As a Production Assistant I work under Production Management, assisting with office and on location tasks. In the office my main responsibility is collecting Digital Freelance time sheets, reviewing them for budget coding mistakes and recording hours for the various projects. At the studio, where the actual set of Sesame Street is, my purpose is to make sure everyone can do their job smoothly. I am one of the first people to arrive on set to ensure all set up needs have been made for talent and crew. I am responsible for talent and meeting lunch orders and set ups. I also have my own petty cash which I manage and budget. Of course, my final overall job is to do whatever it takes. I’m the one you can call if you need something done fast. I am required to respond to the needs of a variety of departments outside of Production Management including; Script, Creative Content, and Digital Media.
As a Production Intern at Sesame Workshop I worked in the Production Department. I served as a helping hand wherever needed. For the Script Department I screened, copied, collated and distributed scripts. I gave tours of the Sesame Street set to clients, friends, and families and for foundations like Make a Wish. I was asked to be a Production Assistant for a couple of in-house shoots for the Digital Media Department. When Outreach has a shoot day at the studio I was requested to be a wrangler for Child Talent. Beyond that all the typical intern responsibilities apply as well; answering phones, going on runs, and getting coffee and lunch orders.
As Camp Director of Camp Silver Lake at the Hockomock Area YMCA – Franklin Branch I was in charge of the off-site day camp of about 10-30 campers, ages 5-12 years old. I created a rotating camp day schedule, managed my staff of two counselors and a Counselor in Training (CIT), responded to parents’ questions and concerns, and maintained a safe, but fun, unique camp experience.
I started working for Camp Wigwanawan as one of the three Senior Aquatics Counselors. We worked together to give swim lessons, free swim and water activities for all camp age groups (non-school aged to middle school aged campers). I did this for three years and then became Co-Teen Counselor. The teen group went off campus every day on field trips and once a week volunteered at the local senior center. We worked together as a group to pick out locations and days. After the campers made their decision I would then make the reservations and negotiated to make sure we stayed within our budget.
Being a lifeguard was my first job which put me in charge of water safety and general pool maintenance. I have been trained in YMCA American Red Heart Association (which included water front training) and Red Cross.
After about six months as a lifeguard I was asked to be trained as a swim instructor. I have worked with children from infants to teens. I have also done private lessons and group lessons with up to eight children.
My junior year I was recruited to take pictures of Intramural Sports at my school, Fitchburg State University for promotional purposes. I maintained the photo albums on the Facebook page and others were featured one the Recreational Center website. After about a year, I was allowed to recruit a second photographer.
This position was through Fitchburg State’s activity board and was not a paid position. After working on the Concert Committee since freshman year I applied my senior year for Concert Head. I worked with my committee of twelve students to select an act for the major concert. In addition to overseeing the committee, I was the student spokesman who worked with Fitchburg staff, local officials and our middle agent. To give the best possible performance for the student body, I met with the President of Fitchburg State and Student Government to bring our budget up to $100,000 from the original $80,000. From this we able to host two back to back concerts for the first time ever at Fitchburg State.
This is another non-paid position. In my spare time I write in the blog I created, Ask the Young Professional. I created this blog to give fellow millennial young professionals advice I have received along the way. I share experiences from work, the stories of others and from readings.
My Dream Job
My dream job would combine a variety of personalities from around the world in either the field of TV/movie production or concert management. I aspire to work towards Producer, Assistant Director, Stage Manager and Concert/Event Planning.