March 10, 2014 8:21:38 PM
5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Zai Air (Emory University)
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A: Media Management. with backgrounds in Psych & Philosophy. Emory University.
Q: What are some of your current projects or activities that you are engaged in on campus? Also, have you completed any beneficial internships/summer programs?
A: Part 1:
1. Campus Life Consultant on issues pertaining to race, social justice, culture, and entrepreneurship.’
2. CEO of C.O.R.E. (Creators. Originators. Renewers. Entrepreneurs.) Culture Group, which offers Creative Consulting, Event Planning, Community Engagement, and Artist Management services. This covers a wide range of things on campus from Concerts to Creative sessions/workshops to bringing in speakers about Culture and Social Change to Art Shows, Photo Shoots and more.
3. I also serve on campus-wide Commissions, such as the Commission On the Liberal Arts (C.O.L.A.) which engage in conversations on the direction of the future of the university, and how to improve it.
4. I.T. for University and Healthcare Networks.
5. Performing/writing/producing my music, as well as pushing my artists on campus and in Atlanta.
1. Production Assistant and Production Internship for NBC’s The Voice
2. Media Intern for BET Hip Hop Awards Show
3. Film Intern for The Horne Brothers Film company.
4. Leadershape Conference Participant
5. Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Forum Participant, 2010-2011. EASL Forum Director’s Aide, 2012-2013.
6. Crossroads Multicultural Conference Facilitator
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: I am a senior now, and to be honest I’ve spent the past 3-4 years of my life learning how to balance work, school, personal life, family, and my passions. I’ve made plenty mistakes, over-committed to things, and experienced failure. And as a result, I’ve learned to acknowledge my limits, which sometimes cause me to say no to dope things people say I’m crazy to say no to and even a lot of “good times.” But I’ve learned the value of patience and that when you remain working hard in your areas of passion, you’ll not only enjoy what you’re doing, you can also then appreciate the process. I just turned 20 in January, and I’m about to graduate from Emory, which is a huge blessing, and I know there is so much to look forward to. Also, I’ve invested in surrounding myself with people who lead passionate lives, and that always helps in staying focused and drawing inspiration to keep going, regardless of how much there is to do. At the end of the day, it is pretty tough to balance everything, but when you intentionally spend your time with people and things that you love all the time, the challenge is more than worth it.
Q:What are your top social media platforms that you use and why?
A: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. In that order.
Twitter because I love the quick thoughts and ability to connect concisely on a verbal level with people/
Facebook because its like a mini-community of real life.
IG because it just works well. (Also, I’m newest to IG, so that may be why I have it 3rd.)
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: I see myself still leading C.O.R.E. and working with my team, enabling people all around the world to do what they love, while cultivating collaborative cultures everywhere I go. I also see myself spending a lot of time touring as an artist and engaging people through my primary art form (music), as well as connecting through film, fashion, and even visual arts.
Even if I’m not able to physically touch the globe or even expand beyond the U.S. in that short of time, I know that messages travel faster than anything else, and I hope that at least my story is able to inspire people in other places to carry out the same mission I have wherever they are.