After graduating from Calvin with a degree in film and media production, Christian Becker '15 returned home to the East Coast and dove into the world of television. Check out what he's doing as a page for CBS:
Q: What are your responsibilities as a page?
A: As a page, you are given multiple assignments in all different fields within the company. I've worked with the audience team on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, commercial trafficking for the Sports Network, script running for the anchors on CBS This Morning and various other jobs both big and small. From the moment I started to now, I've been heavily involved with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, shows that rent space from CBS. It's a great mix of being a part of the production process of both live and taped programming.
Q: Of all the things you have gotten to do at CBS, what has been your favorite?
A: Working on the late night shows because I've always had a passion for late night TV, comedy and news. Those shows bring them all together. I've been able to work with the writers, producers, and other people doing jobs that I hope to move into someday. It’s fun to watch the show live and see it all come together.
Q: What from studying film and media at Calvin has benefited you the most in this job?
A: Definitely all the collaboration in the classroom and on group projects.There is not a thing that I'm doing right now that doesn't fall back on collaboration, either with other pages, my bosses, or anyone else working on the sets. TV itself is very collaborative in nature. Working on short films and projects, theater, and being part of the improv team definitely helped me prepare for working with others whether we agree or disagree. Working on these shows every single week could take a lot out of you, but at a smaller school like Calvin, you're kind of conditioned to get to know people on a more intimate level. Then we can come together to create a better product. It's cool that no matter what their background is, we're all working on this goal together to make the final product of television.
Q: Any dreams of moving up in the company?
A: I really want to be a writer. I'd love to produce also. I'd really like to be in the realm of comedy television. There are definitely places I want to move up to but I feel like I'm on the right track.