Drew Swantak ‘09 is the Photography Director at Thrillist, a popular online media website covering food, drink, travel, and entertainment.
“What I like about working at Thrillist is that I never get bored,” said Drew. “Our daily schedule varies. Thinking of new ideas is a constant. Everything we touch involves creativity. I’m always working on something different- and for me that works really well.”
My most recent project, a feature entitled “Best New Restaurants of 2018: The Hottest Restaurants on the Scene,” which features photos and video of entrees from restaurants all across America, is a great example of the vast skill set needed to pull off my job. To create this feature, I had to schedule photo shoots, develop promotional materials for the video series, and supervise a team of photographers, and collaborate with editorial, product, and advertorial teams.
“The amount of troubleshooting and collaboration that is necessary to produce a feature is often overlooked when you are first starting a project,” said Drew. “I think it’s important for people to have their own personal workflow. Moravian Academy provided me the backbone for my work ethic.”