Delgado = Your Success
Bun transferred from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL) after learning that he would get a more hands-on experience in Delgado Community College's TV Production Program. He juggles classes, homework, and a new job at WDSU as an associate producer, which he landed through an internship after graduating from Delgado in December 2012. He punches the clock at 4 a.m. and carries out duties such as following reporters to take photos, setting up shots with the camera technicians, gathering stories, and editing videos. Bun has already produced a two-minute cut-in for the Today Show. Currently, he is continuing his studies in multi-platform journalism at Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU) and hopes to work as a reporter or multi-media journalist.
Why did you choose your area of study?
At a very young age, I became interested in photography and TV—TV mostly, because when I watched TV when I was young, I was like, wow, how does that happen? Is that magic? I thought there were little people in the TV and then gradually I learned that it was not little people in the TV, but cameras and all that.
So you chose your area of study because you wanted to figure out how the television works?
I chose my area of study because I wanted to figure out how it works and make some things so people can watch some of my productions.
Why did you choose Delgado?
Originally I didn't choose Delgado; I chose UL and at the time I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet. I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to go into TV or do something in business or even something in the medical field. I wish I had chosen Delgado in the first place because Delgado has helped shape me and put me on the path that I am on today. I also chose Delgado because it was more technical—more hands on instruction versus books.
What do you like most about the school?
Definitely the impact that the instructors had on me. The hands on experience and the freedom we had. They gave us a lot freedom with the projects that we did.
Did you get the internship at WDSU because of how well you were doing at Delgado or because of a connection that you got through the school?
It’s a connection with the school because there were students who attended here and who actually work there. I tried calling the internship coordinator myself at first and that didn’t go through. Then Lynn [a TV production instructor] got me connected to one of the other students who graduated from here who is actually a production assistant over there.
Tell us a little bit about the internship.
The internship gave me a view of a different side of TV—news production versus TV shows or film production. The news business is definitely different from movies or short films. I wanted to learn a little bit more about news and the internship gave me an in-depth look at how the business is run.
What was your GPA last semester?
Last semester I actually had a 4.0, which I think was good because I've never had a 4.0 at Delgado. But I've always been in a good range, and that's after working 30 hours at my real job and about 25 hours at the internship, and then going to school and taking 12 hours.
Did you receive any awards or honors?
No, but I am in the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.
Did you have a favorite teacher, mentor or faculty member who inspired and motivated you?
I have two actually, Bob Dunn and Lynn Robertson, who are both television production teachers.
Why do you think you are a good representative for the College?
I think I can be an inspiration to other students because two years ago before attending Delgado I was in a place lost not knowing what I wanted to do. I feel like a lot of students feel that way at some point, and I feel that I've come far in two years and actually know a little bit more of where I want to go for the rest of my life.
Ultimately what do you want out of life? What are your long term goals and aspirations?
My biggest goal in life would have to be working for E News or Good Morning America as either an entertainment reporter or even behind the scenes producing, something in the entertainment field, but not film anymore. I thought I wanted to go into film at first but after working on the sets I realized that I don’t want to deal with that. Being in the entertainment field and reporting entertainment news and celebrity gossip is still somewhat close to film.
What role do you think Delgado has played to help you reach your goals?
Delgado has helped a lot with the technical side. A lot of people go in wanting to be on TV, but they know nothing about how anything runs. I think everybody should at least go to Delgado to learn that because you actually have instructors that know what they are doing or know how the equipment works and you have people to teach you, as well.
What do you do in your spare time?
I recently got a Kindle and an iPad so I'm just on blogs reading or trying to brush up on some old literature to build my vocabulary up, especially since I want to try to report. Also, I recently got into a diet regiment and I've lost 40 pounds over the summer so I'm trying to lose more. I do have a gym membership and instead of going five times a week, I want to go three times a week with the schedule I have.
When you think about Delgado what comes to your mind?
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Potential earnings for Bun
What news reporters do
Reporters inform the public about news and events for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio.
Reporters spend a lot of time in the field, conducting interviews and investigating stories. The work is often fast paced, with constant demands to meet deadlines and to be the first reporter to publish a news story on a subject.
How to become a reporter
Employers generally prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications and have experience from an internship or from working on a college newspaper.
The median annual wage of reporters and correspondents was $34,530 and the top 10 percent earned more than $75,230.
What film and video editors and camera operators do
Film and video editors and camera operators either record or combine (via editing) images that entertain or inform an audience. Camera operators must know how to use camera equipment in a wide variety of settings and circumstances to capture video and audio on a wide range of material for TV shows, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events.
Most camera operators work in the motion picture industry or television broadcasting. Editors are employed largely by the motion picture industry, although some work in broadcasting.
How to become a film and video editor or camera operator
Camera operators typically need a bachelor’s degree and some on-the-job training. Most film editors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of experience as an assistant to a film editor.
The median annual wage of camera operators was $40,390 and the top 10 percent earned more than $81,270. The median annual wage of film and video editors was $50,930 and the top 10 percent earned more than $111,860.
*Source- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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