Q&A with our new intern, Marin

Marin Herold is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill studying broadcast and electronic journalism, media communication, with a minor in music. As an Open Eye Creative intern, she’s working as a producer for our Long Story Short series. Welcome to the team, Marin!


Where did you grow up?

That’s is a tricky one. I moved second times before second grade, but I would say Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh is “home” for me and is where I learned how to be my own person.

When did you first get into video, and why?

It was my sophomore year when I realized that journalism went beyond the bounds of pen and paper. Video has always sparked my interest in the sense that it can capture and recreate a moment in time that has already passed through visuals and audio working together. Home movies create such emotion that spurs action. For example, if you see an old video of your folks, you might pick up the phone and call them. The concept of using this innate emotion in people through video to encourage action is such a cool concept, and I want to use that to make a positive impact while I’m on this earth!

What is your favorite thing about video production?

I love getting to know my video subjects. That’s probably my favorite thing. But as far as the production aspect, I’m really interested in timing. With my background in music, I’ve learned that timing through editing is so crucial to the telling of a story, to the pace of a video, and the inflection and speed of a broadcast. It determines how and when an audience will react and then respond to the content you put out there.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

I love spending time with people. I’ve been blessed with a lot of kind, smart, hilarious, zealous people who push me to be better. I love exploring Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, going to Carolina games, dancing at night, and laughing over good food with pals.

What class are you taking right now that you are most excited about?

I think I’m most excited about Music Politics. It is so fascinating to observe how music taps into a person’s self-expression and influences how people think about certain topics. I’m taking this class as a part of my music minor. My dad used to play me guitar when I was younger, and I guess that was when I caught the music bug. Since then, I’ve learned how to play the guitar. With the guitar, I lead worship nights at UNC and play in the UNC bluegrass band. I also love jamming out with pals every once in a while.

Where’s your favorite place in the world?

This might sound cheesy, but honestly my favorite place in the world is by back porch in Raleigh, sitting with my folks or with friends, listening to music. My second favorite place has yet to be discovered. Maybe somewhere in the mountains.

What’s the last book you read?

The last book I read was Every Day I Fight, written by sports and life icon Stuart Scott. Right now I’m reading a book called Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, and I love it.

What is your favorite local restaurant and the meal you most enjoy eating when there?

My favorite local restaurant in Chapel Hill has to be Al’s Burger Shack. My favorite meal, although not the healthiest, is called “The Mookie.” It’s a burger with bacon-onion jam, roasted garlic aioli, and blue marble cheese on top. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

What do you want to after you graduate?

I want to combine the skills I learn in the broadcast and electronic journalism track with the skills I have learned through my video marketing internships to create journalistic material that will celebrate the individual, encourage the “universal” with unveiled stories, and amplify voices that exist but aren’t seen on prime time. Whether these objectives are reached through the use of video, photo, or text storytelling (or a combination) will depend on what is the most well-received medium when I graduate. Basically, that is a long answer for “We shall see.”

What are you most excited about during your internship at Open Eye Creative?

I’m so grateful to be on the Open Eye Creative team with this internship. Rachel and Liza are wonderful and passionate folks who really care about what they are doing. I’m excited for some of that to rub off on me while working with them to highlight the important work happening in North Carolina. I am also excited to learn the Open Eye Creative method of visual storytelling and getting to know my story subjects!