Although the semester is in full swing and the D3TV schedule is packed, we were able to steal a moment and talk to Jill Irvin, class of 2009, for this month’s Alumni Spotlight.
As a past General Manager of D3TV Irvine tried her hand at just about everything that D3TV had to offer. The View From DePauw and various other programs got Irvin started on the life of production management and her journey only went up from there. Irvin proceeded to move to Los Angeles right after graduation after landing a job as a Production Assistant for So You Think You Can Dance. Fortunately, graduating with a solid foundation of experience and confidence provided by D3TV allowed Irvin to acclimate easily to the television production life she sought. After working her way up the ladder, Irvine was offered a full-time job as a Production Assistant on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which she recently left after six years to advance her career even further. We are told she is working on a new Ryan Seacrest show however; the details appear to be on lock down.
Irvin's success did not come as a surprise. Mixed with hard work and a little bit of luck, Irvin has this advice for current D3TV students, “Prove that you’re smart and that you want to be there. Also, timing is key to getting the right job.” Irvin emphasizes the importance of networking, especially in Hollywood, “you have to know people, and shows will get locked into place.” Thus, finding the right opening at the same time you are searching is significant. If you are up for the hard work, multitasking, and organizing that the television production career offers, Irvin can promise you this: “intelligent, driven, and inspiring people” will surround you.
After talking with Jill Irvin, it seems that the television production career path is one of excitement and offers a multifaceted experience that is sure to please the fast-paced lifestyle. Special thanks to Jill Irvin for talking with D3TV, we are proud you!
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