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Professional Interview – Daniel Fernandes, Stand-Up Comic & Entrepreneur

Posted on 14 May 2013 by BMMBoxer

Name: Daniel Fernandes

Profession: Stand-Up Comic

Company: Microphone Entertainment

Daniel Fernandes

Daniel Fernandes

Questions:

1. Did you plan on becoming a stand-up comedian or did stand-up comedy just happen along the way?

It happened by chance while I was studying for an MBA. I was asked to perform for a college event but I didn’t want to do the same old song/dance routine, so thought of giving Stand-Up a shot. It went well. Then I moved to Mumbai and as the scene was steadily growing I joined the bandwagon, while I still held on to my regular day job.

2. How do you come up with your jokes/material? Real events, observations, experiences, etc.?

Stand-Up is a very personal art form. All of my material is based on a life experience or an observation. You first jot down an idea and start writing about it. You run it by an audience, see how they respond, get back and keep editing till you get the order and delivery of the words just right and then you have a joke, gag or a bit that becomes part of your set-list. The entire process to get a single joke right can take anywhere from 9 months to years, depending on how deep you go with it.

3. What are the qualities required to be a stand-up comedian? A funny bone, discipline, diplomacy, etc.

A unique sense of humour, a never say die attitude, ability to write, quick wit on stage, honesty, discipline and a sound understanding of business.

4. Where do you see the stand-up industry in the next couple of years?

The industry is growing slowly and steadily but it is still a long way off from being established. We need more youngsters to look at Stand-Up as a viable career option (which it can be) and as more comics join the fray, supply will meet demand. The future is bright for sure.

5. The venue you love performing at is? The venue you aspire to perform at is?

The venue I love performing at is The Comedy Store Mumbai. There are many venues I hope to play some day like the The Comedy Cellar (New York), The Apollo Theatre (London) and stages at Comedy festivals across the world. All of this of course is many years down the line.

6. How easy/difficult is it for new artists to get a chance early on to perform? One piece of advice you’d like to give them would be?

Getting spots to try out Stand-Up for the first time is easy. Sticking it out and doing it till you get really good and are able to make a living out of it is the hard part. There are lots of open mic nights around the city where newbies can test the waters. My advice is to have a goal in mind when you start out and keep adding to it.  If you’re doing it for the money or fame you’re not going to get very far, but if it’s for the sheer joy of the art form there is so much you can do with it. There are many elements of Stand-Up that must be developed. The best advice I could give is to get on stage as often as you can and watch as much live comedy as possible. Eventually you will get the hang of it and if you’re smart about it, you might be able to make a decent living out of it.


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Photo Essay – Meri Mumbai by Shreya Shetty

Posted on 11 May 2013 by BMMBoxer

I hear people often saying things like “He/she is so ignorant, living in a bubble”, “Get out of your bubble”, “Come to me when that happy bubble bursts” and so on… But what I can only manage to say is I live in my imperfect, little beautiful bubble. Trying and trying harder with every passing day to know more and be more.  Bombay being my very own tiny, imperfect, beautiful bubble.  This city is where I’ve been born and brought up, it’s my very own. The City, the lights, the Padmini Taxis, the chaotic traffic scene, the architecture, the Pav, the people, the sky line, this ity has my heart and it is my soul.  So this one’s to the city that’s given me my all. This one’s to the city that is so much more. Have a look, maybe this city will have your heart to. Meri Bombay, it’s my little bubble.

I walk on skies and float in the air.
I trip but I don’t fall because my city takes care.
I have cutting chai and maska pav, well that’s how my morning begins.
With all the junk food here, I’m surely never getting thin.
Causeway and Hill road, they are my shopping therapy
When I get sad there’s always Sunlight to go get tipsy.
Well, that’s all I have, my sad attempt at rhyme.
But you get the drift, it’s this city, it makes me want to shine.

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Why BMM?

