Heidi Ha, Ohio University alum and former GRID Lab employee, has begun her professional career in media working at Warner Bros. as a production assistant.
Before going to college at OU, Ha grew up in Parkersburg WV, and after graduation, Ha moved across the country to California in January of 2020. During the summer of 2020, Ha was notified of a job opening for the Netflix show, ‘You’, through a former professor Roger Cooper, who is the director of the Semester-in-LA program available at OHIO. Shortly after learning of the opening, Ha applied and got the job in September and now works with the production supervisor of the show as the production assistant.
Prior to moving to California, Ha worked at the GRID Lab from 2018 to 2019, right up until her graduation in 2019. During her work at GRID, Ha began working the social media for the GRID Lab, and then transitioned into marketing for the lab. At Ohio University, she was in the media arts and studies program and majored in integrated media with a certificate in social media and a focus on virtual reality. Ha said that her reasoning for going into this field was based on her lifelong interest in media, with interests such as YouTube and video production.
Ha said that during her time working at the GRID Lab, she learned a great deal about independence that she would use at her job at Warner Bros.
Ha detailed her general week at the job: She generally comes in early in the morning, around 4-6 a.m., before the first crew and is responsible for those on set and in production to adhere to CDC regulated COVID-19 guidelines. Of these include checking people in for testing, making sure individuals are maintaining proper social distancing, wearing of masks, administering PPE kits, and hand sanitation. Ha works for the COVID team, and her work is imperative to ensuring the safety of those working on the show. She also works on set to ensure the quality of scenes; her responsibilities on set are to make sure pedestrians don’t wander onto the set and get in any shots where they aren’t supposed to be.
Ha is grateful for her work at Warner Bros. and the opportunity to work in California, as she has been interested in L.A. since coming to OHIO as a transfer student in 2016. She is also grateful for the professors she met at OHIO that have helped her get to where she is now. She said that the media arts and studies school gave her the tools and skills to advertise herself, as well as give her confidence to take the leap and work in California. For advice to current and upcoming students, she advises that students should create meaningful relationships with their professors.
Regarding future ambitions, Ha intends to stay in California for a while and would like to be a producer for a film or television series one day. She is also interested in content creation and traveling and would like to continue her career in media.
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