During this semester i feel like i have grown, not just as an artist but as a person too. Coming into internship, I had my own self doubts regarding my skills and even personality. I always considered my self to be a shy person. And I always felt that my shyness, hindered my ability to soak up all of the knowledge around me. I let opportunities pass me by that I should have tried and reached out to grab, I also let possible connections slipped through my grasp.
With the help of my peers and especially my Mentor Professor Vargas, I came out of my shell. Each project I done, I approached it with more and more confidence than the one before it. However in my own opinion , I still remained humble and open to learn. I can always become a better person than my self and currently. Though my internship is coming to and end soon, I will continue to push my self and step towards and create a reality where i can shine forever. Will it ever happen?… Well that depends if i im willing to let my foot off of the gas…And I don’t see a reality in that.
Today I was given the opportunity to cover a presentation by the Jewish Faculty and Staff Association. It was titled ” 77 Years After : Never Again Anti- and Racism” My assignment was to photograph the entire event as well as the guest speakers.The event was taking place in the atrium auditorium. Because of the location, it was very difficult to work as a photographer effectively.
Prior to the event I was told to just bring my camera to work. Based on the last few times that I was told to bring my camera, I brought my equipment for outside. I wasn’t prepared to shoot inside events. I didn’t have a flash on my and the lens I had wanted suited for what I needed. However I didn’t let that stopped me from trying my very best. I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the mirror if I would have let be an excuse. I have to do what I had to do, to get the shots I needed.
I crawled climbed under and over everything to get the shots that I had needed. I apologized to several people for going back and forth between the aisle. I was physically draining for someone my size.However it was fun. And I definitely enjoyed the presentation and speakers. After the event I spent my time editing photos and staying prepared for the next task
This week the professor assigned to created a logo to go for a student run News program called #WhatsGoodCityTech. During the program Students will go around interviewing and shedding light different events going on in and around the College. Places such as restaurants and student functions will serve main focus for the program. The logo was suppose to represent the hip and cool part of City Tech as well as embrace to Hashtag (#) culture which exist on social media.
As a person who isn’t necessary versed in Adobe illustrator, it was a new experience that before, I had to basically learn how to illustrator. I watched videos on the subject and basically had to teach myself. That part wasn’t bad seeing how kind of always talk myself. To make sure to logo was great, I was paired with another intern at the office. We both brainstormed tons of ideas together as well as on our own. I put my all into it. I don’t know what’s wrong with my but I love turning things into competition. I always want to outshine someone. After a few days after starting the project, I came out with six solid well thought at designs. He had about the same
We both submitted our designs to the professor for final approval. Out of the ten, The professor chose two of many designs. I love it when I get my way at anything in life. I wonder which one of logos I made the professor had chosen?
My overall thought behind the creation of the logo was to try to the incorporate speech bubbles into the Design. The reason being because the phrase of the logo relates to a social media form of greeting. I also wanted to keep the school colors. I hate restrictions but i also enjoy the challenge and the thinking it encourages.
Over the course of the semester so far and short amount of time I been at this office, I learned some quick yet impactful life lessons. The lesson that I will hold on to the longest is realizing the strongest competition that I will ever have, will be the man in the mirror. No matter what’s going on your life or whatever you face, Being the best version of yourself will lead to victory. If you tailor yourself to always think that you can be or do better,than you will. We all have our own measure of success and it’s up to you determine milestone.
My biggest flaw as a person I felt, has been my lack of confidence in myself. The second I realized that I wanted to do better than what I’ve been doing and become a better version of myself, I feel that all my negative energy dissipated. After which I started creating better material and my mind became a sponge for new information. I believe constantly being in uncomfortable situations that your not used to will push you to the level. You have to break free of your own shell and Shatter your own expectations
This week at the office has been a good one. After several schedules changes over the last couple of weeks, it will finally time to film the Instructional videos. The students and school staff members have finally met up and came to get some work done. I was eager to show professor Vargas that all the practicing was doing was paying off. I was able to set up the equipment quickly without help. I was prepared and It felt great.
After I had set up the equipment, It was time for the first person to record and film her part. She was really nervous. When the light came on, she began to shake.While to the professor manned the main camera it was my job to control the light sources. I also tried to help out by trying to make the “stars” relaxed more. I began to crack jokes and talk to them throughout the whole filming process. As time with on, everything began to feel a lot more natural. The tension that existed in the room when the camera first came on no longer existed. Everyone was having fun and it was awesome . Im glad I have been a part of that. After everything was finished I asked the girl that was clearly most nervous why she chose to be film. She smiled and told me that ” being in situations that make nervous, only makes you grow” Based on everything that I been through.. I couldn’t agree more.
