Category Archives: Thoughts

5 Tips for Shooting Video at an Event with a Crew

Just yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with two talented individuals named Mo and Lyndon on shooting an Art Basel event. Art Basel is an internationally renowned art fair that takes place all over Miami and draws crowds from all over the world.

Interviewing artist Gabriela Bernal on a piece of interactive art she created for the event.

Thursday’s shoot took place at a VIP Basel event called Diaspora, where students from the local New World School of the Arts presented unique pieces of art in various media, including structures, food, sound and more.

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The time is now

For longer than I’d care to admit, I’ve felt as though I’m waiting for my life to start. I could blame it on a bad breakup that took much too long to get over; I could blame it on the fact that I only recently finished my bachelor’s degree in information technology or I could blame it on the fact that I had four or five different jobs in one year.

But the fact of the matter is I’ve been holding out for a salvation of sorts. Not a holy trinity kind of salvation, but more of a “I’m struggling now, but sooner than later all these things will fall into place” kind of salvation.

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“Lo que esta ‘pa ti, nadie te lo quita” / Turning 24

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Stills from recent life events in the months leading up to my 24th birthday.

Last night I celebrated my 24th birthday in the company of my family. By some metrics, it would be considered a pretty low-key way of commemorating the occasion; especially those Miami metrics that consider anything short of an alcohol-fueled rampage at any of the city’s ritzy bars and nightclubs a bit of a bore.

But even if I didn’t “turn up” as hard as others would’ve in my place, I did take the time to reflect on everything that’s been going on in my life up until now and I must confess: the feelings in response to that reflection are mixed.

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“Nothing interests humans more than other humans”

I’ve been reading a wonderful book about urban planning called Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.

Suburban Nation
The cover to the book “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.”

In this politely harsh critique on the idiosyncrasies of modern attitudes towards city building and the backwards promises of suburbia, Andres Duany and his team write one sentence in particular that could easily sum up the main problem with suburban living:

Nothing interests humans more than other humans.

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A new opportunity to see Miami’s growth firsthand

Tomas Monzon Headshot
Hey that’s me! Taken Jan. 2018.

I haven’t posted here in a while, but for good reason. I spent the past few months interviewing for a job with Quest Corporation of America, a Tampa-based firm that offers an array of communications services to various transportation entities throughout the U.S.

Landing the gig has given me a chance to witness the progress of some of Miami’s roadway improvement projects firsthand; to literally see the city being revamped sidewalk by sidewalk, street by street. Continue reading A new opportunity to see Miami’s growth firsthand