Tele­vi­sion and local radio per­son­al­i­ties from MTV and JAM’N 94.5 radio came to campus on Tuesday to dis­cuss their expe­ri­ences in the media and enter­tain­ment indus­tries with stu­dents in com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies lec­turer Bill Lancaster’s “Pro­ducing for the Enter­tain­ment Industry” course.

The event fea­tured a panel dis­cus­sion, Q&A ses­sion, and meet and greet with three stars: Ashlee Feldman, a 2009 grad­uate with a bach­elor of arts in com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies, cast member from Real World: New Orleans, and one of JAM’N 94.5 radio’s morning show hosts; Zach Nichols, a cast member from Real World: San Diego and winner of the MTV chal­lenge Battle of the Sea­sons; and Santi Deoleo, Feldman’s co-​​host on JAM’N 94.5 and radio producer.

Here are a few high­lights from Tuesday’s discussion:

  • Feldman said that she makes it a priority to be topical, fresh, and authentic when co-hosting “Ramiro’s House.” “Some shows, if they mess up, they edit it out. Us, we just laugh,” she said. “I go to work every day and I get to hang out with my good friends and speak my mind, I love what I do.”
  • Nichols discussed the pressure put on reality show cast members to hone in on particular aspects of their characters. “Personality is huge on Real World,” he explained. “Producers find things they like about you, and they’ll target that. You may be funny and easy going, but they love it when you snap.”
  • When it came to producing, Deoleo was the authority on the panel. He spoke about his path to success, from a position as a JAM’N intern in 2000 to “stunt guy” to executive producer of the morning show, and what it takes to be a successful producer. “You need to have an understanding of media as a whole and you need to learn how to work that into every aspect of your life, every single day,” he said. “When you get up in the morning, just assume that something is going to go wrong. No matter how much you prepare, you never know what can change.”