True Star’s Digital Media Blitz Hits the Discovery Shine Bright Center

Marquis Sewell, Gary Langefield Jr., and Antifa Gladkikh are among the young people who attended True Star’s spring Digital Media Blitz. Participants learned what it was like to work behind and in front of the camera.

At the start of CPS’s spring break, True Star hosted it’s first Digital Media Blitz at the Discover Shine Bright Center in the Chatham community. The free event acted as a crash course to being in front of and behind the camera.

Taking place on March 25th from 3 pm to 6 pm, this workshop brought out youth at various experience levels.

“I was just looking at programs in Chicago that catered to creativeness, so I came across this, saw it was when I was home for break, so I just said, ‘I’m gonna go attend,’” said Zaria Fenderson, a sophomore at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Fenderson takes in information during the group discussion.

Fenderson is new to the True Star family and enjoyed her time at the Digital Media Blitz.

“My experience was really good. When I came in, everybody was welcoming. The information I was given was really good. Even just leaving, I was offered to do an interview, so I get to be a part [of things] even when it’s my first day,” Fenderson said.

Antifa Gladkikh, a freshman at Columbia College Chicago, has previously attended True Star’s workshops, including the On-Camera Personality workshop hosted by Michael Issac. She returned to True Star to deepen her knowledge of the technical aspects of content creation.

“From this experience, I learned a lot. Camera angles, aperture, ISO,” Gladkikh said. “We had an experience behind the camera and on camera.”

Christopher Lockridge and Sewell sit down for a “2-Minute Talk” segment.

Gladkikh plans on returning to True Star for future programs and workshops as True Star is ”starting to be [her] second home,” Gladkikh said.

Gary Langfield, Jr., the first winner of the Flip The Script competition, continues to show his face and freshen his skills by attending workshops as often as possible.

“This particular experience, I really freshened up on light. Lighting is really important and that’s always something Sylus [Green] has been big on ever since I first met him,” Langfield said.

Langfield highly recommends this workshop to creators of all levels of experience and expertise.

“If you’re a beginner and you want to put your toes in the water in this industry, this workshop is perfect for finding out if it’s for you. If you’re passionate about it and if you’re ready to go, ready to hit the ground running, this is the perfect place for you to just start creating and start incubating in your creative self,” Langfield said.


By Cierra Lemott, Columbia College Chicago alumni

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Written by Cierra Lemott

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