Too few times have I been grateful that a class required me to attend a ceremony honoring alumni for their careers. When Stephanie Frederic took the stage, I knew that the 2014 JayMac Distinguished Alumni Awards would be one of those few.
Stephanie Frederic (left) is the CEO of FGW Productions & Transmedia, a company that produces and provides content promoting films and projects. At first, I assumed she simply ran an advertising business. I was quite surprised when she described all of the behind the scenes work she did. From that moment, I was riveted.
Movies, more so than the average teenager, completely consume my life. I devour the Trivia sections of movie websites and spend more hours watching B-Rolls and Behind-the-Scenes of movies than I am willing to admit. When Frederic explained to the audience that gathering all of that content was her job, I wanted to jump up on stage and ask if I could intern at her company now. It had never occurred to me in watching all of those behind the scenes footage that someone has to go gather that footage.
Watch: Stephanie Frederic Interview about Her Career
(Retrieved from FGW Official Website)
When we viewed the video of Stephanie Frederic’s career, I was filled with a sense of hope that my passion for television and films and the stories behind the screens does have a job field. Often growing up, I was told that my ‘nerdy’ passions for film and TV “trivia” were useless in the real world. Frederic opened my eyes into a world where, on and off camera, I can personally go and gather content, such as B-Rolls, blooper reels, or conducting interviews of actors and actresses. The final lesson I learned whilst watching Frederic’s career montage was that the University of Oklahoma is preparing me to be successful in pursuing my passion for the behind-the-scenes. I could work at my dream company, IMDb, and work as an interviewer for it’s miniseries, IMDb: What to Watch, which provides special interviews with movie/TV directors, actors, etc. Seeing Frederic reignited my passion for movies and television and story behind creating those stories and gave me a new sense of direction in where I’m heading.
If you have a passion for the behind-the-scenes content, please leave a comment below and tell what you most enjoy about watching the content!
(Featured Image Taken from Frontiers LA)