Ohio Center for Broadcasting Review: Brandon Lowe [Interview Q&A]
Below is some gold from Brandon Lowe a graduate of our Columbus campus. Brandon's interview literally takes you from the moment he thought about attending OCB, clear past after he graduated and entered the job hunt.
So yea, it isn't really pure review. The article is actually part review, part advice via interview.
OCB is Ohio Center for Broadcasting. BL is Brandon Lowe.
OCB: What have you been doing since you graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting Columbus campus?
BL: Since graduation, I moved back to Charleston, WV and I am currently working with Bristol Broadcasting Company. I am a production assistant, assistant program director, and on air talent on a country station called WQBE.
OCB: Can you outline those initial steps where you found out about the Ohio Center for Broadcasting and then decided to attend?
BL I have always been interested in radio and the media in general. Although I never really agreed with the approach and facts delivered by the media. I felt like I could do it and maybe add my own flavor to local or national media. Then I saw an advertisement on the boob tube about OCB and decided to give it a try.
OCB: What was your favorite part about the program?
BL: My favorite part about the program has to be the hands on instruction and the fact that you have actual professionals in the business grading your projects or work. They know what they are talking about so for them to prepare you for what you will see in the business is very beneficial.
OCB: I remember you mentioning that you were initially getting frustrated after graduating in regards to the job search - what got you over the hump?
BL: I remember hearing as I was in the program that you are not guaranteed a job in this business. That is very true but at the same time you are never guaranteed a job in any profession.
To get over my own frustrations I decided to look out of market, do not try to go right into a top 25 or even top 50 market. Expand your horizons and start somewhere in the mid range of markets or even lower. The experience alone at lower end markets are necessary, you get to wear multiple hats (jobs) and you learn a lot!
OCB: Any last words of advice for prospective or current students?
BL: My advice for current and prospective students is keep your goals and strive to accomplish them. Make sacrifices where needed and always keep working at getting better. No matter how long you do this profession you can always be better! This business is very hard to get into and sometimes it seems you will never get to work in the business but you will if you keep at it and you sacrifice self pride and work where you can get an opportunity to expand your knowledge of broadcast media. NEVER GIVE UP! STAY FOCUSED!
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