Live television can be one of the most stressful jobs in entertainment, and it doesn’t get any bigger than the Olympics. This past weekend saw the start of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and among the thousands of people working hard to bring the broadcast to millions of viewers across the globe are a group of Full Sail graduates.
Nine alumni are working both domestically and abroad to help capture the next two weeks of competition, with Film grad Kim Palmer even on hand as a camera operator for Friday’s powerful opening ceremonies. The event was a spectacular display of music, art, and lighting, and Kim offered us a brief peek into her involvement with the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS).
“This will actually be my second Olympic games, London being my first,” she says. “I got the opportunity to work London 2012 through relationships with Full Sail’s Career Development department. Then I was then rehired for the Sochi games through working London and networking.”
Watching the opening ceremonies as a viewer can be overwhelming in itself, and it’s hard to imagine actually being there on site capturing that spirit through a camera lens – let alone the thought of the eyes of the world scrutinizing your efforts.
“Being a part of the games is an unbelievable event, I feel very blessed,” Kim says. “Knowing that millions were watching my colleagues and I work opening night, and then throughout the games, is incredibly nerve-racking. I try not to think about it too much, but rather just go out there and do the best job that I can.”
As with many television productions, Kim explained how close she and the rest of the crew have become during this experience. Being on the other side of the world working this hard to deliver live footage, a bond has developed that seems as memorable as the event itself.
“Ultimately the Olympics crew is a family and something that I cherish the most,” she says. “I just celebrated a birthday while here in Russia – something I never expected and will never forget. The friendship and camaraderie is like no other. There’s 3500 people here with different nationalities, all working for OBS for one common goal.”
The full list of graduates involved with the 2014 Sochi Olympics are:
- Florian Boehm (Show Production, 2004; Entertainment Business, 2006)
- Charlie Cushing (Show Production, 2005)
- Joe Lede (Recording Arts, 1994)
- Rafael Mejia (Film, 2005)
- Andrew Molina (Show Production, 2005; Entertainment Business, 2006)
- Kim Palmer (Film, 2010)
- Billy Revert (Show Production, 2004)
- Jon Riley (Film, 2000)
- Nicolas Roselius (Film, 2005; Entertainment Business, 2006)