Joseph Colasanti ’06 always wanted to work in television. “From a very young age, I was interested in television, movies, and pop culture,” he said. “And not just for the entertainment value. I was the kid who would watch the director commentaries on DVD's. It was something I always wanted to get into, but knew that it was unlikely. When I got to college, I chose my major and went on from there.” That major, enhanced with hard work and an aptitude for the fast-paced studio environment, brought him from there to where he is today: an Associate Producer on the Wendy Williams Show.
As an Associate Producer, Colasanti works directly with two producers on Celebrity and Fashion and Beauty segments of the show. When a celebrity is booked for a segment, Joe researches the celebrity and puts together an information packet for the producer to build the segment around. “I also handle all photos and clips for the segments. I help produce the segments by giving my creative input and ideas,” he said. With fashion and beauty segments, Joseph finds models for demonstrations.
When Colasanti was a student, he majored in Broadcasting, which had him doing hands-on work through the four years.
“All the TV production classes mirror what the real industry is,” he said, describing the courses he took and the professors who taught him. “Larry Londino, Dave Sanders, and Thom Gencarelli were the best team, and they really taught me the fundamentals of Television Production.” Colasanti describes the Broadcasting department as being close and spent a lot of time with the same students in his broadcasting classes through the years. Outside of the department, Colasanti took Creative Writing and loved it.
Outside of class, Colasanti and other Broadcasting students were required to log hours filming and editing material for University use, such as activities on campus. He was active with “Inside MSU,” a weekly cable news program put together by Broadcasting and Journalism students.
Interning at ABC’s “The View” was what got Colasanti’s foot in the door of the television industry. “Every job I’ve been at hires interns,” he said. “Interning is how you get started in TV.” He advises current Broadcasting students to do as many internships as they can and to hone their people, organizational and time management skills. “And you need to be very resourceful.”
“I look back fondly at Montclair State,” he said. “Many of the people I graduated with have gone on to find great jobs in the industry. Montclair’s Broadcasting program is one of the best.”