Spotlights

Luisa Salazar, WPUNJ ’17

Luisa Salazar is a senior at William Paterson University, with a major in communication and a minor in media production and communication studies. Salazar discusses her passion for radio and her current music programming internship at SiriusXM Radio.

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Where are you currently interning and how long have you been there?

I intern at SiriusXM and have been here for 4 months

What is your major and minor? Do they have anything to do with what you’re doing at your internship?

My major is communication and my minor is media production and communication studies. As a media production major I’m specialized in audio production. Everything that I’ve learned at school – I’ve applied to my day-to day at SiriusXM.

What is a day in the life of an intern? Do your tasks vary or stay the same on a day to day basis?

My tasks vary but they all relate to music programming. I typically help load voice tracks, edit interviews, ingest music among other things. I’m also in charge of doing the phone screening for two live shows.

How exactly did you pursue this internship? What was the process like from applying to then getting the internship?

I found the recruiter’s email and contacted her about my interest in the internship. I had a phone interview with the internship recruiter and then an in person interview with my music programming managers. After I followed up with the recruiter was when I found out that I had gotten the internship.

What are your end goals when it comes to your career? Do you believe your internship has helped you get closer to those goals?

Ultimately I want to host a morning radio show and I do think that this internship is a step in the right direction.

If you could have any job you wanted after you graduate, what would it be and why?

After graduation an ideal job would be a co-host of a morning radio show. This is what I’ve worked towards for these last four years of my college career.

What advice would you give to a student that wants to pursue a career in entertainment or more specifically production? Is there a specific path they should take?

Some advice i would give would be, if you love radio for all the right reasons (you love music, sharing ideas with others) then go for it – but if you go into it for fame or money, you will quickly fail.

 

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Nicole Darrah, WPUNJ 2016

Nicole Darrah graduated William Paterson in 2016, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She currently works as a Ticker Writer and Breaking News Producer at Fox News and has interned at large media companies such as VH1 and ABC. Darrah tells reader her experience as an intern and advice on keeping your dream alive in the entertainment industry.

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How do you believe your time at William Paterson prepared you for your post graduate life?

Looking back as a communication student at WPUNJ, I realize I learned a lot that prepared me for post-grad life. The professors were knowledgeable and the classes were information and relevant to my daily news life.

What clubs or activities were you involved in at William Paterson and how do you believe they have helped you so far?

As a student I wrote briefly for the Pioneer Times and worked in the WPTV studios as part of my classwork. By far, my time in broadcast news classes were the most beneficial as I now write news professionally each day.

You currently work at Fox News, how was the process of getting this job? What advice do you have for undergrads who are in the process of applying for jobs?

Fox is great when it comes to hiring young, talented people – most of the people I work with are millennials. The job application process was simple enough: I applied online to production assistant positions, heard back from a recruiter who gave me a list of jobs I was eligible to interview for (that weren’t PA positions) and then interviewed from there.

Advice for undergrads: Apply everywhere, even if you’re not sure it’s something you want to do. I didn’t necessarily want to be a production assistant, as I’m more interested in the editorial side rather than production aspect of news – but as you can see, I was presented with the opportunity to write after Fox reached out to me and we discussed what I wanted to do. You never know what can happen after submitting an application, so I highly suggest applying every place possible.

Where have you interned and how have those internships helped you in your career?

During college I interned with VH1 at Viacom, as well as 7 On Your Side at WABC-TV. My time at VH1 was helpful because I learned a lot about the use of social media in a professional environment and I’ve definitely used that experience as a stepping stone in this digital age. But it was my time spent at Channel 7 that really opened my eyes to the industry: I worked in a newsroom, sat in on daily news meetings and ultimately worked hands-on both in and out of the field. These internships allowed me to briefly step out into the “real world” while still working as a student.

What is your ultimate goal career wise? What is your dream job and how will you go about reaching that dream job?

