She escaped from her native New York two days after graduating from SUNY Albany. Armed with the ever so useful degree in History, the world was her oyster. She had two goals upon leaving college; one was to someday work for the History Channel and the second was to enjoy her 20’s. The latter prevailed, but it took a little longer than the remaining eight years of her twenties to cross that one off the list; Las Vegas can do that to a person.
Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans (John Lennon), and so it goes. During her time in Las Vegas, she was employed as a dating service coordinator and a family service counselor at a mortuary. Each position allowed her to study human nature at its most vulnerable. Between the stories she heard, the books she read, and her shared life experiences, ideas grew in her mind. A larger, more pressing goal developed; one for which she would be willing to sacrifice comfort and safety; she had to be a writer.
She went back to college to pursue a degree in film with a focus in screenwriting at UNLV. While working on her degree, an opportunity for an internship with the reality show Pawn Stars came her way. Seizing the moment, she left her paying job for the unpaid internship; what was one more year living below the poverty line? Luckily, she proved herself quickly on the job and was a paid employee within five weeks. For those keeping score, Pawn Stars is on the History Channel, so indirectly, she worked for the History Channel. Check!
So now she has to check off the big goal and become a writer; more specifically, the creator and showrunner of several successful television shows. She is not afraid of the work that it will take to get there, nor is she above starting at the very bottom of the scripted television ladder (she is excellent at getting coffee). She is ready for the challenge and she is armed with some writing samples that can get her climbing.
Name: Jill Delaney
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Production Assistant and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Awesomeness
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2015 PAGE Awards Quarterfinalist
SUNY at Albany (Albany, NY)