One of the greatest reasons why students love FIT and NYC in general is the amount of amazing opportunities that no other city has. I have been extremely lucky to say I’ve done the things I’ve done as a sophomore in college. The thing that tops this list for me is having the pleasure to work at The Paley Center for Media. Although I applied to the Center on a whim on the FIT online job bank, I now can’t imagine working anywhere else.
For some background information, The Paley Center was founded as The Museum of Broadcasting in 1975 by William S. Paley, the chief executive and broadcasting pioneer who transformed CBS from a small radio network to the television empire it is today. The museum changed its name to The Paley Center in 2007 in honor of its founder. The two Paley Center branches in New York and Los Angeles hold rare radio and television shows from as far back as the 1920s and 1940s respectively. The Paley Center also hosts amazing events during the year centered around television, new media, and today’s biggest newsmakers.
As a visitor services representative, I have been able to take part in so many amazing events including PaleyFest, where selected television casts come to discuss their show with fans, and the New York Comedy Festival. Since this September when I started working at the Paley Center, I’ve been able to see such stars as Tom Selleck, Aisha Taylor, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogan, Lawrence Fishbourne, Kelly Ripa, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Ben McKenzie, Hugh Dancy, and Yoko Ono.
In addition to the amazing people I’ve been able to see, I’ve learned so much about the field I want to go into. Working at the Paley Center has given me first hand experience in what actually goes into creating these big elaborate events that everyone knows about. It’s truly amazing to see what actually goes on behind the scenes of these things (aka absolute craziness!) With their amazing events, hardworking employees, and passion for all things media, working at the Paley Center has strengthened my ambition to work in entertainment PR or events more than before.