Nicole Shepard

Nicole Shepard

Editor/Scriptwriter/Designer

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Wanted to work in the film industry, but everyone told me that's insane.
Studied PR, history, poli sci, english, journalism, then finally threw in some cinema studies.
Became a reporter.
Loved it at first, moved my way up pretty quickly.
Got what I thought was my "dream job" and hated it.
I quit. Mozied around unemployment for over a year and finally found myself at a place that I like.
I work at a place that both utilizes my skill set while allowing me to try my hand at filmmaking.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Integrated Studies: English Grammars & Journalism
Utah Valley University
Career

Career

Editor/Scriptwriter/Designer

I edit academic blog posts, reformat them for narration, then design the layout.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Film
Film
Travel
Travel
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

I meet with my writers, hopefully, they are in a good and malleable mood. We go over how to make their fancy academic-speak into something more digestible for a general audience. Afterward, I meet with the documentary team and we discuss what needs to be done to turn those bite-sized academic blog posts into an interesting mini-documentary (30 sec- 4 minutes). Then I write the narration script. When that's done I lay out the post into a beautiful design to post online.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Besides the obvious design, writing and grammar skills, I have to have good instincts as to what people want to read and how they want it delivered. I have to walk the fine line of making sure we simplify without "dumbing it down." Readers always know when you're talking down to them. I also have to know what to share in the mini-documentaries so that the message is fully formed without giving away everything.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Listen to your instincts. Don't waste your time and money on the degree that will make you the most money. Most people don't work in their original field of study. I think that's the case because most people are worried about money and image, but if it's not really the kind of work you want to do, you'll just end up changing down the line anyway.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Integrated Studies: English Grammars & Journalism
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You shouldn't try to go into filmmaking, there isn't a place for you there."

Challenges I Overcame

Religious Discrimination