By Rakwan Hedgemond
Akeem Victor (’16), a broadcasting alumnus, began working as a page at CBS on June 25, 2017. The CBS Page program is an 18 month competitive program that provides an introductory broadcast employment position. After the program, you may apply to any position at CBS, and you have a greater chance of receiving the job because you have worked in the CBS page program.
“On my first day, I had a new hire meeting, received my ID badge, and went straight to work at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Victor said. “Kevin Hart was one of the guest stars that night – watching the show come together was a mind-blowing experience.”
As a broadcasting major at Post, Victor studied film, tv shows, and radio. Victor did not jump right into the CBS page program. After graduation, he did sound engineer freelance work. He went to various locations in NYC to record, edit, and master podcasts for clients. He also spent his free time shooting and editing videos and writing short movies and comedy sketches.
“At the end of August, I began to do freelance work for a company called MicroFame Media. Although I was working, I was not doing what I wanted to do. I mainly wanted to start in the TV field,” Victor said. “With MicroFame Media, I was an audio engineer working on podcast[s]. After a couple of months, I realized I was only working there for the money, but I never had any interest in podcasts.”
He left MicroFame Media for the page program at CBS. He was a part of “If you get a job in your field, take it,” he advises students. “Even if it’s a position you don’t want, what’s important is the exposure you receive from being in your field. Once you get your foot in the door, network as much as possible. Get to know and make conversation with everyone you see at your job,” he said.
“If you don’t get a job right away in your field, that’s perfectly fine too, it takes some time. During that time of waiting, you may feel like you chose the wrong major and you’ll begin to doubt yourself. Remain proactive and positive, and you will find something.”