Alumni

Making It Big in 30 Minutes

A podcast for, by, and about the Emerson community and the many ways its alumni are making the world a little better, every day.

What does it mean to make it big? Having money, fame, world wide acclaim, climbing the corporate ladder or crushing it in your business. One thing’s for sure, there isn’t just one way to do it.

In each episode, you will meet an Emersonian who’s Making It. Making a living, making a difference and sometimes, making it up as they go along. As far as we’re concerned, if you’re making something, you’ve made it … big time.

Brought to you by the Emerson College Alumni Association:

Season 1

Episode 0: Making It Big in 30 Minutes

Welcome to our podcast. In each 30-minute episode, you'll meet an Emersonian who's making it through their efforts, talent, and vision.

Episode 1: Megan Mitchell ’14 on Making It Big in Broadcast Journalism

Megan Mitchell speaks about her career as an openly gay local news anchor, her involvement in the Dakota Access Pipeline Movement and why she decided to join the Alumni Board of Directors. Recorded on March 5, 2020.

Episode 2: Eitan Chitayat, MA ’99 on Making It Big as a Brand Creative Director

Eitan Chitayat discusses changing his career path one semester away from graduation, how he ended up working on an iconic Volkswagen ad campaign and what it felt like having his “I’m that Jew” video go viral. Recorded on March 5, 2020.

Episode 3: Maurene Goo, MA ’07 on Making It Big as an Author

Maurene shares her journey from journalism student to acclaimed YA novelist as she and Terri discuss her need for a deadline, writing for comic book heroes and how she never dreamed of becoming an author...or did she? Recorded on March 6, 2020.

Episode 4: Jaimee Hall ‘03 on Making It Big as an Entrepreneur

You’ll love Jaimee Hall’s take on the legal world as she explains how she ended up there after starting out as a theater student, what brought her to LA, and then back again, and why she decided to start an Alumni Chapter in St. Louis. Recorded on April 13, 2020.

Episode 5: Manny Jaquez ‘13 on Making It Big in the TV Industry

Manny and Terri chat about how the pandemic has affected the world of comedy, why he cared way more about his fellow Emersonians’ spec scripts than his own and their mutual love of Six Feet Under. Recorded on May 13, 2020.

Episode 6: Janice O'Leary, MFA ‘96 on Making it Big in Publishing

Hear how Janice O’Leary went from designing pens to writing about private jets and the best whiskeys out there, how she learned how to edit in her workshops in Emerson’s MFA program, and why she hated having to get dressed up for Boston Magazine parties, but still loved her job there. Recorded on April 30, 2020.

Episode 7: Bunny Kinney ’07 on Making it Big as a Filmmaker

Bunny chats with Terri from his home in London and shares his unique perspective on film making, how creating digital content shaped his career and why he hopes Emerson is still full of weirdos. Recorded on April 6, 2020.

Episode 8: Paloma Valenzuela ’09 on Making it Big as an Artist

Paloma shares her insights on being a Boston based artist, the importance of cultural representation across all media and why it’s actually totally ok with her to not have Cardi B status. Recorded on May 28, 2020.

Bonus Episode: Making it Big with Kevin Bright and Norman Lear

Join Kevin Bright '76 as he sits down, virtually of course, with Emerson alumnus and Hollywood legend, Norman Lear '42 for this special bonus episode of Making It Big in 30 Minutes. The episode was recorded on October 15, 2020, in multiple locations, resulting, at times, in uneven audio levels.

Be sure to join the 1,500+ alumni over Emerge to connect, network, and let us know why you should be a guest on the next season of Making it Big! Head over to emerge.emerson.edu.

Credits

Producer: Rebecca Glucklich, Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Editing: Eric Fox ’06, Production Manager, and Pierre Huberson, MFA ’17, Emerson Productions

Host: Terri Trespicio, MFA ’02, Alumni Board of Directors

And a special thanks to the Professional Development Committee of the Alumni Board of Directors:

  • Paul Morra ’95 (Co-chair)
  • Jen O’Connell ’94 (Co-chair)
  • Carrie Kerpen ’98
  • Sonia Rincon ’01
  • Margie Sullivan ’81
  • Terri Trespicio, MFA ’02