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James Hewitt

October 13, 2022


Nidha Eakambaram

Former Netflix employee James Hewitt, starts at Lincoln.

Q: Where are you from? 

A: I was originally born in Hawaii and lived there for a while and then moved here and never looked back.

Q: Where were you before joining Lincoln? 

A: Before joining Lincoln, I was working for Netflix. I was doing a stop motion movie that’s produced by Jordan Peele, the same guy to get negative before Christmas.

Q:What is your job? 

A:Yeah, it’s this space. It’s kind of like a library. So it’s sort of a student resource and a resource to the teachers as well. So if there’s something that means students want to do or make that a crazy idea, come in, or work towards making it that includes electronics and 3d printing and laser cutting, and kind of everything in between and I help them do that. 

Q: What made you want to do this job?

A: It was something I always thought that I might want to do. But growing up, my parents and friends were always like, you want to be an artist? You’re never gonna make any money doing that. That’s a terrible idea. Unfortunately, I listened to them for a little while and thought “I’ve got to become a doctor and go into the medical field”. I started down that path and realized I was really unhappy. And I just wanted to be creating things and helping people create things. 

Q: Why did you decide to come here? 

A: I’ve been making a lot of things that unfortunately often end up in the dumpster because it’s for movies or for retail, and so it’s really fast timelines, gotta make it happen, and then at the end, all just kind of ends up as junk, which is really unfortunate. But I saw Lincoln as making less junk and making more lasting impressions upon the students. If there’s something you want to make, we can do it. You have the capabilities and it’s just a matter of learning the tools and learning the steps.

Q: What is your favorite part of Lincoln?

A: I’m stoked. So far, all the students and staff here are just wonderful. They’ve been so helpful in helping me learn the ropes. Also I’m really thankful that we’re in this amazing new space; it’s beautiful

Q: Fun facts? 

A: Like if anybody has any free time. Come on in. So it’s just this room that is open all the time during school as long as I’m here. The door is open.

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