Before and during college, I always thought my dream was to work on-air as a correspondent or local reporter. But now working in the industry for the past 8 or so months, I believe I’ve lost sight (for lack of a better term) of that goal and now see paths leading in other directions, which I don’t see as a bad thing. I was recently offered a job as a breaking news producer with FoxNews.com – not on-air, nor with “television news,” per se. I think I still have the goal of working on-air as a journalist but where my career may take me, no one knows.

What advice do you have for graduating seniors about post graduate life and the “real world”?

Like I said before, if you’re graduating college – apply EVERYWHERE. It’s so important to get your name and your resume out there and to let a variety of companies know that you’re available. The “real world” isn’t glamorous (but once you get a job, it does come with a nice paycheck!), and you shouldn’t fantasize it to be. My most important piece of advice would be to not give up hope if you’re facing obstacles and find walls are blocking your path to finding a job. It took me 4 months from graduation to joining Fox News, while some of my friends were offered jobs before even graduating – but next week I’ll be working as a news producer in one of the largest media organizations in the world, so I’d say working hard and remaining hopeful worked out for me in the end!

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Thaddeus Danquah, WPUNJ ’16

Thaddeus Danquah graduated William Paterson University in 2016, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. He is a current Production Intern at The View for ABC and has formerly interned at WABC in New York City. Danquah gives his first hand account as an entertainment intern and tips for readers on how to get involved during and after college ends.

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How do you believe your time at William Paterson prepared you for your post graduate life? 

Being at William Paterson allowed me to explore different mediums (radio, television, and print) and figure out which one was best for me. Also, having Professors who have been in the same place that I am now and hearing their stories about starting their careers, made me aware of how difficult it can be after college. But they also reinforced the importance of doing what you love and staying driven to do it well.

 

What clubs or activities were you involved in at William Paterson and how do you believe they have helped you so far?

As an undergraduate I was involved in WPTV-6, and WPSC 88.7, which allowed me to get more hands-on experience in television and radio than I would from my courses and helped prepare me for working in a real production setting. I was also involved in SAPB (Student Activity Programming Board) and was a Writer for The Beacon. Being in SAPB helped me enhance my organization and communication skills, and writing for The Beacon improved my writing and made me better on working on a deadline.

 

You currently intern at The View, how was the process of getting this internship? Many undergrads might not know some companies accept post grads for internships. What advice do you have for undergrads who are hesitant to apply for internships after graduation?

I had finished interning at WABC-TV on a show called Here and Now and I was applying to different positions at various companies. After some time, a member of the production team at The View reached out to schedule an interview. We met the next day and a few weeks later I landed the internship.

I think recent graduates shouldn’t close themselves off to applying for internships. Just because it isn’t a full-time job, you never know where it can lead or the connections you can make. Plus, it’s rare whenever there are internships open for recent graduates. So if the opportunity is there, go for it.

 

What is your favorite part of your current internship? What is your day to day at The View?

My favorite part about this internship is asking questions and listening to the stories of these veteran media professionals.

My daily schedule varies. Some days I work with the media coordinators pulling clips for the show, or observing/standing in for rehearsals on set. Other days I’m observing from the control room, or assisting a producer with guest teases before their segment. It varies day to day.

 

Where have you interned so far other than The View and how have those internships helped you in your career?

Prior to interning at The View, I was an intern at WABC-TV on a show called Here and Now and WDHA FM/WMTR AM in New Jersey. Being at Here and Now gave me the experience of working on a network program and learning all the different aspects that go into making the show move smoothly. Interning at WDHA FM/WMTR AM showed me that working in media takes effort and skill and isn’t glamorous.

 

What is your ultimate goal career wise? What is your dream job and how will you go about reaching that dream job?

My ultimate goal is to have my own production company and create. My dream job is having my own production company. I don’t know exactly how I’ll get there, but seeing people like Issa Rae having their own businesses and thriving makes me optimistic.

 

What advice do you have for graduating seniors about post graduate life and the “real world”?

