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L.A. Dreams Lead to TV Reality; Rob Lowry ’08
When Rob Lowry ’08 watched Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning movie Almost Famous in ninth grade, it was far more than just a story about a teenager working for Rolling Stone magazine and touring with a 1970’s rock band. It was the moment he saw his future.
As Lowry left the theatre, he dreamed about a career in entertainment.
“Almost Famous had the power to move me, inspire me, and make me laugh,” Lowry says. “When I saw it I knew I wanted to convey that type of emotion through some form of art. I wanted to tell stories and inspire people the way Cameron Crowe inspired me.”
Today, Lowry is a research production assistant for the “Bonnie Hunt Show” on NBC. Filmed in Los Angeles and in its first season, the show covers topics from entertainment to pop culture to the news. Hunt, an actress, comedian, writer, director and host, interacts with the audience providing her perspective on daily events and topics.
Lowry began working as a production assistant on the “Bonnie Hunt Show” in summer 2008, and in January 2009 was promoted to research production assistant. “This new job has been quite a learning experience for me,” he says. Lowry’s job is to search the Internet for news stories. Once the stories are chosen by producers, Lowry calls the subjects and listens to their story to see if it’s a good fit. The stories of everyday people, whether odd, offbeat, motivational or inspirational, are what he looks for. “It’s an incredible feeling to have people on the show to share their experiences with the world.”
Although rewarding, working in entertainment is hard work and very challenging, says Lowry. “There are so many aspects that go into booking a segment that it can be overwhelming.”
But the hardest part is the hours, he says. “I work 70 hours a week, at least 12 hours a day, and some weekends. You have to be passionate about what you are doing and you have to keep that passion ignited for a long period of time,” he says.
A communications and elementary education major, Lowry says he chose elementary education because he loved working with children. However, the summer before his senior year he went to L.A. for a communications internship. “I think the easiest way to prove to yourself that you can achieve something is to go ahead and do it,” says Lowry. “I never thought that I could move to L.A. and work in entertainment, but after I took the internship and lived on my own for the summer, I felt like it was within reach.”
It was within reach. Lowry moved to L.A. after graduation. “I have learned so much about myself and the entertainment industry. It has opened my eyes to how much I don’t know and how much I have to learn.”
While Albright helped Lowry by providing real world experiences, leadership opportunities and mentors, he says it was his dream that led him to L.A.“If there is something you want to do, stop thinking and dreaming about it. Take initiative and put your dream to action.”
– Scott Myers ’09
Editor’s Note: At press time, Rob informed us that he had just started a new job as a writer’s production assistant on “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” two hour-long dramas on NBC.