We’ve Got Spirit

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Introducing “Spirit” Duvon Olton: Intern Extraordinaire

It’s true, one door closes, another opens. See, I’m a Hip Hop artist who was looking for a studio to produce my first music video. I thought I had one locked in, only to later learn upon my first visit, it wasn’t available. Oddly enough, I had a feeling that particular space was not where I was supposed to be.

After checking around at several places, I called CNS and it went something like this…

“Creative Network Studios. How may I help you?” After an engaging five minute conversation, I asked if I could come by and check them out. “Sure! I’d much rather meet you in person,” was the reply. She didn’t have to ask me twice.

The studios absolutely blew me away by their beauty and cool vibe. Everything was artsy; even the ceilings were custom designed! I was speechless during my tour. Studio 1, studio 2, this set, that set, the dressing rooms, the editing suite, the conference room — it went on as I thought to myself, I might be a little bit out of my league.

Once the tour was complete, we sat down and discussed my budget, or lack thereof…needless to say, I was more than a few pesos short of CNS’ rate card. However, I wasn’t immediately ushered out of the building. Instead I was asked about myself, my skill set, and some of the things I had gone through that helped shape my positive outlook on life. I offered to help out, doing ANYTHING from vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows, washing cars, cutting grass; anything that could make their days easier and let me be a part of what goes on at CNS.

Maybe it was my transparency, maybe it was my passion for my art; both music and drawing, maybe it was the photo I shared with Jan that made an impression, OR maybe it was finally good karma coming back in my direction since adopting my positive mindset. Somehow it all came together; not only do I get to shoot my video in a cool space, but I’m going to Intern and work to supplement my budget.

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Word of advice– be careful what you say you’re willing to do in front of Jan.

My first two assignments: 1.) Washing the windows

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2.) Drawing a freehand picture…something I hadn’t done in three and a half years. I’d forgotten how good it feels to create something from nothing.

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I received a little direction when handed those first duties, “HAVE FUN doing this.” I believe the pictures speak for themselves.

I literally just walked through their doors hoping to shoot a music video, and now the opportunities are endless. Every day I intern at CNS not only am I surrounded by great minds who continue to help me grow tremendously, but I’m grateful they believe in me enough to want me here as much as I enjoy being here.

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"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way." Edward de Bono