Game Of Thrones HBO Exec Gives Career Advice To StudentsBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
Are you a fan of 'Game of Thrones'? These students are. Students from the Cesar Chavez Student Center attended a viewing party of a 'Game of Thrones' episode with an exclusive special from one of HBO's own executives.
HBO's Vice President of Production, Janet Graham Borba, gave a speech before a highly hot episode titled 'The Battle of the Bastards.' Before the sixth season episode, Borba shares some juicy details of how to is to produce a big budget show like 'Game of Thrones.'
She starts off by telling the students that she is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She confesses that she never thought she would be working in the film and TV production industry. "It didn't even occur to me that I wanted to work in film or TV because I didn't have any role models in that field," Borba said. "I went into a completely different field and then at a certain point decided I was interested in film, so I started looking for a grad program," says Borba.
How did she end up with HBO? Borba attended University of Southern California's producers training program and went on to assist a director after getting her masters degree. Her many production experiences landed her a job at HBO, where she's worked for over 20 years.
Most of the students were there to get some details about the next season. While the others, according to Golden Gate Express, were there to learn about what it is like to work for a place like HBO. HBO is a very well known television network, not only for GOT but also for 'True Blood' fans and other sci-fi or action and drama series. It is even interesting to find out that some students who are there do not even watch the show.
Like film major Domenic Strazzabosco, he attended the event to get some career advice from an authority from HBO. He wants to "find out what she does for the show," he says.
Borba explains that a show like 'Game of Thrones' needs years of planning in advance. Her job is to schedule films and series, and meet with young professionals to give them career advice.
Borba's advice to students? She reminds them that their major does not always have to define their future career. She emphasizes that students should feed their creativity.