My Experience With IAFT Hong Kong – Film and Acting School
I started my journey with the International Academy of Film and Television Hong Kong in March 2012, upon receipt of a job offer from Executive Director Chris Ng. The beginnings were difficult due to the fact that I was an exchange student at City University and had to acquire a working visa before I started working at IAFT. However, the team at IAFT sponsored my application, and helped me a lot with the paperwork, and although I was not yet working with them I already felt welcomed, and part of the team.
Looking back upon the first few months of my internship – when we were only a team of four, who didn’t know each other, or even have a furnished office that we could all work in – I realize how far we have come to this point. We built IAFT Hong Kong from scratch, its traditions and its unique atmosphere, and when I look at the school today – busy with students – I feel immensely proud of what we have created.
My favorite thing about IAFT is the diversity within the team. We all come from different cultures, with different backgrounds and experiences, and this provided me with an opportunity ripe for personal growth. I learnt a lot about myself whilst working with the team at IAFT Hong Kong. Our team leaders highlighted both my strengths and my weaknesses, and made positive suggestions as to how I could work on them, both for the benefit of the school and for myself.
I realize now, having returned to my studies at The University of Stirling in Scotland, just how valuable my experience at the International Academy of Film and Television was. I am extremely grateful to the wonderful team with whom I worked, and for the support they provided me with throughout my time at IAFT.
- Me (second from the left) and the IAFT Team
– Joanna Wierzba, IAFT Intern