by Michael Chapey
If I had to define where my interests are, I would say that they lie on the artsier side of things. That’s why I’m interning here at Zemoga. Here, they brainstorm, design, and create. I too want to be involved in some kind of creative process when I’m all growed up.
Aside from that loose goal though, I don’t really know what I want to do with my life. This kind of terrifies me a little bit. I guess I’m young enough that it’s OK to remain open to different career paths, but the amount of OK that it is seems to decrease exponentially every year. A lot of my peers have well-defined plans for their futures: they’re studying business and plan on being businessmen or they’re studying engineering and plan on being engineers. I’ve taken classes on a bunch of different creative kinds of things from Russian literature to hip hop culture and I’ve enjoyed all of it. My interests are all over the place. That’s part of the reason that interning at Zemoga seemed like a really great idea.
Already in my time here I have made a whole YouTube channel for Pixels & Pills. That was a cool experience. I was able to create a big, hunkering 150 video something where there was once nothing but a bunch of files (and a Vimeo account). I had to convert a lot of video files to different formats and then upload them all to YouTube. This involved a lot of watching download bars go up but these growing blue bars just served to illustrate the beautiful progress I was making. Now, I have reached my goal and there is a nice convenient location for all the Pixels and Pills videos right there on good ole familiar YouTube.
I got down to Bogota on Sunday and hopefully down here I can get an even better look at the real day-to-day production of different kinds of media. From what I understand, they create a lot of stuff in Bogota. The folks at Zemoga seem to crank out videos, still images and websites like it’s their job (probably because it is their job) and this requires loads of creative people, to work together and create. Since (I’ve decided over the course of this blog post) I want to create something for a living, it’s probably best for me to learn from the pros.
I’m looking to get some reassurance out my experience here at Zemoga. Maybe that will come simply from meeting people who are now doing something that maybe didn’t even exist when they were first considering what it is they wanted to do with their life. Maybe that will come from seeing creative people creating and enjoying what they do. I really don’t know, but I guess I’m OK not knowing. Because I know I’ll learn a lot.