In 2010, Dylan Jefferson’s career in Hollywood was full steam ahead. Since his move after graduating from Full Sail with his Entertainment Business Master‘s degree, the Montana native landed a non-paid office production internship at E! Networks, which soon led to a paid production assistant position at “E! News.”
“The first couple of weeks in this new industry were difficult,” says Dylan of these early roles. “But I kept at it and started liking it. As soon as the show aired and I could see my contribution, it felt really rewarding.”
After his role on E! News, Dylan led what he calls a gypsy life, moving from show to show and set to set in different production assistant roles with “Access Hollywood,” “America’s Got Talent,” and “X-Factor” until one day, after a run-in with his supervisor, he was fired.
“As big as this industry is, everyone knows everybody and I’ve always heard that you should never burn a bridge,” he says. “Sure enough, I was unemployed for 8 months. I was kicking myself for not just shutting up and doing my work.”
Dylan was about to pack up and move back to Montana when he met Lise Lee, who was working on production for a Disney show called “So Random.” “I sent her my resume and she called me a few weeks later for some wrap-up work,” Dylan says. “I worked my butt off for her and she called me a month later for some work on a pilot.”
In the year that’s followed, Lise moved on to Nickelodeon, and Dylan has continued to work with her on several productions, quickly rising to the role of Assistant Coordinator.
“I learned my lesson when I was unemployed. I realized how hard it is in Hollywood without a job,” he says. “You just need to do your job and the award will come later.”
Now he’s focused on being a great boss to the production assistants that report to him and working towards his next promotion. “The coordinators are the backbone of production. I’ve learned so much about production. In return I try to teach PAs under me as much as I can. That’s my way of giving back. I want them to move up.”