Walking up to Maker Studios was like finding a beautiful entertainment oasis mecca in the middle of the arid desert. I had such a great experience at Maker and am so ready to just go sleep outside of their office being an unpaid gopher until I earn a job there. I love the atmosphere and quirkiness of the office and the people were so friendly and willing to talk to us and help us learn more about what they did. Honestly it was nice to see such excitement from people just loving their job and it really inspired and reenergized me!
For those of you that don’t know what Maker is or what they do, here is a brief introduction to their company. Maker is a multi-channel network for Youtube, which means they create content for many different types of channels on Youtube some that they own and some that they don’t. They have studio spaces, makeup and wardrobe areas, editing bays and an animation department in their main production building.
They also have a separate building for more of the administrative tasks. It’s a bit of a walk since it’s across a parking lot and then the highway but the same energy that fills the production office exists in the administrative office.
Walking to the other building:
Each desk area is brightly and uniquely decorated to the taste of the owner from Adventure Time collectables, Star Wars Stormtrooper masks, and to even a desk covered in pink lights and banners. Almost everyone we passed took the time to introduce themselves, give us advice, ask us questions and let us know to reach out to them in the future. They just honestly were so nice from the interns (one from Harvard!) to the sales teams.
What I took away from Maker, what they reiterated as we took the tour was that people don’t just “fall into” production or showbiz: it’s an active decision that takes hard work and effort. People keep saying that they got their jobs by “being in the right place at the right time” but they were able to do that because they put themselves there, they actively searched and took those opportunities to be in the place were they wanted to be and where I wanna be.
I really wanna work for Maker, I just really felt at home there and like it’s where I’m suppose to be.