POE: Multimedia Production and Analysis
I chose Juniata for it’s inclusive and welcoming environment. The Integrated Media Arts program allowed me to freely explore multiple forms of media and also allowed me to express all of my interests. I wasn’t tied down to one thing, which allowed me to hone in on the specific mediums I was passionate about, which led me to the career I have now.
Were you individualized or did you choose a designated path?
Individualized titled Multimedia Production and Analysis.
What drew you to choosing your creative path?
I have always loved to do a little bit of everything when it comes to art, so I really appreciated the freedom that Juniata and the IMA program gave me. The IMA program really harnesses the power of a liberal arts education and allows students to learn a wide variety of media and develop their skills, which was perfect for me.
Why did you choose Juniata College?
When I first visited Juniata, I was immediately drawn to the tight-knit community and beautiful campus. It was important for me to be able to make real connections with my professors and with my fellow classmates.
Where are you currently employed and what is your current position title?
I am currently working with the Vox.com Video Team as an Associate Producer in a freelance position.
What is your favorite thing about your current position?
While working for Vox.com, I’ve had the opportunity to work on videos about the impeachment hearings, the DNC, and the presidential debates. I find it really exciting to be able to be a part of sharing news and information on such important events.
How long did it take you to find a job after graduation?
While I haven’t found a long-term position yet, the classes and programs in the IMA program were able to fully equip me to be able to work freelance with a variety of clients. I’m still looking for a long-term position, but I have been able to gain a great deal of experience after graduation with the skills I learned!
What are your main sources of inspiration?
Sara Kipin, Genice Chan, Rebecca Kirby, Ari Aster, Edgar Wright, Sofia Coppola
How would you describe your art/design style?
I would describe my style as “Show, don’t tell”. When I’m creating a comic or a film, I prefer to tell my stories primarily through visuals instead of relying on dialogue.
How do you balance your work life and home/social life? Any tips for soon-to-be grads?
I do my best to keep my work life and home life separate. Since I’m currently working from home due to COVID-19, I find it really useful to keep my workspace and relaxing space separate. It keeps things organized, but also helps me get into the mindset when I’m working or relaxing.
My advice for soon-to-be grads is to not underestimate the work that you’ve done and also, take advantage of your support system. A good deal of the work on my portfolio is classwork from my time at Juniata and has helped me get jobs and opportunities.