Sometimes You Need a Creative 'Break' to Figure Out Your Path
Finding your path in life can feel like a really "serious" thing, but we're discovering that the process works best when we're able to tap our creativity and have fun. Indeed, the seventh week of the Pathfinder Fellowship took us to Alexandra Ballroom, an event space located on the second floor of a historic building in Downtown Los Angeles that dates back to the 1920s. People usually hold weddings, proms, quinceaneras, and fraternity and sorority events there, but we were there for a skills workshop with a nonprofit organization called OMG Everywhere. The organization hosts art workshops for kids and provides students with a unique opportunity to collaborate with working filmmakers, focusing on the intersection of music and film and how the lens of a camera can change a person's worldview.
When we entered the ballroom and saw all of the equipment and art supplies, we quickly realized that we would be doing something with video equipment. It only took a few more moments to figure out that we would be making music videos. The OMG crew saw our excitement and creative juices beginning to flow, so they settled us down for an introduction to what they do. They showed us a montage of videos they've previously made and gave us instructions for the workshop.
We split up into two groups of fellows with five OMG crew members assigned to each team. We then brainstormed our ideas about what we should do. This involved discussion about music choice and the type of music videos we wanted to film. Elmer, Desiray, Claudia, and Airren settled on the concept of producing a high-energy freestyle video choreographed to the instrumental version of Kanye West's song "New Slaves." Kyle, Shawntrice, Bianca, and Yensi formed the other group and chose to perform the Nicki Minaj song "Moment For Life" using visual representations that reflect their own personal interests.