Lindsay Scaccia [lindsayscaccia]
In which areas have you thought of building upon your education?
I'm considering taking the GRE and applying to Boston University's TV Production graduate program. At some point I would also like to get an associate's degree in finance or accounting, and/or become a certified tax preparer.
Must someone be the leader or boss in order for a creative team to function well?
I don't think there always needs to be a leader or boss for a creative team to function well. A team of motivated, self-directing creative folks working on a common task can be effective without someone taking on the role of leader. Sometimes it's just a matter of having a referee to refocus. If everyone on the team is committed to making it work, with or without a team captain, it'll work.
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
When I started reading for the enjoyment of it, the first authors I picked up were Fred Saberhagen and Stephen King. The Complete Book of Swords and the Dark Tower series have shaped my life in ways it's hard to explain. But basically, the Dark Tower series opened up new worlds to me - it expanded the universe and created infinite possibilities - and I was so full of ideas that I couldn't keep them in my head anymore. (I was always an imaginative kid, but at this point - in fifth grade - my storytelling shifted from lying to writing.) My first readers were my friends at school. My best friend in middle school used to read what I wrote, gush over it, and share it with anyone else who'd read it. She was my first promoter and is still my #1 fan.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I think the concept of having "your voice" is fluid. Everyone has a core voice, but everything you read - and the more you read of it, the bigger the influence it'll have - contributes to what your voice sounds like. I think I have found (or I recognize) my "voice." I guess I look at voice like a Pandora station. You have a foundational artist (your voice) and then you thumbs-up songs that change the selection Pandora thinks you'll like the most, so the sound of the station shifts a little.
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
I have a few: Tumblr (espadati.tumblr.com), deviantART (http://kaihlo.deviantart.com/), and ImageKind (http://lotusmadder.imagekind.com/).
What do you try to express through your photography?
My goal, when I practice photography, is to illuminate the beauty that's already in the world that people may simply not see. We all have an awareness of some things and miss others, and I hope that my photographs show viewers some of the things they might miss when they look at the world.
How did you begin in this field? Who introduced you to it?
I initially began in television broadcast in the Introduction to Video Production course at Marshall. It was my introduction to Up Late with Jamie LoFiego, a student-produced late-night talk and variety show. From that spring semester I volunteered primarily as the recorder of the show and the teleprompter operator for the next two fall semesters (because in the spring the students in Intro to Video took over most of the work).
In which media do you presently work or have you worked?
My undergraduate degree is in radio/television production and management. I spent three of those four years working at Marshall University's radio station, WMUL, where I produced station promos, public service announcements, and documentaries. I engineered for two live talk shows: the first, Snob Rock Live!, prior to automating the station, on which the hosts interviewed local music artists who also played live in the studio; the second, Radio With Guts, was purely a talk format on popular culture, for which I used the automation. For my required internship I worked at WEPM in Martinsburg, WV, engineering baseball on their automation system.
Also while attending Marshall, for a year and a half, I worked with Up Late with Jamie LoFiego, a student-produced variety/comedy show. I also took a class on advertising & continuity writing, so I have designed/written ads and copy for print, radio, television, and written some press releases and news pieces (for radio).
What is the business idea that you are working on right now? How did you come up with it?
My best friend is furthering her education in pastry arts. She and I were discussing this around the time of her son's second birthday when I came up with this idea: a bakery with a cookie bar where parents can host their kid's birthday party. Danielle could make the dough before the kids get there, set out decorations and cutters, and the kids can shape and decorate their own cookies and have them baked there while they wait. I haven't got all the kinks worked out (like what will they do while they wait?), but if I could get financial backing for this in Martinsburg, after Danielle finishes her education I would go in with her on this business model.
What hobbies have you got?
I enjoy taking pictures and reading. My passions are foreign language and creative writing. I love to expand my vocabulary in English and other languages (especially Spanish, Russian, Italian, and Mandarin).
What is the best attitude to have for experiencing life and not missing out on its intensity?
"Why not?" If you can't come up with a rational reason why not, you should go for it.
Did you always know what you wanted to be? How did you discover your calling?
Honestly, I don't feel like I have a calling. I never really had a direction - I just went with whatever sounded good at the time. In elementary school I decided I wanted to be an automotive technician, but that didn't really drive me to any action. It resurfaced in high school, where I took two years of automotive technology at James Rumsey Technical Institute, and I realized I wasn't going to be very good at it. When they started to ask us what we wanted to study in college, I considered economics and pharmacy, but upon further research those weren't going to work out very well for me either.
When they asked me where I wanted to go to college, I didn't really have an idea. I applied to Marshall University and was accepted into their journalism program with an undecided concentration. I didn't really have any particular desire to practice journalism, but then I found radio/television production & management (RTV). It was just what I needed: creative, technical and skill-oriented, and challenging. Dr. Bailey, the RTV adviser/professor and manager of our radio station, is all about tough love. His classes were the most difficult I took in college, and without that challenge I would have felt like I wasted my four years. I also don't think I would enjoy audio production half as much if Dr. Bailey hadn't set the bar so high.
In the lowest moments, what kept you afloat?
A sense of humor is really the best coping strategy. Even in its darkest form, humor lightens my load as long as someone else laughs with me. (Comedy should never be thankless! And if someone takes my darkly humorous comments and takes them in a sad or sympathetic way, it makes me sad. If my interlocutor isn't laughing, how can I?)