Seattle-based Geocaching's in-house videographer tells the visual stories of people who loved to find and create hidden wonders.
What do you do? Simply: I’m an in-house videographer for Geocaching [a Seattle company formerly called Groundspeak] HQ. Complexly: With a camera in my hand, I get to crawl through caves, explore under the streets of Prague, rappel off bridges and tell the stories of a lot of wacky, fascinating people from all over the world who love to find and create hidden wonders called geocaches.
How did you get that job? Well, I did A LOT of “paid-with-snacks” video work, and while that was frustrating at times, I had a wide variety of work samples to show for it. Someone I had met along the way worked at Geocaching HQ and told me they were looking for a videographer. I applied, they picked me, I danced. Basically, I followed the advice of my film instructors: show up, show integrity and create genuine connections.
What’s a typical day like? My day starts with a gorgeous, 6-mile bike ride. Then, I make a smoothie with the health-nerdiest ingredients I can find in our [work] kitchen (and there are many!). Next, I dive into whatever exciting project I’ve got going that week. Lately I’ve been working making how-to videos fun, and, you know, just curating the first annual Geocaching International Film Festival. NBD.
What’s the best part of the job? The best part about working at Geocaching is that I am encouraged to constantly grow as a person and an artist. We have a culture here that allows us to challenge and be real with one another in a way that can be hard to come by. Also, it doesn’t suck to have health care, a bus pass and those smoothie supplies I mentioned.
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What surprises people about your job? It surprises people that I truly get to do what I love for a living.