Podcast Transcript – Jesse Jines
Today’s podcast features an interview with UNT alumni Jesse Jines, we asked him a few questions related to his program and to talk a little bit about his post-graduation career path. We hope you’ll stay tuned. I’m Jesse Jines, I’m graduating in May 2020 as a media arts major and I’m a production assistant at the radio station,
The Ticket. When you started at UNT, what were your plans for after graduation? Have these plans changed, if at all?
When I first started UNT, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduation. I knew I like sports and stuff like that, but I really found the media arts program and that basically changed a lot of what I want to do. I like movies before then, but now I’ve really gotten more involved in actual making of them and I’m more interested in like screenwriting and stuff like that when it comes to films.
What advice do you have for current students as they decide their next steps after graduation?
My advice would be to get involved in like networking opportunities as soon as possible because I didn’t really at first, probably more the last couple of years. I have. But that really depends on your field, but especially in radio, television and film, it’s really all about who you know and everything like that. So mine would be to get involved, well, networking and that’s kind of how my internship has helped me because I’ve met some really important people in sports radio and Dallas, and it’s definitely opened up opportunities, I would hope, in the future.
So network networking opportunities are definitely the most important thing I would put forward for future students.
How did your program at UNT help you feel prepared for this role?
The media arts program here definitely helped me because it helped me figure out like a better not a better way, but help me gain the confidence to talk to people that I don’t know very well, and I just I hadn’t really done that a whole bunch, and I wasn’t really confident in myself in doing that. And I’m still not the most confident in talking to strangers and stuff like that. But I definitely can do it now. And working with people in the program, we have to all the time like to work with people you don’t know in your class and in groups and stuff.
And so it’s definitely helped my ability to collaborate because you really have to speak to all kinds of people and. It’s important to talk to people above you in a professional manner and whatnot, so definitely help me with my speaking ability. How did you find your current role?
I found my internship at the ticket through my sports broadcasting class professor. He got an email from one of the radio hosts that he knows, and they said they needed a couple of interns to help out with their show from 10 to noon. And so I told my professor and I emailed the radio host and I am there now.