The TV business is filled with unsung heroes who are literally staying up day and night to make sure that your favourite shows make it to air. This is especially true of people like Karen Sebesta, who works in the world of live sports television. Karen is a senior producer for CBC Sports and someone who moves at the speed of light. Pj wanted to interview her to try and get a sense of what it is like to be working in television at a time when how information is delivered to the average person is changing almost by the minute.
Karen Sebesta is a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University where she now teaches, in addition to her CBC duties. She is a wife and a mom to two sons, and a self-proclaimed ‘plate spinner’ – someone able to manage a multitude of tasks simultaneously. Pj thinks that as much as anything, being able to adapt and react is key to producing television in today’s world. Karen’s career has been built on balancing the needs of the sport and the wants of the viewer.
In this informative and candid interview, we see the world of TV, the challenges of being a working wife and mom and just how far the passion to ‘get it right’ can take you in your professional life. This podcast offers food for thought for anyone considering a career in TV or those who have ever wondered how it’s made.
If you want more, be sure to follow Karen on Twitter: @KarenSebesta.