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Annette Rainey

Chapman University

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Development

Company:
Act III Productions

Why did you apply?
This internship seemed to be an ideal combination of real world experience and creative expression. I hope to gain a greater understanding of the business side of television as well as the stories that are being put into production in the current industry.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have felt inspired by the increase of diverse stories within television. I believe that the past few years have been formative in bringing to light stories and identities previously unexplored both in television and film.

Kerriann Salmon

Buffalo State College

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Entertainment News

Company:
Extra

Why did you apply?
The Television Academy Foundation’s internship program will provide me the opportunity to work amongst media professionals who have shaped the art of television. I will gain the necessary skills and knowledge that I could apply to my own career in entertainment news.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Pursuing a career that reflects diversity has always been my dream. Growing up and watching news personalities such as Gwen Ifill and Oprah Winfrey’s passion for storytelling inspired me to create my own platform in which I could inform and influence others through my words.

Tayler Scriber

Whittier College

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
Media Research

Company:
Warner Bros. Studios

Why did you apply?
When I was looking for internship opportunities in television and film, I found the Television Academy Foundation and knew it would be an excellent fit. Their program seemed hands-on and informative, as well as a fun overall experience to have.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My greatest inspiration for going into television is my desire to create great viewing experiences. When I look back at my childhood I can see how influenced I was by the shows I watched, how they informed parts of who I am now as an adult and how they continue to shape my worldview. I think having the opportunity to have that same impact on people would be an amazing career path.

Maddie Hardy

Goucher College

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Documentary/ Nonfiction Production

Company:
Tremendous! Entertainment

Why did you apply?
I was drawn to the Television Academy because of its distinct documentary category. I am looking forward to watching professionals work in the field that I love!

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have wanted to work in documentaries/nonfiction production since I was in middle school. I used to compete in the National History Day fair with short documentaries about subjects like the Chesapeake Bay and the Fujita scale. I have been in love with documentaries ever since!

Benjamin Trosch

University of Michigan

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
Editing (Scripted)

Company:
Fox 21 Television Studios

Why did you apply?
A family friend who completed the Television Academy Foundation Internship two years ago said it was an incredible experience and that I would learn more and work harder than all four years of undergrad... and that was all I really needed to hear. I am excited to meet my fellow interns and establish my network going forward.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
While in art school, I entered a local film competition on a whim and won. This led me to take on small jobs making videos for Ann Arbor startups. Soon I was enjoying my extracurricular job more than my classes, which prompted me to transfer to film school.

Sydnee Johnson

University of Chicago

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
TV Scriptwriting (Comedy)

Company:
One Day at a Time

Why did you apply?
Watching Battlestar Galactica with my bedridden uncle opened my eyes to the world of television. Its manipulation of genre conventions garnered my interest in the writing involved with the series, and my experience watching the show made me realize the unifying power of television.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
When I saw an opportunity that asked for a writing sample, I was eager to apply for an internship that specialized in developing that skill. I'm excited to witness the creativity in the writers' room in action and I hope to build genuine connections with professionals in the field.

Kandice Lake

The Master's University

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Corporate Citizenship/Social Responsibility

Company:
Disney ABC

Why did you apply?
Television was one way I connected with my family, so I wanted to take part in something that allowed families to be together and share memories that will last a lifetime. Something you see on the television screen can be so powerful which drove me to my passion for the entertainment industry. I want to experience the behind the scenes aspect of the industry and become what it became for me.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I recently did an internship with the Alliance for Children’s Rights and had built some strong relationships with the people who fill the organization. They inspired me to apply and seek out all the best opportunities out there. I hope to gain hands on experience in the entertainment industry and insight on how the company works in order to see if this is the right place for me to station my career in the near future.

Alexis Best

San Diego State University

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Unscripted Television

Company:
Bunim-Murray Productions

Why did you apply?
I was inspired to apply for this program after I had heard about it through my school. Knowing that I wanted to be involved in television, I found it imperative that I apply because I knew that this internship program would be my first step in the right direction. I hope to dig deeper in to what it means to work in unscripted television and learn the ins and outs of unscripted productions.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Growing up, the one thing that united my family at the end of a long day was gathering around the TV and tuning in to whatever show was our designated favorite based on the day of the week. Over time, I had come to the realization that I had fallen in love with what was on screen and had fallen in love with the idea that I too could bring families together. From that point on, I knew I had found my passion and I would go to the ends of the earth to make my dreams come true.

Shandel Menezes

UNC Chapel Hill

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Broadcast Journalism

Company:
FOX11

Why did you apply?
I have been inspired by the minority female journalists who have come before me and have been trailblazers in the industry. Journalists like Gwen Ifill have advocated for young black women and motivated me to keep a firm grip on my goals. I want nothing more than to adopt her vision and continue where she left off.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
After doing research on the Academy and realizing the amount of people that this program has propelled into their career dreams it was a no brainer for me to apply. I hope to gain mentors who are invested in making me the best version of myself professionally.

