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Jeff Gordon interview

Digital Recording Arts Grad Reaches New Heights

Jeff Gordon, a 2007 Digital Recording Arts Technology Bachelor’s Degree graduate, is the Video Production Coordinator for the National Elevator Industry Educational Program. John Cormier, Digital Recording Arts Department Chair, always knew Jeff would succeed and stated, “Academically and technically, Jeff was committed to being the best. Also, his steady disposition even during stressful productions, and attention to detail were traits that have served him well in a corporate environment.”
Jeff recently reflected upon his education at NEIT and its impact on his career.

What made you decide to attend NEIT?

My decision to attend New England Tech was an easy one. I was at a time in my life that I knew I needed to go back to school and the motivation was there to do that. I heard about the Digital Recording Arts program from a flyer I received in the mail from NEIT so I decided to go for a visit. It was the visit that sold the school to me. I am a hands-on learner, so the studios, labs, equipment and software were instantly attractive to me. I knew I would be getting the experience working with these systems that I needed to land a job in the industry.

What did you do to get started with your career in the video production field?

I hadn’t really ever thought about working in the video production field until I was about 21 years old when I saw an edited piece on an athlete who had passed away. The way the piece was put together with the music, video, and voice over made an unforgettable impact on me. It was at that point I knew I would like to produce a documentary that would have the same impact on people as that piece had on me. After that, I went on to volunteer at a small public access television station where I learned a great deal about live television, setup and strike of equipment, and editing. Eventually, I was directing a weekly live one-hour talk show with very little help. That was a great experience to get me started and helped convince me that I needed to go to school for video. I have yet to produce the documentary though, but someday I will.

Tell us about your company/position?

Currently, I work for the National Elevator Industry Educational Program, or NEIEP, as the Video Production Coordinator. We train elevator mechanics and apprentices who are members of the International Union of Elevator Constructors. Our main focus is our mandatory four year apprenticeship program, but we do have a great deal of continuing education courses for existing elevator mechanics. We have approximately 10,000 students nationwide. NEIEP just completed the construction of an HD Video Production Studio that I will be in charge of. This is a very unique studio space because of the complexities that exist when shooting elevators. The studio consists of a control room/editing suite, two studios, a sound room, and an equipment room. Within the large studio, there are three elevator hoist ways that we will use to shoot training videos in a controlled environment that we cannot get when attempting to shoot in the field. The smaller studio will be mainly used as a virtual studio using green screen technology. Having this facility creates numerous possibilities for the type of shooting we need to do.

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position?

The guidance and classes that I received at NEIT gave me the ability and confidence I needed to succeed in the professional world. I value my time I spent at NEIT and the in-structors who helped me along the way. I would also credit my internship with preparing me for the workforce. NEIEP’s new studio is similar to the studio set-up I learned on at the small public access station, so I know I am capable of using it to its full capacities.

Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search?

My recommendation to anyone who is in school is simple - work hard. Your professors will notice it and if the opportunity comes about, they will help you to get a job when you graduate. Think of school as your first job in the field. Learn everything you can, do what is instructed of you, and complete the best work that you are capable of. When it comes down to you or someone else being recommended for a job, you will be on the top of the list because of your willingness to learn, to be taught, and your commitment to your job.