Christine Dwyer went from lions, tigers and bears to lights, camera, action.
Dwyer ‘12, of Park City, Utah, came to Stonehill bent on working with wild animals, perhaps as a veterinarian or a zookeeper.
She majored in Environmental Studies, minored in Biology, and interned at the New England Wildlife Center. A horse-lover who has ridden since age five, she won many a ribbon for the Stonehill equestrian team.
But two weeks into her second internship at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., she had a quick and drastic realization:
She did not want to work with animals. She wanted to work in the entertainment industry in Hollywood.
"I quickly learned that the job of a zookeeper is a very physically demanding job," said Dwyer.
As fate would have it, during that zoo internship, Dwyer was also taking an elective film course with Professor Ron Leone-a class she credits with changing the direction of her life.
"I loved every single aspect of his class," she said. "I realized that I wanted to research more about the industry and see if I could somehow work in it."
After graduating last May, Dwyer headed home to Utah where she found The Ladder Program through the University of Utah.
Through that program, which introduces students to the world of Hollywood, Dwyer landed an internship at CBS in August, working on "The Jeff Probst Show" in Los Angeles. Probst is best known for hosting CBS's hit reality show "Survivor."
Dwyer's responsibilities on the set of the daytime talk show included shooting preparations, audience management, coordination of travel and guests, organization of tape packages and scripts, and logging and transcribing footage for producers.
"It was the most amazing experience ever," she said. "Jeff is such a great guy. He's extremely personable and was able to get great material out of the guests he interviewed."
During the internship, she met the likes of drag queen model RuPaul, actor Joey Lawrence, Australian comedian Rove McManus and Pauley Perrette of "NCIS."
In November, Dwyer joined the red carpet production team at E! Entertainment News.
There, she worked on the set of "E! Countdown," "E! Live from the Red Carpet," and "E! After Party" for the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Grammys and the Academy Awards.
For the SAG Awards, she was in charge of pulling the cue and interview cards for E! host Giuliana Rancic. She also got to work "the platform."
"All the different media outlets have their own platforms for the shows; celebrities go around all the platforms and do their interviews. I saw all the E! interviews-Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Neil Patrick Harris- name someone I probably saw them," she says with a laugh.
At the Grammy Awards, she assisted E! hosts model/actor Terrance Jenkins, Lance Bass of N'Sync fame, and Vampire Diaries" actress Kat Graham, with the "E! After Party" show.
The job with E! recently wrapped up as awards season ended with the Oscars on Feb. 24.
Next up for Dwyer?
"TV is only one interest of mine-I'm interested in animation, music, soundtrack music. Maybe I'd go back to animals again, but only as a last resort. I'm so happy here in L.A. I'm just taking life as it comes. I'm open to anything."
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