A different Olympics dream
Twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for nearly a month, and loving every minute of it.
That's how Max Negin, a graduate of Rowan University's Radio, Television, Film program, describes his work at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Negin, a freelance media professional at the Olympics, cuts footage of events for playback across the Peacock Network.
For example, when speed skater Apolo Ohno iced the competition to become the most decorated American winter Olympian ever, Negin's video work helped the world see Ohno shine. When Bode Miller took three Olympic medals, Negin helped bring the skier to TVs, cell phones, computers and iPods around the world.
"I'm like a media manager," said Negin, 39. "I'm in charge of incoming feeds from all of the sporting events.
Since graduating from Rowan in 1996 he's continually built on his experience - from his very first gig working with audio/video equipment (landed on a tip from a Rowan faculty member) to work at Comcast SportsNet, ESPN, and, now, NBC.
Along the way he's gathered contacts and skills that enable Negin, though not an Olympian himself, to shine at the winter games too.
"In this business you just keep parlaying one thing into the next," he said. "And you keep in touch with your professors and classmates because they end up being your network."
Negin, who is also a senior lecturer at Wake Forest University in N.C., earned two Master's degrees since leaving Rowan including a Master of Fine Arts in film and TV production from the University of North Carolina.
At Wake Forest he teaches media production, media studies and documentary production but took a month off to work the Olympics.
"I'm amazed by the technology here," said Negin, moments before a long shift midway through the Olympics. "They essentially created a national television station on location... If I'm teaching TV production it's valuable to my students that I keep doing it myself."
RTF Prof. Ned Eckhardt isn't surprised his former student went far - all the way to the snowy peaks of the 2010 Olympics.
"Max was everywhere," Eckhardt recalled. "You'd hear him in the morning during the WGLS-FM morning show. Then you would see him running out the door with a production crew during the day. At night he was making TV programming with RTN (The Rowan Television Network). He was like a sponge, soaking up everything the teachers had to offer, then applying it to his own creative productions. His career has been fast-paced, just like his student experience."