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James Fasino

James Fasino

Capricorn Media Consultants (my own)

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James's work combines: Television, Journalism, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Broadcast engineer

Currently a free-lance TV/video cameraman & writer

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • GED

    Passaic High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Organizational Communication, General

    William Paterson University of New Jersey

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Broadcast Technicians:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Organizational Communication, General

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    After the death of my dad at 16, I dropped out of H.S.

  • 2.

    I joined the US Navy and volunteered to attend Submarine School where i also earned my GED, on a whim.

  • 3.

    Attended college nights and weekends under the GI Bill while working days for 9 years to earn my BA.

  • 4.

    I started part time at the local cable company.

  • 5.

    I took a full time night job at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and so worked 2 full time jobs.

  • 6.

    I did this for 9 years while also building a freelance business in sports, news & entertainment.

  • 7.

    One of my clients was the United Nations and they offered me a staff position which I accepted.

  • 8.

    After 15 years I left the UN, but I was offered a freelance position with NBC News.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    An adjunct professor told us we had better love working in TV because we wouldn't make money at it. But I did immediately shooting social events and eventually made a 6 figure income working in NYC. And, that teacher went on to work at Disney World.

  • How I responded:

    Being in the Submarine Service gave me a sense of invincibility and I decided that if the doors didn't open for me then I would kick them down. So I sent resumes and called people every day for 8 years in order to break in full time, and I withstood a huge amount of rejection. But, when I got my chances I overcame my fears and took the jobs, like the first time I was hired to sit under the basket in Madison Square Garden with a hand-held camera to work a NY Knicks game.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • When I was 16 my dad died suddenly and I lost interest in school and quit. But, when my grief ended I knew I'd made a mistake. So, I decided to pull myself up and I joined the Navy. And, that one decision changed the course of my entire life.