This is the finished product. You can watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDf5iiG9pd0
I must admit i was a little nervous about but i believe we overall did a good job.
My first Official Assignment had came this week. Once again I Told to bring my camera to work. I was tasked was to develop a layout for the school article detailing the construction work going on throughout the campus. Seeing how I felt I was good at taking photos, I easily accepted the job. I Started from the Namm Building and worked my way all the way to the Voorhees building. Because The article had a large piece on the newly constructed building on Jay street, I had to work very diligently to take photos of it.
The task was surprisingly hard. Having to work around certain objects and people proved rather difficult. Seeing the quest becoming rather difficult , I began to become lazy and started to not put in my best work. Because of this, the quality of my work wasn’t anywhere as good as it could have been. When I had finished my field shoot, I had to upload my work and began sketching out my layouts for the article. The copy of the work was in good hands with me at the job. However the layouts never seemed to work. The pictures never worked any layout I made. Back to square one for me.
Throughout the week I took hundreds of pictures to try to work with the layouts I was creating.Trial and error was once again fueling my purpose. I threw out laziness of my worked hard. I even worked on my off day to get this photos. I must say I feel my hard has work paid off. I hate letting myself down as well as other people.
Well Today was my first day at working under Professor Vargas. The previous day he called and told me to bring my DSLR camera. He wanted to test me to see how familiar I was with camera equipment and photography. I told him that I have previous experience taking still photo and portraits however I haven’t had any type of studio Videography. For the whole day we talk and explained the different part of the equipment we have been using. I was taught how to properly set up a green screen and tripod and many light stands. Though I had experience with this type of equipment before while doing Still Photography, setting it up to fit the need of a Videographer is a entirely different experience.
The Reason why we Were practicing setting up the Studio is because we was getting ready for to film some instruction videos for the school’s website. We had to help new students were learning how to use the Cuny.edu website as well as assess their personal information from the school. I also had to stand in front of the camera as a test subject. I can’t stand being In front of the camera. I must admit it was fun though. I can’t wait to see how this shoot goes in a few days.
So far I only worked one on one with the Professor. I asked him different questions about how he got to his position. I told him all I have going through this semester and how discouraged I was. He told me that it wasn’t a single artist or graphic designer that never went through the same feeling once or twice during their career. The most important thing he told me was to keep going and that it was only the beginning. I must say I am excited.
Over the course of the Week, I feel that my morale has been at a all time low. I Still haven’t found a internship and feel that my life in this class is going downhill fast.However I been given a Glimmer of hope by the Professor. She pointed in the direction of the a Senior designer of the Communication Department of New York City College of Technology. His name was Professor Al Vargas. at the time I knew the name sounded familiar but I couldn’t out the face to the name that. After several calls to his office I was able to reach him and schedule and interview. Once again i dressed for the part and became prepared with my best work.
I was shocked to find out that the communication Department and off campus compared to the other departments in the college.It was inside on the 6th floor of a realty group building. Business men were a plenty. I felt like I was in the wrong place. When I was reach the office of the Communication department I was relieved to see a more relaxed setting. Several Mac computers were littered throughout the cubicles in the office.
Everyone in the office greeted me with a smile. I was told to sit in a chair as I awaited the professor. Not long after I sat down, The professor came through the door and understood where the sense of familiarity came from. I had him for a class I had taken some semesters ago. He recognized me too.
Because of that the sense of nervousness that had overcame me previously wasn’t there I confidently showed my work to the professor and I can tell he enjoyed It. He simply told me to that I start next week. I couldn’t have been happier .
Since this semester has started I have been struggling to find and internship that is willing to fit my day to schedule. I have been on several interviews with some “guaranteed call backs for subsequent interviews. However I still have yet to land an interview.During the previous week, I have had a interview from Just Salad. I came prepare with my trusty sidekick “My SketchBook” a Tablet to showcase my work and a big can monster Energy Drink. I have just come from working overnight beforehand and I needed all of the energy that I could get.
When I ha gotten inside the place, I was put inside a room with four other people. Apparently, I believe that we were competing for the same position. I was nervous. When it was my time for an interview, I sprung out my chair and dropped my tablet, causing it to reset. I couldn’t believe what had happen. Im glad the interviewer gave me extra time to get myself back together. After I have gotten resettled, I presented my tablet and began to explain my pieces of work. As far I can tell , She enjoyed everything that she saw She keep asking me questions and I kept answering. The best part of the interview is when she went through my sketchbook. I can almost swear I saw her face light up as she when through it. As the Interview had began to close.
She told me that they were interested and that they would like to employ me. I was very excited. Finally I couldn’t believe that I finally found and internship after four weeks of searching….seven days still no call. I knew it was too good to be true.