East Coast native Kaley Roberts has been living the fast-paced LA lifestyle ever since her internships at CONAN and NBC during BU’s LA Program. Now working on set of Fuller House as a full-time production assistant, her energized attitude and “keep moving forward” tattoo, gives her the drive to succeed.
Was it hard to transition from BU to LA?
By junior year I was so attached to my friends and I was like, “Oh my gosh. I don’t even know if I want to do the LA program anymore.” I had completely fallen in love with Boston and I had been dating a guy. I told my mom and boyfriend at the time that I was not going to LA anymore, but then I took Garland’s (BU Professor Garland Waller) class and was so inspired by her and how she just fearlessly chased her passion in Film & TV. She had this incredible attitude of “I am not going to let anyone tell me no,” in an inspiring way. Then I went home for winter break and I read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, and my perspective completely changed.
After your internships in LA, how did you transition into the job you have now?
I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason. When I came out here I met this really nice guy that worked next door to where I was interring in the NBC Office. We got lunch together at NBC and hit it off right away. He happened to be a Coordinator at NBC and was looking to hire PA’s (Production Assistant) for an upcoming show in January. At the time I had applied to a couple of assistant jobs and the NBC Page program in NYC. But a few of the other jobs didn’t pan out and it was after Christmas.
Tell me a little bit about your current job at Fuller House?
I love my job. It is super fun, but really hard. I work 12-hour days every day and last night I was at work until 1:30 am. But I can’t imagine what I’d be doing in Boston. One of my main tasks is getting the script together. I am up late putting scripts together, but I am also a part of the TV process. At 21 almost 22, it’s like, “Wow, I can’t believe I get to be a part of this.” Meeting celebrities is so cool, especially John Stamos! That was amazing.
Did you find it hard transitioning from an internship to a full-time job?
That’s the weird part. Getting used to the fact that in internships you’re constantly getting that feedback. Someone is always telling you what you did right and wrong. But in the real world people just assume that you are right. Especially at this job. At Fuller House they assume that you know how to do these things. When I do them they just accept my work. It’s very adult in that sense. It has been a weird transition, but a lot of it has to do with having confidence in yourself. In the working world it happens way less often that people tell you you’re doing it right. There is no rule book to follow for post-grad. In production and in adult life you have to go with your gut and do what you think is right. I was fortunate enough to graduate early, which allowed for a smoother transition.
Have you ever had an “aha” moment in your career?
Everything moves so quickly that sometimes its easy to forget what you’re doing or how cool what you’re doing is. With Fuller House, it is about DJ, Kimmy, and Stephanie. It’s not really about John Stamos anymore. But we do have them back for episodes sometimes! Just last week we were filming a promotion for Netflix. We have a live audience to film in front of every week. Nobody knew that any of the three older guys were there when they were watching the promo. It was my first time seeing John Stamos acting and 200 people were getting surprised. I was standing there in all black in my show box looking at the Fuller House set and then all of a sudden the doorbell rings and in walks John Stamos with his leather jacket and guitar. The crowd went wild! It was so surreal. I have had the opportunity to meet Bob Saget and John Stamos. They are really great!
Kaitlin Cronin, Staff Writer
Kaitlin is currently a junior at Boston University. She is studying Advertising with a minor in English. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys playing tennis, writing poetry, traveling, and watching movies. She has always had a passion for writing, and believes there is great power in the written word and its ability to influence and bring people together. Kaitlin hopes that by writing for the COMmunicator she can create a sense of community for BU students as they read about incredible events, people, and causes associated with BU.