Distinguished Grad Profile: Andrew Rosser
During his days at A. B. Lucas Secondary School in London, Rosser completed a co-op placement at the local Rogers TV station and learned a lot about the world of broadcast. He started volunteering on daytime with Marilyn Buggy, who later was one of his professors at Fanshawe. Now Rosser is Producer of daytime, and "it's kind of come full circle," he said.
"A lot of the staff at Rogers TV went to Fanshawe," he explained, estimating that 70 to 75 per cent of the staff attended the college. During his high school co-op, "when I said I was ready to go to college or university, they all suggested Fanshawe."
He knew from his co-op days that he eventually wanted to work in television, but wasn't sure what area he should specialize in. "What Fanshawe allowed me to do was really see what part I wanted to focus on. I realized I wasn't totally interested in audio or lighting, and you have the opportunity to all those things at Fanshawe."
In exploring each position involved with working on a television show, Rosser found his strength in producing and directing. "I was able to hone into the area of the industry I wanted to be in." He worked as a producer for some episodes of the Fanshawe TV show, produced and directed a segment called "The Almost Newlywed Game" and worked on a commercial as well.
The professors were also a huge influence on his career path, added Rosser. "(The professors are great) because they all worked in the industry. I think that's the best part about Fanshawe, that you get teachers who have either worked in the industry or are still working in the industry."
Upon graduation in 2005, Rosser did some freelance video work for local media companies. When a job opportunity to be a mobile producer for Rogers TV came up, he jumped at the chance. He covered city council and political stories in St. Thomas and sports stories in London, reporting on UWO and London Knights games and producing the World Under-17 Hockey Championships in 2007. He also created and continues to produce London Pride, an hour-long program that shows the highlights of the Pride parade and festival, as well as interviews from the local LGBT community each year.
Today, he is working on his third full season of daytime, a 90-minute weekday show that covers a variety of guests, local events, cooking, fashion and much more. His duties include directing cameras, listening to audio, giving hosts their questions through their earpieces, timing each segment, booking over 40 guests every week and gathering information for the hosts.
"I work with Fanshawe students from first-year Television-Broadcasting every day," he said proudly. "We use at least 50 students ... I work with and teach them every day."
Rosser said he would like to teach at Fanshawe one day, and said he had some advice for students looking to go into the television industry: "With TV, although you might have an area you want to focus on, because the industry changes daily, you really have to be able to adapt and you really have to be self-motivated," he advised. "There's not a lot of hand-holding in the industry; you really have to be able to go out there and do the job." Be flexible, he added; you may not start doing what you want right away, but be open to using a variety of skills in order to move up in the industry.
In 2009, Rosser received Fanshawe's Distinguished Alumni Award. He received the recognition because he has used daytime to help charity and non-profit groups such as the Animal Rescue Foundation of Ontario, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of London and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.