I am an associate producer for a true-crime documentary television show.
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Day to Day
I am in charge of planning the interviews we get for the show and later organizing them into how they will fit in the show. I do a lot of research on potential true-crime stories that should be featured and go through the approval process. Once approved, I have to reach out to the people involved in the story (police, prosecutors, friends and family of victims, etc.) to determine who is willing to be interviewed and all of the logistics behind that. It involves a lot of organizing!
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
Practice cultivating your creativity. You don't need to be naturally talented at something, you just have to be open to learning. Surrounding yourself with creative people can help improve your work and make all of you better. It is helpful to have like-minded people to bounce your ideas off of. A lot of things in the film/television world are learned as you go along. You have to have the willingness to go into some things with zero knowledge and just figure it out as you go.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for college students
Working in film/television, you have to be sure that you love it. If you are fully invested in it, then the struggles are worth it. As a writer, you are only a writer if you write. Find a way to balance your enjoyment of what you are doing/creating and the work that surrounds it.
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took: