Jacquie Gray has been Levy Production Group’s staff producer and writer for eight years, producing everything from original TV shows and documentary series, to red carpet events, television commercials, corporate marketing videos, and full advertising campaigns. Jacquie takes clients’ projects from concept to completion including initial client meetings, script writing, casting, production coordinating, directing on set, offline editing and post supervising.
Here’s our quick Q&A with Jacquie to learn more…
Q: How did you get started in video production?
A: Growing up, I always knew I wanted a career that combined my passions for writing and theater, so my family encouraged me to study Broadcast Journalism in college. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the best Journalism schools in the country, the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC) in LA. In my time there I worked at our college news station Annenberg TV News, learning all the various roles of producing, writing, shooting, editing, reporting, and anchoring. I also had the great opportunity to learn through internship experiences at E! Entertainment’s Program Development Department in LA, NBC Network News in Washington, D.C. and the CBS local news affiliate in Las Vegas. I also worked as a Production Assistant on various shoots as much as possible throughout college. After college I worked for the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas, before making the transition out of news and to full-time work as a producer/writer at Levy Production Group where I’ve been for the last 8 years!
Q: What do you enjoy most about your career?
A: What I love most about my career as a producer in Las Vegas is that every day is different! Because I take my clients’ projects from concept to completion, I get to work with them on every phase of the production process. Some days I am in pre-production meetings, some days I’m writing scripts, some days I’m directing on set, and other days I’m working with our talented editing team. Each project I work on is vastly different from the last, and I’m constantly meeting interesting new people and learning about exciting new industries. On any given day I may be interviewing attendees at a convention, interviewing celebrities on a red carpet, shooting a commercial in our studio, or shooting a marketing video at a luxury resort on the Strip! Each day is a new challenge and a new opportunity to create high-quality videos that my clients love.
Q: What is one thing you’d like clients to know about you?
A: I love sharing with my clients that I was actually born and raised here in Las Vegas and besides my four years away for college, have lived my whole life here. I love this city and I have seen it grow leaps and bounds in the last few decades. I think this passion for my hometown shines through in all of my work, as I love helping our clients find the best way to showcase our city in their projects.
Q: What are some of your favorite projects you have ever worked on?
A: That’s a tough one — I have worked on literally hundreds and hundreds of projects and am proud of all of them! I did have the honor of producing and writing two TV shows, “Behind the Vegas Ice” and “Heart of Vegas,” that both won NATAS Pacific Southwest Emmys so that was a career highlight for me. I also have been lucky enough to field produce for E! News here in Las Vegas for the last 8 years, so I have had a lot of fun interviewing musicians, actors, athletes and other celebrities in that capacity. Most recently I have had the privilege of working with the Raiders NFL organization on some of their production needs here in Las Vegas and have really enjoyed that opportunity.
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring producers?
A: If you’re interested in getting into the field of video production, get as much experience as you can through internships and work on sets as a Production Assistant. It’s definitely a field that you have to work your way up through, so be willing to do whatever it takes starting out on set whether that’s picking up trash or going for coffee runs. Be a sponge and soak it all up! Ask others in the industry for advice and network as much as you can. If anyone is interested in learning more, I’m always willing to connect! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.