Ariane Seymour

Hello there! I’m Ariane Seymour and I’m a first semester freshman studying Television-Radio with a concentration in Media Production at Ithaca College. I had very little experience coming in to Ithaca College in the media area and was ready to surround myself in every element possible. Right away, I got involved with ICTV on their newest show, “Freshmen,” working as the Sound Utility. But my “Sound Utility” position quickly turned to Boom Operator and even to Mixer at times. I realized that in this industry, there is no time to sit around and observe. If you’re around, then you are working; and working hard. But luckily that is exactly what I wanted out of a TVR major at Ithaca: to be busy and learning, so I had no problem being thrown into the audio department of “Freshmen.” Now, I have worked on fellow student’s film projects as the Audio Mixer and Boom Op, and I’ll soon be getting a glimpse at the job of a Camera Utility. My goal is to learn everything that I possibly can as in depth as I possibly can so that I become indispensible to anyone needing help with a project or larger scale production.

            What I know now is how influential media truly is. Everything that people worldwide watch on TV or see in a movie or pass by on a billboard or flip through in a magazine affects their lives in every way from what shoes they wear or which presidential candidate they vote for. Once I became a “parkie,” a student in the Park School of Communications, I realized how seamlessly media has become in everyday life. Whether we realize it or not, our opinions are being changed and altered every time we take a walk or read a newspaper just from pure visualization. With that in mind, I know that once I enter the media industry outside of Park that I must make meaningful and influential work so that the ideas I portray to the public are correct with my vision. But one flaw that all media professionals must look out for is the subjective view of the audience. Though one idea may be portrayed in media, the audience looks at possible ulterior motives rather than the actual words and meaning. It is important to make sure the message you want portrayed is clear and focused so that the audience obtains the correct idea rather than something negative or off-topic. With that knowledge, I know how careful I need to be when developing and portraying an idea.

Working on set has shown me how professional I have to be at all times. Though it may be an intermediate class project, the people that I have worked with treat everything they do with professionalism and focus. Because of that hard work, their final projects look like something you could see on television or a theater screen. With a lack of focus, things run over schedule and the sloppy quality of work on set shows in the final presentation – something that no film/TV student would be proud of. If I take everything as a job, then I will gain the experience and mind set necessary to work in the field prior to and after graduation comes. Another thing that working on set gives me is a network of connections with other upperclassmen, and an opportunity to work further with them. Starting with “Freshmen,” I met other students who would be working on future assignments who then asked me to work on their projects. Networking is key in the media industry. Without knowing and working with people starting as early as freshmen year, then you are left to work alone in an industry dependent on group effort. Networking is not only important for finding jobs, but also for making connections for group work. If you can find people who you work well with and who like working with you, then not only will you be set with a job, but you will also love what you do. I want to be successful in the media industry but ultimately, that is my goal: to love what I do.

 

 

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