9. College and Career Connections - Due Friday, January 31st
How has this experience (the internship) helped you think about your path after high school? What steps do you want to take as you start your journey towards your future career? Consider what you have observed and learned about your mentor or other employees at your site, your academic and personal experiences in high school and your 11th grade internship experience.
This internship definitely configured my mind on what I want to do in my career and how I'm going to do it. The first steps I would like to take is better my education, that can either be through college, through experience, depends on what opportunities I am given. I hope that whatever I figure out can set me up for the future and potentially get me another job after another. I wanna figure out a way to promote change potentially, the last thing I want to do with my life is waste it on pointless entertainment, shows that are meant to just show human emotion and promote off peoples want to be lifestyles to depict their viewership. From what I have learned about my academic and personal experience, and my 11th grade experiences is that I have the work ethic to accomplish what I want to do I just have to figure out how to execute it. I have the stamina but not the action to motivate myself and is probably one of my biggest struggles. From these experiences although I have been learning ways to motivate myself and hopefully one day Ill find a efficient way to do so and start accomplishing my goals.
How did you make a meaningful contribution to your workplace?
I made a meaningful contribution by producing work my for mentor. I edited client videos for Ryan Video Productions and helped get a work load unloaded. It was meaningful to my mentor and also myself, because I got the experience of what its like to work as a full time video editor. This was a lot of work and a lot of sitting down and definitely made me realize what my priorities of my future are.
How was your work as an intern meaningful to your education?
My work as a intern was 100% meaningful to my education, because it made me realize I don't primarily want to focus on video editing but more on the cinematography or director of photography portion of film making, because I like to be more in the action and not always sitting in front of a screen my entire life. This also made me realize how much I love editing as well and I still want to have something to do with it, just not as a major part, or more in a active way where I am not always sitting in front of a screen.
How did your project go from an idea or inspiration to a final product?
The project was originally just a video I was gonna help Chris make for his business a "Sizzle Reel" which is a video with a compilation of different footage from different videos made by the worker to show their skills and style in the videography skills. Then when I mentioned I required a project for my internship we decided the most helpful to Ryan Video Productions, would be the sizzle reel to show clients and to advertise on his website.
What new appreciations did you develop while working as an intern? Why?
I firstly appreciate this amazing opportunity I have, and have learned so much from my mentor. But I appreciate my skills I have an editing and my common understanding that come naturally to my thinking process when editing. Chris taught me how I have some natural skills that come to me when it comes to editing "key moments" such as smiling and "feel good moments".
How did your view of life beyond high school change or develop during your time as an intern?
Chris taught me about chamber of commerce which is a huge resource to when you're an entrepreneur and sometimes videography is mostly entrepreneurship, so I definitely see myself using chamber of commerce to my advantage. I also know what to expect in the future for my career, and how things operate, how things are organized, and how things are set up. I have a lot more optimistic view on my future beyond high school now that I have all this information at my disposal. I cant wait to start college and become a professional in my craft.
How might this internship experience influence the direction of your life?
This internship influenced that I know I don't wanna be a full time editor for a business. I want to be more active than sitting on a computer all day. But I still want something to do with the creative process of editing and the small details that go into making a film and make a film so great and such an important piece of art and inspiration to some people. I hope that one day I have the power to impact someones life with a inspiring piece of cinematography.
Since most of my job was video editing since we didnt have a whole lot of photo shoots at the time, a lot of my pictures are screenshots of premiere pro timelines and sources I may have used often.
1. Here is the timeline in adobe Premiere that I edited for ConciergeDDS a coming up dentistry app.
The is Cats & Crafts located in Vista. This is where me and my mentor met up to discuss future projects and internship.
This is Videoblocks a very important asset to my month. Me and my mentor bought a subscription for the month to use professional stock footage. We ended up using the website more than we though and definetly increased the footage quality for the videos we only had, lets say photos for.
This is my timeline editing a facebook advertisement for Ryan Video Productions. Definetly one of my more organized edits. This was on the third week of internship.
I took this picture from the web since I was unable to take a picture of us at this cafe. But this was another cafe that we'd like to meet at, and was actually the first place we met at for our first internship discussion, where we signed paper work, discussed location's and details etc.
Most of our planned videoshoots are on the last week of internship, so the next photo essay will definetly have a lot more volume. For now I just have editing timelines and meeting locations. Considering its kinda creepy to take pictures when you're having a meeting with a client.
5. Personal Reflection- Due Thursday, January 16th
Something I have learned about myself over the past two and a half weeks is that although my work ethic can be neutral I often am finding myself running out of energy pretty fast, especially in a professional environment. But a strength I have found is that I can progressively edit a video extremely fast in a professional style than most people which is very helpful in such a competitive field.
I enjoy harnessing my creative energy into these videos creating unique animations, text transitions, and a whole lot of J-cutting and L-cutting. I don't dislike anything in particular about the internship, I would prefer to get paid for doing most of this work, but then again its great experience and will help me in the future when I do get paid. I also wish we could do more fieldwork, such as for photoshoots, which we are going to do in the last week. But I can't change that because it is all about what's on the schedule. I want to continue and improve with client interaction I need to practice, how to do creative briefs, and invoices, etc.
So far my current experience I am learning way more that I wanted in the career I was interested in. Last year's internship was extremely helpful but this year it's hitting the goal on what I want to do and it's teaching me a whole lot more.
So far this is helping my shape a path in my career, I was told that after internship my mentor would hire me again to do other work for him in the future so I already am getting clients and other videographers to work with, so I can't see anything that could be more helpful than this.
Meeting Participants: Max & Alex
Max: Been working at UCI's Beams lab
He's been working with lasers but overall working on insulin sensors.
