Recent North­eastern alumnus Perry Acks has landed his dream job as a pro­duc­tion assis­tant for Bethenny Frankel’s upcoming talk show—and it all began with a simple tweet.

Frankel, a reality TV star turned self-​​made busi­ness­woman, came to North­eastern in Jan­uary of last year to speak at an event called “Skin­ny­girl Night Out…A Con­ver­sa­tion with Bethenny Frankel.” At the student-​​sponsored event, Frankel spoke to the North­eastern com­mu­nity about being a woman in the busi­ness industry and how she achieved successes.

She was honest, smart, moti­va­tional, and hilar­ious,” said Acks, who grad­u­ated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies. “I was always a casual fan of hers, but this event really trans­formed my view and gave me so much more respect for her, not as a celebrity, but as an entre­pre­neur and a businesswoman.”

Fol­lowing the event, Acks swiftly took to Twitter, beg­ging Frankel to take him on as a member of her team. How­ever, he quickly real­ized that he needed to do more than ask for a handout via social media, and went on to call the pro­duc­tion com­pany, email and fax his resume and write per­sonal let­ters to Frankel. This approach worked, and Frankel finally responded to Acks.

Bethenny actu­ally reached out to me on my last day of classes,” said Acks, noting that he scored an inter­view with the program’s exec­u­tive pro­ducers on his grad­u­a­tion day. “The timing,” he said, “was incredible.”

Shortly there­after, Acks joined “Team Bethenny” and began working in her new studio. As a pro­duc­tion assis­tant, he is tasked with pitching show ideas and booking guests. He works closely with the pro­ducers, who have taken Acks under their wing and are serving more as men­tors than man­agers. The show, Bethenny, is slated to pre­miere on Sept. 9.

Acks is quick to attribute his suc­cess to his North­eastern expe­ri­ence. All three of his co-​​op jobs empha­sized the use social media, the power and influ­ence of which helped him land the cov­eted position.

I learned from my co-​​op expe­ri­ences that I want to work on the set of a show and that’s why this job is per­fect for me,” Acks explained. “I love working at Bethenny, and I want to work on this show for as long as I pos­sibly can.”

Click here to watch a video of North­eastern alumnus Perry Acks meeting Bethenny Frankel for the first time.