San Francisco Giants
I worked part-time at SF Giants home games on-site at AT&T park, maintaining the @CafeSFG Twitter and Instagram accounts and assisting and greeting visitors. Our primary on-site attraction is #SFG360, a unique virtual reality experience that allows users to hang out with the Giants like never before at spring training and at the 2016 Opening Day ceremonies. In addition to providing in-game updates and sights and sounds through social media, I helped engage fans through social media promotions and contests. The #SFG Digital Team also manages prize fulfillment for check-ins made through the Ballpark app. Finally, we curate social posts for display on the cafe wall using the Tagboard CMS.
CAAMFest (Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival)
Screening Committee Member / Program Note Writer
San Francisco, CA
July 2012 to present
Several months after my stint as the Publicity Intern for the 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, I was asked to hop on board again but this time as a member of the 2013 Screening Committee. As part of the Screening Committee, I watched about 12-15 short films every 2-3 weeks in contention to screen at the 2013 festival. I then evaluated each film on artistic merit, quality of storytelling, and on how well it employs the talent of an Asian-American filmmaker or actor. I attended one on-site meeting with festival staff, fellow committee members, and shorts curators to offer input on films and potential programs. As a program note writer, I watched two assigned features to write concise and catchy long-form and short-form notes for the official festival catalog. I then assisted CAAM with evaluating and programming feature-length films to be screened at CAAMFest 2014, along with contributing notes for the festival’s official program guide and website. I’ve continued to craft program notes for every festival since then.
I contributed seasonal pieces to Bustle’s Lifestyle vertical on a pitch-by-pitch or on-assignment basis. Bustle is a fast-growing women-centric destination for news, entertainment, lifestyle, fashion/beauty, and viral content.
Bay Area HQ / Super Sunday HQ
I pitched and wrote previews for charity events, autograph signings, book signings, conventions, comedy shows, concerts, and other events featuring high-profile celebrities and athletes around the Bay Area. I also wrote about events, VIP parties, and concerts going on in Arizona during the weekend of Super Bowl 49 for Bay Area HQ’s sister site Super Sunday HQ. Super Sunday HQ is the world’s #1 Super Bowl party guide.
U Blush Magazine
I contributed articles to the Entertainment section every month, primarily film previews and reviews.
I contributed articles on a monthly basis about whatever I feel like writing about. I’ve written editorials on topics related to technology, sports, film, music, shopping, party-planning, dating, and happiness. I also contributed to seasonal collaborative pieces and our love/sex/relationship column “He Said, She Said” with fellow staff writers and contributors.
I covered San Francisco Bay Area events and interview sources for AudreyMagazine.com—the website for the premiere Asian-American women’s magazine—on a monthly basis. I received assignments from the online manager/assistant editor, but also pitched my own content and reached out to PR reps in regards to coverage. I also produced and edited accompanying photography for my articles and used Audrey’s WordPress.org platform to publish my articles and upload media. I mostly covered cultural events celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, such as the Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco. Additionally, I wrote feature articles for the quarterly print edition, profiling significant figures and organizations in the Asian-American community and entertainment scene. The position was deadline-oriented.
Academy of Art University News
San Francisco, CA
I reported on the Academy of Art University’s 2013 Spring Show and wrote the front page story for the school’s newspaper.
Pink and Black Magazine
Contributing Entertainment Editor
August 2012 to December 2012
Website is now defunct
As seasonal editor of the Entertainment section for this online young women’s magazine, I pitched story ideas and assigned stories to the section’s staff and contributing writers every month. I wrote a weekly column entitled Keepin’ It Reel reflecting on various topics relating to entertainment and pop culture, and I edited, sourced, tagged, and categorized the writers’ stories on our WordPress platform as well as formatted articles in accordance with the magazine’s style guide. I also had virtual monthly meetings with our Editor-in-Chief and communicated with her and our writers via email on a frequent basis.
San Francisco, CA (Telecommute)
May 2012 to December 2012
Website is now defunct
I attended advanced screenings and watched DVD screeners of films directed, written, and/or produced by women and people of color.
