Because Film Biz Recycling works with the community,
the entertainment industry and a wide variety of charities, we’re lucky to know some of the coolest people in the world. Consider this weekly post as an introduction.
This summer, Cameron Faulkner has been working at Film Biz Recycling as a full time Marketing & Communication summer intern. He’s been busy keeping you all up-to-date with all things FBR, and we thought it was time to share a bit about him.
FBR: Tell me a bit about yourself - where you’re from, where you go to school and what you’re majoring in.
CAMERON: I was born and raised in central Ohio. I exposed myself to life away from home in NY at SUNY Purchase with a Media, Society & The Arts major for a year. I’m now a senior at The Ohio State University studying New Media & Communication Technology with hopes of moving to Brooklyn after graduation.
FBR: How did you decide on that major? What’s attracted you to it?
CAMERON: I played a game of deduction for a while, eliminating majors I knew I didn’t want to commit myself to. I spent a lot of time taking classes on all different subjects and attending other schools. All of that craziness helped me to finally settle with what I wanted to major in. My parents question it but it’s 2011 and I had to be certain of my choice. It’s not the same playing field they grew up in at all.
It really moves me thinking into how much communication technology makes our world tick right now. Seeing how everyday instruments of communication technology are being used in ways that its creators hadn’t intended is inspiring.
FBR: A lot of people have to sneak in their facebook/twitter time when on the clock and here you are being asked to engage with it more and more (professionally speaking). Tell me your thoughts on social media?
CAMERON: Social media is always blowing my mind. I didn’t really see the whole picture or notice how capable the technology was until I used it for FBR. It’s something bigger than just networking with friends.
FBR: Who’s diary would you most enjoy to read?
CAMERON: Jeff Buckley and Gabe Newell. Weird combination, I know.
FBR: Who’s blog do you most enjoy to read?
CAMERON: 27b/6 is the only personal blog I’ve ever read. I recommend it. I mostly spend my internet time on tech blogs like Engadget and Kotaku.
FBR: I must confess, I feel terribly that we never got you a desk. You’ve sort of been hopping from table to table, couch to someone else’s desk. How do you feel about that? Be honest - I can take it. Think it has anything to do with Film Biz Recycling? (I’m starting to wonder if the staff is so dedicated to finding homes for “stuff” that we’ve forgotten to truly embrace having our own.)
CAMERON: Don’t feel bad! It’s been a great learning experience to be floating around. I would definitely encourage future interns to be open to moving around and being flexible. It’s totally FBR’s style to have things organized this way. You realize that it’s a quality to admire when you see others making sacrifices too; my bosses desks have price tags on them.
FBR: In not a lot of time you’ve worked on communication platforms for many FBR’s efforts, services and partners that had previously been all too under the radar. Do you find some aspects of FBR harder to communicate that others?
CAMERON: It’s been great to be a part of the strong force that helped FBR get online and mingling with awesome neighbors and friends from all over. Sure there were difficulties at first but as we progressed, we created a strong virtual foundation - and we have fun with it.
FBR: Just the other day I felt guilty of BAW, (Bragging About Work). It was when you and I were discussing FBR’s Green Cleanout program and I was spewing a list of the millionhoundred ways in which the service is basically the best thing ever. The reality is that I’m extremely fortunate to have this be a concern of mine as a lot of people whose work incorporates aspects of marketing, branding and/or communication have to speak highly of things that they deep down think are terrible. Have you thought about this during your time with FBR? Think you’re going to be that much more selective now in your job search?
CAMERON: It’s definitely a leisure to be proud of what you preach for sure. I feel that whether you’re happy with your work or not, it’s important to develop a skill in knowing how to achieve balance, making yourself and others happy. It’s amazing that the FBR team has the ability to tend to so many areas in their work: charities, partners etc. They make so many people happy and that alone makes their work complete. I will take what I’ve learned being an intern at FBR and hopefully dive into a job I’m happy with!
FBR: Ok, so you graduate, the economy is stronger than ever, the job market is great, and being that your resume is super strong because of this internship, you’re ready to land your dream job. Tell me what the dream job is!
CAMERON: I’ve always wanted to work a marketing job for a triple-A video game developer and I still do! Wink wink Rockstar Games…
FBR: As a small token of appreciation for your dedicated work this summer, below is some space on our server, just for you. Share anything you want; shout outs, words of wisdom, a specific request to the film industry at large straight from Cameron Faulkner, a treasured photograph - milk it Cameron.
CAMERON: Thank you to the entire FBR staff for giving me the opportunity to be an intern at such an righteous place. I’d like to give a HUGE shout-out to the Moore-Auslander family and thank them for being so beautiful and hospitable. I’d like to give a shout-out and some words of encouragement for my 1998 Honda Civic. It has 240 K miles and I would really like it to stay strong so I can make a lot more trips back and forth from Ohio to New York. I’d also like to give thanks to my family for supporting me from afar.
I hope that more film studios in the near future start to make it protocol to donate all of their set pieces and props to FBR. It’s truly beneficial to the public, the environment and the entertainment industry. There’s no reason NOT to do it.
Thanks Cameron for all of your hard work and for giving us one more reason to be sad when summer is over.