Posted on 09 May 2013 by BMMBoxer

— Devina Sethia, TYBMM, Sophia College

Have you ever experienced eating a buffet lunch with an endless spread of items to choose from? Thai dishes. Japanese Sushi’s. Punjabi tadka. Et el. (your mouth is already watering, I suppose.)  Have you ever tasted everything on the platter and then realised you fancied a particular cuisine?

You must be wondering why I am talking about buffet lunches here. Well, because Bachelor’s in Mass Media (BMM) is just like the buffet lunch. BMM is the course that will give you the taste, flavour and feel of as many as 36 subjects including Cinema, Public Relations, Advertising, Journalism, Marketing etc.  BMM as an undergraduate degree course will open up innumerable avenues for your career that you can choose from. Film-making, Print Journalism, Public Relations, Radio, Television, Advertising, Event Management, Photography and the list goes on!

In today’s world, films are being made on true incidents reported by the journalists. Advertisers are joining hands with film-makers and film-stars to promote and sell their product. Radio is broadcasting news as well as entertainment. I hope these instances mentioned above are enough to make you understand that all these different branches of media are inter-linked and inter-connected. Having the knowledge of all aspects of media will help you enhance your talent and skill in the field of media that you choose to pursue. Hence, one can say that BMM is as good if not better than any specialised degree course. Let me give you an instance to further explain my point. Two interns were hired by a print media firm. Intern A was a second year BMM student and Intern B was a second year English Hons. student. Intern A managed to get two by-line feature articles to her credit during the month long internship. One article required research while the other needed interview skills. On the other hand, intern B could not even manage a single one. The reason was not that she was not good enough or did not have the potential. The reason was that it took her sometime to understand how to research, how to interview and how to report. Intern A did not face any such trouble having studied ‘Mass Media Research’ and ‘Reporting’ as a part of her course.

Passion. Passion to find answers. Passion to seek the truth. Passion to entertain. Passion for media.  Passion. This is the one and only and surely the most important pre-requisite one must have before joining the media course. Your passion for any field of the media is the only thing that will help you cope up with the stress that comes along in the course. Yes, there will be stress. A little bit of it. I’m not scaring you, it is just that I’m just informing you. So, should you not take up this course because it’s stressful? No way. Should you take up this course because you’re passionate about the media? Yes. Should you take up this course because you want to explore as many possibilities as you can? Yes, please take up this course.

If you think you can work with the camera or in front of it, if you think you enjoy being back stage, if you love writing, if you want to be the next big journalist, then I think BMM is the place for you.

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Alumni Interview: Shloka Chhabria @Hello! India

Posted on 07 May 2013 by BMMBoxer

My Name is: Shloka Chhabria

BMM College: Jai Hind

BMM Specialisation: Advertising

Currently Working at: HELLO! India

Shloka’s Take

Q1. Does being a BMMite give you an edge over others in the field of media?

It certainly does… It prepares you for – what people call – the big bad world of media. You may not begin your career graph as an ace, but you can be sure of two things: You’ll know what you’re getting into [the long hours and sleepless nights spent scrambling to finish BMM assignments pay off here] and it’s not until you start working that you will truly the understand the power of the media [be it in Advertising or Journalism].

Q2. Do the subjects in BMM help you know the reality of the job? Is there any place for theory in the creative world?

The subjects cover the fundamental aspects of the media, yes, but only when you start your job do you get a feel of the ‘real’ world. Having said that, I do feel that the BMM course as a whole – subjects, assignments et. al. take you as close to reality as you can get. So that when you do get there, you’re not a fish out of water. In today’s day when the media is ruthlessly cut-throat and cutting-edge, the space left for theory is very narrow. Creativity is limitless, that is its weakness and its strength.

Q3. BMM or BMM from a particular college? Does it make a difference?

I don’t think I’d ever imagine myself doing BMM from any college other than Jai Hind. However, I did participate in the exciting inter-college events and I have to say that the vibe and enthusiasm shared by all the participating colleges was alike. Though, academics are equally – if not more – important and Jai Hind tops my list here!

