Hey Norfolk! My name is Tom Vayianos and I am thrilled to be the newest member of the Norfolk Community Television team. After Jen’s departure from NCTV (Read her farewell post here), I am taking her place as Production Coordinator. I’m told I have some large shoes to fill, but I’m always up for a challenge. This is my second month here and I think I am starting to get the lay of the land. So far I have been impressed by the professional NCTV studio/equipment/staff as well as by all of the Norfolk residents and local government members who I’ve had the pleasure to meet so far. I look forward to running into more of you!
So… a little about me. I grew up in a small suburban town in northern New Jersey not so different than Norfolk (based off my short time here). I have always been into video production for as far as I can remember, always begging to borrow my dad’s VHS camcorder at a young age to shoot skateboarding and random videos with my friends. They weren’t polished movies by any means, but I was proud to have shot and edited them (tape to tape editing by the way!).
In high school I combined my two biggest passions in life: video production & snowboarding. I began bringing my small handheld video camera (we were up to MiniDV at this point!) to the ski resort my family frequented (Stratton Mountain, VT). I then created a website and began hosting them there for the local mountain visitors to watch. After years of honing my craft, investing in better equipment, and networking as much as I could I gained a reputation for one of the east coast’s top snowboarding videographers. After working consistent freelance gigs for Burton Snowboards, Fuel TV, and many more I decided to shoot & produce two full length movies with a group of pros I had become good friends with. The response was overwhelming and the second movie was distributed to store shelves across the world.
This second snowboarding release coincided with my freshman year of college. I decided to attend Emerson College in Boston, where I majored in film production and minored in business. My most recent full-time position was this past winter as Stratton Mountain Resort’s Digital Media Producer. My duties included planning and producing all resort video content year round, shooting photos, maintaining/updating the website, managing all social media accounts and much more.
Recently I made the move from Vermont to Massachusetts and found the wonderful town and TV station of Norfolk, MA. I look forward and aspire to being a vital part of Norfolk Community Television. Coincidently, I got my first real professional experience at a community TV station in Manchester, Vermont called Greater Northshire Access Television. I was unfamiliar with how community or public access stations operated or the services they provided. In my freshman year of high school I decided to stop by and check it all out. To my surprise they were incredibly inviting, gave me a tour of their studio and asked what I was looking to do.
After a fascinating conversation about the station, their programming and equipment, the kind staff member (whose name I am blanking on) allowed me to borrow what at the time was an incredibly expensive/professional camera. I was ecstatic. I went to shoot the US Open Snowboarding Championships, an event comparative to football’s Super Bowl. Telling Burton’s PR team I was with GNAT scored me my first ever press pass, which to this day I still have! I returned their equipment, provided them with edited content, and everyone was satisfied with this mutual beneficial relationship. What resulted from this experience launched me into what are some of the best personal and occupational experiences of my life.
If it had it not been for this amazing local TV station I don’t know that I would have ever developed the passion for digital media production that I have today. I feel forever grateful to GNAT for helping me and treating me with dignity and respect, even as a child. The resulting sense of joy & accomplishment, the free education, and the fact that everyone there truly felt like they were there for the purpose of helping people and growing interest in media production resonates with me. I’d like to do that here at NCTV.
That nostalgia and the desire to spread my passions to others are the main reasons why I decided to join the NCTV team. I would like to give to others what GNATV gave me so many years ago. Video production is one of my biggest pastimes and I love being able to help others develop that level of excitement about the world of digital media, so that maybe one day it will effect their lives just as positively as it did mine.
Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (508) 520-2780 (ext. 162).
See you around town!