I’m sorry for the cheesy, obvious saying but those words have constantly been on my mind since I started college. I decided to go the productive route this summer and take some broadcasting courses. It’s pretty mind blowing how much I’ve learned in five weeks. TV Studio Production and Media Production are the courses I’m in and they have been exciting, challenging and constantly made me question where I want to take my future.
Working in television wasn’t on my radar before CBR 240 (TV Studio Production), in this class I’ve learned the basic skills needed to work at a TV studio and what it’s like to be in front of the camera. The class has such a fun atmosphere and pressure start off as a pro is taken off since most of the students are newbies on the field. When I chose the production sequence of my broadcast major I thought it would be smart to gain those skills for future work but as I go through these courses I’m realizing more and more that I want to be in front of the camera.
While learning the production route would definitely lead to a better chance of finding a job, if I don’t truly love what I do its pointless especially when now is the time to gain experience in what I want to do in the future. Looking back at takes of each assignment can be awkward and sometimes embarrassing, but in the end it’s a lesson and opportunity that everyone doesn’t get to have before landing a job.
I’m starting to see a more comfortable, slightly less awkward guy on camera and I’m excited to watch this guy improve. My other course (Media Production) let me go behind the scenes as I created short films for the first time. I was definitely nervous going into projects in this class because if the end product looks bad, there’s no one to blame but yourself. Learning about lighting, sound and angles when it comes to shooting has helped me feel like less of a beginner when it comes to filming and makes me want to do more with it in the future. I’m also learning how to edit films and that’s another blog post on its own but this is all part of the learning process.
Going into junior year I have an even stronger idea of where I’m going college-wise. I’m still focused on double majoring in PR and broadcasting but instead of producing, I’m interested in working more in front of the camera. There are so many opportunities in front of me when it comes to college and I don’t plan on turning any of them down so this will be a busy year for me.
What’s your summer been like so far?