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Telling Stories and Enjoying the Perks

Mackenzie, Class of 2008, bases his film direction and production work out of Tokyo. Telling stories is his business and traveling and meeting new people where his projects take him are the perks!


Where are you living now?
Currently I live in Tokyo Japan, but now that the pandemic is allowing more travel, I plan to be moving around again a bit more for work. 
What kind of work are you doing?
I am a film director. Making a variety of things including Commercials, Branded Content, Short films, music videos, and original series. [Editors note: you can see his work at]
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the freedom and fulfillment of immersing myself in a fresh idea and story with every new opportunity. I also get to work with a wide variety of people and no project is the same. 
What kind of challenges does it hold for you?
I'm usually working between several different cultures and perspectives, and you have to make sure any story you are telling will be universally understandable while also being told in a way that is also you, and not trying to please everyone. 
Did NIS help you prepare for your current position in any way?
Yes! I remember having my talents recognized and encouraged at an early age and the wide variety of teachers that taught there had a good radar for this in students--and I always felt like they made me believe that it was possible to achieve what I wanted to do. 
What’s the one thing that you really enjoyed about NIS?
I enjoyed the community and friendships the most. Day after day, getting to know my friends more deeply, as well as the unique perspectives that were offered by new teachers/friends each year. 
What’s the one thing you miss most about Japan/Nagoya? 
My parents still are in Nagoya, so I get a good reminder of all things NGO whenever I go back to visit.

What words of wisdom do you have for today’s Dolphins?
Well...I've never been asked once for my college diploma or resume. So if you're thinking of working as a creative professional, then I would think twice about whether college/university is really worth it! Travel and see the world as much as you can. NIS was a great launching pad for me for that sort of thing!


映像作家です。CM、ブランドコンテンツ、短編映画、音楽ビデオ、オリジナル作品などの様々な映像作品を創作しています。[編集者注:彼の作品は にてご覧いただけます]