JAMM Launches Weaver’s Career in Television | 2011 grad finds success behind scenes at ‘Breaking Bad’
When Alecia Weaver first came to the University of Idaho to study biology, she never dreamed that one day she'd instead be working as a production assistant on a major network television series, and sitting next to the actor Kevin Bacon at a wrap party for that series, “The Closer.”
“Perhaps you've heard of the ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ theory,” Weaver says. “I am now officially one degree away.”
Weaver, a 2011 UI graduate with degrees in Radio-TV-Digital Media Production and Spanish, has had several jobs in the TV industry since she left Idaho to chase her dreams in California. She is currently a post-production assistant for the AMC series “Breaking Bad.”
Weaver attributes her professional career to her education and experiences at UI. “Undoubtedly and unequivocally, I credit (JAMM faculty members) Denise Bennett and Glenn Mosley for my success,” she says. “Denise taught me that the industry world doesn't care if you overslept, your computer crashed, or the task was ‘hard.’ You get it done and you do it well. Or get out. End of story.
Meanwhile, she praises Mosley, who teaches a popular course in American Television Genres, for teaching her how episodic television production worked, “which was great insight to have before getting involved in Los Angeles.” Both faculty members “were always glad to help me outside of class, provide insight on projects and give career advice.”
Weaver points to her JAMM 475 class, Digital Media Thesis Production, as a favorite. “I had to write, produce, cast, direct, light, shoot, and edit a short film,” she says. “It was exhausting, crazy and time consuming, but by far the best class I've taken. To do everything on my own was extremely eye opening and when I didn't want to quit after that, I knew I was meant for the industry.”
Weaver’s university experience went well beyond her academic pursuits. She chose the UI because of its strong Greek system. “I loved that I could become a part of something so vast that spanned across the nation and through the centuries. As an only child, the idea of gaining sisters was beautiful.”
Weaver was a cheerleader during her first semester at UI, and participated in other organizations such as Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key and the National Society of Leadership and Success, and she called her experience with Alpha Phi an incredible opportunity. “I was able to branch out through leadership, teamwork and networking, while growing in areas of philanthropy, education and friendship,” she says.
These days, Weaver is working long days as a post-production assistant for “Breaking Bad” and loving it. “My long-term goal is to become a producer,” she says. “I am a total overseer and I like to be involved in all parts of a project, which is what a producer does.”