Media Day at West Ranch

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A.J. Gardner and Brandon Forbes take a look at the inspirational concept of “Media Day”

By Taylor Jackson – Cougar News Staff Writer

Students looking to get into the entertainment business had a unique opportunity on January 30th. West Ranch High School Media Day provided information and resources on a variety of careers, including news anchoring, camera operator, and animation.  The event was open to all students of the Hart School District, Castaic Middle School and those attending Santa Clarita private schools. Jennifer Overdevest, a video production teacher at West Ranch High School and one of the organizers of Media Day shared the dream that she envisioned,   “Everybody has a story on how they got into the entertainment business, and I felt like these students can learn so much,” Overdevest said, “and hear those who went to college and why, those who didn’t go to college and why, and how they got to where they’re at.

Chris Schauble the weekday co-anchor of the NBC4 early morning news show “Today in LA”, was glad to share his knowledge of the business. He counseled students to prepare themselves for success by educating themselves about their goal in any way possible. His advice stressed endurance, patience, and efficiency. “Do whatever it takes, to educate yourself, to be prepared to be successful,” Schauble explained.Several students shared their positive experiences from Media Day. Several young men and women voiced an appreciation for those who ran the event, as well as those who presented sections in various subjects. “It’s a great thing for kids like me, who want to go into the film industry.” a young woman was heard saying. “They’re amazing, just for holding it!  It was great,” said another student.

Chris Schauble the weekday co-anchor of the NBC4 early morning news show “Today in LA”, was glad to share his knowledge of the business. He counseled students to prepare themselves for success by educating themselves about their goal in any way possible. His advice stressed endurance, patience, and efficiency. “Do whatever it takes, to educate yourself, to be prepared to be successful,” Schauble explained.

Several students shared their positive experiences from Media Day. Several young men and women voiced an appreciation for those who ran the event, as well as those who presented sections in various subjects. “It’s a great thing for kids like me, who want to go into the film industry.” a young woman was heard saying. “They’re amazing, just for holding it!  It was great,” said another student.

Ron Mita a screenwriter and an instructor at College of the Canyons had his own view on this exceptional event. “I look at all these things and wish they were available to me, when I was in high school,” Mita said, “You’ve got all these incredible people, who are right here, and are willing to come in. I mean, you don’t have a better opportunity anywhere in the country, then you have right here.” All of the professionals were very willing to donate their time on a Saturday in order to help the future of new media succeed in the industry.