Member of the Month: Joseph Macharia

CMAC is full of individuals working hard to learn new skills, create content, and sharing it with the community. Each month we will highlight a CMAC member, their story, and the programming they create. For August, our member of the month is Joseph Macharia. He is a former CMAC intern and majored in Multimedia at Fresno State. He is currently producing two separate programs: a podcast titled, “Let’s Talk”, ranging in topics from politics to culture and the other program called “Kickin It with Lexi” which follows Lexi as she interviews athletes and artists about their craft and the world around them. You can view both programs on our website.


1. If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would you want to be?
I would want to be a hawk or an eagle. I like watching things from a distance and trying to understand the world around me. Being a bird would give me the freedom to watch everything and stay out of sight.

2. What is your favorite music genre and who is your favorite artist of that genre? Song?
I’m a big RnB fan. It was what I used to listen to after school back in Kenya. I love everything about it from the sound, to the messages, and the visuals of course. I’m not too keen on one song mainly because once a song plays I’m singing it no matter what it is. If I was to pick one however, I’d choose Tevin Campbell, “Can We Talk”, that’s always a vibe.

3. What is your favorite type of food?
I’m big in African and Carrabean food. My closest favorite Restaurant is in Sacramento, Back a Yard (Jamaican), everything on that menu is simply divine.

4. What would your perfect vacation entail?
My perfect vacation would basically consist of me hanging out with the locals and experiencing daily life as if it was my country of origin. I’d love to go out meet new people and engage in whatever activities my new compatriots had planned. It’d be an opportunity for a spontaneous adventure, and it would keep me away from the basic tourist spots.

5. What is your favorite novel and why?
I loved the Alex Rider series. These books were basically about a teenager from the UK (my #1 destination spot) who learned his family was part of the MI6. He follows in their footsteps and becomes the perfect weapon against the worlds insane criminal masterminds. As a preteen I was infatuated with the story because what kid doesn’t wish to be a super spy. Plus, I grew up in the 007, the Bourne series and Mission Impossible era, it’s safe to say I was conditioned at that time.

6. What is your favorite hobby?
My hobbies are drawing, reading, and sleeping. I love art, especially animation. it’s a way to express myself. Books are the perfect pass time and as a visual person I like visualizing stories in my head as I read them. Finally sleep, I’m an on the go person, so when I get a chance to rest, you can always catch me dead asleep from exhaustion.

7. What is your favorite movie and why?
So when I was young and overseas we used to have old programs run on air so I fell In love with Afro-Asian movies. So movies like Enter The Dragon, Black Dynamite, The Last Dragon, and some well known like Cradle 2 the Grave,Romeo must die, Rush Hour, Iron Fist, Afro Samaria etc. these movies were the first set of film that represented cultural integration in a time where there was still some division. Also as a bonus’s, I was and still very much into martial arts.

8. What is a pet-peeve of yours?
I have a couple of pet peeves, I hate repeating myself and people repeating themselves. I usually get things the first time and I hate revisiting them after I got it down. I also hate inconsistency. I’m a very on the go type of person and I like being on a tempo. I hate it when my tempo is killed because it ruins my train of thought and my work flow and I can take forever to get back to that level.

9. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
If I could have any superpower it would be something similar to Damino’s powers(marvel). The power to change probabilities to my favor. I’d basically be a walking good luck charm. The reason behind this is control, I’d like to have control of any outcome rather than be blindsided by unplesant outcomes.

10. What is a secret skill you have that not many people would know about?
So I’d like to think my hidden talent is how phenomenal of a cook I am. I love being in the kitchen and creating/experimenting with different dishes. It’s also something therapeutic to myself. I tend to dive deep into my thoughts a lot and cooking forces me to slow down and be aware of my surroundings. So it’s something that helps me slow down and keep my thoughts in check.

11. If you could choose to work for a major movie studio, which would it be?
If I could work with any studio it’d be Disney, with their current acquisition and their success in film, they are pushing the envelope and it would be great to learn how they got to that point. It would be an opportunity to learn new skills and learn from various mindsets, all which eventually funnel down to how I’ll improve my content.

12. What is a film project you would love to work on?
Miss Sloan was my last obsession and I’d have loved to be a part of that movie simply because of the layers of depth it had. The film was well written, so that the first person whose mind I’d like to dissect. Visually the director vision intrigued me and all the little subtleties spark my curiosity. I’d love to ask why he went with that certain theme and what element helped him elevate the story. I think it was a clean shot film without much reliance on CGI to tell a story. It’s just a really well told/shot story.

13. What peeked your interest in film making or multimedia in general?
I’ve always been interested in Film. Especially action/adventure based stories. I love stories that transport you and let you experience every part of it from the emotions to the thrill. As a kid who read a lot, it was great watching the book on film. I used to visualize the book in my head and when I finally got to see It in fruition it confirmed my vision. It wasn’t until college when I actually touched a camera that I realized this was my calling. I felt the same joy I had as a child when I thought of all the stories I could create with just a camera in hand.

14. Is there a specific aspect of multimedia you would love to get experience on and why?
Animation. As an artist I’d love to make my art come to life. I love how free and limitless this faucet of media is and how you can use it for pretty much any subject.

15. How has CMAC been a positive influence in your life?
CMAC has given me a chance that I believe a lot of people don’t get. As someone striving to be a storyteller I have a space that gives me mentors and equipment to create something unique and all at affordable price. I also get to a chance to learn from different members in-house and as a intern alumni this is my foundation. Overall, CMAC is home, the place that started it all.

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