Greeks gone west: A video profile of Greek-Americans

The US Embassy in Athens contacted me a few months about a neat project they were doing, in conjunction with the newspaper, Kathimeriniprofiling various Greek-Americans in various professions.  I made it on to the list, so they came over and interviewed me for an hour, and then crystallized the interview into the following 3 minute video.

They did a really good job. Hey, when you’re Greek, any interview that gets your last name right is well-done. :) (And I’m surprised I was speaking so slowly, maybe they drugged my drink, knowing how I normally speak.)

Here’s a pic of one of the outtakes when “someone” decided she had been left out of the picture a bit too long:


Here’s the description of the project:

“Greeks Gone West” is a series of video vignettes the US Embassy in Athens made about the world of work in the US. Through the prism of Greeks and Greek-Americans with interesting work lives, we hope to improve the understanding of US society and to show possibilities during a time, in Greece, when life seems full of limitations and frustrations.

Each video is roughly three minutes long and addresses how each of the 23 participants came to do what they do, whether a music supervisor, a film director, an HIV doctor, a restaurateur, an advertising guru, fashion designer and several other people, and what they plan to do next. We hear about their experiences and relations with Greece, but mainly we hear how they’ve pushed through the toughest parts of their journey. We plan to profile a pathologist, a music producer, a fashion designer, a chef, a video game designer, and several other people.

With the support of Kathimerini, you will be able to enjoy one video profile per day throughout the month of July.

Today’s video features John Aravosis, political consultant for the Democrats, writer, gay activist and blogger.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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