Nothing get's me hotter than damn good cinematography. Currently working freelance and attending film school in Chicago.
If you liked this Ted Talk, I highly recommend the BTS video from Wall-E where Roger Deakins comes in as visual consultants and bridges the gap between lighting for film and lighting for animation. Great look into Deakins' workflow and visual styling.
Something not really touched upon, but I think is good to mention is Friendly Competition.
Competition is always healthy for growth and development. As someone currently attending film school, I can tell you that you really do feel like a small fish in a very large pond. Being surrounded by some talented individuals really pushes you to stand out and find your voice. Plus, you want to get hired instead of the other guy, right? Nothing wrong with some competition.