Dr. William T. Oglesby
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Instructor
The Art Institute of Atlanta
When you come to Ai, be ready to work and be prepared to be challenged. William T. Oglesby , Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Instructor , The Art Institute of Atlanta
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I always wanted to be involved in the broadcasting industry, and that opportunity came when I was 18 and just entering my first year of college.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
The real-world examples pulled from my broadcasting career are an invaluable teaching tool. I can connect that industry experience to what I’m teaching in the classroom. It’s literally where work experience and education cross, which I believe is the strongest form of education.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching, mentoring, and pushing your students beyond their own perceived limits?
I enjoy creating a multi-camera newscast in my Studio Production course. The exercises we run in that structure are as close to the real world as you can get. The feel of an actual broadcast tests each student’s commitment as a team member—and pushes them past their supposed limits.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
Broadcasting is a team effort, and if a multi-camera production is to succeed, then each member of the production crew must give 100%. And that team can also include students from outside the department.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
You’re only as good as your last show or your last assignment. You can’t live on past glories. So accept the praise, enjoy the moment, and move on.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Be real, and check your ego at the door. Always strive to be the best—and I mean the best—at what you do. Don't get caught up in the hype of fame and fortune. If you can be the very best of the best, fame and fortune will come.
Anything else you’d like to share?
When you come to Ai, be ready to work and be prepared to be challenged. If you can accept that challenge, and strive to be the very best at what you do, your ride in life will be exciting. Get up every day and be excited about what you do, because what you do is going to be with you for a long time to come.