Christine Murrain

University of Oklahoma

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
Public Relations/History

Company:
Cartoon Network

Why did you apply?
I was inspired to apply for this internship program because of the unparalleled opportunity it provides to students to learn from professionals in all facets of the television industry. As a rising Public Relations professional, I was excited that this internship program would allow me to combine my passion for television with my keen interest in the way audiences react to and interact with media. I am eager to learn from my host company, fellow interns, and the Television Academy Foundation as a whole as to how to best serve during my internship and pursue a successful career in the television industry.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Growing up my fondest memories came from watching television with my family and I quickly began to recognize that television media has power. Television can make an everyday person feel more confident about themselves, more willing to talk about an issue they or society is facing, and even more likely to learn something new. It didn't take long for me to realize that I wanted to play a role in shaping the landscape of television professionally.

Kendra Adams

Sam Houston University

Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Category:
Development

Company:
Valhalla Entertainment

Why did you apply?
I was very inspired by the Television Academy's commitment to diversity and giving students a chance to explore what real, full time work is like in their aspiring field. I hope to gain a clearer understand of working in development and what it takes to maintain a career in television.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My love for entertainment combined with my passion for writing made me want to pursue a career in television. I believe certain things in your childhood and life just stick with you and won't let you go, and television is one of those things for me.

Devyn Harrod

Mercer University

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
Development

Company:
Daniel L. Paulson Productions, Inc.

Why did you apply?
My parents and professors inspired me to apply for the Television Academy Foundation's internship program. I have always had an interest in visual media, and to be the first person to represent my university would have been a great honor. I hope to learn more about the television industry and gain better insight into how people craft stories.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My family and the film classes I've taken inspired me to seek a career in television. I grew up in a family that loved movies and television, and the joy of being able to study visual media from a critical standpoint solidified my career decision.

Steven Grove

Berklee College of Music

Graduation Year: 2018

Category:
Music

Company:
Sparks and Shadows

Why did you apply?
Composing music for Television and media has long been a dream of mine, ever since I first began witnessing the power that music has when used effectively in TV and Film. The TV Academy Foundation internship program offers an amazing opportunity to work with some of the best working professionals in the industry. I look forward to observing and gaining the skills necessary to be successful in the business and hopefully meet a few of you fine folks at a networking event!

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Merging music with media has always been of great intrigue to me. I've always been amazed and impressed by the work of composers such as Trevor Morris, Bear McCreary, Atli Örvarsson, and Alf Clausen and how they can - with superhuman diligence - complete weekly shows with such high quality, narratively supportive, and enjoyable music. I aspire to raise my own art to this level after spending a few years working alongside talented composers in the industry.

Kathryn Kostovetsky

University of Georgia

Graduation Year:  2018

Category:
Marketing

Company:
Endemol Shine USA

Why did you apply?
I had the pleasure of attending the Cannes Film Festival last year and for the first time ever they screened episodic television. This is just one example of why it's such an exciting time to be involved in the entertainment industry, especially television, so I was absolutely thrilled to hear that I was chosen as a Television Academy Foundation Intern! I'm looking forward to experiencing the behind-the-scenes world of television and to gain experience that will help me succeed in this industry.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I've never been one to say "I don't watch TV," because I come from a family of loyal armchair critics. Following a show from beginning to end, watching the storyline unfold and the character grow is such a cool experience; it's always so bittersweet when it's over. Ever since I was a kid I've dreamed of being a part of the magic that creates that effect for the viewers.

Tasia Price

Kent State University

Graduation Year:  2018

Category:
Casting

Company:
Cuba Casting

Why did you apply?
Seeing the amazing production companies the Television Academy Foundation was connected to gave me all of the inspiration to at least try. I hope to gain new connections, opportunities and experiences.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Tyler Perry has always been a great inspiration to me. His work ethic and ability to write, produce, direct, and star in his own movies is a dream of mine.

Blake Loughran

Columbia College Chicago

Graduation Year:  2018

Category:
Production Management

Company:
Forge Media

Why did you apply?
I was inspired by a mentor and my professor, Karen Loop, who rightfully challenged me throughout my college career. I intend to immerse myself, absorbing every experience and learning from every lesson. I hope to build relationships with my work colleagues and interns throughout the program to construct a reliable and honest network.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Television is a unique format for creatives and audiences alike. As an aspiring creative, the potential for a continuing message and narrative is powerful. Today's content is connecting audiences from around the world, creating communities, and changing social standards.

Lauren Anderson

Arizona State University

Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Category:
Business of Physical Production

Company:
Hulu

Why did you apply?
My love for television and the progressive influence it has on society is what inspired me to apply for this internship. Where better to start a career in television, than through The Television Academy itself? I am so excited for the relationships I will make, the lessons I will learn from my mentor through real life experiences, and most importantly taking my first steps towards my dream career.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
My high school media teacher, Marissa Prentice, is the primary source behind my aspiration for a career in television. Her class, club, and mentorship fueled my passion for this industry and helped shape my future goals and ambitions. My professors and peers at Arizona State continue to inspire and motivate me for my future in television.

