Kim Valaitis

Kim Valaitis loves to create and edit videos.

The 24-year-old NE Campus student from Southlake remembers putting her first videos together with her father for her high school band’s banquet when she was 16.

She then put together a special video for her grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, using footage from 8mm films, still photographs and VHS tapes.

As she watched the old 8mm footage filmed by her grandfather, she knew certain songs would be perfect for the video.

“That started it all,” she said. “After that, people would come to me saying, ‘ I want you to do the same thing for me.’”

While putting together another secret video for her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, her father almost found out when he found photographs on the family computer.

Valaitis told him it was for something else, so he would still be surprised with the finished product.

“My sister and I would put videos together for many hours and go until one or two in the morning,” she said.

Valaitis said she would spend an entire day searching for music to fit certain parts of videos she was working on.

“I would see what would happen with this song and sometimes it would be perfect,” she said.

Valaitis may continue creating and editing videos as a career after she finishes at TCC.

“I just don’t want to sit in an office all day,” she said. “It’s [editing videos] more creative than just doing papers all day.”

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