By: Qri Montague
Have you ever heard of TERMINUS.....? No...? That's ok, I had never heard of it before either until recently! Technically speaking, TERMINUS is a convention where movies, TV, gaming, and all things media come together to form one giant festi-party-con unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Now logically speaking, TERMINUS is an opportunity of a lifetime. Those in attendance are offered the chance to not only see how our forms of entertainment are created, but they may actually get to interact with its creators! So for instance, if you have ever wanted to know who made your favorite game or your favorite film, Through the outlet TERMINUS provides, you get the chance to ask them questions that may assist with the development of your very own project! I know me personally, I got to see a plethora of short films on Thursday, and I thoroughly enjoyed almost all of them! There were some where I was honestly confused on the plot, but for the most part, I was intrigued and ready to create my own short film! I was completely inspired! Which is where the beauty of the convention comes into play. I, like so many others in attendance, was inspired to step out of my comfort zone with efforts to create something new. I have always wanted to create a short film of my own, but with my own fear of failure, I didn't follow through. Now, after the event and the talk back sesions where I asked questions to assist with how to get started and just about constructive advice, I would say that I definitely received a reality check! A reality check on how easy it is to bring my ideas to life! Through this event, I was reassured of the potential that I have as well as all the possibilities that are afforded to young creators such as myself.
When looking back on the event as a whole and remembering what I connected with the most, I would say that the speaker from the "Pitching Yourself" class I participated in on Friday left me with the most insight. The speaker was extremely down to earth and completely transparent when breaking down the entire 30 seconds to 2 minutes the average person has to introduce themselves and distill their experience and personality to their superior as well as to the world!
I also got the chance to speak with the speaker after his spcheel and I asked him, “What was some advice he would give to someone my age attempting to break into the industry?” He replied, “Having confidence and being who you are.” He said, “There is no one that knows you better than you know you, so be confident and show them who you are.” He also went on to expand on the fact that you may make mistakes along the way, but not to let them define you and what you have to offer.
Now I know what some of you may be thinking, “How cliché” or “You’ve heard it before,” which may be true, but we all need reminding of how great we are and how the belief in ourselves is all we need! Which is why this particular experience was so meaningful to me. I got to meet and network with professionals that have a genuine passion for their careers. I got to see first hand what it’s like to create something and see it published for reactions and comments, while also watching as the creators respectively defended their work. I even ran across some old friends and caught up!
My overall time at TERMINUS was liberating and well worth every minute of my time. I learned not just about the industry, but more about my creative side. I can’t wait until next year! I mean who knows, maybe they’ll be showcasing a creation of mine! #fingercrossed #terminusturnup