Camiversary. (KAM-uh-vers-uh-ree). Noun. A celebration for the yearly anniversary of a member of the Cam Fam.
Congratulations to our Lead Technician and Spongebob Enthusiast Eric Silver for a fabulous two years at Camera Ambassador! To celebrate our favorite Delawarean, we sat down with Eric and asked him a few questions. Enjoy!
CA: All right, Eric. Tell us about you and your interests.
ES: I love to take things apart and... that's about it? Well, I also really like cameras. I like learning about how cameras and camera accessories work, and I like to take them apart and improve on a camera build with 3D Printing.
CA: You've worked various jobs before settling into Camera Ambassador. Which ones were the most memorable?
ES: I worked every position at one restaurant over the course of about two years. But, it did teach me a lot of how to exist in a workplace, especially a high stress one, like a kitchen.
CA: What did you do?
ES: I was a food runner. Then I became a sous chef, then pastry chef, then the line chef, and then I finally quit. I eventually came back as a server and then, when the bartender quit, I became the bartender.
CA: Oh, wow. So, literally every position.
ES: Yeah. I learned a lot at that job. I also worked at a bike shop and that's where I learned to tinker. I then worked for a group of super car dealers and that's how I learned about lighting and how to film cars. That's also how I got super into cameras - making videos for this group of car dealerships.
CA: What’s something cool that you’ve learned in your two years?
ES: I've learned a lot about the film industry and how the film industry works as a whole, just from working at a rental house. For Camera Ambassador, I did a training course for two days and I learned how to take apart Cooke lenses. They can be very intimidating given that they’re worth like ten to twenty grand. So, learning how to take a lens apart layer by layer and knowing what you're doing is a very satisfying achievement.
CA: For folks who don’t know, Eric is a big fan and lover of puns. So, we've decided to challenge you into a segment we'd like to call “Pun-Off One-Offs”, where we throw words at you and you have to think of a pun as quickly as you can. You ready?
ES: I think so. You're talking to someone who loves being on the spot and performs well under pressure, so, I’m loving this.
CA: You're doing great.
ES: That was sarcasm.
CA: All righty then, let's start off with: “Chair”.
ES: Um, I don't know. I don't really have a leg to stand on right now.
CA: Good work. "Camera".
ES: That’s a hard one because “camera” is kind of like the word “orange”, where it’s hard to slip into a pun. And whenever I hear the word camera, I just think of Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock and how she says “cam-er-AH”.
CA: No worries. How about-- “Lights”.
ES: If you say "rise up, lights" in an Australian accent, you get "razor blades". Sorry. I don't know. This is a heavy topic for me.
CA: Nice. “Wrench”.
ES: I mean, that's a hard one. E-wrench-ually I'll think of one.
CA: Oh jeez.
ES: This is generally tough for me since my puns are very situational.
CA: All right. So you’re currently cleaning filters. What is the situational pun here?
ES: Um, sorry. I don't know. I'm just really trying to clear things up.
CA: Amazing. Awesome work. Thanks for your time, Eric.
And now... enjoy a photo collage of our favorite Eric Silver moments!