For the past fifteen years I worked in the television business doing news, politics, and public affairs coverage in Washington, DC. Most of that time was spent as a staff videographer at C-SPAN and a freelancer at MSNBC and CNBC. Although, I had a coveted position as the head of technical aspects/production at the White House for C-SPAN and am a member of the White House News Photographers Association I still longed to do something different. What I really wanted to do was work in the entertainment industry either in television or film, in any capacity. So now, I am pursuing that goal.
My time in Washington, DC allowed me to see and do a lot of very interesting things and cover or work with a lot of high profile politicians and celebrities. Because of this experience I know I can work in a high stress environment and do high quality work. I also know that I do not ever get nervous or star struck which I believe could be an asset in the entertainment industry.
With regards to my technical strengths I am an excellent hand held or stationary camera operator, have a lot of experience in set design and lighting, and have done extensive audio work.
Notable camera assignments I have had were being part of the White House Independent Pool where I was responsible for shooting events for a “pool” of networks and feeding it back to them for broadcast. This caused me to shoot dozens of hand held Presidential press conferences in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, etc. and do stationary camera for larger events. I also did plenty of studio camera work for MSNBC and CNBC on several cable network shows.
I have extensive lighting experience including field event lighting, set design, multi-camera interviews in the field and the studio. My sets have used between three and one hundred lighting instruments depending on the size and design of the sets or interviews. I was responsible for lighting six C-SPAN produced documentaries that received many television awards.
My audio experience includes hundreds of interviews, full event coverage for broadcast, studio audio, and boom microphone operation. I have mixed up to thirty separate sources in a single program including up to six wireless microphones, IFB interrupt, and live phone calls.
Also, in my career I have directed hundreds of hours of live television with up to four cameras.
In live television everything has to be done right the first time so it requires a high level of technical expertise, concentration, and professionalism; thankfully three qualities I
possess, so I was very successful in my television career. Having done so many high profile, high stress shoots over the years has taught me that I am capable of handling any task I set my mind to and doing that job with the highest degree of excellence. I also have worked odd hours for most of my career including nights and weekends and traveled approximately one hundred times for work which means that I am flexible and used to working strange or long hours.
Penn State University Park (University Park, PA)