Archive for '2017'

    COM Success Stories: Where Are They Now?





    Connor Smith

    BA 2017


    Were are you working?


    I’m at Top Golf Media in San Francisco.


    What are a couple of the things you do for them?


    I shoot, edit and produce original video content for YouTube, social and web. I assist with the coordination of our video projects, i.e. booking talent, location, set props, post-production editing.


    What COM classes do you feel got you best prepared for this job?


    I'll never forget two of my first semester COM classes, COM 103 and 104 with Paul Colorado and Kyle Parker. They were the foundation for everything I've done since. 


    Long-term career goal?


    I hope to one day oversee the creative direction for a sports media company. 


    For those recent grads or current students looking for work, what advice could you give?


    In all honesty, if you're not doing internships before you graduate, you're creating a bigger challenge for yourself. Take advantage of every opportunity! I'd also say maintaining a professional looking website and updating your resume constantly. Subscribe to email notifications about jobs and act like applying for them is your full-time job.


    COM Success Stories: Where Are They Now?


    Kristina Rosa

    Valedictorian, BA 2012

    SiriusXM Radio, Los Angeles, CA

    What is your title? Producer

    Tell us about classes which gave you the skills.

    The first class that Jan taught was very eye opening and really helped me start to brand myself. Also the class with Diane Fukami  (COM 200 + 210), Richard Hart's resume reel class (COM 495), and others!

    I really love how Jan, Steve, John Scott, Diane, Richard, and all the instructors helped prepare me for the industry.

    On Passion:

    Making media has been my passion since I was a child. I didn't realize it until I was attending another college, but I discovered it is what I am meant to do. The fast-pace was great, and I loved being able to create something and have it air on the web and television...and now satellite radio!

    The Academy helped launch my career and I am forever grateful.

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    Shane Tidrick

    BA 2016

    What's the job?  Producer at ESPN

    What are you most excited about doing?

    Working on SportsCenter and helping ESPN turn the corner into the digital age.

    What COM courses got you prepared to do this? 

    The entry level Final Cut class as well as Dianne Fukami’s newsroom class (COM 200 + 210). The editing class taught me the basics I needed to know to be able to translate editing skills to any software (ESPN uses Quantel). The newsroom class was a pretty close representation of what life is like at most studios, so I was able to walk into the ESPN interview with the knowledge of how things work and what they expect out of each person in particular roles.


    Persistence is key. Ignore the nay-sayers, external and internal, and weather the storm.

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    Mike Kreuser

    #WINNING: Mike accepting a Northern California Emmy Award for his work at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 2014.

    Michael Kreuser | MA 2011

    Where are you? 120 Sports, Chicago

    Title: Producer

    “I love producing because it’s a puzzle. Your job is to anticipate and prepare. How is the audience going to experience the show? What can add to that experience? You need to be as prepared as you can for things changing on the fly, put yourself in the best possible position to react to the unexpected. How do you create a difference in tone and pace that keeps it interesting?

    These are fun questions to tackle — especially in sports.”

    We’re really proud of Mike. His love of sports and his excellence as a COM student made it happen.

    Who’s next?

    COM Success Stories: Where Are They Now?


    Fabricio Sousa

    MA 2012

    Apple, Cupertino, CA

    What’s your title? Producer and Video Engineer

    What one class or task here got you well prepared for your journey?

    Digital Storytelling with Richard Hart was a formative class. It taught me the importance of fostering relationships with the people I see everyday and that interesting stories can be found in the most unlikely places.

    What do you like about creating media content?

    I consider myself a lifelong student and my job always presents new challenges and learning opportunities. This industry evolves constantly. You have to work hard to keep up your skills and stay relevant.


    He did it. You can do. COM gets you ready for the real world.

    COM Success Stories: Where Are They Now?


    Sophie Gallegos |  BA 2015


    Where are you?

    I am a contract worker at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara.

    What’s your title?

    I am a production assistant and coordinator.

    What one class or task here got you well prepared for your journey?

    My four years at AAU prepared me in many ways. I especially felt prepared after taking more tech-type of classes. Really being involved in behind-the-scenes aspects of production almost doubles as an internship. I would highly recommend exploring classes like The Game Show and producing work you are proud of in general.

    Give a current student some Sophie wisdom.

    There are so many ways to take on different projects and for you to really shine as an individual. Take advantage of your ideas!