Mitchell Robey is a digital artist from Boston, Massachusetts, who specializes in graphic and motion projects with a secondary passion in advertising. Focusing on modern and evolving digital art, he seeks to develop collaborative ideas through maintaining a variety of positions and experiences. Previously, he has worked with ESPN3 (100+ games), Amica Insurance, Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the Boys and Girls Club of America. His most recent designs revolve around his freelance company, Dreaments, founded in 2016, providing individuals with unique digital experiences and fast-paced communications. Robey has also served as the floor director for the Hatter Network’s weekly news broadcast, WHNN, and Lead Graphics Operator at Stetson Broadcast Productions.
What are your plans for graduation/career?
After graduation, I hope to live in Central Florida and pursue a career in either broadcasting, graphic design, or marketing. Although my family lives in Boston, Massachusetts, I would love to primarily live in Orlando, close to all my friends and the University so I can continue to help out my fraternity and organizations I am apart of. Also, I wish to continue advancing my senior project which was entitled “Dreaments,” a graphic design-focused freelance brand that most of my work at Stetson has been accomplished through.
Career-wise, I would like to work with Disney or ESPN, especially after serving as the Lead Graphics Operator with Stetson Broadcast Productions and ESPN3 for the last three years. If neither of those choices work out, my alternative is to join a freelancing or broadcasting company.
Did you ever seen yourself doing what you are doing now when you first started at Stetson?
When I came to Stetson I was shy and kept to myself most of the time. Four years later, I am one of the most involved members of my fraternity and have worked for almost every department on campus from Greek Life to Homecoming and even Housing and Residential Life. If I told myself that over a four-year period I would have a four page resume with 50 plus connections, I would have thought it was a joke but looking back I knew I was wrong and every experience or job I took on just led to another. Opportunities are everything here at Stetson and there is always a place for everyone: no matter your major. You can be a science major and still be the Director of Traditions for Homecoming (just like the 2015 Director was) or a marketing major that works on videos for Admissions. Opportunities are endless and you just got to reach for the stars and always take an opportunity that is given to you while at Stetson.
What advice do you have for someone taking their first course right now?
There’s so much advice I could give so it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few. First, reading and paying attention in class helps a lot but using what you learn in the real world helps you advance that even further. For example, I took what I learned in a marketing class and applied it to the Director of Marketing position for Homecoming 2015. This not only helps in the short-term but in the long-term as well as it helps you study while using it on a day-to-day basis. Another piece of advice is to always reach out for help. The professors here at Stetson are unbelievable, especially the ones within the Creative Arts department. They will always help you or give you guidance towards a project you are working on, whether it is a digital design or 3D animation. Take advantage of their office hours whenever you can and if there is a teacher’s assistant, be sure to reach out to them or other students for help. The Stetson community is so helpful and if you are ever struggling, you can visit the Counseling center, Academic success, or even the writing center. There are numerous opportunities to make sure you get the most out of being a Hatter.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned at Stetson?
Wow! This is another hard question – but I must say that the best thing I learned at Stetson, over my four years here, would be experience. The Hatter experience is more than just going to class every day but interacting with the community, inside and outside of Stetson. The DeLand nightlife, Stetson palm court, the CUB, the list goes on and on! Everywhere you turn there is an opportunity to take hold of. The experiences I’ve had at Stetson helped guide my learning and career path in ways I never thought were possible – from working in a broadcast truck for ESPN3 to serving on the Homecoming committee for three consecutive years. I can’t say it enough – experience is key to make the most out of your college career and I will miss Stetson when I graduate. Four years fly by but I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything.test2