5 Questions with Videographer Mike Phelps
Whether you’ve watched a video of a surgeon performing a demonstration on the Arthrex.com website or the latest patient outcome video on our YouTube channel, you’ve probably seen Videographer Mike Phelps’ work. In his 5 Questions interview, Mike explains his role on the Video team and what he loves about working at Arthrex.
What does a typical day at Arthrex look like for you?
A typical day at Arthrex starts with me reviewing what we’ve got scheduled that day. This includes the film schedule for presentations or cadaveric technique videos we have with surgeons in the studio, or filming our corporate events or projects at various Arthrex locations. Or I might be traveling to film live surgical techniques, patient testimonial videos or events. Between these shoots, I edit video.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It’s great to be able to use my skill set to produce content that ultimately helps people better enjoy their lives. I’ve seen in my own family how a medical procedure, like the ones Arthrex develops, can change someone’s life. So playing a small role in the process is very gratifying. There’s also a variety of projects we get to work on and it makes each day different from the last. Additionally, I get to work with an awesome, highly skilled team who not only foster a creative and collaborative environment, but are fun to be around.
What has been a highlight during your time at Arthrex?
Working at Arthrex has been a great experience so there are many highlights to choose from. My biggest highlight at the moment would be working on the patient outcome videos. It’s given us the
privilege of getting to tell the stories of some pretty incredible people. To be able to show how their surgeon, using Arthrex products, has helped them get back to their normal life is always an exciting and rewarding experience.
What is the best advice you’ve received throughout your career?
The best advice I’ve received was on the first day of my career. I was on set assisting a camera operator and he said to me, “If you want to make it far all you need to do is work hard, learn everything you can and, most importantly, treat everyone with kindness and respect.” I agreed with his statement that day and have tried my best to follow it ever since.
What do you do in your downtime?
If I’m not working on personal film projects, I spend the majority of my downtime catching up with friends and family. Having moved to Southwest Florida only a couple of years ago, my wife and I have enjoyed exploring our new surroundings and taking advantage of what this area has to offer such as a diverse selection of restaurants, easy access to two vibrant cities, and of course the beach. And when we’re not exploring, you can find us, like many others, catching up on the latest Netflix binge-worthy show. Our favorite at the moment is the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul.
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