My work with GoHeels Productions started because of a class offered at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. CBS Sports Director Andy Freedman worked with students teaching them the ins and outs of live sports production. We were able to meet a multitude of professionals in the field and learn from their experiences while also forming our own on UNC broadcasts. For the class, we were required to work at least six events. By the end of the semester, I accumulated more than 30. In less than a semester, I became one of the go-to replay operators in the area. I worked everything from volleyball to basketball, trying to learn as much as I could about the industry. Rather than stay put, I asked from more responsibility. By the spring of 2019, I was directing ESPN and ACC Network digital events.
I love the thrill of a live environment. Solving problems with seconds to spare and trying to keep the viewer unaware of the logistical gymnastics behind the scenes keeps your heart racing and requires laser focus. But, something was missing.
A broadcast lasts roughly two to three hours. No matter the score, no matter the storylines, it comes to an end. All the graphics and stats you prepared are void, and you have to start over. The audience you capture isn’t lasting.
I want to make a difference; I want to make an impact in my field, and I know that I can do that in communications. I’m ready for my next chapter.