Julie Bowser

Point Park
University

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Agency

Company:
Verve Talent Agency

Why did you apply?
I applied for the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program because I knew it would challenge me and give me the opportunity to work with some of the most respected professionals in the industry. From this experience, I hope to gain more knowledge about the entertainment industry and to understand all of the different aspects of agency work.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Watching television shows while growing up really inspired me to pursue a career in television because I became intrigued thinking about how different television shows are created. I have always been one to get emotionally invested in the TV shows that I watch whether it is a scripted show or a reality show. The passion that I have for TV is what has influenced my career choices.

Yvonne Johnson

Southern Methodist University

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Costume Design

Company:
Terry Gordon Associates

Why did you apply?
I stalked the former interns. After they answered my endless barrage of questions & told me how much it helped to propel their careers forward, I jumped at the opportunity. Now I hope to work hard, learn, network & succeed in my future endeavors as well.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Being forced to watch Baz Luhrmann's re-imagining of Romeo & Juliet in high school really opened my eyes to putting your own creative spin on a well known classic. It solidified for me the career path I took & holds a special place in my heart for his bold & electric interpretation.

Sierra Obioha

Minnesota State University of Moorhead

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
Movies for TV

Company:
LifeTime TV (A&E Networks)

Why did you apply?
The family and community created by the Television Academy Foundation in itself is what really drove my to apply for the internship. Overall, I hope to gain a better understanding of myself as a filmmaker and where I see myself going in the future.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
In 2012, Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Sundance Best Director Award, and became the reason why I chase my dreams so unapologetically. I began studying Ava and I fell in love with the ideology she held and the gusto she had behind it. Seeing someone like myself represented as a strong, beautiful, and respected leader inspired me to pursue my goal of working in the film and television industry.

Camille Padilla-Diffoot

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Development

Company:
Entertainment One

Why did you apply?
What inspired me to apply for the Television Academy Internship was the desire to have a "hands on" experience of some aspects of the industry. The privilege to work with television experts was a huge dream of mine and now a reality. I've always believed learning is best achieved when one has a physical participation in it, therefore I expect to gain knowledge and tips from many people met along the way in this internship experience.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I grew up watching what is considered to be classic television programming which included iconic and legendary shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show and Cheers. These have definitely impacted my life, but The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the one that inspired me to pursue a career in television. The quality in writing by the ground breaking female writers behind it, the amazing cast and how the leading star changed how women were seen in the work place was definitely an inspiration to follow and create my own path in the television industry.

Samuel Rodriguez

Cal State University Los Angeles

Graduation Year: 2020

Category:
Post Production

Company:
Geiger Post

Why did you apply?
My mom once told me, “tell me who you hang out with and I will tell you who you are." That being said, I was inspired to apply to this internship because I want to surround myself with like-minded individuals that are better and perhaps have more experience working in the post-production field because I believe that surrounding myself with the right people is a great way to improve and reach my future goal of owning a successful visual effects company.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Ever since I was a little kid, I had a tremendous curiosity for anything that had to do with cameras or technology in general. It wasn’t until most recently that I discovered myself and figured out that I want to pursue a career in the visual effects world. My favorite directors are Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón, and every time I look at their beautiful detail-oriented masterpieces, I'm inspired to continue striving for the best so that one day I can reach this level of high-end work.

Michaela Wadzinski

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
Animation - Traditional

Company:
Bento Box

Why did you apply?
This internship is the perfect combination of animation, storytelling, and my love for television. On top of that, you have the prestigious reputation of the Television Academy Foundation and their dedication to educating students, I couldn't pass applying up! I hope to gain industry experience in my desired field and expand my professional network.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
Growing up, I spent nearly all of my free time watching cartoons and drawing. That's really where my love for animation started. So animating for television has always been a huge interest of mine.

Lexi White

Ithaca College

Graduation Year: 2019

Category:
Digital Entertainment

Company:
STARZ Entertainment

Why did you apply?
My Professor, advisor, boss, school mom, and mentor, Chrissy Guest, encouraged me to apply and I wouldn't have this opportunity without her confidence in my abilities. I wanted a program that was more than an internship, but a way to connect and grow with my peers from all across the country. I am incredibly passionate about digital content which is why I'm excited to gain hands-on experience in connecting audiences on digital platforms with this opportunity through the TV Academy Foundation.

What or who inspired you to seek a career in television?
I've always loved video production and after seeing my older sister's courage to pursue similar opportunities in media, I knew I could as well. My parents didn't have the opportunity to get college degrees but they always pushed us to do something that we truly loved and I saw video as a way to do something I enjoyed everyday while also helping, inspiring, and educating people. I owe so much to my family for letting me believe I could pursue a career in this field.


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updated 6.19.18