About Me 📸
I’m Roo Smith. I’m a videographer / photographer currently studying at Colorado College but I’ve lived and traveled all around the world. I was raised attending schools on Orcas Island in Washington State, Costa Rica, Morocco and Wales and have been lucky enough to pursue my creative interests in all of those places. I’m an avid snowboarder, musician, surfer, dancer and outdoorsman but my real passion lies behind the camera.
The main reason I want to work at Cotopaxi is simply because I want to do good. I admire the intentionality of Cotopaxi’s business culture and, specifically, how the company empowers the local communities where it works. Service has been so important to my life and whether I was building houses in Nicaragua in middle school or leading high school groups focused on service work throughout South America this past summer, I want to continue working towards making others lives better in Latin America and beyond. I want to tell stories and use my skills to market a product that bring people hope, joy and knowledge about how they can better help others.
If I can help Cotopaxi generate even one small aspect of positive social change, I would know that my education, technical filmmaking abilities and personality are being used to their greatest potential.
Finally, on the logistical end of everything, I’m a commercially certified part 107 drone operator, own two Sony A7iii’s, a DJI Mavic Air drone, an assortment of microphones, gimbals and some cheap sunglasses purchased from a gas station 3 hours north of Volcán Cotopaxi in Otavalo, Ecuador (see photo to the left). I’m a confident Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom and Photoshop user and, for whatever else Cotopaxi needs me to be, I’m a lifelong learner always ready to embrace new challenges :)
More of my videos that aren’t as high quality as the others but might be kind of entertaining if you like to watch people do things outdoors