t's time for another "Industry Spotlight," our monthly series where we interview professionals from across the entertainment industry about their current jobs and career trajectories. Our hope is that you will learn more about the positions you're already interested in, discover new roles you may not have considered, and utilize the wisdom of those who've paved the way before you to forge your own path for success.
This month, we sat down with Melissa Morkus, Manager, Production at Marvel Entertainment.
In one sentence, how would you define your job?
I'm responsible for all logistics start to finish of turning words on a page into something you see on TV.
What do you like most about your job?
Being a part of a great team that creates epic super-hero shows!
How did you get your current job?
I replaced a friend of mine who was moving on from the company. I interviewed and was very excited to get a job offer the next day.
What was your first job in Hollywood?
A PA on Minute to Win It (the NBC game show).
What are the skills someone would need to succeed in your position?
Organization, clear communication, and follow-up are all key skills you need in production.
What’s something you do in your job that an outsider wouldn’t expect (and maybe you didn’t expect before you took the job!)?
Attending VFX review sessions-- basically a chance for the producers to sit down with post production team and go over each scene in an episode that requires VFX work / fixes. Our shows are so VFX heavy which impacts production, so it's very useful to be in these sessions and learn as much as I can about post.
What’s a mistake you made early on in your career?
There was a situation that came up early on in my career which could have easily been resolved by a confirmation email. Sometimes phone conversations can be forgotten or words can be twisted, so always get it in writing when you can. Always cover yourself!
If you could give one piece of advice to someone trying to break in/move up in the industry, what would it be?
Be open to opportunities that are presented to you, even if it wasn't something you planned on. You learn something from every job. Get the most out of your experiences and meet as many people as possible.