This week, Joy Factory Films added two new members to our team. In order for you to get to know them, we are bringing back our “Meet the Joy Factory” blog segment. Without further ado, we are excited to introduce you to Sophia, a recent TRU graduate and our newest addition to the Joy Factory Films team. Read below to learn more!
What is your name and position with the Joy Factory Films team?
Hello! My name is Sophia and I am the new Production Coordinator and Communications Manager.
Tell us about your educational and career related background.
I just recently graduated from my Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Thompson Rivers University. I majored in marketing, and I was fortunate enough to secure several co-op and research assistant positions during my time in university. Most recently, I worked as a Digital Content Specialist in the Marketing & Communications department at TRU. Before that, I worked as the Marketing & Research Assistant for Western Canada Theatre. I also spent two summers working for the North Shore Business Improvement Association, where I did a lot of event planning, public relations, and social media management. On weekends, I do a bit of freelance marketing, writing, and branding work.
If you were the head of a major TV station for one day, what would you play?
I’d take the opportunity to play a marathon of my two favourite television shows — Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad.
Give us some homework. What is one film (or theatrical play) that everyone needs to see?
Everyone needs to see Children of God, by Oji-Cree playwright Corey Payette. Sit front row. It’s easily the most powerful artistic project I have ever experienced.
In what ways do you find you are the same as your childhood self?
I was a really quiet child, always engulfed in a book or creative project. I am still like that today, though thankfully I grew out of my shyness. Those who know me well know that I love to dive deep into my work. I still love dogs, swimming, and burritos. I still hate math.
What was your dream job growing up?
My dream job was to be a writer. The root of this dream comes from my passion for storytelling and love of words. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve expanded that dream job into becoming a storyteller, only because it’s hard for me to choose which medium of storytelling I like best. Written word, spoken word, film, theatre, art – I love it all. As long as my job allows me to be creative and tell compelling stories, I’m happy. That’s why I’m really looking forward to helping brands and individuals tell their own personal stories through film with Joy Factory Films.
What are three things still left to do on your bucket list?
1. Write a novel
2. Backpack Europe
3. Start a social entrepreneurship initiative in Mexico