Meet Isaac. He works in our IT department and although his responsibilities have nothing to do with motion graphics and video, he has a passion for both and just received his master’s degree from NYU. How do I know this? Well, the coffee station is a breeding ground for all sorts of stuff and that’s where we starting sharing life experiences and our love for design, art, music and film.
Fast forward a few months when plasma screens are installed at all of our sites and enter the director of our Environment and Safety department who wants us to develop a video to promote our company’s sustainability efforts for the upcoming Earth Day. I immediately contacted Isaac to produce a video and enlisted one of my designers to art direct the project. We also needed music, and that’s where I came in because I’m also a musician, composer and producer.
We spent time working on the project individually after-hours and regrouped each morning to review the work and within a week produced 5–60 second spots that ran during the week of Earth Day. All the extra time we clocked in didn’t seem to matter. What did matter was that this unlikely collaboration was fun and productive and got us excited again about the possibilities of visual communication.
This is just one example of how you can intersect with other employees, share life experiences and hopefully create some magic together. By intersecting diverse fields, cultures and disciplines, we approach our creative challenges from a surprising variety of directions, making the possibilities almost limitless. And by bringing your outside interests inside and encouraging your colleagues to do the same, you may find some good stuff to fuel a future collaboration.
Want to intersect? Hop on the elevator, and get off on a floor you’ve never been and explore. See how the other half lives ,and look for opportunities to partner with another department on a project. Make yourself available. For meetings, for conference calls, for lunch. Learn more about your company, its products, services and the departments and business groups that make it tick. By broadening your knowledge base you’ll become more valuable to your internal stakeholders because you’ll have a better understanding of their needs and how your team can support their business goals and objectives. And the more you learn about how your company works, the more opportunities you’ll have to get work from your company.
As an in-houser, you are exposed to a wider range of project types and have the opportunity to interact with more people than you would on the outside. So take advantage! Explore! Your adventures may lead you to some engaging personal and professional intersections.
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