When I first enrolled in the Reality Television Production class, I had no idea what to expect. Most classes have decent hands-on experience, but I sometimes feel like I spend more time hearing about what to do in the field rather than actually doing it.
It was shocking enough to walk into the studio in Olds Hall and see edit bays, desks, and a number of Emmy Awards rather than a whiteboard and some tables. I was even more shocked when an instructor who is also a producer for MSU’s Big Ten Network shows told us we were working on a show that was going to air on TV.
I was pretty nervous the first day of class. I felt like I was diving head first into a job I didn’t know much about, and I either was going to make an idiot out of myself, have a meltdown, or both. Of course throughout the semester, I actually did both of those things.
If you saw a girl sobbing in the comm arts elevator, that was me after I failed to save my first project and lost three hours of work. The high points of the class outweighed the very few lows. I took everything as a learning experience, and having Al Moreno from Communications and Brand Strategy as my Avid technology instructor on Fridays really helped me with the challenges.
The first couple weeks of class I thought Avid was going to be the most daunting part, but figuring out how to match my schedule with cast members’ schedules and going to film them every week was definitely the biggest challenge.
I really enjoyed getting to know the students we followed for Inside Out. I love learning about all the different colleges, majors, activities, and athletics that I don’t get to be around on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes I get trapped in my own little world, and I forget how many different kinds of Spartans there are from all over the world right on the same campus. These students, some older and some younger, all blew my mind with their talents, interests, and awesome personalities. I am pretty sure that my IQ went up just from spending time with Craig Pearson.
When you are handed real client work, you get out there, mess up, learn from your mistakes, and eventually succeed. That’s where the real learning is. My instructors taught me that you never make excuses, and never give a disclaimer. Take credit for what you do and always do your best.