Birthday: January 24th
Say hello to the new intern Sam! This Hampton Roads native recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Mount Olive. She attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design with a concentration in Photography and Vector Illustration. Sam is truly multi-talented professionally and dabbles in several interesting hobbies. From shoe painting, to coaching volleyball, to even doing henna. I don’t know about you but I’m definitely hittin’ this girl up fo’ dat henna this summer! There’s tons more to know about our girl Sam. Check her out below 🙂
How did you hear about Jpixx and what was it about the company that made you want to apply?
I was finishing up my Disney College Program and knew I had to get some sort of job or internship back home. I got on LinkedIn and started searching for jobs (it felt like the Tinder of the job world). I saw the listing for Jpixx and got to researching. I was wholly intrigued by the massive amount of creativity involved in their identity as a company… and it looked like a lot of fun to work there!
How did you react when you got the call that you got the internship?
I actually received an email from Teviya. I was excited that I had something to do right out of college graduation, and especially something I felt would bring me new and beneficial experiences.
What do you hope to accomplish with this experience?
I hope to sharpen my marketing skills, improve in technical skills via Adobe and photography, and get my foot in the door in the creative circles of Hampton Roads/ VB.
How has it been working with Jon and Teviya so far?
I feel like its been quite the adventure, seeing as I started right around the time they began the move to the new office. I have and still feel very welcomed… they thankfully try their best to help interns improve as humans and as employees.
Tell us the type of work you’ve been doing as an intern?
I did a lot of painting and refurbishing at the start because of the move. I typically run the social media like Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. I also take notes at meetings, help on set as an extra pair of hands (the reflector and I are friends), help with script continuity, take behind the scenes pictures/videos, write blog posts, and help write the newsletters. I am sure there is more, but we can just cap it off at that!
There once was a time when interns were known in the working world to only get coffee but at Jpixx interns get their hands dirty with tons of experience (obviously based on your answer above!!) Why do you think it’s important students to get hands on, real world experience during their internship tenure?
Even if you don’t think something will help you or think it has nothing to do with what you signed up for, guess what… It helps – when I move houses one day I am going to be a remodel pro, baseboards, walls, and more! Since I am out of school, this doesn’t help me with academics, but with life and work experience in general. Every little thing should be taken as a learning experience that sharpens your mental and even physical skill set.
What is one important lesson you’ve learned or something valuable Jon and/or Teviya has taught you?
Always have extra gear, just in case… batteries, flashes, cameras, lenses, etc. EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE.
What is your favorite Jpixx film?
It’s not neccessarily a film, but I love the Harborfest stuff Jpixx does. I have been and they capture the fun and family atmosphere to a T!
And speaking of Jpixx work…what has been your favorite shoot and why?
My favorite shoot…hmmm… I think it would have to have been the 2 days of ESI we did recently, showcasing their locations. We traveled near, we traveled far, and we got some cool swag from them!
So as I’m sure you know… being on set with Jpixx is always a blast and something hilarious is always bound to happen. With that being said, tell me about the funniest thing that has happened on set or a funny moment.
Not really anything on set, but every time I would try to do something live for Instagram, Chandler ALWAYS had some plan/skit that would have us laughing for a good chunk of time. There was Valentine’s Day and National Napping Day – he was hilarious.
What was the most exciting thing that’s happened to you while working with Jpixx?
Being told that my social media coverage has been exciting and engaging, by strangers… the reassurance is humbling and exciting all at the same time.
So summer is coming up, what activities are you planning on partaking in?
Sleeping, eating, sleeping and eating at the beach, working out, paddle boarding, napping with my dog, swimming, and going to baseball games!
So…you’re an anime nerd and Disney fan. What’s your favorite anime series and favorite Disney movie OF ALL TIME?
This is brutal, but I was prepared to answer this. Its a classic and took me a few months to get through, but Naruto is my OG fav (Fairy Tail is a close second). Disney on the otherhand is a no brainer- 110% Hercules. I love all Disney movies, but I love Mythology, so its the perfect combo.
Ok this is the part that I call rapid fire questions. So, the first answer that comes to mind is your FINAL answer lol
Last book you’ve read? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Baseball or basketball (hehehe) B(ae)sBALL
Least favorite food?
Tattoos or henna?
Dogs or Cats?
Leia- my dog
What are you deathly afraid of?
Losing someone close to me.
What’s your nickname? What’s your Jpixx nickname?
Winnie and I have a few from Jpixx… there was Sam the Man and then a newer one, but I can’t remember.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on set or in general?
By far, the shear amount of times in life I have tripped… There was this one time during volleyball, we were playing at the Georgia Dome. I went to go step over a chair, but my foot got stuck and I faceplanted onto the court with 5 teams watching. I had salad in my hand and managed to safe it while sacrificing my face, like those people on viral tv that fall with their drinks and save them somehow.
Favorite SpongeBob line?
“Where’s the leak ma’am???” Its when Doodle Bob goes after Spongebob and Patrick and drops a big wrench on Patrick when theyr’e in a hole… OR that whole exchange when Man Ray is trying to become a good citizen and does training, where Patrick drops his wallet and then refuses to claim it… I could go on…
If you were allowed to have only ONE hobby that you could do for the rest of your life what would it be?
If it means I would be good at it, singing. If its one I already have, Henna.
If you were on a stranded island, what’s one thing you can’t live without?
City life or beach life?
Beer or wine?
I feel like an old man, wine is too sweet- I love my beer.
Last one … Kayak or paddle board?
So do you have any independent projects you’re working on that you wanna plug? Or a website where people can see your work?
I have the most basic of basic websites that have some of my work on them: winniewanderlust.cloud
But my Instagrams are pretty poppin’ @samwinnie and @winniewanderlust