Former Factory Worker on his Way in Video Career
May 04, 2012
Jeremiah Saunders (pictured), a graduate of the radio and television broadcasting program at the Lexington Campus, goes to work each day with a smile on his face as part of the production team at WTVQ-TV. “I meet people every day that ask me what I do and when I say that I work at a news station, they look at me like I’m some celebrity. I say, ‘I’m just a cameraman,’” he said describing his experience. “It’s a job but it’s not your average job. I’d rather go to work with a smile than a frown.”
Jeremiah previously worked in a factory making crank shafts for almost 5 years. “Working at that plant, I was 22, but I felt like I was 42 because it was rough, hard work,” he recalled. “I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way.’”
He was laid off from the factory and decided that it was time to go back to school. He said his cousin, who completely changed his life after enrolling in National College, inspired him to pursue a degree. Although he was never a good student when he was younger, he exceled in his program and became an honor student.
When he was placed in an externship at WTVQ-TV, Jeremiah knew that it was an opportunity to land a job. “When you try and get your foot in the door, you’ve got to sell yourself,” he said. “You’ve got to also let them know that you’re capable of handling the job, and most of all, that you want to do the job,” he shared.
When his externship came to an end, the station manager told Jeremiah that he’d been impressed with his work. The station hired him a couple of months later when a position opened up. “That just goes to show, they liked what I did—they called me back,” he said.
He would eventually like to become a director and make action movies. “You’ve always got to stay hungry,” Jeremiah advised. “You can learn but there’s always more to learn…there’s always more to do.”
Radio and Television Broadcasting: Radio and Television Broadcasting - Associate Degree (RTB)