October Member of the Month: Jude Sylvain

We have been happy to have a new issue-oriented show pop up on SCATV Ch.3 in recent months and it wouldn’t be made possible without the dedication and commitment of one SMC member in particular.
This month we put a Member Spotlight on Jude Sylvain in our latest “Inside the SMC studio,” a monthly blog post highlighting our members and their incredible talent! Jude is one of our community partners from the Somerville Labor Coalition and a producer of “The Somerville Labor Show,” a weekly TV show airing Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 6:30pm on SCATV Ch.3!
Jude is also a very talented photographer and videographer who in his spare time makes super cute videos of his adorable son, Jaxon! He is an incredible asset to the greater Somerville community and we love having Jude here as an active community member – thanks for being a part of SMC family!

1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jude, I live and work here in Somerville. I also grew up and went to school in Somerville. I currently work for the City of Somerville DPW. The fancy title that I use when asked what I do for the DPW, is that I am a Tree Surgeon.

2. What was the strangest job you’ve had?

Working at McLean hospital was one of the strangest jobs, only because you never knew what kind of day it was going to be.

3. Where is your favorite place to retreat for mental or physical health?
I would have to say walking around Boston and photographing anything that would catch my attention.

4. Who were your early creative mentors or source for inspiration?

James Elliot who was my teacher at the Winter Hill School. He always kept it real with me and guided me to be a better person.

5. How do you get past creative roadblocks?

A good cup of coffee? Right, that works for everyone no? I would usually give up and go out for a while then try again, or I would find inspiration through other peoples work.

6. How has SCATV/BFR been a positive influence in your creative career?

It motivated me to challenge my self again. Never would I have thought that I would find an interest in videography, but since becoming a member I feel that inspiration again with the work I do at SMC and personal projects. SMC staff are all so welcoming and willing to assist you anytime you need a hand.

7. What is your favorite music album?

Childish Gambino has dropped a couple of singles this summer that have been on replay but I’d have to say Kanye West, Late Registration. Its tough to just pick one.

8. If you could have entrance music, what would it be?

That’s an easy one, “Hey Jude” by the Beatles

9. What’s your favorite spot in Somerville to hangout or visit?

Currently, I like grabbing a coffee at Davis Square Donuts and Bagels.

10. In 140 characters or less, how would you pitch your show or who you are?

The Somerville Labor show touches on so many different types of in work labor, with union and non union work places. We’ve had numerous of guest that have giving there take on labor, from social workers, nurses, community activist and so on.