Welcome to my ePortfolio! My name is Diana Lee Hirst and I am an aspiring director. I currently attend Ithaca College, where I major in Television/Radio, and I expect to graduate in the spring of 2016.
I believe you know when you’ve chosen the right lifestyle and future for you. It’s an overwhelming feeling of excitement and motivation. I get that feeling every time I walk into or out of the Park School of Communications. Although I’ve only been here for a short amount of time, there is already so much that I have learned about this industry. Each and every day, my classes force me back to the same question: “What is my life about?” My life is about entertainment.
Surround yourself with mentors. Be around people who inspire you. Focus on what you love and opportunities will arise. These are the ideas I practice each day. In 25 years from now, when people ask how I stay motivated, I want to be able to look them in the eye and say, “I don’t wake up unmotivated…sorry. I just don’t know how you can wake up unmotivated.” That is a life worth living. I know it isn’t easy, but I am ready to take that challenge. I’m walking into a risky business of depending on connections, taking chances, grabbing opportunities, and adjusting to whatever is thrown at you–and I like that.
The alumni connections from Ithaca are remarkably strong. Just in my first month on campus, I had the opportunity to meet at least ten successful alumni who work in the media industry and they all come back for one reason–to give students like me opportunities. It is an invaluable network that I am absolutely honored to be apart of. It is truly inspiring to see how far people can come when they are driven.
Apart from networking, I take my studies very seriously. Ithaca College has given me a privileged opportunity where I can learn the knowledge necessary to work with a variety of equipment on a set. Although it is extremely important to me that I do well, I realize that GPA is only a measure. It will not dictate where I can go in life. I am my own salesman. This industry is about creativity and making things up, but I always keep my work grounded by what I have learned in class.
Persistence is key in an industry like entertainment. I am determined to find internships and jobs and I will keep at it until I have seen it through. In my career, there will always be challenges; you’ll never please everyone. But evolving through your setbacks is part of the business. After all, this is a medium based off technology. Let’s fact it, technology changes, and we need to change with it.