James Fasino

James Fasino

Broadcast engineer


Capricorn Media Consultants (my own)

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
After the death of my dad at 16, I dropped out of H.S.
I joined the US Navy and volunteered to attend Submarine School where i also earned my GED, on a whim.
Attended college nights and weekends under the GI Bill while working days for 9 years to earn my BA.
I started part time at the local cable company.
I took a full time night job at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and so worked 2 full time jobs.
I did this for 9 years while also building a freelance business in sports, news & entertainment.
One of my clients was the United Nations and they offered me a staff position which I accepted.
After 15 years I left the UN, but I was offered a freelance position with NBC News.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

ged
GED
Passaic High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
William Paterson University of New Jersey
Career

Career

Broadcast engineer

Currently a free-lance TV/video cameraman & writer

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Television
Television
Journalism
Journalism
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

I am currently semi-retired and work from home using my computers to cultivate work for my new business and that of my friend's full service production company. We both have over 25 years experience in the field and met on a shoot then decided to conspire to build our businesses together. A typical shoot requires meeting with producers, directors and talent, setting up production equipment, running cables and testing out everything. Then we work together as a team to produce the product.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The broadcast television industry is a highly technical field that requires one to be computer literate. And, besides developing a wide range of knowledge concerning cameras, lenses and camera support equipment it's important to become familiar with a host of equipment such as vector scopes & wave form monitors, and edit systems. It is a highly competitive field and requires a sense of persistence and an ability to handle enormous rejection; of course this is true of most creative career endeavors.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Although I attended a four year college, I wouldn't recommend it to those who wish to work on the technical side of the industry in that it fails far short in preparing one to be a broadcast engineer. The curriculum tends toward the more creative side for those pursuing careers as directors or producers. I would recommend a school such as The School of Visual Arts in NYC because it gives one much more "hands on" experience; they bring their students out into the field to conduct actual shoots.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"An adjunct professor told us we had better love working in TV because we wouldn't make money at it. But I did immediately shooting social events and eventually made a 6 figure income working in NYC. And, that teacher went on to work at Disney World."

Being in the Submarine Service gave me a sense of invincibility and I decided that if the doors didn't open for me then I would kick them down. So I sent resumes and called people every day for 8 years in order to break in full time, and I withstood a huge amount of rejection. But, when I got my chances I overcame my fears and took the jobs, like the first time I was hired to sit under the basket in Madison Square Garden with a hand-held camera to work a NY Knicks game.

Challenges I Overcame

Father's death
Father's death

When I was 16 my dad died suddenly and I lost interest in school and quit. But, when my grief ended I knew I'd made a mistake. So, I decided to pull myself up and I joined the Navy. And, that one decision changed the course of my entire life.