GET TO KNOW A FREELANCER
Interview by Ethan Winglass (Greencard Intern)
This month’s segment of “Get To Know a Freelancer” features Michigan native and editor in training Phil Serzo. He has helped edit a number of videos during his time here at Greencard and continues to impress! I sat down with him recently after he gave agreed to be apart of a rapid fire interview ranging from superheroes to word association to NYC tourism suggestions.
GC: Where did you grow up?
PS: Lake Orion, Michigan
GC: Is that anywhere near UMich?
PS: Yeah it’s right down the road- I lived in Ann Arbor for a few years.
GC: Favorite childhood cartoon/show as a kid?
PS: Hey Arnold.
GC: Movie or TV series that you can quote the best?
PS: It’s between three- that are coming to mind: Billy Madison, Forrest Gump, or Good Will Hunting. Those are the ones that are on TV, well, were on TV.
GC: Favorite vacation location?
PS: OOh. I don’t really know. I don’t really take vacations.
GC: Favorite place you’ve travelled to?
PS: Favorite place I’ve travelled to… Probably the Pacific Northwest in general.
GC: Best NYC tourist spot? (Museum, statue, stadium, etc.)
PS: I think the Brooklyn Bridge. I really think the Brooklyn Bridge Park is just breathtaking. I think it’s probably the most relaxing spot in the city.
GC: Being an editor is obviously super cool, is this what you wanted to be growing up?
PS: No. I feel like I’m still an apprentice. I’ve only been editing for a year and a half- still just a student. A padawan.
GC: What’d you want to be doing when you were my age (21)?
PS: I think I wanted to be running a painting company. I owned one in college.
GC: What is your dream project? Any specific individuals, moments in history, or themes that you would like to pursue?
PS: I think the most interesting moments-- I don’t know what to really call it. Classic cowboys and Native Americans. The American frontier. I think there’s so many stories that nobody really talks about.
GC: You’re limited to one social media platform, which would you choose to keep and why?
PS: I think Twitter. Cause I don’t feel like I’m wasting 50% of my time. I don’t have Instagram or Snapchat.
GC: Favorite famous Phil? Collins, Dunphy, Mickelson, Jackson, etc.
PS: Phil from Groundhog Day.
GC: Awesome choice. Love Bill Murray.
GC: Superhero borough question: Who wins in a fight between Spiderman, Batman, and Captain America?
PS: I think Batman.
PS: He’s pragmatic.
GC: He’d stay back at first and wait for his moment- okay. He’s got the best movies too.
PS: He does, those are the best superhero movies.
GC: If you were in charge of choosing one animal for the Greencard office (to be trained by interns) and then live a high quality of life in the office for the summer, what would it be and why?
PS: I think that there’s a lot to be learned by training reptiles. They’re like little kids. I think just like a few different reptiles.
GC: Alright next up is word association- I say one word and you say the first word that comes into your mind.
PS: Star Wars
PS: Boogie Nights
GC: New York City
PS: Box fans. In the summer at least.
GC: Incredible, last part right here. Famous movie quotes fill-in-the-blank. These should get harder as they go along although I think you’re gonna get at least a couple after what I’ve heard so far.
“Oh Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in ______ anymore.”
PS: Wizard of Oz. Oh, Kansas.
GC: “I’m the ______ of the world!”
GC: “I am serious. And don’t call me ________.”
PS: I don’t know.
PS: Ahh I haven’t seen that movie.
GC: “You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery ______, to collect a bill.”
PS: I don’t know.
GC: It’s ‘clerks’.
PS: Clerks? Like the first Clerks?
GC: No. *laughter* My bad, the blank is “sent by grocery clerks.” It’s Apocalypse Now.
PS: I haven’t seen Apocalypse Now.
GC: This one could be tough.
“The dude ______, man.”
GC: The dude abides.
“Some men just want to watch the world ______.”
GC: Yup, that’s Alfred.
PS: Dude, Batman Begins is underrated.
GC: Oh absolutely. I think he’s referencing the Joker which is The Dark Knight.
PS: Oh right.
GC: “I gotta go see about a _______.”
PS: A girl.
GC: This one could be hard...
“Alright Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my _______.”
PS: Did you get that from Sunset Boulevard or Mrs. Doubtfire?
GC: Sunset Boulevard.
PS: Oh really? It’s in Mrs. Doubtfire too.
Phil isn’t the editor we need. He’s the editor we deserve. See for yourself at his website: https://philserzo.video