I have always had a voracious appetite for anything and everything film. My goal is to one day direct or work as a director of photography on feature films and music videos. I’m also very interested in music and have performed in a band with some of my friends since arriving at Tech. I play basketball at the Campus Recreation Center a few times a week, and I am always down to watch a movie with friends or get lost in a new TV show. One of the biggest things I value in life is doing what you love, and doing whatever it takes to get there. I believe in hard work, especially when it comes to what you’re passionate about.
What attracted me to Literature, Media, and Communication was its flexibility. LMC’s thread program allows you to tailor your class schedule to best fit your educational and career interests. As someone who knows they want to enter the film industry, this allowed me to choose the Media and Communication threads and more or less create my very own “film program” here at Tech. It combines the advantages of a traditional liberal arts education that spreads across disciplines in literature, media, and communication with the ability to focus your studies to an area in which you are particularly interested; in my case, film.
“For someone interested in combining their creative interests with a degree program that gives them the diversity to study and work in a variety of fields, there is no better choice.”
John Thornton, who teaches many of the video production classes in the College of Literature, Media, and Communication, has been a great inspiration and professional mentor. I took his Advanced Video Production class last spring; as a working professional in the industry, he was able to impart on us so many invaluable pieces of wisdom such as how to get work and behave on set. Additionally, he has always made himself available outside of class, and I’ve met with him a number of times on anything from career advice to which camera to rent for a gig I’ve got coming up.
At Georgia Tech, we have the distinct advantage of being surrounded by world-class minds, not only in our professors but also our peers. In contrast to a traditional liberal arts school where one would be almost constantly surrounded by fellow liberal arts majors, our smaller size often finds us surrounded by engineers and scientists. The unique way of thinking these students employ perfectly complements our liberal arts education. We are able to exchange ideas and learn from each other, strengthening both our knowledge and employability.
Take my friend Daniel for example. He’s an aerospace engineering student, and he’s as interested in flight as I am in film. Daniel approached me with an idea to develop a quadcopter that could do aerial video and asked if I knew anything about technology available for this. About a year later and after many meetings about what we needed, we developed a working prototype that Daniel designed from the ground up with my input on the camera side of the project. This launched our very own video production business for aerial videography.
“My favorite part about Georgia Tech is the people. Every day I am surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the world, and it’s an awesome resource to soak in.”
I’ve completed several internships during my time at Tech to gain crucial work experience within the production industry. My first internship was the summer after completion of my freshman year with a company called LifeSprings Media. This internship allowed me to gain experience operating cameras during live production, editing projects, and learning advanced techniques in Adobe Creative Suite from motion graphic designers. My second internship with production was with the International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI). They were so impressed with my production pieces that I was invited to speak at the National Student Convening for Human Trafficking Activism. I spoke to attendees about the power of media as a tool for social change. I enjoyed this experience because it gave me the opportunity to hone my production talents to help make a difference.
Most recently I worked as a production intern for Adrenaline Films out of Orlando, Florida. Adrenaline gave me the opportunity to work with some of the latest camera technologies and cutting-edge equipment! I also learned what it means to be a production assistant (PA) on a professional set, and now feel comfortable stepping on set as a PA here in Atlanta.
In addition to my production internships I have participated in the Disney College Program where I was taught intangible skills such as how to communicate with individuals from all over the world and how to problem solve within a fast-paced work environment. I also used this opportunity to take classes from Disney in marketing, creativity and innovation.
Jump in. While studying at Georgia Tech, you have the opportunity to have one of the most enriching experiences available. At no other time in your life can you immerse yourself in learning alongside the world’s elite minds in the middle of a city that is a global hub for industry, government, and entertainment. Join the family, get involved, and be ready to work harder than ever. If you do these things, I can guarantee it will be the experience of a lifetime. I know it has been for me.
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