Kicking off 5 Days of Career Talk with the first segment called Women At Work. Women At Work will introduce us to two fantastic working women everyday through the entire week (except today we’ll meet four). All these women work in different industries, have varied work arrangements and are at different points in their career. They’re unrelated on a micro level but overall they all have one thing in common – they’re doing something meaningful with their lives.
Meet awesome babe no. 1 for Women At Work: Amber Naushahi
Family Situation: Married for over seven years, no kids yet. Mother-in-law and sister-in-law live with me. No full-time maid, part time help a couple of times a week. So obviously, the flexible hours makes it much easier to manage running the house as well.
How did you get into this line of work? And how long have you been doing this?
Tips for someone looking to do the same? How does one become a ‘consultant’?
Next, someone who’s actually my cousin and one of the coolest girls I know: Abeer Mahar. So many girls asked me about film & media studies in general, so I immediately asked Abeer to get on board, thankfully she agreed (cool people can have attitude problems, you know).
Work schedule: Full time. To be specific, it’s from 9:30 – 6:30. Initially it sounded so dreadful when I was about to join, because I have major commitment issues. But slowly I came to terms with it only because my boss is super cool and my department is as lame as me.
How did you get into this line of work?
13 months later, to freelance because I felt like I needed to explore all my options and see if I was missing out on working on my own. I did that for about 7 months – there were times when I had work and there were times when I didn’t. But that’s partly on me because I wasn’t very organized. I was freelance writing a film for Hum TV when I got the job offer to work for Hum TV and I really likes the environment so I went for it.
Tips for someone looking to start a career like yours – how do you get started?Start making short films. If you don’t have access to equipment and are technically challenged, then write a solid script and work with people looking for a good story. There are quite a few film schools in Pakistan now, and where there is a film school there is a group of lost students looking for a story. Offer your script to them as long as they guarantee to put your name in the credits. Go to the shoot, watch it happen. If it turns out decent (don’t underestimate awkward student films) take it with you when you go for an interview, upload it and attach the link to your CV. Also if you feel like you need polishing on your writing skills, attend workshops. There are plenty screen writing related workshops happening now. Do some back ground research and sign up for one. This way you can meet like-minded people and maybe work on something with them.
Do you have tips for someone who has a gap in their career and wants to get back into the game?
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Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this post are in the interviewee’s own personal capacity and do not reflect those of her employer (where applicable).