My Path To WTAP

By: Lauren Weppler
By: Lauren Weppler

My very first blog is a look into my life a year ago and how I ended up here in the Mid-Ohio Valley working for WTAP.

I thought for my first blog I will tell you a little about my life and the path I had taken to end up at WTAP.

A year ago I was working three part-time jobs and trying to land my big break into broadcast journalism.

While I was waiting for my break into the business I kept busy with my many jobs. My jobs included producing commercials for the radio, a grip for a production company, and a waitress. All three were totally different but all three taught me valuable life lessons.

I absolutely loved producing commercials for the radio because it allowed me to be creative. I learned a great deal about projection and the tone of your voice which helps me with reporting here at WTAP. Let me tell you the characters you meet and get to know at a radio station is so comical and worthwhile.
Even though there were times when I had to dress up as the radio station mascot and entertain the public (which if you know me, you know that I secretly loved every minute of this) but being in a huge Kangaroo costume in the middle of August  wasn't the highlight of this job.

My second job was a production grip with a production company in Pittsburgh, PA. If you don't know what a "grip" is don't worry most people don't. Basically I was the lowest of the lowest on the bottom of the totem pole. No, I was the ground the pole was on. The "grip" is the cameraman or woman's assistant. This job was a great learning experience for me. I have never been the one working behind the camera, I usually was the person acting up in front of the camera. So this job taught me a lot about paying your dues and I learned a great deal about the camera and how important lighting can be.

My third job which I had for three years was a banquet server at a resort. This job was such a character builder. I think everyone should wait tables sometime in their lives. At this job I made life long friends and had a healthy dose of tolerance and patience everyday.

After having all three of these jobs I was certainly busy but, I still wanted more. My dad would say, "I had an itch that I couldn't scratch." I wanted to reach my goal of being involved in news. Months and months went by of send resume after resume out. I remember the feeling like when is my life going to start.  My mom would say to me, "It will start when you least expect it. " Sure enough she was right she always is, but I don't always let her know it.

I got an interview here at WTAP.

Weeks later I found out I got the job. I was thrilled with the news of finally having a full time job.  Finally knowing that there would be no more dressing up like a mascot or, breaking my back for the right lighting or waiting on Bridezillas. At last  I felt like I had my big break!

I have been here at WTAP for almost six months and I love it. I love going into work everyday and not knowing what the day will hold. I love that I am busy every single minute and I love the stories I get to tell.

The moral of this blog is that even though sometimes your life can feel mundane or too routine or like what your doing doesn't matter believe me,  it's just setting you up for something better until that day comes along. 

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