As Vice President of Film & TV at Hello Sunshine what are your major responsibilities?
Generally speaking, my job is to make the best show or film possible! My major responsibilities change from project to project and whether or not they're in development, production or post. On any given day, I'm hearing pitches and evaluating material for development. This includes specs, books, articles etc. I'm also giving notes on scripts, cuts and other material for any project I'm producing as they come in. While in production, I'm usually on-set to give support and creative feedback while shooting. It's the job of a producer - you wear multiple hats and always strive to be an excellent creative and collaborative partner throughout. There's never a dull moment!
What do you find to be the most challenging & rewarding aspects of your job?
I would say the most challenging part of my job is the sheer volume of projects and responsibilities. At times, it feels like you're spinning ten plates and each requires a completely different approach to keep them going. That's also the best part - no two projects are the same and you learn something new on each one. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a show or film finally hit the screen. There's a tangibility there that cannot be matched and you get to see how the story connects with audiences. It never gets old! I would also say that getting to work with incredible creative talent, many of which I've idolized for a long time, is another very rewarding part of my job.
What is the most valuable lesson you've learned since graduating SU?
Not everything goes according to your plan and that's okay! I'm a perpetual planner. Be it projects, career trajectory or even what I'm doing this weekend, I always have a plan. A few years after college I realized that the more pressure I put on everything going according to my plan, the more I set myself up for disappointment. It's cliche to say but everything DOES happen for a reason and the sooner you accept that, the better off you'll be. It's much healthier to focus on doing the best work and being the best person you can, instead of stressing about your plans going awry. Also... be kind and give people grace. It's super easy and you'll be happier because of it!
If you were an undergraduate student again, is there anything that you would do differently?
Nope! I feel like I made the most of my college experience. I was active in several extracurriculars, made lifelong friends and met my wife at Syracuse. I wouldn’t change a thing.
What is your favorite SULA Semester memory?
When we went to the Creative Arts Emmys! I brought my mom as my guest and she *collided* with Morgan Freeman when exiting the theater. Morgan was incredibly kind and my mom was incredibly star struck.