I remember standing outside the beautiful, brand new, state of the art, State Street studio of ABC7 Chicago. As most people waited for their 15 seconds of Chicago news fame, I stood off to the side fixated on the inner-working’s of the live news set.
It was fascinating, it was exciting and it was real. I said to myself, ‘I am going to work here one day.’
Fast forward a few years later and it was official. I joined the new morning show as one of the first six interns. From an entire floor of empty offices, to a show with no name, no hosts and no set, I was able to see a show launch from the ground up. I was able to see a concept come to life.
It was an experience I am forever grateful for, fortunate to have been a part of, and one that I will never forget.
After six short months being a part of Windy City Live, my next dream soon became a reality. And it was also a goal that was prompted by an epiphany.
When I was a kid, I had the chance to visit Harpo Studios for a benefit where I volunteered to help at-risk children. As I stepped foot into the studio I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do. It was fascinating, and the energy I felt being in the space was like nothing I had ever experienced. To this day, I credit my perseverance in the field of television to that day I first visited Harpo.
And now I’ve worked at Harpo Productions for nearly two years. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work on and produce commercials for the nationally-syndicated Dr. Oz Show and for the Oprah Winfrey Network, along with various other projects including the Rosie Show, Oprah’s Lifeclass, Super Soul Sunday, Oprah’s Next Chapter to name a few.
Expressing my interests, sharing my ideas and showing my strengths and talents, along with hard work, dedication and volunteer work have led me to where I am today.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and if you can think it, it truly can happen.