Liam Mays, CNBC Digital Video
Bio: My name is Liam Mays. I grew up in Lenexa, Kansas, and now reside in Brooklyn, New York. After trying out nearly all media, I found my passion in documentary-style video.
Graduation year: 2021
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Journalism (News and Info) and Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies
Job title: Associate producer at CNBC Digital Video. After trying out nearly all media, I found my passion in documentary-style video.
How did you get your current job? After graduating, I landed a video fellowship at Newsweek, which lasted for five months. Although it wasn’t the type of video work I enjoy doing, it helped me land another video fellowship at Insider. This position helped me build the skills needed to work in documentary video and build up my portfolio. While this position was optionally remote and temporary, I decided to make a leap and move to New York because I felt it was the best place to be for journalistic video. These positions helped me get the perfect position at CNBC.
What do you like best about your job? I love how I’m able to work on projects from start to finish — from the pitch to the final edit and animation. This makes every day unique and gives me new puzzles to solve on a regular basis.
How did the J-School prepare you for the workforce? The J-School allowed me to work in every type of media and figure out what I like to do best. Working at the University Daily Kansan not only helped to improve my writing and research skills, but also helped me find my own path as they were very open to working with newer forms of journalism like documentary video.
What career advice do you have for J-School students? Take the leap. Move to where you’ve always wanted to live. Do exactly what you want to do for work. If you’re truly passionate about what you’re doing, you can advance beyond any expectations. Be patient. It took me a year to get a permanent position in the industry and city I wanted. If I had gotten impatient with only getting temporary offers, I would’ve already given up on a career in journalism. And I was still able to support myself with fellowships in that time of uncertainty.