Erika Graffeo, from airline stewardess to television personality….
What we are talking about here is ‘video literacy’.
That is, the ability to tell a story in video.
Now, the door is open to anyone to have their voice heard or their work seen.
Take Erika Graffeo, former airline stewardess for Southwest, now one of the TJs as we are calling our Travel Journalists on 5Takes. Out of literally thousands of likely applicants, we gave her a camera, a laptop, training in shooting and in using iMovie.
And now we’re going to spend 8 weeks travelling her all over Latin America, while she blogs and vlogs her impressions on the travel channel website.
A week ago she was explaining how to unbuckle seat belts and ‘cross checking’ (whatever that is). Today, she was learning to dance the tango in Buenos Aires.
Not bad for a life changing event.
She’s a success story – but there are easier ways to get seen and heard.
We’re opening whole new portals and platforms for anyone with a camera, a laptop and a story to tell. Particularly a travel story.
Our pilot, “What’s Your Trip”, hosted by Anthony Bourdain aired last night, and it rated well. So well, that we’re going to continue with the series.
But the series is your work! As Bourdain says in the opening, “my show.. your video”.
And we’re going to pay for your work: $250 a minute up to $1000 for anything that makes air. That is not a bad deal. But more significantly, we’re going to provide you with a platform to ‘be discovered’.
We’re looking for talent – new ideas, fresh voices; people who can show us the world though their own eyes. Something creative and unique. So while we’re very excited about “What’s Your Trip”, we’re even more excited about discovering hidden talents – talents we always knew were there, but could not find.
Are you the next Anthony Bourdain?
Only one way to find out – upload your work!
It be the start of a whole new career – and earn you some cash at the same time.
We’re not just looking for pieces, we’re looking to find and nurture new talents.
Go to the Travel Channel website, follow the links for ‘SHARE’.
If you have any questions, let me know.