Viera Voice proved a very nurturing professional nursery for Trevor DeSaussure, now a producer, cinematographer and editor with NewsWatch TV in Washington, D.C.
“Viera Voice was my first job,” said the busy DeSaussure, who also runs Mediac Productions.
He was just 16 years old in 2009 when the newspaper took him under its wing after receiving glowing recommendations from his Viera TV teacher Elizabeth Sivco at Viera High School.
“VTV had a wonderful working relationship with the Viera Voice, and they were hiring our students to shoot, write and edit stories,” Sivco said.
Sivco didn’t hesitate to nominate Trevor.
“I had Trevor in my class for four years, and I knew that he had what it took to make it in the business, because he would take any assignment I needed covered,” she said.
Although DeSaussure’s internship with Viera Voice lasted only a year, it gave him real-life work experience that put him ahead of the pack.
“Viera Voice gave me the confidence I needed,” he said.
According to Sivco, DeSaussure already had the built-in discipline and interest needed for success.
“He was always so determined to deliver a quality story by deadline,” she said.
Sivco remembers tryouts for the pool of writers, videographers and editors. DeSaussure was there, of course.
“I put him on a crew, and they all went out to cover a story, and they had it shot, written and edited by the time we left that day,” she said.
Career plans are hard to pin for most 16-year-olds, but not for Trevor. Working at Viera Voice sealed the deal.
“Working his first professional job at Viera Voice sparked an interest to seriously pursue video and digital media production as a career,” said Sivco, who keeps up with Trevor’s adventures through Facebook.
After high school, DeSaussure headed to George Mason University in Virginia and remained in the area after graduation. He launched Mediac Productions, which boasts clients from nonprofits to large public relations agencies, in 2015.
“We have a pretty wide array of clients,” DeSaussure said.
In fact, NewsWatch was a Mediac client before hiring DeSaussure. His assignments these days are so varied that he even carries a White House press card.
DeSaussure is one of those fortunate people who loves his work. The stories he now covers may be different than those of his Viera Voice days, but the fun remains the same. He still loves meeting new people and covering great stories, as his teacher notes. He just has higher-priced equipment for his storytelling these days.
“I’m still the same kid, but my toys are a little more expensive,” he said, laughing.