We had the opportunity to interview a director of several shows on a sports network. It was neat to see the “behind the scenes” of a television studio. We were able to see several studios where different broadcasts are taped. We even watched a live show!! (We had to be quiet during that part). We were able to watch the control room during the live show, it was really busy in there, and we saw another control room with a lot of screens and buttons. It looks like an engineer would have to work in there to get it all right!!
Do you like what you do?
Yes. He loves what he does.
Do you have to work with a lot of people?
Yes. He has to collaborate with a lot of different types of people, who do different types of jobs to make the TV shows.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve worked on?
Meeting Mike Tyson and sitting rink side for one of his last fights.
Was this your first job?
No. His first job was raking leaves.
What are your goals?
To make a good television is his daily show. Eventually he wants to be the boss.
What hours do you typically work?
Typically, 9-5. However, during the regular season, he may have to work late due to the West Coast games.
Do you have any superstitions?
Before every show he gets a high five from another staff person. He also holds a pen throughout the show, even though he doesn’t use it.
Is being a producer/director hard?
Yes. There are a lot of skills needed to these jobs. He has to think-on-his-feet, collaborate with others, utilize time management skills, and make sure that everything runs smoothly.
How long does it take to produce something?
It can take a few hours. He has to sit through a couple of meetings to determine what will be said and done during the show.
What does your average day look like?
Typically, he gets in and has to go to a few meetings. Many of his shows tape live in the afternoon.
Have you ever made a mistake?
Yes. One time a cameraman told him he was leaving and pointed his camera at the ceiling. He continued to go through shots on the live TV and ended up using the ceiling shot from the camera that no longer had a cameraman. Oops!!