NV: VAPA Class of 2014
Home School: Hoosic Valley
I will soon begin my senior year at the Rochester Institute of Technology studying Film and Animation. My focus is on live action cinematography. I have completed two summer internships and am currently completing a third.
Since graduating from New Visions I have watched many more films, made many more films, started shooting and developing film, both motion picture and still photography, designed a book, gone to gallery showings, and am constantly searching for news ways to convey emotion through my cinematography.
New Visions played an integral role in helping me to become the artist that I am today. New Visions helped to bring me out of my shell and expose me to new artistic avenues that I had not previously considered. It fostered a creative environment that allowed me to focus on creating art, while preparing for the college environment where a higher degree of critical thinking would be required. I can’t imagine getting to where I am today without my time in New Visions.
NV: VAPA Class of 2012
Home School: Greenville
I am head of artist relations at Motéma Music, a jazz label based out of Harlem, NY. I also freelance for event production firms. I attended to Pace University, where I received my B.B.A. in Arts & Entertainment Management, with a minor in Marketing.
I can actually draw a line from New Visions to where I am today. My senior year of high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. It was only after taking the arts and entertainment management course through Russell Sage College (taught by our NV teacher, Peg Danner-Frank) that I found something that felt like the right fit. During my time at NV, we met and spoke to the head of Booking and Programming for the festival production company, Superfly. This was hugely impactful on me, and while a freshman at Pace, I followed up with him and landed my first internship at Superfly, which ended up keeping me on in different departments for a year. This led me to traveling the world for two years through exchange programs, while working with the fantastic South African charity Bridges for Music. Through my field of study and previous experiences, I worked at three other internships in the arts and entertainment world, and eventually landed my first full time job at Motéma. Without New Visions, I don’t know that I would’ve found entertainment management as a field of study, or been able to gain the experiences that I have had.
The New Visions: Visual & Performing Arts program showed me that my passion for art and music can be applied to different paths in life. When I was a junior in high school, I felt like I had to be the one on the stage or in the exhibit if I wanted to pursue a degree in the arts. This was a hugely daunting task, and I discovered that it wasn’t a right fit for me. Some people are meant for the spotlight, and others are meant to manage and organize it. Finding that I could be a part of something that I love, and parlay that into a career, is something that I’m not sure I would’ve been able to do without Peg or the New Visions program. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am today without it.