STOKED visits VICE to Learn about Media Careers
Written by Alex Bruno
What would school be like if it didn’t happen within the confines of brick walls? Would it thrive or would it fail? Do students really need a physical structure to report to each day to learn and progress as individuals? From the 12 incredible schools we work with at STOKED, one school happens to be brave enough to tackle these questions. That school is East Side Community High School.
Every May, students at East Side participate in “Week Without Walls”, a week-long intensive program based on a subject area of their choosing. Students can immerse themselves in anything from the history of video games to backcountry camping. James Manges, East Side’s STOKED Coach, decided to spearhead a trip exposing students to a plethora of careers that involve skateboarding. Between skating street spots and visiting skateparks, East Side students were able to explore everything from local skateboard publications to skate shops that support their community.
East Side students had the pleasure of visiting VICE’s office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They were hosted by Dan Bradley, who works as a Senior Producer at VICE, and has been a STOKED mentor for many years now. After touring the office and speaking with everyone from Account Managers to Video Editors, Dan shared his unique career journey with the students, going from making commercials for a hospital in southern Brooklyn to embarking on missions with Ishod Wair and Andrew Reynolds to explore the skate scene in Cuba. Dan spoke to our students about how he and his friends took a calculated risk in starting their own company, and how it led to where he is today. He also urged students to use the creative tools at their fingertips, as an increasing amount of video content is actually being produced on smartphones in this day and age. Students were also joined by master lensman Taji Ameen, a Shooter and Producer at VICE, who even took the time out of his day to skate with the East Side Stokers afterwards. Cannot thank you enough, Dan and Taji. We hope to be back soon!