I am a proud graduate from the New England School of Communications at Husson University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in communications technology, with a concentration in video production. NESCom is a private school in Bangor, Maine. They offer students hands-on training with professional industry-standard equipment on the first day of classes. NESCom focuses on professionalism and preparedness for the film and video industry. Operating jibs, Steadicams, Grass Valley Karrera switchers, EVS controls, dollys and RED Cinema cameras were just some of equipment I used while in school.
My freelance days started as early as high school. That’s where I first discovered my passion for video production and live TV. To this day I still work for Joe Spanos Productions on the side, my former high school teacher’s business. Once in college I continued working freelance, while also working two other part time jobs in school. Each freelance opportunity brought a new challenge or allowed me to perfect skills I’ve already learned. Besides typical freelance, like weddings and social events, I've been hired as a camera operator for multi camera productions, documentary shooter/editor, and many one-man-band hires. I am no stranger to early morning crew calls, overnights, and 14 hour work days.
Upon graduation, I was recommended for a job at a local news station, WLBZ-TV in Bangor. I worked there as a production assistant while holding an additional part time job in Bangor. At WLBZ, I was able to get my hands in almost all aspects of news and production. My duties included robotic camera operation, floor directing, teleprompter, audio operator, and commercial production shooter/editor. My experience at WLBZ was phenomenal.
After WLBZ and continued freelance work, I acquired a job in AV at PSAV in Providence, RI. AV was a good opportunity to practice skills I otherwise wouldn't have in typical TV/Film/Video environments. I was responsible for things like live sound mixing, stage lighting. projection, venue set up, and gear management. Overall this was a rewarding experience.
After PSAV I was able to secure a job at WJAR-TV in the Providence, RI TV market. This has been the number one rated station in this market for years. Needless to say I’m very happy for this opportunity. Here I work as an operations technician, which typical duties are master control, downlink/tape/record, remote production camera/set up, and other duties as required. This is my current employment situation; however I’m always taking on new freelance opportunities.
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