I work here full time as a facilities coordinator for the school of photographic arts and sciences. I actually graduated from here in 2013 from the school of film and animation, and now I work here full time in the photo school. So, I’m a facilities coordinator at the Photo Cage which means I manage about forty students around the front counter here, all the facilities themselves, and then the gear too.
As far as how I ended up here–I just really love Rochester. Then this position became available so I jumped on it. I think one of the greatest parts about working here is working in such a diverse place–I mean it might not be super diverse, but you get a lot of different cultures and a lot of different types of people. You have all these people, so only can you learn about other cultures and people that way, but they’re also excited to be learning and so I think that that’s kind of the best atmosphere to work in, with people that are excited to absorb information and then teach you, as well, about their different backgrounds and things. It’s kind of how I ended up here and why I like being here.
So I started with film. I went to the film school from 2009 to 2013. I just always really liked photo and film in high school, and I knew RIT had the best film program in the region, they still do, so I ended up there. Then I freelanced for a while. I worked on a lot of local commercials, and I still do on the side in my spare time when I’m not being a student and working full time. One of the commercials I just worked on was one of the Super Bowl spots. Those kind of things–so I still dabble in film. This is just a steady paycheck. I realized that I loved the work that I was doing in film, but my personality was more of a nine to five kind of thing. I just function better on a schedule. So if I could work on film sets nine to five Monday through Friday that’d be great, but it’s just not how the film world works.
What’s really cool about the film school here, and what a lot of people don’t know about is that there’s a lot of local commercial work to be done in Rochester. And there’s people that make a living and still make a living making commercials in Rochester. So, I was part of that community for a while. I loved it, but I don’t know, I just really preferred having a schedule. A couple months ago, in November, I got a call to work on spot for Rochester Regional Health in the air during the Super Bowl. It was a two day shoot that we did. Half the crew was flown in from New York City. The rest of the crew was from Rochester. It was focused on a lot of local, kind of Rochester things. Like why would you choose RRH over another healthcare. It was cool. We got to go in operating rooms and got all scrubbed up. We didn’t access the operations, but it was an interesting way to make a movie.
The cage is fabulous. Not only do we have a wonderful film school, but we have a very wonderful photo school. The cage gives students access their first year that they would not get access to at any other place. They get access to a variety of brands as well, so you can test out if you prefer Canon or Nikon or Sony or all of the above. And that gives you a huge advantage, too, in the work world because you might be going on a set that requires you to shoot Nikon and you might be a Canon shooter, but being able to dabble here, you have experience. It’s a beautiful place.
Part-time Masters Student in the Communication and Media Technologies Major