West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) alumna Molly Thompson ’84 (Radio/Television), Senior Vice President for A+E Studios, had lots to share with an eager MCCC audience during a lecture appearance at the West Windsor Campus this spring.
Thompson acknowledged there’s a touch of luck involved in breaking into the competitive business of television and film, but mostly it’s about knowing your stuff and making the right connections.
A graduate of Notre Dame High School, Thompson says that she started out at Mercer not all that focused on the future, but got more serious as she grew to enjoy television production. “I learned to care and have pride in what I was doing. That’s a lesson I have learned and re-learned in the course of my career,” she said.
Thompson and fellow student Harry Skopas co-hosted the Molly and Harry Show on the MCCC student station. (Skopas is now the director of technology at The Mill, a major post production studio.)
At Rutgers University (RU), where Thompson transferred to earn her bachelor’s degree, she turned to the printed work as a reporter for RU’s Inside Beat. “Learning to write is key to everything else,” she stressed.
Thompson observed that the road to her current position was initially paved with internships and extracurriculars. “It’s important to continue growing by putting yourself in different situations, places where you can fail, recover and learn from the experience,” she said.
From Rutgers, Thompson began work at PBS’s Channel 13, which had an office in Newark. She booked panelists for a weekly talk show, requiring that she complete research and develop storylines.