.Shelby Ayn Treichler

Name: Shelby Ayn Treichler
Graduation Date: May 2011
Position Title 1: Property Assistant
Company/Organization: Freelance
Current Location: Wilmington, NC

What activities (organizations, groups, etc.) were you involved with as a student that have helped your career?

At UNCW, I was involved with Flicker Film society for a few years. I also worked on numerous student films within and outside of the classroom setting. It gave me the opportunity to try out different positions until I found one I really enjoyed and also gave me a healthy appreciation for other departments. You can’t really sympathize with electrics until you find yourself in a cornfield at 2AM wrangling 150’ of extension cords as a “favor” for a friend.

Did you complete a departmental internship? If so, with who? How has that experience benefitted your life and career?

I did complete an internship the summer between my junior and senior year. I worked in Salisbury, NC as an Art Department Production Assistant on a feature film called “Witness Insecurity.” It was an amazing experience. I spent two weeks in prep helping build the sets and decorate them. It gave the production designer a win-win scenario for hiring me. I was willing to work for free, I wasn’t costing her department any money and I was covered under UNCW’s insurance. Then I had a legitimate credit to beef up my resume and a solid reference for future job interviews.

How are you using the skills/concepts learned from your FST degree in your life and work?

Like any student, I learned how to budget my time wisely to meet deadlines. I learned about the downfalls of procrastination and the unpleasantness of pulling all-nighters. I also learned how to work in a group dynamic (when the other members complete their job and, more often, when they don’t).

Since graduation, what have you done that’s been most helpful in advancing your career?

Printing business cards was extremely useful. We live in a digital age, so it’s easy to think business cards have become extinct. But I’ve lost count of the positive responses I’ve received when I accompanied an introduction with a professional, clean business card. I give that one act all the credit for landing me my first “real” job on “One Tree Hill.” Also, buying my own tools. It may not pertain to every job, but being the person with a tape measure or an exacto knife or a leatherman when a higher up asks for it gets you noticed and remembered.

What are your proudest accomplishments since graduating from UNCW?

January – November of 2012 I worked on the feature film IRON MAN 3 in the Art department and as a PA in the Props Department. Working on a film of that caliber gave me more experience and connections than I could have hoped for at this point in my career.

What advice would you give current FST majors?

Work on every project you can and find a department you really feel passionate about. Because when you are starting at the bottom and paying your dues for long hours with little pay, it’s only the love of the job that will get you through to the next one. And hopefully the next one. But when you make it to the point where you are earning a proper living and really contributing to a film it will all be worth it.

 

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