Q4. Internships during colleges – are they relevant in the long run?

Very relevant. I thought I would get into the Marketing field until I did an internship in my first year, when I realized that Marketing was a big no for me! It’s always, always better to get a taste of the field that you want to specialize in – and what better time than during the summer? That way you have a clearer idea of what you want to do after you graduate.

Q5. Work Experience or Higher Studies? What’s your pick? Why?

Don’t ignore higher studies, but get some experience first. Work until you know for sure what you love doing. Use your time to try different things. You never know what clicks. once you’ve set your mind on a field, then go and pursue your studies – educating yourself never goes to waste.

Tips for BMMBoxers

Your favourite subjects in BMM: Journalism, Cinema.

Tips for BMMites: Don’t take your assignments lightly, they hold as much weight as your grades and when you go for a job interview you have more than just a CV to your credit.

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Job Alert: PR Executive at Pink & White Consulting LLP

Posted on 24 April 2013 by BMMBoxer

Organization Name: Pink & White Consulting LLP

Organization Description: Public Relations and Marketing Consultancy

Location: Mulund (W), Mumbai

Role Title: PR Executive [Client Servicing & Media Relations]

Role Responsibilities: Client Interaction & Tactical Planning, Media Relations, Project Planning & implementation, Research, Documentation, Reporting, Providing value addition to the client and consultancy

Qualification Requirement: Any Graduate or PG in Mass Communication with specialization in PR

Skills: Excellent oral and written communication skills, Team player

Technical Skills: Working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Video and Image Editing Software

Attitude: Positive and enthusiastic, Innovative and solution oriented approach

Experience Requirement: 0 – 1 year

Compensation/Stipend: 1.5 lacs to 2 lacs per annum

Application Process: Mail us your resume on malaikaf@pinkandwhiteconsulting.com or call +91 98193 29314

Selection Process: HR Round, Communication test and Final round

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Soft Skills are pre-requisite to getting the job you desire

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Graduation Queries, 3: How To Prepare For A Job Interview

Posted on 15 April 2013 by BMMBoxer

Job Interview Essentials

Job Interview Essentials

An interview is not just a test of the technical and communication skills you possess, but also an assessment of how you can handle pressure. Hence it’s important to be fundamentally strong but also psychologically prepared. Here are few pointers to keep in mind when you’re preparing for a job interview:

  • Analysis of Job Requirements: Take time off to analyze the job thoroughly and understand primarily what the company expects from a prospective candidate. This helps you ascertain whether you’re qualified for the job and more importantly whether the job is what you’re looking for. Once you’re sure, list out the job requirements. Match these requirements with your assets, right from experience to on the job skills. Review these and keep them in mind, something that is sure to help you when you’re face to face with the interviewer.
  • Know the Company: Find out as much about the company as possible. Talking to present employees can be beneficial as it will help you learn more about the company culture and its present position in the market. It always helps to be well informed.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: While it might be impossible to replicate the ‘interview ambience’, it helps to practice answering basic interview questions with a friend or family member. This can help you develop a sound mindset and protect you from going blank when it comes to the real time.
Participate in mock-up interviews to better you chances

Participate in mock-up interviews to better you chances

  • The Other Factors: While these might not be chief factors in the decision making process, they undoubtedly contribute to an overall impression. The ‘Other Factors’ include dressing, punctuality and etiquette. Pay attention to what you wear so you look your best. Reach the interview location on time.  Make sure you maintain a right posture throughout. More importantly, stay relaxed at all times.
Soft Skills are pre-requisite to getting the job you desire

Soft Skills are pre-requisite to getting the job you desire

  • A Two-Way Street: Simply put, an interview is you answering the question put forward to you. But make sure to listen too when you get the chance. Be attentive and engage the person by asking questions.  Greet everyone at the interview and maintain an open two way communication stream. Professionalism tinged with a friendly tone is generally a hit.
  • The Follow Up: It helps to go the extra mile. Follow up with a thank you mail/message. Be polite and show the interviewer that this job means a lot to you. The small supplementary factors help differentiate the better from the good.

