Auburn University’s Radio, Television and Film major, Carrie Williams has dream- to be an anchor for a major network channel in the entertainment industry.
Williams, a native of Washington, D.C., has been perusing her broadcasting career long before college. In middle school, she served as the morning announcement news anchor, and now as senior in college, Williams is still active in campus news as the station manager for Eagle Eye News.
Many things have prepared Williams for a future career in broadcasting. The summer before her freshman year in college, she had an internship with a NBC affiliate in Chicago, Ill. At NBC, she was able to create a reality TV pilot that aired after an episode of Saturday Night Live
. She said her experience solidified her decision to major in mass communications.
“I decided to go to Auburn because it offered hands-on experience earlier,” Williams said. “I could take broadcasting classes as a freshman.”
Williams’ has placed an emphasis on broadcasting in her studies because she loves the camera. “I like working behind the scenes, but I really comfortable being on screen as well,” she says.
By the time Williams graduates in May 2010, she will have four internships under her belt. Williams says nothing can replace real world experience. “I have learned so much from just putting myself out there and not letting fear stop me for pursuing my goals.”
This past summer, Williams interned with Music Television (MTV). She worked with four other interns on a productions team in the New York City Times Square office. She was able to gain experience with writing, editing, and shooting for shows like, 16 and Pregnant
, The Real World After Show
, and Unplugged
. She also created content for shows at MTV.com.
Williams says her internships are less glamorous than one would think they would be. Although she had the opportunity to meet and work with several celebrities, like Kim Kardashian and Nelly Furtado, she recalls it not being a big deal because everyone was there to do their job.
When interning, it is up to the individual to make the most of their time and oppertunity. Often times interns have to ask supervisors for added responsibility.
“Companies treat you well, but it is obvious that you are the bottom of the totem pole. You put in a lot of time, hard work and loose many hours of sleep,” says Williams.
Williams found out about many internship opportunities through Ric Smith, the Department of Communication and Journalism’s Director of Experiential Learning.
After learning RTVF fundamentals and having real world experience with major network corporations, Williams says she is ready to move to a big city and go to work.“It’s my passion and I love it!”