Thomas Springsteen

Thomas Springsteen

Student/Freelance Producer


Late Night Productions

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I served in the Army for eight years.
I was injured, had to have a few surgeries, and I was discharged from the military.
I was accepted to The Daily Show's Veteran Immersion Program.
That was a huge turning point for me—without that program, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Through that program, I met my future boss; he hired me to do freelance work for Comedy Central.
I switched schools to get into a program that could give me some real hands-on experience.
Right now, I'm focusing on completing my degree, but keeping up some production work on the side.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Communication and Media Production/Studies
William Paterson University of New Jersey
undergrad
Bachelor
Communication and Media Studies
Montclair State University
Career

Career

Student/Freelance Producer

I'm a full-time student who also does freelance production work.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Television
Television
Film
Film
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

They'd see me on my hustle! Most days I'm on campus, at class or at my fraternity, Omega Delta Sigma, networking with fellow veterans and planning events or community service opportunities. On days when I'm doing production work, it's all over the place. As a production assistant, I'm the first one there and the last one to leave, and there's a lot of busy work. But if my job for the day is to make sure no one crosses a certain line, I stand there and guard that line to the best of my ability.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

It's all 100% on the job learning. You could make a movie right now: you could buy a cheap camera, edit it on your Mac and distribute it on YouTube. Boom, you're a "director." Or you could go to film school, and learn the skill set there. But no matter how you come up, if you want to work on a professional set, it's going to be a whole different ballgame. You're going to have to start at the bottom and completely relearn the craft. Just lose your ego and be a sponge—soak up all the info you can.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Consume as much media as possible, and consume a wide breadth of media. Try not to be subjective; if you don't try everything you can, how will you know what you actually like and dislike, and what you'll want to emulate? You have to really know your art before you can start to create it.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Communication and Media Production/Studies
undergrad
Bachelor
Communication and Media Studies
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"Your industry is too risky."

They say, "You have the family that you're born into, and you have the family that you choose." I think that my family is great, and that they have my best interests at heart, but they're overprotective of me. I think that life is about making mistakes and learning from your mistakes, so I just need them to accept that—in my industry—I'm going to need to struggle for a little bit.