Lisa Copland '14
Since moving to Los Angeles just months after graduating in May 2014, Lisa Copland has worked on a web series, shot a live concert plus a few other freelance gigs. The Massachusetts native has joined the growing community of young QU alumni who have traded in East Coast winters for sunny LA.
Copland, a film, video and interactive media major, interned for the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during the summer before her senior year.
"It was an amazing experience," she said. "The academy has connections with several different companies and they find some that have openings and are willing to host interns. They give the interns the chance to be on set, shadow and really learn, not just fetch coffee."
Now, with the new Quinnipiac in Los Angeles program off the ground, there's a way for more students to have a similar experience. "It's good for students to get away," Copland says. "LA is huge. You can make connections you wouldn't make anywhere else."
During her internship, Copland was selected to work with Ken Fuchs (pictured above), Emmy-nominated director and director of the ABC show "Shark Tank." She spent two weeks on the set, shadowing the director and stage manager, sitting in the control room, and getting an overview of how everything runs on set.
"Fuchs was great to work with," said Copland. "He taught me that regardless of your job in the industry to not take it for granted. There are a thousand others who would want that job."
After "Shark Tank," Copland rotated for two-week stints with the directors of "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and "The Arsenio Hall Show."
Copland credits thorough training she received at Quinnipiac. "On set, there were cameras that I already knew how to use because I had used them in school," she said.
In addition to her success as an intern, Copland also gained recognition for her work in the classroom while at QU. Her senior thesis film--a collaboration with five classmates--made it into the Boston Film Festival.
These days, she continues to build her resume through freelance work and is actively searching for a more permanent position in the field. She would love to do live television directing, but she is open to possibilities.
"You get a major adrenaline rush when you film a live show. It's like being on a roller coaster - the first block before you get to the commercial break is like that first drop. Then you kind of settle in and hang on during the ride, and then in the end, when you see it done, it's a great feeling."
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