I think you should keep yourself busy. Whether it’s working, grad school, interning, or even volunteering, just don’t become stagnant.

 

What are your plans after this internship ends?

I’m planning to be employed after my internship, hopefully. Only time will tell.

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Trevor Davis, WPUNJ ’17

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Trevor Davis is a senior at William Paterson University majoring in Popular Music and minoring in Music Management and Legal Studies. He is a current Performance Rights/Copyright Services intern at The Orchard, an independent distribution company owned by Sony Music Entertainment. Davis gives readers advice on how to stay involved, his current internship and future plans in the entertainment industry.

Where are you currently interning and how long have you been there?

I am currently interning at The Orchard, one of two music distribution companies under Sony Music. I began my current internship for the company in mid January working in the Performance Rights/Copyright Services Department, however I was previously an intern last summer for the same company in the Video Services Department.

What is your major and minor? Do they have anything to do with what you’re doing at your internship?

My major is Popular Music and my minors are Legal Studies and Music Management. They correspond well with my internship because the course structure is based around the music industry, how it works, and how to navigate it whatever your approach, be it Songwriting or Entertainment Law. I steered towards the business aspect of the industry and am interested in things like revenue flow, royalty management, and copyright which led me to The Orchard.

What is a day in the life of an intern at The Orchard? Do your tasks vary or stay the same on a day to day basis?

There are about 4-5 tasks that I have been assigned, but most of them are ongoing projects involving global collection societies and the royalties they pay to our artists. My assignments are generally to find revenue discrepancies, update our database, or analyze data about our artists music and where it is being streamed, bought, stolen, or otherwise heard. These issues are being tackled by the entire team, which means that I work on different aspects of the process. I will generally work on a project for 1-3 days before beginning a project with another country’s collection society. The Orchard has a welcoming but professional atmosphere where employees are friends and are constantly collaborating. It is business casual and high energy environment where creativity is key and where people care about the music. Many are players and actors and writers and brilliant minds that share a common passion for the industry and the music that it revolves around, which shows in the faces of everyone there and in the success the company has worked so hard for.   

How exactly did you pursue this internship? What was the process like from applying to then getting the internship?

My cousin is a software developer and website function designer for The Orchard so I reached out to him last spring about the possibility of interning. He said he would put in a good word if I applied online so I did, got a phone interview with the head of Video Services , then an in person interview, and they brought me on for the summer. I kept in contact with them the following semester and decided I wanted to do another, but in a different branch of the company. I decided on Copyright Services and the process was identical.
What are your end goals when it comes to your career? Do you believe your internship has helped you get closer to those goals?

I have no specific end goal as of this moment. I know I want to work in the industry and help to lift artists to greater heights. I have been working in the technical side and I enjoy it, but I am thinking about a switch to a Talent Agency program and pursuing that. I was always very intent on learning the specifics of cutting a deal, whether it is with an artist getting signed, an actor getting placed, or any other type of deal. Another part of me wants my own business in the future. I am not entirely set or specific on a career path yet, and although it is daunting to be facing real life, I am confident I will find where I need to go. This internship has shown me a perspective that I never had and gave me the opportunity to work with great people on interesting and meaningful projects. It gave me confidence and experience in the industry and although I would like to work there post graduation, I know they helped give me skills I can take anywhere.

If you could have any job you wanted after you graduate, what would it be and why?

I would love to work at The Orchard with any of the artist services teams, they all seem fun, smart, and like they enjoy the company. I like working with the cogs in the wheel that make the industry go, and being there would be a very beneficial and interesting way to begin my career.

What advice would you give to a student that wants to pursue a career in entertainment copyright law? Is there a specific path they should take?

Do internships. Go out and do things in the industry because when you do, you find the things you like, and you also find the things you don’t, which is just as important. Finding out that what you thought was cool is actually uninteresting, is a huge favor, and getting a taste of things you like makes you curious and inspired, gives you experience, and provides a new network to connect with. And always stay passionate, if you lose that, you lose everything.