Bobbak Sabet

Bobbak Sabet

Project Supervisor


KQED

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Wanted to work in politics, but quickly learned it's not just like the TV show "The West Wing".
Took advantage of going to school in LA and started interning in the film and television industry.
Traveled Europe after graduating, which helped me clear my mind and think about the long road ahead.
Came back after 2 weeks in Europe and got a job as a production assistant at Dreamworks Animation.
Spent 4 years working with creative teams, and helped guide them to reach production deadlines.
Became obsessed with the local food movement, and wanted to help share stories such as that one.
Planted a garden, visited farms, and watched countless documentaries and shows about eating locally.
Left DreamWorks, started working at KQED public television to distribute documentary style series.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
University of California-Los Angeles
Career

Career

Project Supervisor

I work with filmmakers in an effort to distribute their content nationally.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Television
Television
Film
Film
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I start the day by checking emails that have come in from all the people I work with in different time zones. I then usually review and update my micro and macro schedules, which include when major milestones for my various projects are at (I can have anywhere from 4-8 projects going on at a time), and then start prioritizing the tasks at hand for the day. I usually then spend most of my day gathering materials from producers, and start prepping those materials for national distribution.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Excel is an immensely useful tool if you can learn how to utilize its potential. FileMaker Pro can be useful as well. Google Docs are great if you work with a team, as they can be live updating and everyone can share information instantly. Learn the basic skills of professional video editing software - both Avid and FinalCut.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

When you work on a project, regardless of what class or subject it's for and what format it is in, really think about the project schedule as a whole, and think about how all of the steps required to complete it can affect each other if something doesn't go according to plan. Having these contingencies in mind will help you quickly adjust as the unexpected can, and will, come up. Know your deadlines, and always attempt to hit them early. Keep notes as the project goes on to track hits and misses.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You should go back to school, get a masters degree or study Law. You won't be able to make a living in the television or film industry."

This is no longer the era of "just get a nice steady job and do that for 40-50 years and then retire". Don't worry about the money. If you're doing what you love, the money will show up at some point. Follow your heart, because at the end of the day you need to be happy with, and proud of, yourself and your work. Also, don't be afraid of failure, or change. Try something, and after a few years if it's not for you, then move on to something else. It's ok to say "that was fun, but now I want this."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Student loans! I had to take loans out for my education and will be paying them for a total of 15 years, but its manageable and in hindsight my education and experience was worth it.