The Team

Ship Location

Channel Islands, USA

Emily Ballard

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Video Engineer
Undergraduate
Ithaca College

Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?

I am currently a rising sophomore at Ithaca College. I am studying television radio with a minor in history. I have been working hard, participating in internships along with classes over the summer to prepare myself for this line of work. Going into my sophomore year, I will be a producer on one of the shows produced by the college film department.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

Seeing the Hobbit! When I learned about all of the amazing things that went into making a movie I knew I wanted to be a part of it. 

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

So many people! My family along with Peter Jackson and also Orlando Bloom. My family gave me the opportunities I needed to succeed as well as the encouragement to never give up. Peter Jackson taught me to go with your dream and made me fall in love with movies. Orlando Bloom not only showed me the world of Peter Jackson but taught me that even though you have Dyslexia you can do anything. I have also been encouraged by the crew of the Nautilus. The team has been there for me through thick and thin. They encourage me to do my best and remind me that when the days are hard they will always be there cheering me on.

What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?

Working with everyone on the ship. The coolest part about Nautilus is that you have so many people with so many different backgrounds. Hearing people's stories is amazing. Meeting people from the ship has also helped me learn a new language since most of our crew are not from America.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

A lot of internships. I found summer programs at colleges. I interned at the Inner Space Center as my senior project. I got my name out there, talked to a lot of different people, and now I am going to college for television radio to help me even more.

What are your degrees and certifications?

Ithica College: expected to graduate in 2019.

What are your hobbies?

Horseback Riding, Hiking, Biking, Swimming, Basketball really just being outdoors. I love camping. With my school we went to Utah for 10 days and camped, rock climbed and hiked to the famous arch. I also like my down time and enjoy spending it by playing video games. My favorite game is the Uncharted series! Also, I love to watch YouTubers such as Jacksepticeye, Dan and Phil and Good Mythical Morning just to name a few. I love going to see plays at the Goodspeed Opera House.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?

Don't give up! Follow your dreams and remember that no matter what you can make your dreams come true! Also, find a place that makes you happy. 

“I am excited to be standing my own video watch with no other supervision, a goal I set for myself last summer."