Raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut, I learned the meaning of diligence at a very early age. According to Dictionary.com diligence is described as a constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken, persistent exertion of body or mind. What obstacle could a sixth grade boy possibly overcome and be overtly proud of? I was diagnosed with a disease. I was bitten by the theater bug and there was no possible cure. Do I consider my self an actor? Singer? Dancer? No. I am an entertainer and a performer. I love to make people feel emotions. Through the arts we can create emotions within audiences of masses or smaller groups, even one on one.
At Ithaca College, I have begun to surround my self with opportunities to further my knowledge in the Television and media industries. I participate in TV shows on ICTV, starting with a new scripted comedy called Freshman where I played Joe, an incoming college freshman obsessed with girls, partying and being cool. Other shows I have been a part of include Poutine on the Fritz, where I played a nerdy boy who is transformed into a robot-type creature, and NewsWatch 16. NewsWatch 16 was an amazing production to be a part of. I was an assistant-producer and every week I would go in and write stories that would be broadcast on the news, as well as work the teleprompter during the broadcast. I have declared a Media Production concentration for my Television-Radio major. In my classes at Roy H. Park, I have made music video's, documentaries, directed a five minute talk show, ran the switcher board, hosted a game show, and more. These opportunities have opened me up to so many new and wonderful experiences. These experiences have given me the tools to want to further my knowledge and involvement in the television-radio department, as well as on ICTV, and next spring I hope to produce my own television show called The Boys of 213.
There are 240,0000,000 Televisions in the U.S. and Facebook has 310 Million users a day that visit it's website. These facts are incredible and we can use the technology to reach so many people. People who can create, people who can dream, people who can affect the lives of other people, whether small changes or large scale shifts, we each can work together to better our world and produce entertainment and media that will inspire a bigger, and brighter future.
With our rapidly changing and digitally driven society, we should be looking beyond the horizon of what we can do, but instead we must start destroying our limits and striving for above and beyond. For instance; do we start creating entertainment media solely for the internet? We have so many ways to watch our favorite shows now that isn't on our 42 inch screen. We can watch programs on Hulu.com or the network's specific websites, we can view clips on Youtube and Tumblr, and we can see pictures and get the inside scoop of our favorite characters through Twitter or Facebook.
There are so many ways to reach the mass audiences these days that it's overwhelming. I hope to, one day, star on the small screen and use my knowledge and experience as a Television-Radio major to connect with people all around the globe and make them laugh, cry, and think, about the world we live in. And with the way our communication technologies are developing, I should plan to not only see my name in the opening credits of a TV show; but also online in blogs and chat sites, in Tweets and Facebook statuses, and in other forms of social media. Communication and the way we watch entertainment is transforming, and I am ready to change with it.