Oh yeah, its me again. Because every ‘like’, every DM, every post from Joy Factory – is basically me. It would be weird to talk in third person for an intro, so here I am, the one whom is most commonly mistaken for some other girl named Joy. Sometimes, Sarah. I will respond to pretty much anything though.

What is your name and position with the Joy Factory Films team?
Hey, I’m Hope. As the Production and Communications Manager, I organize and schedule filming locations and shoots, strategize website stuff and social media communication, handle client relations, and manage all day to day operations.

Tell us about your educational and career related background.
It took me a long time before I picked a focus with my post-secondary education, but I turned out following a path of events and conference management. I graduated with a Bachelor of Tourism Management from Thompson Rivers University, where I learned about destination marketing, business management practices, and a specialty in catering and hospitality. I also studied abroad in a city two hours south of Amsterdam, called Breda. Here, I earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration on International Tourism Management; basically focusing on international marketing and customer relationship management practices.

Before I came to work at Joy Factory, I was very involved with the local arts community. I worked a lot with the Kamloops Arts Council, helping to plan major events like the Childrens Arts Festival and Art in the Park (on Canada Day). I also helped artists showcase their artwork in two locally featured art galleries and helped create pop up art exhibitions around the downtown core. I wrote freelance for the Okanagan Art Review, and organized a really cool music and arts festival with BC Living Arts. One time, I even worked for TED Talks. That was pretty neat too. In my “free time”, I help the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA plan two annual youth conferences, Power Of Being A Girl and Strength In Being A Boy.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I’ve got the travel bug, so I really love being off site with our various projects. Sometimes I have been there before, sometimes its new to me – but either way, its absolutely fascinating to see these businesses or local destinations in the lime light. Since my passion is marketing, I love telling the story of a destination, a product/service, or a person; and learning what is the best way to show this story through various forms of media.

If you were the head of a major TV station for one day, what would you play?
I would obnoxiously subject everyone to watching endless documentaries about my favourite topic – street art. Up first would be “Saving Banksy” about a Banksy work being submitted to a museum in San Francisco, and “Exit Through The Gift Shop” directed by Banksy himself. “Style Wars”, “Bomb The System”, and lastly, “This Is Berlin – Not New York”. Maybe a few more with English sub-titles… Just a little counter-culture for the masses…

Give us some homework. What is one film (or theatrical play) that everyone needs to see?
Anything I just noted above.

What is the best concert you have ever been to?
That’s a hard one. I’ve been to so many great shows (and so many more are on my list.) I once asked Hozier to marry me… from the back of the concert hall. (He’s getting back to me.) Or what about that time John K. Samson played an intimate little show at The Commodore…

BUT, last summer, I was at PinkPop, the longest running music festival in The Netherlands. Paul McCartney closed with an epic set. I was pretty close to the front of the crowd of over 70,000 people. It was raining hard (…of course). It also happened to be my 27th birthday. I just had the best time dancing and splashing in the mud. Paul sang “Happy Birthday”, and I felt like he was singing just to me. I still get goosebumps just thinking about that moment. After that set, the festival closed with fireworks and blasted “All You Need Is Love” on the speaker system – forever a PinkPop tradition.

At which store would you like to max out your credit card?
This one is easy. I would seriously buy out Mountain Equipment Co-op. First on my giant list? All of the lightweight backpacking and camping gear I can fit into my flat. Yaaaasssss!

What are three things still left to do on your bucket list?
Long list. Just in hiking alone I want to try some big hiking trips like Mt Robson, the Pacific Crest Trail (from Mexico to Canada), and the Camino De Santiago (from France to Spain). Skydiving. I’d like to write a novel sometime – about what, I don’t know yet. To see as many provincial parks in British Columbia as I possibly can. To visit as many countries as I can before my body gives out on me.

***Photo Credit to Katie Kershaw Photography.