This Member Spotlight interview was conducted by Rosemary Owens. Rosemary Owen is a non-profit administrative professional with a passion for film and the visual arts. Along with five years of experience in fundraising, event planning, and cultivating community relationships, Rosemary has recently received a graduate degree in Arts Administration from Boston University. She is looking to bring her expertise to nonprofit arts and culture organizations needing assistance in development and communications.
From her time at Quinnipiac University to her current career with Marshfield TV, Jennifer Palmer works hard to tell local stories and keep the community informed. Whether partnering with nonprofits and local businesses to share their stories post-COVID or picking up new skills and techniques, Jennifer is on it! Get to know up-and-coming producer and new(ish) WIFVNE member Jennifer Palmer!
Meet WIFVNE Member Jennifer Palmer!
How did you get started?
I got started when I became involved with Q30 Television, the student-run television station at Quinnipiac University. With the great experience I gained there I was able to land an internship with the video department at Greater Media (now Beasley Media Group), which was home to five of Boston’s most listened to radio stations, during the summer of 2014 and winter of 2015. After graduating from Quinnipiac with a broadcast journalism degree, I was offered a part-time role at Greater Media, where I stayed until I got offered a full-time position at Marshfield Community Television in November of 2016.
What do you love about the work that you do?
I love that it’s not your typical desk job and that I’m able to have a creative outlet. I’m constantly trying to improve my skills and experiment with new shooting and editing techniques. It’s also great being able to collaborate with other local nonprofits and share their message and the great work they’re doing within the community through video.
What can you tell us about any upcoming projects?
Right now at MCTV we’re trying to support many non-profits in the surrounding area as they adjust to this “new normal.” In the coming months, we’ll be promoting fundraising walks that have gone virtual, as well as helping businesses host remote conferences.
What has your experience as a woman in the industry been like?
On top of being a female in a male-dominated industry, I’m 5’1 and look like a high school student despite being 27. Because of this, I always try to carry myself with as much confidence and professionalism as possible in order to make sure I’m taken seriously when on a shoot and dealing with clients.
What has been your experience working with Marshfield Community TV?
My experience working with MCTV has been extremely positive. I’m given a lot of creative freedom in the projects I take on, which has given me a lot of opportunity to grow and get better at what I do. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of great people within the Marshfield community and across the south shore of Massachusetts through working with various groups and nonprofits. The work I’ve done has been very rewarding.
Do you have a mentor?
I don’t have any one particular mentor, but I do have a lot of friends from college who work in the industry and previous coworkers that I’ve kept in touch with whom I’m constantly comparing notes and experiences.
Were you told or did you learn a piece of wisdom or advice you now tell others in the beginning of their career?
Some advice I try to pass along is that when you first start out in the video production industry, it’s inevitable that you’re going to make a few mistakes along the way. I always try to tell others that it takes practice, and that (usually) mistakes aren’t the end of the world. But with that being said, it’s very important to pay attention to detail while also working quickly and efficiently. Also that good audio is just as important as good video, if not more!
What are some things you wish could change/would help if more women were in the industry?
I would love to get rid of the stigma that video production work is only for men. I can count on my hand the number of women I’ve worked alongside, and it would be great to see more women get involved. I believe this starts at the college level. If journalism professors taught more about the behind the scenes work instead of making students believe they can only be news anchors and reporters, we might see more women pop up in the industry.
Where would you like to go in your work?
My ultimate goal is to have my own production company so that I can be my own boss, form my own hours and run it out of my home. I’ve done a lot of freelance video work including wedding videography, promotional videos and commercials, which I’ve enjoyed doing and would love to dedicate more time to.
What can you share about what you are working on now?
One project I’m working on now is in collaboration with NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, which is a local nonprofit that develops housing and provides housing resources for individuals and families in need. They are currently developing a home for veterans in Marshfield, and I’ve been producing video updates of the progress of the renovations in order to keep the community up to date on the project.
Why are you a member of WIFVNE?
I’m still fairly new to WIFVNE, but the courses and seminars that have been offered during the pandemic have been extremely impressive and relevant. I’ll be looking forward to getting more involved and hopefully attending more in-person events when we’re able to do so.