SAYDIBELLE’S INTERNSHIP FOR FIX IBIZA …SO FAR!

5 months down the line, doing an internship with FIX IBIZA… a well-known PR and Events Management company.  I have decided to write a blog to tell you how it’s going!

 So, how did I get to where I am now!?

Well, it all started last summer, when I was thinking about university choices and my current work experiences… having just moved to Ibiza and with a passion for Media, I decided I wanted to expand my knowledge and see what was out there for me in my new stomping ground of  Ibiza, and that’s when  I got the chance to help at FIX IBIZA… those 2 weeks work experience jam-packed with  events including Ibiza Rocks, Rock ‘N’ Mola and Els Dissabtes Al Mercat Vell showed me what its really like to be part of a PR and Events Management company; and changed my perception on what I wanted to do with my life…

WHICH CHOICE SHOULD I MAKE , UNIVERSITY OR GAP YEAR/ EXPERIENCE?

So, I decided to take a gap year and here I am… I asked FIX IBIZA if they wouldn’t mind taking me on as an intern for a year after I had finished my A-levels, with absolute delight and without hesitation they accepted…

End of June …a step into the real world of work, but… a new, exciting, miraculous experience adventure began…

Jillian once posted to me a quote from ’10 things you should expect in your first PR Job’ … “ When someone says expect the unexpected, slap them in the face and say you didn’t expect that did you?”  Even though this made me laugh, it reflected that I must ‘expect the unexpected’  and face challenges, but that’s what I need …to face any fears and expand my skills.  As tennis player, Arthur Ashe once said; “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can” …

My first taster of the crazy summer ahead with FIX was the Grand Opening of Ocean Beach Club, whose motto proclaimed, ‘A New Era for San Antonio’ . Assisting at the door with the press was a great way for me to communicate and to build up my confidence… Apart from working , there was also time to be able to enjoy the event, so there I was sitting in VIP with free drinks and classic tunes blaring out from the DJ booth……what more could an 18 year old girl want!? Seriously though, being a part the organisation of such an event and then attending  … I knew I had taken the right choice and would have one hell of a great time ahead…

Secondly, the well-known enterprise Ibiza Rocks. As well as promoting each event, by doing social media updates on Twitter and Facebook, I attended each event FIX IBIZA went to, these were: Ed Sheeran , The Maccabees, Kaiser Chiefs, Ben Howard, Kasabian, Major Lazer, Happy Mondays, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club  and Mark Ronson and Zane Lowe’ … what an experience that was, It was great watching live concerts and getting to know the local press. Chatting to them and finding out what they do was a real insight (Ade Harris, Claire Bradley  (Ibiza-Blog), Mc Crackin(Ibiza Spotlight) Johnny Lee (MixMag/Sundance),Mike Parry (Lucky life TV) and many others.

To get a different aspect of being at the event, working wise, FIX set me up at the closing event with a press pass meaning I could take pictures within press boundaries, which I thoroughly enjoyed! … Not only that, there was an after party at the lovely and unique hotel, ‘Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes’, which I had never really been to before, so it was a great, relaxed, fun experience ! One thing which I will not forget is having a good chit chat to Mark Ronson in Freddie’s Bar ( + picture taken!) …


Throughout the summer ( June- August) a new event was bought to the island from England ‘UK’s biggest indie night’ ‘PROPAGANDA’ which was held at Sankeys and then at Es Paradis… I loved it…it was perfect for my age group,   the music was absolutely great , with DJ’s such as Matt Horne and Nick Grimshaw  from Radio 1 … Meeting Matt Horne aka Gavin from ‘ Gavin and Stacey’ was fun!


Urban in Ibiza (Atzaro) … the coolest urban art I have seen, featuring pieces from Goldie (Goldie himself was even there!) … There was such a nice atmosphere … Live graffiti artists, fashion show, live music… chill out area … superb… being able to help organise the event was an eye-opener, seeing what really goes on with such a big event was really useful, with so many different things going on, it really was magical.


The last event, which I went to in the summer season, was again held at the unique hotel ‘Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes’ – Govert de Roos. This event was a talk, from de Roos himself, a legendary  Rock ‘N’ Roll photographer from Holland. The outcome was a lovely relaxed and interesting evening, with an exhibition of his work, in which you got a real insight of his life and how he got to where he is now… kind of what I’m doing now, but not as extreme !!


