In 2011, while I was in college in Dundalk IT, I was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the United States (all expenses paid) and intern at one of the biggest free festivals in the whole country, the Irish Fair of Minnesota.
I had to pitch myself to a panel of people who were to decide which student they were going to send over to Minnesota.
At the time, I had been shooting music for about a year for GoldenPlec.com and I felt that my photography skills would be incredibly relevant and helpful to the Irish Fair of Minnesota team.
I did some research before the interview and trawled the Irish Fair of Minnesota’s website and social channels. I noted that there was a lack of visual content and real-time updates so I made the case that I’d be the perfect fit for the position. I said that I’d shoot the whole week and upload photos on their social accounts as the week unfolded.
I got the place, was flown over the America and shoot the run up to the event. While I was there, however, I saw the opportunity to shoot some video and create a highlights reel for the festival.
The Irish Fair of Minnesota were so happy with my work in 2011 that they invited me back again the next year. Again, I took photos, uploaded them throughout the day and I created another video to document the weekend.