduct interviews for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Yay!

I've known for the past few weeks that there was the "possibility" that I might go. I found out last Friday that it's for sure!

As you all know, I started free-lancing in Kansas City last fall. In July, I took on a full-time position with two film directors here in downtown KC. Our projects include IMAX films, documentaries, visitor center films and video tributes. The Woodrow Wilson Center contacted us over the summer to do video tributes for Mayor Bill White of Houston, Dan Duncan, Harley Hotchkiss of the Calgary Flames and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (I traveled to Calgary in August to conduct interviews there.)

And now they're sending us to New Zealand!!! I'll be conducting interviews for Paul Holmes and Dr. Peter Watson. Paul Holmes is the "Larry King" of New Zealand, he's the face of New Zealand's most popular talk show. Dr. Peter Watson is a liason between NZ and the U.S. He specializes in improving international business relations.

I'm (obviously) very excited to go...and very excited at where my journalism background has taken me. A year ago, I never saw myself doing this, but I'm thrilled with the opportunity.

Hope all is well with you,
Joy Maxwell

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