Recent Film and Media Art grad Michael Bowlin (’19) wasted no time jumping into the adult world. A month after graduation, he took a job at Select Medical as the Video Editor. From preproduction planning to the final product, Bowlin contributes to every part of creating a new video. Bowlin works primarily on patient success stories for social media content.
Bowlin’s favorite part of his job includes that fact that he does something different each day. One day you might find him cutting down a long interview and the next day you could find him on a plane, flying to another state to shoot a video. “This role is varied, and because of that, work is never something I dread waking up to each morning,” Bowlin says.
The class Documentary and Promotional Film helped Bowlin best prepare for his job. Many film students envision creating fiction pieces, but many businesses require a film student’s nonfiction skills. This class focuses on how to create corporate pieces and basic documentary skills, this experience has transferred to his position now.
In college, Bowlin had the control to create anything for his class projects within the project guidelines. Now as an employee at Select Medical he must find ways to stay creative but meet the expectations of his company. He views this challenge to improve his skills. “Do not be afraid to take a leap of faith-that is the only way you will grow and become a better human being,” says Bowlin.
As for students, he encourages internships. They allow students to find the likes and dislikes regarding jobs. Also, do not shy away from projects outside of class. These experiences can help build a better portfolio and a better knowledge of working with a client in a real-world situation.
-Audrey Kuhns ‘21