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Career Story: Video Production Director

Video Production Director

Job Title: Video Production Director

Education: BA in Communications, Saint Augustine's College, Raleigh, NC

Previous Experience: worked as a tv news production assistant at several stations. I was a contract Director per event for 5 years

Job Tasks: My responsibilites are to prepare the production facility for live and taped programs. This includes set preperation, lighting and switching the show. Overseeing crew during the production and ensuring that show come across without a hitch.

For much of my job, I work with several producers with different focuses: Teleconferences, live productions, and training. My job is to make sure their clients' needs are met visually and technically. For example, in a live production I make sure the three camera operators, audio, chyron and teleprompter operator are in place and ready at the designated hour. I make sure all production elements are accessed so that particiapants can view on line or via satellite.

I work alone in the studio but this is not the norm for large facilities. I only travel when a client requests that their event is captured in the field, again overseeing setup and production crew.

My job can be very physical -- climbing, squatting, lifting and sometimes a lot of sitting.

It calls for attention to detail being able to multitask. You have to look to make sure camera cues are being heard and followed. You have to listen to make sure that audio sounds OK and also look to make sure that the timing is correct and the video is correct before it hits the air. It's my job to make sure all of the elements are right. I am like the train conductor - I know what the final destination is and make sure we get there when we are supposed to and make the trip beautiful.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the schedule flexability when non-traditional hours are worked due to a production. Also, the opportunity to learn new production software within a small facility because of a small staff is encouraged.

THe worst part of my job is working with several managers that schedule last minute productions and sometimes overbook. This doesn't leave much time for sufficient turn-arounds.

Job Tips:
1. Intern, Intern, Intern - work for free, be agressive ask question. 2. Don't be afraid to go for what you want. 3. Know what is meant by Markets standings or numbers as this makes it easier to search for jobs and get your foot in the door. For example, a number #1 market is the best.

3. Also cable has grown and has become a major contributer in news, sports etc. Contact these organizations also for internships.

Additional Thoughts: Find out as much information as possible about the position that you are interested in. Research pay, locations, stations. Talk to managers about training

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