Daniel's Story

So It all goes way back to the early 2000s after the whole Y2K scare and around the peak of AOL and MSN messenger was when Daniel's Journey into the Digital Arts started. It was an intriguing moment virtually and social media was the new hot thing. Of course, being an introvert at heart Daniel found himself behind a computer more often than not finding out different unique tools and applications it has to offer. From running disk defrag to playing Solitare, and installing large files off of Limewire and Napster Daniel studied the ins and outs his father's HP Pavilion had to offer. When Myspace hit the scene Daniel created a page for himself and began customizing the page background, the colors, and fonts. After that, he found ways to add unique components like photography slideshows and music players by going to third-party websites and grabbing code snippets. Being a teenager at the time Daniel had no idea he was deep-diving into the world of HTML coding.

“I had no idea that all my tinkering around on Myspace would actually be preparing me for my career.”

Daniel Arrieta

In 2004 Daniel attended G-Star School of the arts and studied theatrical acting for a year, and after experiencing stage fright every time he was due to perform decided to switch to the film and television program where he worked with sony mini DV cameras and Final Cut Pro 7. Making short films with friends and commercials for class Daniel soon grew to love being behind a camera and capturing any moment through the lens. Around the same time, his father gave him a vintage Minolta 35mm film camera. Allowing Daniel to learn photography with an analog device helped hone his skills when adjusting the various camera settings to perfect the shot. Daniel then graduated in 2008 having worked in various student films as a cast member and crew member.

After graduating high school in 2008 Daniel enrolled at Palm Beach State College and picked up an internship part-time. After a year of interning for Olympusat broadcast center, he was hired as a full-time employee as a content coordinator. Balancing a career and college was not easy for Daniel. When the grades started to slip he was told he was not able to progress due to a low GPA that's when he almost gave up on college.

“You are stronger than your challenges and your challenges are making you stronger.”

Karen Salmansohn

Daniel has been an employee of Olympusat Broadcast Center and in 2012 was promoted to Junior Editor working with Untamed Sports as his first channel. As time went on he acquired Cine Clasico and Aplauso channels to edit for. His duties ranged from segmenting shows, creating trailers and promos, and also filler content promoting various channels. After working a 9-5 job and hustling to leave work early to travel to the testing lab before a certain time and not being able to complete exams was proven difficult and almost made Daniel give up on college altogether.

“Beating yourself up for your flaws and mistakes won’t make you perfect, and you don’t have to be. Learn, forgive yourself, and remember: We all struggle; it’s just part of being human.”

Lori Deschene

After speaking to several Olympusat coworkers and getting advice from his Father he pursued his college education elsewhere.

In the fall of 2015, Daniel enrolled in the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where he decided to study the one subject he knew very little about; Web Design. Daniel's grades began to shift and he immediately started to receive high marks in his classes. He felt a motivation like never before and a burning passion for working in Photoshop, Illustrator, and his all-time favorite, Dreamweaver. Creating beautiful works of art, and presenting projects to professors felt second nature and after a while, the code just clicked, as if he knew it all along and finally tapped into it.

Come 2016, Daniel was promoted to original productions editor, which entitled him to edit creatively from project files and create trailers and promos paralleled with big-name networks. Daniel worked closely with the Executive Producers of Olympusat's Original Productions team to provide any need. He specialized in creating trailers for Spanish romantic comedies and Behind-the-Scenes segments of the various original productions.

In July 2018, Daniel received disturbing news. He was informed by Email that the Art Institute will be shutting down in six months' time. Daniel still had one more year to complete. So flustered, he weighed all his options with the advisors and their best recommendation was to complete a year's worth of schooling in two semesters. That felt impossible at the time. Through all the turmoil there was one piece of motivation given to him by Professor Ben-Ezer which has stayed with him till this day: "If anyone can do it, it's you."

“Everybody comes to a point in their life when they want to quit, but it's what you do at that moment that determines who you are.”

David Goggins

Daniel was able to finish with a 3.25 GPA and successfully completed 16 courses during two whole semesters and graduated on December 13th, 2018. Shortly after the school halted all operations.

Upon graduating Daniel was able to take on more responsibilities at work. He then helped launch a new streaming platform called thepalmbeaches.tv where viewers can access the website, mobile app, and Roku channel to view live content and on-demand shows, and even destination overviews right in sunny south Florida. Unfortunately in 2020 coronavirus hit the world and impacted several industries including the film and television industries. The Original productions team was halted and there was no more work for our team. On January 6th, 2021 Daniel had to look else for work.

Daniel thought this would be a great time to make use of the web design degree so he found a web developer job with a marketing agency located in Jupiter and began his web journey in February 2021.

After over a year with the marketing agency Daniel has worked on various websites from custom builds, WordPress sites, and even react websites, and has expanded his portfolio in ways he hasn't even imagined. Daniel has even been given video editing projects making promotional videos for websites and even creating short reels for Instagram.

Now Daniel hopes to further his knowledge in front-end frameworks such as React and Web3 applications where websites can be built and interact with the blockchain. Daniel hopes to one day launch his own NFT, and cryptocurrency to help fund a non-profit organization that helps children learn about this ever-growing technology.

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Daniel Arrieta

A digital designer that delivers awe-inspiring experiences with a passion for making brands shine.

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