Apart from all these wonderful experiences, I have also been in charge of compiling all the Dossiers for each event, which is time consuming but interesting -getting familiar with all the clients and keeping up with media issues, creating a mighty fine database of all FIX IBIZA’S clients, helping out with some press releases, keeping up to date with each event and promoting well known DJs such as ANTZ, assisting at interviews with Goldie and  Govert de Roos, plus general office assistance…

Now that summer 2012 has ended and winter 2012 has come upon us, the last event which was held was the first ever Halloween at Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel- ‘VAMP‘… this was extremely fun to organise, making homemade decorations of ghosts and witches legs… sadly I was unable to attend… it looked incredible and I have read great reviews of what an amazing evening everyone had…VAMPIFIED indeed!

Writing this blog, I would like to thank Jillian and Elena considerably for letting me have this opportunity, already it has been seriously, once in a life time experience , couldn’t of imagined this time a year a go I would have been doing this! … Not only have I had all these great experiences but Jillian and Elena have made me feel very welcome and even though they are my super cool bosses, they are  friends too… there have been some funny times…

It is only November and I have many more adventures to come … I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the upcoming winter and 2013  … I have learnt already heaps … Thanks a million guys… BRING IT ON!!!

Saydi Beard aka SaydiBelle

FIX IBIZA
Twitter: @saydibeard

XXX

November 15, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

One Hope, One Quest

Well, well, well, here we are in 2011, and at FIX Ibiza , we are just welcoming the year ahead with open arms.
With the first of our New Year’s Resolutions already up and running- that is, the writing of this very blog, we are off to a good start.
And whilst my most cari darlin’ friend and business partner Elena Toga Sanchez has already given you the lowdown in Spanish on FIX as a PR Consultancy company, I guess it’s down to me, the other half-Jillian Maria Canney- to do the same in English.
In a nutshell, FIX Ibiza is the result of a chance meeting between two wee party animals on a random night out back in 2004. One of them(La Irlandesa) was DJing at the time- moi- the other(La Española) was jumping about like a bloody lunatic to an all time classic, Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness the Fitness’. And there it was, the tune that brought us together.

It was to be the start of a beautiful friendship, one which went on to culminate in the Fix Two running their own party- GIRLZ SKOOL- for several years in venues across Ibiza and further afield.
But then, the time came to get really serious, and we decided to take our cojones in our hands, metaphorically speaking of course, and set ourselves up as a legit PR &Events company. The culmination of our work experience until that point seemed to suggest that many of the necessary ingredients were already in place for such a mission- now, all we needed was the business acumen.
I had already been working for our first client- Ibiza Rocks-for a few years when we took the plunge to set up FIX and it was with great pleasure then, that the live music brand became the very first project that we got our teeth stuck into.
As far as that one goes, and since that time, we have managed the PR and Communication for Ibiza Rocks, placing it firmly on the media map as the island’s most talked about brand. As part of our role within that, we have also successfully managed to convince the local authorities that here was something that could help turn around the press-led negative image of San Antonio, the town in which the events take place.Time went on to prove just that, culminating in the San Antonio Town Hall selecting Ibiza Rocks as one of two of the most interesting offers to be showcased at the recent World Travel Market in London. No mean feat. We’re very proud!

Since those early days, our client-base has steadily increased, working with not only local brands but also with those from U.K and further afield whose end game is to have a presence on the island of Ibiza.
Amongst other campaigns and/or events that we have rather successfully managed, we can quote XBox, MTV, Mallorca Rocks, Manumission, Pure Form, The Barefoot Doctor, Carl Cox & Friends, Urban in Ibiza, Ibiza Town Hall, Sant Joan Municipality, Guru Josh Art, Dance 4Life, Can Rich Hierbas Ibicencas, Joves Empresaris, EarthDance/EarthRun, Ibiza Music Cluster and Casas Rurales de Sant Joan. Amongst a few….

So, three years down the line and we are rather pleased with our progression. And as we storm, PR guns a blazing into 2011, we can only hope that that progression continues to develop at the happy pace in which it already has.
We hope that, through this blog, we can begin to show you the real Ibiza Uncovered- and believe us that will be nothing like the old one!
Stay Tuned, Fixies!

January 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.