I will never forget the moment I fell in love with television production. I was in our video production class, a requirement for my communications degree, and had completed my required hours. I had been asked if i could cover the basketballs games two weekends later. I would running master control our standard (at the time) student station KBSU Channel 17.
I had only worked two weeks In the studio doing master control before to get my hours. I be honest the 1st time I walked or rolled into that studio I was scared. I had no idea what I was doing. I was sure they had put me there, because they did not know what else to do with me to get my hours, Bemidji State isn’t the most wheelchair friendly place I have been, nor is it the worst.
The first weekend I was left alone to play commercials and make sure the games where streaming online was interesting. The studio being small and basic was not so basic to someone like me, who never had even thought about production work until I started that semester. I finished that weekend and kept on doing it for the next two year. I tried training in a few people, but not everyone wants to do it.
Before I graduated this last may, I learned that whole studio. I learned how a student newscast came together, how recored in studio and live programing, and the pieces required for a newscast to come together. The teleprompter was no ones favorite, but it is not horrible. Updating graphics became my thing for a while, when helping with student program, it seems almost fitting now. I do love making things visual appealing.
I started finding myself happy to go help, wanting to be in that environment. I became good friends with some of the other students. I knew that I stumbled on something good when I would set aside the time to help with productions more then once a week.
During my last semester in college, I did an internship with a small Public television network. I miss it. My time there taught me that every station does it just a lil bit differently but similar. They were HD. I learned basic editing, how to to read their scripts, how important social networking is, that I learn quickly, enjoy deadlines, and that a news room is not a fun place to for everyone.
Both my intership and experience at KBSU showed that not everyone can handle that stress. it becomes one of those things, that you either can do or can’t. I am sure a lot of that has to do with fact of that you can be pull in many directions.
I do youtube videos because I want to learn as much as I can about editing and production and not lose the skills that I have already learned. As well as showing others that you can still chase your dreams even though you have a disability.
So, I am going to continue working on my dream.