I guess it’s true of most people, but I can’t really say that I planned out my career with any accuracy. By the time I hit college, I had a pretty good idea of the kind of things that I loved, and the things I didn’t. And college fell into the second category.
But at least it gave me the opportunity to take on eight internships, four of them at different creative marketing teams within the Viacom family (now Paramount). In particular, Viacom Catalyst — the internal creative team for all things Viacom — took a chance on me and it was an incredible internship. Michael Boczon and Hector Cardenas allowed me to use their production gear and shared their in-depth knowledge of Final Cut and Photoshop. They helped me find a lane for my creativity, and I’m forever grateful for that.
And these Viacom internships really paid off, landing me my first job as a production assistant at TV Land (a Viacom network) just two weeks before I graduated. This kept me pretty busy, but I started practicing my craft by cutting promos for shows during my off-hours and asking for feedback from the TV Land team (who were generous with their time).
Eventually this sidebar editing helped me get noticed and assigned real hero promos, which got me bumped to associate producer/editor on Younger, and eventually producer/editor.
Younger was The Little Show That Could. The whole marketing team looked at it as our baby, and the five seasons that I worked on this show transformed me as a creative editor. My boss, creative director Laura Kane, was incredibly supportive. When I brought up the idea of doing Inside the Episode shows for Younger, she gave me the go-ahead and told me “They’re your idea, so go cut them. Just make sure you’re telling the viewers something new.”
All of this taught me the value of collaboration and connection from the earliest stages of my career. I owe a lot to the support, feedback, and guidance from the people I’ve worked with in my career (and I hope I’ve given back some value in return). So it makes sense that after a quick detour via Hulu, I’m sitting in the editor’s chair at Frame.io now.