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Behind the camera

August 15, 2006|by SEAN CLARK

Success stories always give you a warm feeling, you know? They remind you that when you do your best, you can really achieve more than you think.

Well, most of the time.

Krissy Fraley works part time at NBC 25 in Hagerstown. At age 17, she lives in Hagerstown with mom, dad and sister, Amber. She already has a fun job and attends school at Hagerstown Business College, studying graphic design.

Krissy attended Boonsboro High School for two years, but transferred to Washington County Technical High School for her junior year.

The transfer was a sudden one for her, but it worked out.

She chose digital communications as her focus. She had always been interested in photography.

"I was in dance and cheer, but I was still into photos and stuff," she said. She added that John Jones, a digital communications teacher at Tech High, was a great influence on her. "He sort of broadened my views, and that's when I got into graphic design," she noted.

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Krissy said that Jones brought her self esteem way up, and that he helped her in times of need. Jones also nudged her toward her early career move in TV.

In her senior year, Jones suggested Krissy get an internship with NBC 25. He gave her a name and number to call. She called, interviewed and was accepted as an intern this past February.

She worked in production and learned everything.

"Everybody needs to know how to do everything," she said. "You have to learn audio, video, graphics, and T.O. - tape operating. Usually I run camera - that's what I'm best at."

Or she might sit in the control booth and handle the flow of graphics. She also started taking classes at HBC.

Here's her typical day: First off, she heads to NBC 25 at 5 a.m. - yes, 5 a.m. The morning news show runs from 5:30 to 7. (And I thought getting up at 11 to go to interview Krissy was bad.)

She works at NBC 25 until 7:30 a.m., when she heads to HBC. She goes to class until 11 a.m., then goes back to work. She works the noon-to-12:30 p.m. news show and stays at the station until 1 p.m., meeting with other production team members to evaluate the show - what went well, what didn't. Then she goes back to school for the afternoon - except on Fridays, when she goes home after 1 p.m.

Krissy said that she had done some modeling and acting and that it had been another influence on her career choices. "I learned what it was like to be in front of the camera - (that) changes your view when you're behind it," she said.

Krissy is in her first semester at HBC. She said that almost everyone else there is older than her, and yet with her experience she is advanced in her class work.

Another positive influence in her life is her boyfriend, Steven Mowen. "He pushed me farther than I thought I could go, and he's always supporting me, like Mr. Jones," she said.

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