We all know that balance is key to success. Hobbies and activities outside the office are critical to stimulating a healthy and creative mind. Adobe Life recently met up with three university interns to get an inside scoop about some of the many activities they love doing in their spare time.
Adriana M., Marketing intern – New to collegiate horseback riding
Adobe Life: How long have you been horseback riding for?
Adriana M.: I’ve been riding for just two years. It was something that I always wanted to try when I was younger but never got around to doing it. When I went to college, I decided to join the university’s equestrian team. After about 6 months on the club team taking lessons, I was able to join the competitive team.
AL: What is your favorite memory from riding horses?
AM: I ride a horse named Pepper. He’s a gorgeous black horse that acts like a “drunk guy” and likes playing tricks on me. When I want to go fast, he goes slow. When I try to ride, he kicks my feet out of the stirrups. When I was learning how to canter a horse, Pepper decided he wanted to go over a jump. Something that I’ve never done before. As Pepper and I went over the jump all my trainer could hear me yell was “Oh no Pepper, don’t do it.” He almost threw me off, but I managed to stay on.
AL: Any life lessons have spurred from horseback riding?
AM: I’ve learned to embrace the inevitable. With horses you have to be ready for anything, so it’s important to be able to go with the flow. Horseback riding also taught me to be more aggressive, horses don’t always listen so I have to be firm to get them to do what I want. It toughened me up!
AL: How did you become interested in stop-motion animation?
Aron B: I got into design when I moved to the Bay Area from China and began working at a gaming company. When I was there, I thought it would be a good idea to go back to school to get specific training, instead of trying to learn on the job. However, instead of game preparation I chose animation, because I really like art and movies. I now attend Cal arts, which is great, because it provides me with an environment to do new things.
AL: What is the process behind making a stop animation movie?
AB: Animation is frame by frame film making. You do something specific for each frame (.24 frames a second). I sculpt, and then move the sculpture a little and then take a picture. Stop motion is more fun than 2D animation in that you can do a lot more with environmental effects like light. Depending on the materials you use, it can help convey the time of day or even mood. For me, the biggest challenge is making changes that can convey a character.
AL: What software do you use to make your movies or art work?
AB: I mostly work in After Affects and Photoshop, with Premier at the end. The capture software I use is called Dragon.
Sam F., Business Process Intern – Avid salsa dancer
AL: Why did you choose salsa dancing?
Sam F: I have been dancing my whole life. I started with ballet and modern dance and later moved into partner dancing. When I went to college, I didn’t think I would dance seriously again but that all changed when I went to a salsa dancing club in Durham, North Carolina. I thought myself to salsa and made it a personal goal to become really good. When I graduated, I moved to Boston where there seems to be a much more exciting dance scene.
AL: What are some of the biggest challenges about salsa dancing?
SF: There are so many elements to learn if you want to be really good. Your look and your style are just the basics. You’ll need to think about your partner; how well you relate to each other and the audience while performing. It can also be difficult when you have a full time job and you’re not able to dedicate as many hours as you’d like on training. That’s why I practice a lot at nights.
AL: What are some of your favorite experiences from salsa dancing?
SF: I’ve traveled all over the United States as well as Europe salsa dancing, but one of my most memorable moments was when I was a backup dancer at the Lincoln Center. It was a free outdoor concert and there were thousands of people there to see us perform. Personally, I love salsa dancing because it gives me a creative outlet from day job which is focused on business side of marketing.