Biracial (Japanese/ White)
Digital Marketing Specialist
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Year zoo career began:
Mika Miller is a Digital Marketing Specialist at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium where her role is to design, create, and deliver photo and video assets for digital marketing to further the Aquarium’s mission to inspire others to Explore, Discover, and Learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. Her role requires and in-depth knowledge of social media and digital advertising. Her proficiency in photography, videography, graphics, social media, and web development is put to use every day. Mika often gets the privilege to go behind the scenes to film animals up close, including binturongs, sloths, penguins, sharks, octopus, macaws, anaconda, caimans, and more!
Mika was obsessed with National Geographic as a child and spent hours studying the photos. When she grew up, she initially wanted to be a forensic scientist, but in high school her forensic science class was cancelled, and she was placed in a photography class instead. She fell in love with photography and began pursuing it as a career. Mika went to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she earned a BFA in photography. Mika worked a variety of retail jobs, including becoming a Sony Camera Expert at Best Buy, before beginning her current position.
Mika’s favorite part of her job is that every day is different. Some days she spends her time editing videos and tracking analytics, while other days she may be filming a sloth up close. She wears many hats, which is a lot to keep track of but makes every day unique. Her advice for aspiring professionals is to make sure you are always challenging yourself and growing your skill set. Everyone starts somewhere, so even if you don’t get a job you were hoping for, keep going and learn from what you’ve done in the past so you can be better in the future. Mika’s favorite animal is the Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker- they are tiny with silly little faces and plump little bodies. She loves watching them swim awkwardly!