From interning at some of the most popular magazines to working with Daytime super host Jerry Springer, Dayne Brett has put in his work as a tv producer. Check out our interview where Mr. Brett talks with us about working in the entertainment industry, tv producing, and his new passion for DJ’ing.
How did you get into the entertainment industry?
My initial plan prior to school was to be an Entertainment Reporter. A Host or DJ, something of that sort. In college, I studied media and communications, and I interned throughout school. I interned at different magazines and television companies. I also interned at the Source magazine, Paper magazine, Power 105.1 radio station, the Dr. Oz Show and a few others. I gained a friendship at the Dr. Oz Show with one of the production assistants. He sent my information over to NBC and I got hired as a production assistant.
What was the first show you worked on and how was that experience?
The first show I worked on was the Jerry Springer Show in Stamford, Connecticut. It was definitely life-changing. It taught me most of what I know about working in the television industry, and production more specifically. It was a very intense show to work for, but a lot of fun. I got to learn from the great Jerry Springer who was once a mayor, and he was just one of the most giving, intelligent people that I’ve ever worked for. I worked there for about two years as a Production Assistant.
What is a TV Producer?
A Television Producer is the person that manages the story behind the entire production. There are different aspects of producers; you have casting producers, producers who are just strictly in production and development producers. I’ve done all three. A producer is a person who develops and keeps the story in line based on the people who are involved. If you’re dealing with guests on a talk show or competitors on a game show, or characters from a true crime series, you’re pretty much dealing specifically with the talent and making sure that they stay in line with what’s supposed to be happening on stage or on camera.
What advice would you give to someone who’s looking to get into the TV Industry, from a Producer standpoint?
From a producer standpoint, I’m going to be honest and say that anyone can get into the industry. I think that it’s important to know that its what you really want to do and that you don’t want to do it because you want to be amongst talent and famous people. If you don’t have a passion and the drive to help people through this forum and work with people, don’t do it, because it’s extremely taxing. You work hours upon hours. You work more than the typical person. You work more of Doctor hours as opposed to teacher hours. You’re working six days a week, twelve hour days, sometimes seven days a week for months at a time. If you’re traveling, you’re traveling and you’re jumping off the plane and working. So make sure your heart is in it and know that it’s your calling.
Talkingabout the entertainment industry itself, do you feel that the talent behind the camera has successfully been diversified?
I will tell you from my own experience. I have always been one of the few African-Americans within the spaces that I’ve worked in. I can’t tell you why, but it’s just the way that it has been. I have always made a point to assist people who want to be in the industry. I think that a lot of people don’t necessarily know what the tools are or realize that they possess the tools to push themselves to get into TV so I help where I can. A lot of times you don’t know because you don’t have the resources or you don’t know what the first step is. Like myself, I didn’t know what the first step was, but I took a step. I was just like, okay well I’m just going to do this. I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be. A lot of times when you don’t know what a step is, you don’t push yourself into a specific direction because you feel lik