Nice To Meet You: Stephanie Wilson
Stephanie Wilson is a professor at Castleton in the Communications department and a former student. She loves teaching Broadcast Performance because she sees so much growth within the students over the semester. Along with numerous hobbies and volunteer activities, Stephanie is part-owner of her and her husband’s business, WestView Digital Video. What did you want to be growing up?
“As a child I always imagined that I would be a monkey veterinarian, seriously. I was a monkey fanatic! I still love them and my six-year-old son seems to share this trait.”
What are some fun job experiences that you’ve had?
“I have the most fun recording commercial voice-overs because it allows me to try out a variety of vocalizations and I’ve always been a mimic. I produced a daily news segment for a corporate retreat at a luxurious resort out in the desert outside of Las Vegas a few years ago-that wasn’t a bad gig-I had free spa treatments and ate my weight in lobster and sushi all week.”
Can you describe the business that you own?
“My husband Andrew and I launched WestView Digital Video right after we got married in 1998. This will be the tenth anniversary of our marriage and our business. Andrew worked as a film editor for a company that produced television commercials, marketing videos, and feature films. When his boss decided to transition solely to feature films, Andrew and I saw an opportunity to continue producing television commercials and marketing videos on our own. Our business gives us the chance to utilize all of our skills and explore our interests. I do a lot of our writing, producing, voice-overs, and directing talent and Andrew is a masterful cinematographer, editor, and special effects wizard.”
What are some of your hobbies?
“I volunteer for the Humane Society and produce a 30-minute television program once a month to help place adoptable animals with their forever families. I’m the ultimate ‘foodie.’ I am an adventurous eater and cook. I have endless space in my brain for trivia and pop culture but I’ve forgotten most of what I’ve learned in any high school math class.”
What is one interesting fact about yourself?
“I performed with a choral group at Carnegie Hall when I was in high school. Every year at Thanksgiving, my husband never fails to boast that he marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and I always reply, ‘Have I ever told you that I sang at Carnegie Hall?’ It’s a well-work joke around my house.”
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
“Italy is on my must-visit list in the near future. The art, the architecture, the music.Who am I kidding? It’s all about the best food, wine and the most romantic language in the world!”
Where is the coolest place you have ever been?
“That’s hard to narrow down, but last year I swam with dolphins in the azure waters off Isla Mujeres in Mexico. On that same trip, we visited a giant sea turtle sanctuary, explored Mayan ruins and bumped into a Castleton student on a twisted back street off a tiny Mexican town, while being serenaded by a Mariachi band-how often does that happen I wonder?