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
This internship combined all of my passions: an organization I support, an event I anticipate every year, cinema, the Asian American community, and a chance to see how the press works from the other side of the table. At the office, I assisted the PR manager with and fulfilled various duties: duplicating and organizing DVD screeners for press checkout, assembling festival and film press kits, editing press releases, outreach to media outlets and filmmakers, creating spreadsheets of volunteer schedules, communicating with the festival publicists at Larsen Associates, and compiling clippings of festival press coverage. During the festival (March 8-18, 2012), I supervised press desk volunteers and helped check in press at screenings and events, as well as assisted the development/sponsorship department with green room setup and takedown and escorting talent into the green room and out of the venue at Castro Theatre screenings. I also helped with press sign-in and press kit distribution at the pre-festival press conference. I attended weekly festival/CAAM staff meetings and offered ideas and feedback about the festival, and reviewed films as an agenda item. Additionally, I was able to help the neighboring Marketing department with ideas and social media strategies for promotions. For further reference, please check out my previous volunteer work with the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
San Francisco Film Festivals Examiner
San Francisco, CA
August 2011 to January 2012 (Independent Contractor)
Website is now defunct
I wrote articles previewing festivals taking place in the city and Bay Area, as well as reviewed select films. My coverage of the Palo Alto International Film Festival included highlights from the Speaker Series and interviews with filmmakers and guests.
University Link Magazine
North Hollywood, CA (Telecommute)
June 2010 to February 2011
As a writer for this glossy (Directed towards Southern California college/university students), I made pitches for stories, but more often was assigned stories by the managing editor to write for the monthly publication. I primarily wrote film previews, articles on social media and celebrities, and features on health—the last of which involved direct interviews and contacting media relations specialists. In October 2010, I took on the task of interviewing One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush via phone for the December 2010 cover story and writing said story.
Golden Gate [X]Press
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco State University
January 2010 to December 2010
Working on the Golden Gate [X]Press was part of the San Francisco State University journalism department’s core requirements. The [X]Press is divided into four staffs: newspaper, magazine, online, and photography. I had originally selected to work on the magazine but due to the understaffing of the online team, I was placed there instead. However, I found it to be a fulfilling and rich experience and ended up staying in the online realm for my last semester at State. As a multimedia journalist, I worked with a variety of video/audio equipment and with various programs on Mac systems to produce content for the [X]Press website. These tools and programs included but were not limited to the Flip Ultra camcorder, Sony and Canon HD camcorders, Zoom audio recorder, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Garage Band, and Audacity. The position also included writing text to accompany multimedia pieces and as stand-alone stories. During my second semester, all the producers had to choose a topic to blog about weekly and my topic was on the Creative Arts department. I reviewed various productions and interviewed cast and crew members involved in them. Beyond the blogging aspect, producers had the opportunity to pitch their own stories all year round as long as they were relevant to the SF State community and city life. Some of the bigger issues I covered included the CSU-wide Day of Action protesting budget cuts and the 2010 special state election.
My part-time unpaid internship at HollywoodLife.com is the most relevant experience I’ve had in terms of the field I’d like to get into. It was an internship that went beyond a 9-5 shift at the office. At the office, I monitored celebrity and entertainment news sites for breaking news, conducted research for news stories and features, participated in conference calls and phone interviews, and transcribed those calls and interviews, or radio broadcasts and other audio. I did some writing, mostly to accompany videos and photo galleries. On most days, including days off, I covered an assigned event and/or red carpet. These events included but were not limited to film premieres (Toy Story 3, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore), award shows (VH1’s Do Something Awards, Spike TV Guys’ Choice Awards), launch parties (Blackberry Torch, Tease by Paris Hilton fragrance, Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” single launch), and press junkets (Lo Bosworth for Nivea). I shot videos of interviews and B-roll on my Flip Ultra camcorder and immediately recorded observations and transcribed interviews after the event and sent them to the editor for review. My biggest ongoing project during the internship was serving as a weekly correspondent for the FOX reality series So You Think You Can Dance. I attended weekly live tapings, wrote recaps and opinion pieces on each show, built connections with publicists, and interviewed the judges (Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, Adam Shankman), contestants, and special guests. For another large project, I covered fan events and interviewed fans anticipating The Twilight Saga: Eclipse world premiere.
El Tecolote and Central City Extra
I helped produce a few articles for these two community newspapers as part of the Ethnic News Service course at San Francisco State. I collaborated with editors and writers on the two publications and the course instructor with identifying topics and events to be covered and writing and reporting the stories. El Tecolote is a bilingual (English and Spanish) paper based in San Francisco’s Mission District while Central City Extra focuses on the city’s Tenderloin.
Managing Editor/Staff Writer
South San Francisco, CA
El Camino High School
August 2004 to June 2006
I was selected as assistant managing editor by the journalism advisor for my first year in the class and publication and moved up to managing editor the next year. As editor, I assigned stories to staff writers, led class meetings, copy edited each monthly issue, created page layouts in Adobe InDesign, uploaded copy onto an FTP server, and contacted and followed up with our publishers. I wrote and reported on a variety of topics, including sports, student and faculty profiles, arts and entertainment, and campus events.