Annie Tuthill ’17 began making videos about the same time as she started ice sailing.
Annie Tuthill ’17, from Jamestown, R.I., is an environmental studies major with a concentration in communications. After taking a gap year after high school, she thought that Green Mountain College seemed like a good fit. “Everyone was super friendly. Also, I secretly wanted to go because my friend Madi Zeek was going here. She kept telling me about GMC and I was thinking in the back of my head ‘whoa I wish I was going there’ and then it happened.”
Annie is an active participant in ice sailing, a sport she took up at the age of 13. “I’ve been going to ice sailing events since I was an infant. I’ve been to a lot of places with my family throughout the years. I started racing when I was 15 and I’ve been racing ever since.”
She has travelled to Finland, Canada, Northern Italy, Michigan and Wisconsin to participate in competitions–she hopes to attend the 2016 event in Estonia. Annie has received numerous awards and medals including second and third place finishes in the world for short track slalom in the women’s division. Annie made a personal best last year when she came in second in the women’s division, right behind her “mentor,” a longtime competitor who took her under her wing.
Ice sailing is sailing on a frozen surface while wearing downhill skis. The sail is called a kitewing. The wind propels the sailor across the frozen surface.
Annie also has a talent for making and editing videos. “I started making videos when I was 15. I started editing ice sailing videos and then, pretty recently, I discovered how to build a YouTube channel with offbeat, fun things.” Annie has now had her YouTube channel for two years. “I’m about to hit 100 subscribers, which isn’t a lot. But I’m getting there.”
Annie brings her skills to the GMC’s social media team, a group of students that creates content for the GMC website and social media channels. “I make videos for them so basically, I film events or any other cool projects we come up with,” she said.
Hannah Hart, a famous YouTube star and creator of the YouTube channel, “My Drunk Kitchen” is an inspiration for her. “She makes funny content and she’s engaging and it’s fun to watch but she’s also just a super positive, amazing person.”
As for post-graduation plans, Annie plans on continuing to produce videos as much as possible. “My end goal is I want to use my video skills for the good and I want to make environmental activism pieces. So if I could work for a company or an organization that makes those, that would be cool. Or I could just freelance on my own. Video can do a lot and it can show a lot and I think I can use it to do good stuff and not bad stuff.”
Note: check out one of Annie’s wind sailing videos from the competitor’s perspective