Michael Kera, Video Production, ’11: On Turning an Internship into a Career

During the semester before graduation, Michael Kera interned with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  He now has a career as an Associate Producer – at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis!

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Michael Kera (Video Production, 2011) with one million dollars

 How Did That Transpire?

We asked Michael how he got from here to there.  Michael says he’d known he wanted to work in corporate video after doing some freelance work for an insurance agency after high school.  “[So] everything I did from the time I got to Webster led me to that goal.  I didn’t know which company I’d end up working for, or if companies were even hiring internal video production people, so my backup plan was to work for a production house that worked with corporations.” Continue reading

Just Landed: Karalynn Miller ’08

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SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Karalynn Miller (BA, Video Production and German, 2008) works as video editor at JamesDugan in Sioux Falls, S.D.

How did you find out about the job you have?

I was signed up for every career site I could think of, so I got the listing in my e-mail courtesy of careerbuilders.com.

How did you prepare for the interview?

I looked up a list of common interview questions and rehearsed them.

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And the EMMY Goes to…

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Dave Kaiser collected about half a dozen nominations in the past five years, but never seemed to take home the ever-coveted EMMY—until this year.

“I thought there was a chance I could win, but I didn’t necessarily expect it,” said Kaiser (BA, Video Production, 2003). “I was definitely surprised.”

Kaiser embarked upon his career in video production shortly after graduation, picking up freelance jobs around town whenever he could. He took a year off to volunteer with AmeriCorps but returned to the freelance work he loved.

“I been around nearly every post-production house in town,” Kaiser said.

Now five years into a career, his work is paying off.

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Just Landed: Alfred Molinar ’06

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SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Alfredo F. Molinar (BA, Video Production, 2006) works as a director/senior graphic artist forKDBC 4 News in El Paso, Texas.

SCAN: How did you land your job?

Alfredo F. Molinar: Once I moved to El Paso, I landed a production assistant job at the local PBS station. One of my coworkers informed me of a graphic artist position at KDBC and once I applied, I got the job. Within six months, a director job opened up and I was promoted to director. Continue reading

Dean’s Discretionary Fund Earmarked for Student Travel

Sanjin Alisic wasn’t even sure he wanted to attend.

The 2007 SIGGRAPH International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies was across the country in San Diego, Calif. — an expensive plane ticket for an experience Alisic wasn’t sure would be worth it.

It was the supportive financial nudge from the dean’s office that made the trip possible. Continue reading

Just Landed: Angela Cartnal ’03

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SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Angela Cartnal (BA, Video Production, 2003) works as production coordinator for Fuse Networks LLC in New York.

SCAN: How did you land your job?

Angela Cartnal: I landed my job at Fuse once I finished working on another television series called “Dwell” that aired on the Fine Living Network. The “Dwell” series was coming to an end when I received the call from Fuse to come and start working for them. Continue reading

Just Landed: David Callahan ’04

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SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. David Callahan (BA, Video Production, 2004) is a video producer for the St. Louis Science Center.

SCAN: When did you realize this was the career for you?

David Callahan: When I was in high school, some friend and I used to make silly films and I just never stopped.

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Keimon’s Story: From Senior Project to Editor’s Chair

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By Joe Schuster, Chair and Associate Professor
Communications and Journalism Department

When Spencer Keimon was a student at Webster University in the early 1990s, he had a passion for storytelling.

“I love narrative,” he says.

Early on, he thought he’d express that passion through fiction—he had a fondness for the work of Woody Allen and became involved, as Allen did early in his career, in stand-up comedy. When he graduated, he saw himself moving to California and working in the film or television industries.

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