(Editor’s note: The following post was written by Elizeth “Zee” Labega)
I’m a travel videographer and quintilingual translator. To me, it’s
great fun to look at beautiful images and read about the accomplishments
and passions of people from around the world. It’s also quite a thrill to
receive an e-mail with a compliment like “You’re creative” or “You’re
cool.” It’s easy to send them too, so I spend a great deal of time on
As I was reading a profile, telling myself it was late and that this really
was the last one before I went to bed, it occurred to me that I wanted more
interaction with the people I had “met” there. The challenge was finding a
way to collaborate in a way that was easy and fun for everyone even though
they came from such different walks of life, spoke a variety of languages,
and were probably very busy.
My solution was to use the e-mail function on About.Me to individually
contact the people who had interacted with me. I sent about 30 messages.
I asked these people to send me an image that represented one or more of my
favorite things, namely joy, fun, and adventure, and explained that I would
turn those images into a slideshow. After all, my mission is to make the
world a better place, one video at a time.
I worried that this was an odd request to receive from a stranger and that
no one would write back, but in the end I was very touched and inspired by
the response I got.
I recorded my voice, selected music, made screenshots of the participants’ about.me pages and created a video using those elements. I was also careful to put clickable links to their about.me pages in the video description box so that their pages, their work, their perspective on the world, would have just that much more exposure.
I firmly believe that the more we know about people different from
ourselves—and the more different, the better—the better off all of us
will be, and I’m grateful that About.Me was created in such a way that made
it so simple for me to reach out and ultimately create another fun
cross-cultural video project with such fantastic people.
Elizeth “Zee” Labega