It's a foggy Wednesday afternoon in October. Withmore City looks like a calm, extended snapshot from high within the New Light Media tower, the bustle of cars and pedestrians muted beneath the haze outside. A brief moment later, the monolithic holo-boards flash new advertisements, reminding the world that Withmore never sleeps.
I take the elevator down to production, where I'm greeted by NLM Producer Arachne Fairchild and Assistant Producer Lisette Dupuis. Miss Fairchild is brimming with excitement, ready to begin the tour.
Miss Dupuis is at attention, resolute after another busy day on the job.
As I step into the hallway, I'm awestruck by the immaculate workplace, decorated with a checkerboard of blue panels and frosty glass, looking not a day old despite the busy foot traffic. We move aside to clear the aisle, my hosts describing the architecture as aides, pages, and talent pass us by.
All of your favorite studios are here: NLM News, Withmore Beats, Class Wars, and so many more. The lavish setups include a mix of physical stages and holo-sets to meet the needs of every flash of news and entertainment. We slink quietly through the busy Withmore Globe bullpen and even catch a glimpse of NLM anchor John Fergeson preparing for the next news broadcast. The action is everywhere.
We make our way to the control room, where all the magic happens: recording, editing, and ensuring every final product of NLM is served to perfection. After a brief exhibition of our state-of-the-art equipment, I sit down with Miss Fairchild and Miss Dupuis at a comfortable break-room couch to find out more about what it takes to achieve fame.
Rose Ringo: How long have each of you been at NLM?
Arachne Fairchild: Two months for me today. I was offered a position after working with Talon Contracting Services to thwart a terror plot against NLM.
Lisette Dupuis: I've been at NLM since February of this year, and moved to production a month ago.
RR: Congratulations to both of you. Miss Dupuis, did you always want to be a producer?
LD: Every step since I arrived in Withmore was with the intent of becoming a producer. I worked at Bizou to gain some experience topside, and then at the Withmore Globe to gain experience writing.
RR: Both of your paths into production are so different, and each is well-earned. Now that you're here, what are your upcoming projects? What are they about?
AF: Currently we're planning an incredible dream experience for one lucky Rafael de Leon fan, where they'll be treated to an enchanting evening and posh dinner on us with RDL, live on Korova Milk Bar. It's the 'Big Date with RDL.' I can't get into the details of the evening but it will be an unforgettable experience for the lucky winner. Rafael de Leon, perhaps best known as the Anglianico Grappa spokesman, is a budding NLM star whose fiery Spanish manner and aristocratic bearing have captured the hearts of men and women across the Dome.
RR: How would one enter that contest?
AF: All you need to do is gridmail an answer to RDL's riddle to [email protected]
RR: What's the riddle?
AF: 'What of RDL's can you hold without using your hands?'
RR: That's quite a generous contest! And you, Miss Dupuis, what is your current project?
LD: I am currently working on a new television series. I'd love to get into specifics, but all will be revealed in time.
RR: I'm sure plenty of folks at home will be waiting in anticipation every step of the way. Everyone knows NLM brings the best quality shows and experiences. But how can aspiring producers get in on the action?
AF: Aspiring producers are encouraged to send their scripts to [email protected] Having an extensive background in related fields is helpful, for instance Miss Dupuis' work at the Globe.
RR: What are the best parts about being a producer?
AF: Being able to work with Rex Gold. He's a genius, a literal god of television. Having the opportunity to sway the emotions of audiences everywhere, whether it's to make them think, to shock them, to make them jump or cry or to put a smile on their faces.
LD: For me, the most exciting part is the chance to engage the hearts and minds of Withmore. I've been hard at work coming up with a new series that I hope will do just that. I'm trying to make it something for everyone, and can't wait to share it with the world. In addition, it really is an honor to get to work with Mr. Gold. The man is a genius in his field, and truly someone to look up to.
RR: A producer's job is very important, but they're not the only ones in production. What does it take to become a TV personality?
AF: People wonder where stars come from. The most important thing about becoming a television personality is having an unswerving dedication to getting where you want to be, and working hard for it. The most obvious route is to work at Korova Milk Bar, where you have a live audience 24/7 and an immediate opportunity to make an impact with your audience.
LD: So many of our stars have had a background at KMB. Juju and Lala, to name a few.
AF: Even Mixers become stars if they're good enough at generating interest, like Juicy Vee and his meteoric ascension to the top of the world. The most important thing is to be clear on your goals, to have a truly memorable personality, to be mentally tough, to be able to take advice and direction, and to be prepared to reinvent yourself upon request. Stars become the property of NLM and need to be both incredibly personable but also incredibly flexible.
LD: Yes. So many people feel like the world owes them the spotlight. Those people will be disappointed. Persistence and willingness to adapt are important qualities of any star.
AF: Both aspiring television talent and aspiring television producers need to be able to sell themselves, they need to have the skillset for the business and know their way around advertising, marketing psychology and negotiating people toward their point of view. A musical act who can't -sell- themselves won't gain traction.
LD: It's a great opportunity to learn how to work a camera. Whether you are interested in being an actor or a musician, there's so much you can learn from the way the audience immediately reacts to you in that setting.
AF: Personality, looks, creativity, intelligence, ability to sell, and swagger. Those are all elementary to success in television.
LD: And the dedication to put in the work.
RR: Are there any inspiring words you'd like to leave to those passionate about a career at NLM?
AF: Don't be afraid to take up a role at Korova Milk Bar. It's a proving ground. A place to gain interest, make waves, and get noticed. You'll be live on channel 420, so show the world what you've got!
RR: Thank you Miss Fairchild and Miss Dupuis for bringing the world a spotlight into you lives, and the passion and dedication behind all of us at New Light Media.
This concludes my interview with Arachne Fairchild and Lisette Dupuis, two producers among the grand community of diligent corporate citizens at New Light Media. With the best mentors around, now is the perfect time to join the winning team at NLM!
Ready to start your NLM career at KMB? Send your application to [email protected]!
Ready to join the team? Submit your script to [email protected]!
Ready to win your date with RDL? Gridmail your entry to [email protected]!