Joseph A. Olivera is working as a media creations specialist for LG Electronics in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. He creates, produces, and manages video content for the company’s home appliance division. “Not many people can say they’re doing what they went to school for, or that they have followed their passion and become successful. That puts a smile on my face every time I walk into work,” he says.
Joseph is proud to work for a Fortune 500 company. “[They trust me] to help increase the quality of their media and production process. My work is distributed and viewed globally to help our consumers and affiliates.” Joseph is also thankful for the support of his parents, who encouraged him to follow his passion but to keep his ambitions realistic. He recommends that current students stay ahead of the competition and keep themselves educated about what’s trending in the industry. “Always learn new, practical ways to do something and be open for criticism.”
Joseph, who in 2011 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that his education prepared him for his current position. “The English courses help me today as I write scripts, email corporate figureheads, and propose ideas and concepts to marketing and legal teams within my company.” He adds that he also uses math and spreadsheets, proving that even the courses which were not completely focused on visual effects have benefitted him in his career. “It goes to show you that every course you take could be used in your profession, so all should be taken seriously.”
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