Alumni Throwback: Kelly Nickels

Kelly Nickels, ’15
Video Editor from 2014-2015

If you could sum up your experience in Design Works in two words, what would it be?

Developmental and Experimental.

What was your first memory of working at Design Works? 

My first project, the Hunger Games video. It was a lot of fun and it was really funny. We made a lot of good memories.

What have you done since leaving Design Works and graduating from UNT? / What do you do now?

I’m currently a video editor at Twitch Studios, so I do a lot of prep for videos, archiving footage, and editing. We worked on a few mini documentaries recently. We’re also working on a live show about sneaker culture. We’re looking to do more original content in the future.

How did your time at Design Works prepare you for the future?

I was given the environment to learn new things. This really doubled my experience at Design Works just by having the time and support to try new things and learn about the process. Having production experience helped me get my job.

What about Design Works had the greatest impact on you?

The dynamic of the people I work with. It felt like a family here, which was something I looked for in my next job. It’s important to me to have support from and connection to my coworkers.

What was your favorite moment at Design Works?

The moments of pure chaos when filming were all my favorite. One specific one was when we were working on the Parks and Rec parody. It was the perfect moment. We all let loose and it was awesome. It was a project that I spearheaded too. I shot and edited it, which was a big deal for me at the time. It felt good to execute a project like that and the experience was valuable.

What was the most important lesson you learned during your time at Design Works?

Time management was a huge one. The experience I had here prepared me for the next job. I felt like I had professional experience I could pull from for the future.

What do you wish other people knew about Design Works?

There is this place on campus where you can go to hone in on skills and experience outside of your degree. It’s the best place to do that.

Thing you miss about Design works? Thing you miss about UNT?

UNT had the nicest people and it was surprisingly easy to make it a second home.

What’s your spirit animal?

Flamingo.

What is your brain food?

Mexican food.

What’s on your playlist?

Classical music helps me focus.

What’s in your bag?

Hair brush, hand sanitizer, umbrella, and a light jacket.

What’s your favorite color?

Teal.

What is your favorite thing about your job now?

We’re constantly challenging each other and pushing the envelope when it comes to our content.

Advice for current students?

Don’t be afraid to try new things. It’s so easy to get stuck in a bubble of expectations and comfort, but burst out.