Interviews test a person on various levels. It is vital to stay prepared because it is the one shot you have at creating a lasting impression. Since every interview could be a prospective job, it helps to be honest when it matters. Knowing what you want is paramount in the entire process and make sure you stay confident throughout. Especially in your ability to deliver when it matters.

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Graduation Queries, 2: How To Write The Perfect Resume?

Posted on 08 April 2013 by BMMBoxer

Research and surveys have revealed that it actually takes recruiters an average of 6 seconds to decide whether a candidate is fit for a job based on reading their resume. So what are the secrets of a good resume? Well you have to pay attention to detail and make sure the important points are concise and hard-hitting. These pointers will help you understand better:

Be Specific:

A good resume is always tailored to the job you’re applying for. It should be reflective of what a potential employer looks for in an ideal candidate. Hence your resume needs to be more industry-specific than plain generic.

Important Details:

  • Put your name, address and contact details right at the top.
  • Should you state an objective? Only do that when you’re certain that the objective stands out and fits the job profile. Don’t be generic or philosophical.
  • Make sure to state only relevant work experience. While certain job skills are transferrable and form the crux of every working employee, don’t get into frivolous details which have no bearing on the present job.
  • List out your accomplishments and subtly make them stand out. Remember, these aren’t qualities you believe you possess. Rather works which have helped you gain credit and recognition. Preferably put your accomplishments in bullet points.
  • Keep education based information brief. Experienced candidates choose to keep information about academic degrees at the end of the resume. However if you’re graduate applying for a first job, then it would help being elaborative with respect to your academic success.
  • In today’s world, a lot of job searches take place online. Hence it is important to include job specific keywords in your resume which are reflective of the skills you possess.

Other Details:

It helps to not include information like your hobbies and references. In the professional world, recruiters don’t have too much time to worry about what you like doing outside the office space. More over if they are interested in referencing you up, they will ask.

Length of Resume:

Your length of resume should mirror your years of experience. Work experience does count for a lot, especially if it pertains to the same industry.

Supplementary Points:

  • Present the details in your resume in a chronological order which makes it easier for the recruiter to find important details.
  • Don’t just fill your resume with information. Rather balance the content with the right amount of white space.
  • Sometimes it helps to take an innovative route and create your own resume template rather than stick to a basic one. However make sure this is industry appropriate.

While there’s no pre-defined formula to crack a job with a resume, following these guidelines is sure to help. Stick to your strong points and keep it as simple as possible, that’s sure to leave a mark on any recruiter.

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Internship Alert: Client Servicing & Visualiser At Framelements Media & Entertainment

Posted on 05 April 2013 by BMMBoxer

Organization Name: Framelements Media & Entertainment

Organization Description: We are an advertising and film production house. We are into Print, Multimedia & Web. We also do Publicity designing, film production and adfilm production.

Location: Navi Mumbai (Airoli)

Role Title: Client Servicing & Visualiser (Trainee)

Role Description:

Client Servicing: To look after the existing clients advertising requirements. Be a part of the new client pitching team.

Visualiser: To help the visualiser with ideation, new concept generation process.

Role Responsibilities: Same as Above

Qualification Requirement: BMM or BMS or any stream undergraduation or graduation student

Skill Set Requirement: Basic Computer knowledge, good communication skills,

Experience Requirement: Not required

Compensation/Stipend: Will be joining as a trainee so NO Stipend. Company will bear travelling & food expenses if it is for company related work. Will get a certificate after completion of work.

Application Process: Send biodata on sachin@framelements.com. Mention Mobile no or any contact number on the biodata without fail

Selection Process: Selected candidates will be informed over phone & will require to come to office for a 10mins. Casual interview session.

Key Dates: Required on emergency basis.

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