From FSU Art BFA Ariel Raskin:
“Last year, when I met with my current boss John Fraser for the first time, I was just an overdetermined sophomore with too much time and possibly too much ambition. I saw Tallahassee as a world filled with opportunity, and I was on a quest to do as much as I could with the time I had at Florida State. I met with John for the first time to discuss an ad I had seen, to be All Saints Cinema’s new graphic design intern for the 2018 spring semester. Our meeting went wonderfully, as John told me all the things I needed to be successful in the internship, such as being proficient in the adobe creative suite and to always check my emails. I thought to myself, “Wow, could it get any easier than this?” Little did I know, this internship would be like a roller-coaster ride, occasionally having me cranking out poster after poster while sometimes I had nothing at all. My little sophomore brain and my time management skills had no idea what they were getting into.
So as the fall semester began, I reached out to John about what my first poster would be. I was extremely nervous, anxious, and excited to begin the journey of creating movie posters. John said to me, “Ariel, your first poster will be All Quiet on the Western Front”, and I was very happy having read the book a few years back. I worked nonstop for a week on design layouts, color schemes, fonts, and imagery to create a poster that I was very proud of. After emailing it to John, he replied with “Looks great! Now make sure all the other ones are done within 2 days!” I thought to myself, “Oh boy, what did I get myself into.” As the semester went on and I realized I might have bit off a little more than I could chew. I became determined to not let that stop me from putting 110% into my internship. As well as creating the movie posters, I also worked two shifts a month at the theater and ran the website. I soon learned that the theater acts like a family, and everyone there welcomes you in with open arms. I slowly became more and more comfortable with the fact that it is okay to ask questions, and it is okay if someone did not like what I made. It’s just how the job works.
Going into this internship, I probably checked my email about once a day, but now I check it about 5 times a day. Revision and communication are the most important aspects of this job. It has been so rewarding to watch how my movie posters improve knowing that the community is seeing my work and knowing that I am a part of something bigger than myself. Although it has been a stressful journey, I am very glad to have been a part of such a wonderful business.”