Working with celebrities such as Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Tom Cruise is all in a day’s work for ICMS Bachelor of Event Management alumni Kiana Harvey.
Q: What is your current role?
I am currently working in the Sponsorship and Promotions department of Channel Seven on the morning breakfast show, Sunrise. I absolutely love it as every day is different and that’s the beauty of the job. Whether I’m working behind the scenes of a weather cross, working with the ‘Cash Cow’, on a live studio concert or an onsite broadcast, there are many aspects to my role. Being behind the scenes of a live television program is extremely stressful and crazy, but seeing a show come together and seeing the things you have worked on become a success is what makes the role so beneficial and rewarding in itself.
Q: What career achievements are you especially proud of?
I recently worked on a promotional tour for American popstar Katy Perry whilst she was in Australia for both Sunrise and for my other employer, Sydney radio station 2DayFM. Being a part of the production team was an exciting and rewarding experience and a major learning curve as I had a lot of control over what would happen on the tour. Being able to witness the entire process from the early organising stages right to the end was an amazing experience and is definitely something I am very proud to have been a part of.
Q: How has your ICMS degree contributed to you achieving your professional goals?
My overall goal in life has always been to be a part of the entertainment and media industry, and being able to do it every day has been so fulfilling. In my team, we spend countless hours organising, writing and producing segments, live crosses and broadcasts, sometimes with big-named celebrities, but the best part about that is seeing the pieces coming together. The overall excitement from our Sunrise viewers is what makes the job so rewarding.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with the likes of Katy Perry, Tom Cruise, Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan and Robbie Williams, to name a few, in such a short amount of time after leaving ICMS, but the reaction and response from the audience is what makes the job so amazing.
Q: What were the major contributing factors to your decision to study at ICMS?
ICMS offers so many things that many other universities and colleges don’t. What really attracted me to study at the college was the ability to travel whilst studying, and the Industry Training program which allows you to get a foot in the door for your future career. I think that being able to do this has added so much credibility to my resume and this is something that is often pointed out by professionals in my industry. The Industry Training at ICMS has opened so many doors for me.
Q: What were your highlights during your time at ICMS?
Being chosen for the inaugural ICMS New York Study Tour in my first year at ICMS is not only the highlight of my time at ICMS but an overall highlight in my life. Working on New York Fashion Week, going behind the scenes of some of the world’s best venues and having that experience has opened so many doors for me and has broadened my professional and personal network.
Q: What would be your advice to someone considering studying at ICMS?
Be open and available to any and every experience that ICMS provides – even if it is just working on the Open Days or even O-Week! So many of these industries – from events, to property and hospitality – are about ‘who you know’ and you never know who you may meet at events like these. Get yourself known, be yourself and never be scared to let your voice be heard.
Q: What is the best thing about working in your industry?
No day is the same – ever. And that’s the best thing as it keeps you on your toes and the days are much more exciting and rewarding!