"I visited Bowling Green State University prior to attending, and knew at once, that I was at home. Not many schools had the same programs, and I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in video production. Bowling Green offered multiple opportunities to get involved in a hands-on way, and involvement with the broadcast stations was the biggest key to my success. "
Q: As the first Bowling Green State University alum employed by Quince, can you give us background on why you chose Bowling Green, and how your education has made you successful in broadcast?
A: Sure. I graduated at the top of my class in 2004 with a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences, and emphasis on video production. I have always been extremely focused and driven, with a passion for the broadcast industry. My goals and aspirations led me to Bowling Green State University, because their program was exemplary. I always knew where I wanted to end up – behind the camera; and Bowling Green had programs and hands-on opportunities that gave me an advantage within the industry. BGSU has a reputation as one of the best schools for broadcast, and I am extremely grateful that I was able to learn from their top-notch team of talented educators and industry experts.
I visited the university prior to attending, and knew at once, that I was home. I had the opportunity to start working at the station about two weeks prior to studying at Bowling Green. My first major job was running master control for the university broadcast station. In that role, I controlled the content that appeared on-air live. I was also accountable for following a schedule, which kept me on my toes, and taught me how to switch gears at a moment’s notice.
"As far as exceptional learning experiences, I have to emphasize that a huge part of my success is attributed to my involvement with BG24. The experience myself and fellow BGSU alum received from working there was invaluable, and we are able to leverage that experience to produce top quality video production at Quince."
Q: Can you elaborate on the experience gleaned from BGSU that has been most detrimental to your role as an event specialist at Quince Imaging?
A: I was very involved with local broadcast while on campus, and also worked for BG24, a news station that was run by students. I was able to get experience as a director at the junior level, including running a camera. That experience has been invaluable to my role at Quince. I leveraged real-world experience going out into the field, using state-of-the-art gear, while managing my course load and working a full-time schedule.
Regarding exceptional learning experiences, I have to emphasize that a huge part of my success is attributed to my involvement with BG24. Myself, as well as the other BGSU alum that now work for Quince Imaging, received the same core background working at the station. The experience we received from working there was invaluable, and we are able to leverage that experience to produce top quality video production at Quince.
As far as roadmap to Quince Imaging, I was hired at Quicken Loans Arena as a utility assist. At this event, I was offered a position working for the Cleveland Cavaliers to run the video board. I ran camera and gave technical direction, working mostly with video and camera. At the same time, I worked for the Cleveland Indians for a year. My experience with BGSU was well received by potential employers, and I can honestly say, I’ve never had to hand out my resume. My education, work history, and networking skills have enabled a competitive advantage that I’m very proud to say exceeds expectations.
I officially came on board with Quince Imaging via mutual connections with the Cleveland Cavaliers. My background and relationship with the Cavs, in addition to the sports projection system installation project at the Quicken Loans Arena was synergistic. I was able to provide local assistance for the state-of-the-art technology that was taking the NBA to new heights in 2014.
Q: Given your experience, and the accolades given to your alma mater, what would you consider the most rewarding part of your job at Quince Imaging?
The relationships. I’ve been able to connect with my team members at Quince Imaging, as well as recruit fellow alum from Bowling Green State University. Since our introduction into the world of broadcast, we’ve grown our client base, as well as our talent. Jared Calvelage, Tim Crnko, and Joe Phillips, are just a few of the distinguished alumni that I’ve had the privilege of sharing an educational, as well as career background with.