Ben Lathrop was inspired by his home city Erie PA to help inform young people of political processes. He has worked on a number of independent projects in a variety of media and has recently branched out to motion graphics. Ben has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Applied Media Arts Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
What inspires you to get involved in the political process?
I want to help combat political apathy, especially among younger voters. Too often do I hear the phrase, “I’m not going to vote because my one vote doesn’t matter.” In all actuality, young voters are the most important group in politics. I feel they just need more information pertaining to what’s going on and how to make change happen. If I can help people understand what’s going on politically, even if I just make visual aids, then I believe I’m helping make a difference in society.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
There are quite a few people I’d like to talk with, one of them being Theodore Roosevelt. He knew how to get things done and didn’t let anything stop him from achieving his goals. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” He showed people that great things can happen, if only people are willing to work toward those goals. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
How do you recharge?
I recharge after enjoying a good story. An engaging novel or movie is great for inspiration. Storytelling brings us all closer together, so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to convey an idea.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
Work on a feature film, work on an animated TV show, and visit Ireland.
If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
I’d like to fly. I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to get around like Superman.