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Full name: Con Browning.
Current Residence: Macon.
High School: Baldwin County High School, where he participated in theater and chorus.
Current Employment: Full-time student.
Degree Objective: Bachelor of science in communications.
Class Rank: Junior.
Macon State Activities: Editor, MSC-TV and member of MAC Users Group. He received the 2008 MSC-TV award.
Career Goals: “I am considering graduate school at Georgia State under its communications program in an effort to achieve a master's degree. The second option is to enter the workforce after graduation. I plan on moving to Atlanta, Orlando or North Carolina to work in the broadcasting field. I am interested in working on commercials, sitcoms and film. I feel that after graduating from Macon State College, I will have firm foundation to build a great future.”
He chose Macon State College because … “I found Macon State’s bachelor’s degree in communications to be an undiscovered diamond. Unlike other communications programs at many other colleges, I was able to mold the program to match my goals after graduation. It is very hard to find a program that offers so much. It allows students the freedom to discover not only what we have a passion for but it also paves the way for us to know what career we want to pursue.”
The one thing that surprised him about Macon State was … “Before I transferred to Macon State from Georgia College & State University, I was told by some of my fellow students that Macon State is really hard. This not to say that GC&SU is easy because it is not. However, I found the amount of enthusiasm from the professors here to be priceless. My professors are willing to work with me outside of class if needed and share constructive criticism that keeps me on the right path.”
His favorite place to study is … “I like to vary my studying locations. I enjoying studying in the Library, or I have a comfortable Queen Anne-style chair where I will study for long period of time. I don't like noise when I am studying so I try to pick locations that are quiet, comfortable and relaxed. OK, well, it can't be too relaxing.”
His favorite professor during the spring 2008 semester is … “Dr. Patrick Brennan (assistant professor of English). I started out in his film theory class and now I am in advanced production. I can honestly say that he is a fantastic professor. I wish that I had as much knowledge as he does about film and filming. He is open to meeting in his office to discuss ideas about a camera technique, or if I am writing a script and have a bout with writer's block, he gives me the support I need while not hindering the creative process. I find Dr. Brennan to not only be an asset to the college but also an asset to me in developing my practice to become a professional.”
One thing people don’t know about him is … “I enjoy painting and sketching. I have painted a few pieces, and I hope to see some of them in the 11th annual edition of Fall Line Review (Macon State’s student literary magazine). I enjoy art in many forms, and one artist whose work I find to be spectacular is Craig Hamilton.”
His friends make fun of him because … “I am afraid of heights. If I go halfway up a ladder and look down, my knees lock up and I can't move. Most people would say, ‘Just stay away from heights!’ Well, I can't. I enjoy roller coasters and anything that is a test of willpower.”
The one person he’d most like to meet is … “Picking just one person I would like to meet is a little wild because there are two people whose work I adore. So I would have to say I would like to meet Guy Richie and Peter Jackson, both of whom are famous directors. Their work stands out, in my mind, as brilliant. I would love to reach their level of professionalism and expertise, and, needless to say, I would have a few questions. ”
Five years from now he sees himself … “Working my way up the media ladder towards becoming a director. I know that I still have to ‘pay my dues’ as the saying goes. I see myself working in an advertising firm as a commercial director, which is not a bad job, and then I see myself gravitating toward the mainstream film industry. The real test of time will be the 10-year mark. I hope that in 10 years I will be a semi-accomplished director.”