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NewsTuesday, August 31, 2010
Tri-County RTV Student Interns at The Bold and the Beautiful
PENDLETON --- Austin Fagan just returned from Los Angeles, California, where she spent the summer as an intern learning the ropes on daytime television's Emmy-winning soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful.
"It was the chance of a lifetime, and I'm so proud to put this experience on my resume," said the 20-year old Radio and Television (RTV) Broadcasting major at Tri-County Technical College.
Although non-paid, the production assistant internship earned her three credit hours toward her associate degree and the chance to gain invaluable experience that can't be duplicated in the classroom, said John Woodson, program coordinator for Tri-County's RTV department.
An added bonus was living with her older sister, Dale, an assistant to an executive producer for HSI Productions. "My sister lives right across the street from Television City, the CBS studios complex where The Bold and the Beautiful (and other shows like The Price is Right) are filmed, so I walked across the street to work every day. It worked out perfectly. Everything just fell into place," she said.
"My sister interned with The Bold and the Beautiful two years ago after graduating from the University of South Carolina. She urged me to contact the show about any internship openings so I sent a resume and cover letter and they called me for a phone interview," said Austin, who was among the eight chosen from 75 radio and television students who applied for the eight-week position of production assistant. "They were so nice on the phone and then several days later they e-mailed me and told me I got the position. They also told me I had to be there in four days," she said.
Austin and seven other interns from across the United States worked three or four days a week. "My job was to come in at 10 a.m. and do the tasks that were asked or required of me. Most of the time it was copying DVD's, filling the copier with paper at all times, making sure the kitchen was always clean, and cutting out magazine articles about The Bold and the Beautiful stars and posting them on a bulletin board. I took scripts to the actors in their dressing rooms and to the directors. I made lunch runs, and wrote synopses for the scripts. They always had us doing projects for publicity that involved making copies and packets for the fans. We usually finished the day by 6 p.m.," she said.
"I was able to go on set and watch the actors act. I also was allowed to go into the director's booth as well as the lighting and audio booth where they were calling all the shots and letting the actors know what they needed to do, where to move or if they needed to re-do a scene. It was so amazing to be able to see all of it happen behind the scenes and see how everything worked. I had no idea how many people it really took to run a soap opera or any show. It was one of the coolest things I've ever done. It takes a lot of people to make a show like that happen," she said.
"Teamwork is essential to make that show happen," she said, adding that she was on set when the cast returned from the Daytime Emmys in Las Vegas, where they took home the Outstanding Drama Series statue.
"Austin was a wonderful addition to our team. She was hard working, diligent and always caught on quickly," said Erica Ginger, internship coordinator for The Bold and the Beautiful. "Our interns typically distribute scripts, write script synopses, update archives, answer phones and assist on remote shoots. The interns also are asked to do a variety of other projects in other departments which Austin always excelled at. I would recommend her for any position within a production company."
"This is a real resume-building experience for Austin," said Woodson. "She saw the world of TV as it is. Although unpaid monetarily, these internships provide invaluable payment by experience. This is the first time one of our students interned at a national TV show."
"I learned so much about what it really takes to run a show and how important communication is with everything. I made some really good friends there and I would do it again in a heartbeat, if the opportunity arose again. I never thought in a million years I would be able to do something like this and hopefully this will help me to further my career. I not only loved my job, but I now have a new respect and love for this industry," said Austin.