He's also working with Pegdma material which makes hydrogel once polymerized. Attaching that to a PTFE Fiber sheet which will absorb it. If it works it should be able to detect the dye we put in the hydrogel and it should theoretically work as a senors for a protein. Max learned how to work properly in a Lab. Overall Max is enjoying his internship.
Alex: Been working for a rave clothing store called, Freedom Rave Wear. Alex is doing an artistic advertising approach for the business and now is working on re-drawing and re-designing one of their models to post on their Instagram for advertisement. Alex has enjoyed his internship so far, which is why he reenrolled back into it after doing the same store in junior year. Alex learned more about managing inventory when it comes to an independent business.
The Internship project I was assigned to do, is a sizzle reel for my internship mentor. A sizzle reel is a nicely edited compilation of your best work to have on you're website, social media, and to show future clients. What I have been doing every now and then between video edits I have been doing for my mentor, I have been looking through his gallery of footage and picking and choosing the clips to express the most creativity, emotion, or complexity. I am about halfway done with the sizzle reel but I still have a lot more animation to add into the video to make it more engaging and vibrant. To meet up to my mentor's expectations I have to be creative yet have a professional-looking product. So far from what I've edited for my mentor, they have been impressed so I don't think I have anything to worry about. When it comes to delivering the correct product. The only support I would need is a place to work, sometimes I work at coffee shops, but it would be nice if I could work at the school with faster computers, etc. Besides that, I think I have everything I need and my mentor is in no rush to get the sizzle reel done by anytime so its a good side project for when everything else is finished.
Part 2) Internship Reflection
I don't have a lot of questions for my internship because a lot of them have been answered on site, but I am wondering what are the main requirements people look for in you when you up for hire. Do they look at your videos or do they base you more off of the business you've worked with? It would be a mix of both but what is more of a priority to a typical business looking to hire.
Connections I've made with my internship and school is that everything is a group project. You're constantly working in a group environment to conduct a video and it is very rarely a single person working on an advertisement or branding video. Its also very creatively driven like a majority of our projects at High Tech High.
Something that happened is we ended up meeting a guy off of craigslist to get a pelican case, which is the weather, proof, everything proof camera case. I thought it was just sort of something odd to go off and do. But besides that just typical meetings and editing.
I have learned that a lot of what the workers do in my career is properly communicating with the customers because most of the time you have to go to them until you build a bigger name for yourself. The purpose of our business is supposed to help people get their brand more out and bring them in more customers.
Part 1) Mentor Interview
What is your job Title?
Independent Videographer, or Branding Videographer
Main Duties and Responsibilities?
Conducting a video that the business and customer will both enjoy and find it informing. Also sometimes discussing with customers with what they need for their business and what we can provide as videographers to them.
Why did you choose to work here?
The reason Chris Ryan chose to work in his chosen business was after being hired years at for a radio, he took interest in marketing videos that were being produced for the radio and decided to look more into the field.
How did you end up doing the job that you do?
Chris started working for muiltiple businesses after interest from his employment at the radio station. After that hes began to do freelancing work.
What skills and training are necessary for your position?
Patients, and Creativity. You need to be able to discuss with your client through every loophole and show them what they need, as well as deliver a creative video in order to deliver than exactly what they need.
How did you acquire these skills? Through school? On the job?
Chris acquired these skills through palomar classes, and through experience, over the years of working in these career you learn a lot about the tools you use.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I never got to ask Chris this question although from what I've heard it seems he likes the end product when the customer is happy and the end product in perfected.
Do you consider a career in this area satisfying? in what ways?
From what Chris told me he enjoys this job and its definetly a craft that is always satisfying to progressively make art peices for peoples businesses although there is always room to improve and make it better the next time which is also satisfying.
Is there anything you wish you'd realized about the world of work when you were my age?
I didnt get to ask Chris the question. But I think he would most likely said he'd wish he would use more of the reasources that were provided to him in high school, potentially palomar classes teaching you skills hes learning right now wouldve been extremely helpful. Just learning a career at a young age can be so helpful.
Questions about the Organization
What should I know about this organization as I start working here?
Chris owns his own business so the questions was sort of obsolete, although from notes Ive taken it seems you have to really know your way around your customer and make sure they know what youre providing and why the price is going to be rather high.
What is a typical work day like?
Typical work day consists of meetings, and editing, but on the special days it would be a shoot at someones office or an event whatever the videos main focus is. Its definetly a always changing job.
How is this organization structured?
Its typically structured on the customers willingness to take up an offer, and realize how important a video can be to them.
What is the purpose of this organization?
The purpose of the organization is to deliver a video that tells the customers a story and convinces them through the emotion a story can provide. This can be a commercial, a event video, and product demo, its point is to convince the customer into whichever way the seller wants it to, and thats our job. Is to find out how we can convince the consumer.
What does it take to be successful in this organization?
This job is a constant Catch 22 because everything realize on the ability for you to keep customers rolling in and the money flow the same and hopefully grow it over the years. Most of it is dependent on experience and connections. The more connections you know the more people can advertise you for you. If youre going to be a freelancer you have to know youre way around a customer.
What other advice do you have about working here?
You have to be in the career for the enjoyment of editing, and shooting because otherwise you're going to find yourself becoming more dependent on quantity over quality.
How important is getting along with other people in your career?
Extremely important, its what the career realizes on, you have to have somewhat of extroverted social skills to really bring people out of their shell that they might appear in at the beginning of a meeting or shoot.
What other personality traits, skills, or knowledge are important here?
Being an extrovert, being socially flexible, and be willing to take in muiltiple ideas and considerations when working creativily but also make sure the main idea stays in the picture.