The Fate of Broadcasting (Throwback)
My name is Laura McDonald, Im a TV Director, Producer and Editor ( one might think, “Jack of all trades master of none”-debatable but Im going to leave that for another blog). I am thankful and grateful to say that I have been in this industry for about 10 years, working with the young and the young at heart, from Reggae Entertainment Television to the popular private production house located in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica-Phase 3 Productions.
In 1998, in the United Kingdom, I was one of 80 students studying recording Engineering at age 16. Yup, with my love for music, (being a grade 6 piano player, dabbling as well with the Violin) I wanted to be a studio girl. Mix and Create my own music. Well as fate would have it, Little Laura here , lets say, didn’t do as expected and followed the next best subject- business.
As this story could go on forever, I’ll shorten it by saying, while in college, pursing a degree in International Business, my teacher from boarding school in the UK, told me not to give up , and advised me that Sound is the brother to Video, so look into Television Production. Years later, I have my very own company that recently just celebrated its 5th anniversary,and have TD’d artists such as Nicki Minaj, Air Supply, Damian Marley, Maxi Priest etc.
So back to Vegas, after knocking heads, with company execs, product managers, regional sales reps et al, I started asking everyone how did they get into broadcast? Was this by choice? Or did you see see it as Fate?
Regional Sales Manager, for popular video switcher company when asked, said he wanted to be a Mason, and actually started doing masonry. Everywhere I was going, meeting all different types of “broadcasters” I found myself asking them these questions, as they had wonderful stories to share. Another person I ran into who deals with integration on Outside Broadcast Vehicles, when asked, he told me he use to work as a pilot with American Airlines, and he use to fly to Kingston and Montego Bay, here in Jamaica.
Dr. Marcia Forbes, Executive Chairman of Phase 3 Productions in Kingston, Jamaica started off being a Nurse, her husband, Founder, of Phase 3 Productions, used to be a Customs Officer, and their son, my best friend Delano Forbes, actually wanted to become an Architect. Production Manager, and Driver of the only High Definition Outside Broadcast Truck, at Phase 3 Productions, used to manage a pharmacy, then went on to become an Auto Mechanic…the choices and the roads we choose in life?
Broadcasters around the world, have interesting stories about their lives, about their fate to be in this chosen somewhat eclectic industry. We have weird characters, but in a strange way , we all collectively come together, each of us playing our part, putting the pieces together of the bigger puzzle called TV. There is so much more history behind your Television Set.
So, Let’s face it…three quarters of us in high school, never had broadcasting in our brains, or even dreamed of it, but yet still have managed to be pioneers in various aspects of the industry, and absolutely love what we do.
Stay tuned for more of my thoughts. I absolutely love what I do and look forward to sharing my passion with you.