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What sets you apart from other young creatives?
I stand out from other applicants in the job field because of my combination of technical knowledge and leadership skills. I loved to tinker away and learn the ins and outs of all the equipment in the television studio, but my natural leadership skills pushed me into Producer roles. While planning for big film or television projects I keep in mind the technical needs of crew members to create the best and most entertaining product possible.
What is your proudest career moment (so far)?
I was ecstatic to learn that the film “Illegal Alien” had one Best Cinematography award. This was a project that took the most patience and effort out of all the films I’ve produced. I was approached rather late to become the producer of this film giving me less than a month to find a location, crafty, and crew that could work on a specific weekend for a small student budget. The crew worked tirelessly under mine and the directors supervision in a tiny cabin up in the Catskill mountains of New York. The film took all of our energy, but was well worth the award at the end of the semester.
What’s something cool you’ve made / done recently?
Recently I went traveling around Peru before settling down into the working world. I reached out to different hostels and lodges I was staying at to offer my services as I was traveling with all my camera and editing equipment. The Anaconda Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon accepted my offer and I spent two weeks at the lodge shooting and editing a promotional video. It was a one of a kind experience trying to film monkeys as they play with your camera straps, learning about all the different kinds of flora and fauna that beautify the jungle, and teaching the owners the importance of social media to reach new customers. The Anaconda Lodge has gained over 50 new followers and a much larger reach than it ever had before because of the videos, pictures, and social media counseling I gave the owners.
You can find the video on my Vimeo channel, or check out the website anacondajunglelodge.com.
What’s something new you’ve recently learned?
In order to broaden my knowledge of the adobe suite platform I have become proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro, In Design, and to continue to exercise my skills with After Effects and Photoshop.
Where do you see yourself in in 5 years?
In five years I picture myself as an associate producer to multiple projects, working tirelessly both nights and weekends with other producers and executive producers to create the product that consumers want to see. I will still be working hard to make to become the production manager of a studio, and loving every aspect of the high-strung life of video production.
What did you want to be when you were 5?
When I was 5 I wanted to be a zoologist.
What’s your favorite social media network and why?
I prefer Reddit, the anonymity and the culture breeds conversations that are both stimulating and hilarious.
What do you do to get inspired?
If I need ideas for anything I usually take a walk, clearing my brain and observing the world around me I can find inspiration in any mundane everyday task being performed by the world around me.
What’s your favorite productivity tool and why?
I appreciate the lined notebook the most. I take avid notes of plans, or things I learn during the day, and I appreciate the ability to flip back and forth through old notes to remember a good piece of advice I may have forgotten. My to-do lists can be found in this notebook along with lists of references for potential job opportunities. It’s old fashioned, but it’s the best way I keep organized and productive.
What’s been your favorite piece of career advice you’ve received?
Don’t apply willy-nilly for jobs. Take the time to research the company and its needs, cater every part of your resume to the job.
What has been your biggest obstacle, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle was losing all motivation one semester. This is very unlike me, as I am the high-strung, super organized, detail oriented personality that creates goals and focuses on them. But, one semester something changed, my grades suffered and my extra-curriculars suffered. Picking myself up from this failure was difficult. I spent hours at night catching up on what I had failed to accomplish with this quote in mind: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson.
What’s your favorite part about being a FindSpark Member?
I really appreciate the weekly emails with new job postings.
How did you hear about FindSpark?
Emily went to Hofstra University and her presence on campus through different job search events was very strong.