Expectations vs. Reality: A Multimedia Arts student’s social life
The interviewees featured in this article –namely, Bea Villanueva, Ruth Madrid and Alexa Manlangit– were former Multimedia Arts students from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde. Bea and Bunny are the current Multimedia Specialists at Edukasyon.ph.
There’s always more to a college course than meets the eye, and these girls have had their fair share of realizations through the years on what it really means to take up Multimedia Arts. If you’re planning to develop the creative within and eventually pursue an art-related career, then this is an interview you wouldn’t want to miss.
- Why did you choose to get into Multimedia Arts?
Bea: When I was a kid, the first thing I did after waking up everyday is going to my tiny desk to draw whatever I wanted. It was a playful hobby that turned into a skill. Since then, my whole family began supporting me to go into arts and I could never see myself becoming anything else but an artist.
Alex: At the time, it was an interest of mine. I enjoyed designing, taking videos and photos as a hobby and decided that it might be a good idea to actually consider it as a career.
Ruth: I wanted to get into Arts but take a course that was more modern than Fine Arts
- What are some challenges that aspiring art students should expect along the way?
Bunny: Expect that your work may not be as great as the work of your classmate. It’s a challenge to be better or even as good as them but remember that everyone is different and everyone excels at a different pace. Remember what Mulan’s father once said “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”
Bea: Although there will always be someone better than you and something you’re not naturally good at, it shouldn’t stop you from growing. If you’re humble enough to be aware of how much more you can improve, the more you’ll reach out to grow into it. Find what you can’t do and do it better. Remember that art isn’t a natural talent, it’s a skill learned over time. You can master anything if you gave your time, heart, and mind into it.
Ruth: Being disheartened by other people’s talent and creativity. I decided to channel my negative emotions as a drive to better myself. Know the value in your art, take constructive criticism, appreciate your art style and let it grow with you.
On dealing with unreasonable clients
- What subjects/did you enjoy the most about your course?
Bea: The best one was the freehand drawing subject. In comparison to the stress from all the other subjects, freehand felt like being that same little kid, sitting in my tiny desk drawing with my favorite pencil, expanding my mind by capturing the world around me.
Ruth: Video editing
Bunny: 2D Animation!
- Do you feel that it has equipped you for the career you were aiming for/are currently in?
Bea: School was essential in playing the role of introducing us to different media we can dive into but I’ve learned that it’s also important to develop the personal initiative to strive beyond what people expect from you –whether it’s expectations from your teachers, fellow student artists, or yourself. The school will train you with skills but it’s up to you to train your creativity. Find ideas in the smallest of things, and always have a competitive core.
Alex: It did lay out a good foundation, but I believe that most of my knowledge right now is attributed to my experiences as I advance and go through my career.
The career you’ve always imagined vs. your first actual job
- Why do you think students who’ve chosen Multimedia Arts should stick to their decision?
Bea: People who choose art usually have a flame of passion or dream that lights them up. If you are happy in making art, then what’s there to stop you? Just always strive for the better, despite the many failures and doubts, and the best will come for you in time.
Bunny: I won’t tell them to stick to their decision, but I would advise them that as long as they’re happy with creating and making artful things, expressing themselves, and having fun, then they should stay in this course because it’s very rewarding seeing your work published and recognized.
Alex: It’s an ever-evolving profession. You can never do the same thing over and over again. It’s very exciting, and if you’re really passionate about the arts, you will learn that there are so many ways you can get creative. It’s hard, yes, but the payoff from seeing your ideas come to life is simply priceless