Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Wanted to do EVERYTHING, but couldn't find one job that would encompass it all.
Majored in Anthropology+Theater so I could use everything from biology to religion for my degree.
Fortunately, realized that films cover every subject -- and take every skill to make.
Went to work on a film set to see what it was like. I loved it.
Went back to school to get my M.F.A. in Film to learn all the things I didn't learn in college.
Did every TV/Film job on the planet, but got tired of job insecurity (even as a professor of film).
Worried I should have settled down and focused on ONE type of job.
Discovered that knowing about all aspects of film is great for working in public TV distribution.

Career

Project Supervisor

I help meaningful documentaries get seen by a national television audience.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Television
Business
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I get to my cubicle and start emailing filmmakers, TV stations, and TV distributors to make sure everyone has everything they need -- from tapes to contracts to promotional materials. The creative part of my job involves writing publicity materials and designing graphics. I also watch a LOT of films to see which projects we should work on. I travel to conferences around the U.S. three times a year.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get an internship at a TV station. In this industry, interns frequently get hired.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You're so good at [piano/math/drawing/astronomy/writing/etc.], you should do that for a living!"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial