If you had asked me two weeks ago what a hockey goalie stick looked like, I couldn’t even tell you which way to hold it. Not only have these past few weeks been filled with more than I ever wanted to know about the graphics and proportions of hockey equipment, but also the culture of one of Canada’s most beloved sports.
I’ve been interning at a start-up company known as Kaleidosports, which sells custom made goalie sticks and pads. Keeping in touch through Skype, email, and the occasional phone calls, my boss (named John) and I work on a variety of jobs from survey analysis to graphic design. Since I’m working from home, hours are relaxed - I can wake up late, and I can eat whenever. John only asks that I update him as the day goes on, and we work just fine like that.
On this particular day, I was working on a special project for company promotion. The past Monday we had visited a goalie school in Etobicoke, where we interviewed coaches as well as filmed goalies doing drills. John gave me the reins for the entire project, which meant I was in complete charge of the lighting, the way the camera was aimed, types of shots, etc. So, for the rest of this week, I’d been going through footage, finding music, editing the color of the videos and more. By the end of the day, I had finished a montage of all the videos, and still had time to catch up on my own interests.
Overall, I love how working at a start-up company gives you the freedom to experiment. With the projects I’ve taken over for these past two weeks, I’ve been able to put plans from my mind into action. And on top of all that? I now know which way to hold a goalie stick!