My name is Hallae — pronounced [huh-lay] — and I’ve been with CBC Kids as a digital producer for five years. My entry into the CBC was as an intern for then-Q when I was completing my master’s in journalism at UBC. After graduating, I bounced around Radio One shows, always working digitally, and mainly with q and The Current.
I used to come home from work, plop down on the couch, and channel surf the six stations I could access from my digital antenna. One was the after-school TVO Kids block. It was inspiring and funny and surprising — and it made me think it was something I would love to explore, especially since the shows of my youth were ones I referenced frequently and had always held a special place in my heart. Luck so had it that CBC Kids was looking for temporary help at the time, and one day I opened my email to a request that I come in for an interview. That short-term contract has turned into years working on and strengthening the CBC Kids brand, with a side dose of directing puppet friends every so often.
I have had the opportunity to write posts for the CBC Kids and CBC Parents website, as well as package, copy edit, video edit, produce and direct video content for both. And as we grew our social channels, primarily on Facebook and Instagram, I joined that team too, bringing my ability to take a piece from ideation to publishing with me, and getting the chance to work on big-production Facebook Lives and talk to our Studio K puppets for social videos.
Now I’m bringing my digital video skills to our CBC Kids YouTube channel, which we’re looking to grow with features like new formats. There was also a period when we were producing vlogs for weekly YouTube publishing with our human Studio K hosts, which I led and produced with the team. We had some funny moments, spicy times and even sang a song about the CBC’s now-retired Mailbots.
If you’d like to see more of my work (and some more fun stuff too), you can find it by clicking through to one of the following: