I got into my career by complete and utter accident. Growing up, my mom always told me that I should find something I love and make that my career – then it wouldn’t feel like work. I always thought that was a great idea and I’d figure it out sooner or later. But after I realized I wasn’t going to be an award-winning actress (they don’t give out awards to people who can’t act), and I faced the fact that I wasn’t going to be a famous singer, I had to choose a career path. And that’s when panic set in.
I hemmed and hawed at community college. I took general education courses, while trying out interior design – which required math, yuck! – along with a few other majors that didn’t seem to click for me. So, I was forced to transfer to the university with nothing to declare, except that I didn’t know what I was going to be when I grew up. Lots of students were becoming Communications majors. It seemed like a decent choice for me - I did pretty well at English, Creative Writing and Speech. So, I picked it too.
One day, while walking on campus, I noticed a sign to audition for the school’s TV news program. My friend told me I should sign up, but the thought terrified me. I can’t explain why I signed up anyway, but I did. When I walked into that school TV studio, it was like something sparked inside me. I was filled with nervous energy. And when they called my name, I walked up there as confidently as I could and read the news. The funny thing is, to this day, I can’t remember a single thing about my tryout. All I can think of is the massive rush it gave me when I was done -and how I wanted to do it again.
The professor in charge was nice enough to give me a spot as the weather girl and sports anchor for my first semester. I don’t know what she was thinking because those are two topics that are hardly my strong suit! But she must have seen something in me, I guess. I stayed with the campus TV station for the rest of my college career and managed to work my way up to main anchor and producer. My professor told us that we needed to learn how to produce in order to survive in the business. I scoffed at the notion. We were all there because we wanted to be on TV, not produce it. But a funny thing happened on my way to the anchor desk - I discovered I loved to produce.
There is something incredibly gratifying about producing a TV show. Whether it’s news, or talk, you build it from the ground up. Putting something together, piece-by-piece – that’s what I was born to do. The best part is to see all your hard work when the show is complete. And if the show didn’t turn out well, you still get the chance to do it all over again the next day. There aren’t many jobs where people can say that. I count myself as one of the lucky ones - I found my home in that studio at college. I’ve grown so much over the years and even learned how to apply my producing skills to the web. And even though I’m most comfortable in the control room, I still step in front of the lens every once in awhile.