About Me

'If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ' ― Vincent van Gogh

I was born and raised in the city of Istanbul. I attended the University of Balikesir and majored in Travel Management. When I graduated, I became aware of the necessity to expand my horizons, and develop my personality. At the same time the global crisis arrived in Turkey. I had a great opportunity to think about the future.

In this process, I noticed that I had a chance to apply to one of the European Union programs. And I had no idea how to do that or how to participate. I had no strategy; no possibility. But I just said: ‘I'm going to act for it and realize it".



After sending out hundreds of applications, I was accepted into one of European Union programs, which changed the course of my life forever. The project was about a local internet television program in the city of Kamnik in Slovenia. It was called the European Voluntary Service -EVS. I volunteered as a videographer and video editor and took on the responsibilities of recording, and editing videos for internet television broadcasting.

The language of broadcasting was in Slovene language, so I've started to use all my creation and creativity in different languages.


In the process of my first experıence abroad, I organized another project independently. It was called EVS Volunteer Speaks. Within the project, I shared volunteers’ impressions to potential young people on internet platforms. I aimed to reflect European Union opportunities to potential young people who have especially fewer opportunities in Europe.

One of the most important outcomes of the project was that I've recorded and edited videos in English, Slovene, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Serbian, Ukrainian, Russian, Hungarian and Turkish.  On this basis, the project took a strong dimension and I received a lot of positive feedback. I can say that I had one of the most important experiences of my life.

After the project finished in Slovenia, I went back to the city of Istanbul. I worked as a freelance videographer and video editor for the EU Delegation to Turkey. I recorded and edited video projects about Human Rights and Volunteerism.



In 2012, I participated in the Leonardo da Vinci media program in Germany. The program was focused on vocational education and training, so we visited local and international media in Bavaria. We saw Germany’s creative side in a very short tıme.



From November 2012 to March 2014, I worked as a videographer and video editor at Detur travel corporation. Throughout the working period, I created many travel video projects, including tourism interviews, destination, hotel and excursion video presentations in English, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, and Norwegian.

 

Within this working experience, I also did a lot of travelling. I visited a number of amazing places such as Greece, Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey.


In April 2014, I was accepted for a filmmaker internship program in the city of Florence, Italy. I was an intern as a filmmaker at EUROPASS centro studi europeo. I worked on many video projects including teaching videos about the Italian language, presentations, interviews and concept videos in English and Italian.

 

When I was there, I was discovering, exploring and dreaming with my camera in Florence‘s incredibly rich historical and cultural heritage areas. I think it ıs unmatched anywhere in the world, where an extraordinary experience awaits around every corner.



In December 2014, I studied academic English at Camber College in the city of Powell River. With the program, I got a chance to improve my language. At the same time, I got another chance to develop my potential in digital media. I created Camber College's website and social media channels for brand awareness.

After graduation, I was accepted in the social media marketing program at Canadian College

My previous experience helped me to find a new opportunity in Vancouver. Currently, I am studying at two-years diploma program. 



At the end of the day, it is not only about a study programme, it is also a chance to practice Canadian values, such as solidarity, diversity and equality with people from all around the world.



In addition, over the last few years, I've been doing everything I can to learn as much as possible about film-making through workshops, work experiences, volunteering to do filming … I like to spend time learning new skills and techniques which I need for my profession.

I believe that learning and education not only take place in school, nor do they stop with the end of formal schooling. We cannot learn when we are frightened, but we learn the best when challenged and stretched. So, I am always open to new and better ways of doing things and I never let anything stop me - I learn independently.

While travelling I am always exploring, discovering, photographing and filming. I feel that travelling extensively has enabled me to be more open-minded and understanding of different cultures and languages. I also feel that I can better notice interesting or unusual situations.

I'm always looking for opportunities and ways to improve my skills. If you have a project you'd like to collaborate on, I'd like to hear from you: hello[at]cembilen.com

Thank you for visiting my website.
Cem Bilen