University of Wisconsin-Superior
Swenson Hall 1061
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Mon - Fri 7:45am - 4:30pm
Name: Mark Eggert
Major, minor, and graduation year: Mass Communication Major, Theater Minor, 1995
Job Title: Show and Event Coordinator
Organization/ Place of work: Alpha Video and Audio, Minneapolis, MN
- I coordinate Audio Visual Production rentals, act as technician for events, provide technical support to clients, and operate equipment. I also recommend equipment, consult, and perform billing and paperwork processing. I manage specific software programs too.
-Working with new and interesting people. Nothing is ever the same twice. Setting up equipment and operating it in the field is a major highlight. Overseeing the final product and seeing everything come together is rewarding.
-Sometimes, things are technically more advanced and require more work to determine all needs because clients don't always know or understand their own needs. Every day is different and poses it challenges.
-I spend about 20-25% of my time on site with clients and the balance in the office taking calls and determining client needs and processing paperwork.
-This is a production based position and this fits with what I went to school for. It is related to my bachelor's degree program and my technical college program.
-A background in audio, video or audio visual production is needed for this position.
-The ability to be flexible with clients, technicians, and vendors. A positive attitude works great. Having a strong background in production, communication, and the ability to determine administrative and user needs helps contribute to success in this field.
-KUWS Radio and Studio 2 helped.
-Mass Communication/Communication Arts
-Spending more time in the same field, but more active in the field with production. I would like to perform more technical aspects and less consulting.
-"Do what you want and do what makes you happy. Look for something you will enjoy long term. You can always find another job, but find something you like."
-Find something you like to do. If you are looking at something that is technical, be sure you have tried it out. I appreciate that UWS' Communicating Arts program is more than books and classroom. The lab time/studio time helped out a lot as I graduated and was looking for work. Get an internship. This is an opportunity to start to hone your skills.
-The only class in the Communicating Arts class department that I regret not taking is the Summer Production Studio where the students spend the summer working on specific video projects in the field. All of the Fall and Spring semester classes were good. I never changed majors, so I had planned out all my classes to graduate 2+ years in advance.
-Unless you are going to teach in this field, a Bachelors degree is fine. A master's degree would be required for teaching. Related experience is always a good background to have than more education.
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