I studied abroad in Montreal during the 2013 Spring Semester. While abroad, I was lucky enough to intern at a creative studio called Nomad Industries. I ended up taking a paid position there and stayed for the summer. I went back to school in Burlington to finish my studies in Digital Filmmaking. As graduation approached, I made the decision to apply for a work visa and move back to Montreal. I didn’t have much of a plan but I knew that I wanted to go back. My first two months back in the city I worked for MTL Blog, one of Montreal’s largest online networks. If you want to know what’s happening in the city, you look at MTL Blog. At MTL Blog I filmed and edited live events, promotional videos, and recap videos. They also have a weekly segment called Anchorman MTL and I filmed and edited an episode of that as well.
Work started to slow down and in a fortunate turn of events, Jason Rodi, owner of Nomad, offered me a paid position yet again for the summer. I started working there at the end of June and stayed until the end of August. This time around, the dynamic was slightly different because Jason was working on a pilot project for the summer called Nomad Live. The goal of this project was to provide a constant stream of content to Montrealers online at nomadlive.tv. I was lucky enough to be able to further immerse myself in the culture of the city by going to events with Jason and the rest of the Nomad Live team.
I filmed Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethio-jazz, in an incredible studio as he was rehearsing for the Montreal Jazz Festival. I also filmed Festiblues International de Montreal, Atmosph’air Sur la Plaza, and most notably, Osheaga Music Festival. I first visited Montreal in August 2012 specifically to attend Osheaga. I immediately fell in love with the city and all I could think about was that I wanted to film this festival. Two years later, I was at Osheaga again, but this time to film. I was backstage, I was in the photo barricade in front of the crowd, I was even given a backstage bracelet from Outkast’s audio guy, Darcy Khan. Over the course of the weekend, I filmed: Outkast, Cut Copy, Lykke Li, Chromeo, The Temper Trap, AFI, July Talk, Sam Roberts Band, and Travis Scott.
I am so lucky and grateful to have been able to work for both MTL Blog and Nomad. Nomad, in particular, will always be a very special place to me. Jason is an incredible mentor and has given me amazing opportunities for two summers now. I have learned so much from working with him and the rest of the talented Nomad team.
– Kelsey Smith, Montreal Alumni, Fall 2014