Alumni Speaker Series: Elyse Seder '88-'95
Before Winter Break, alumna and Sony Pictures Television executive Elyse Seder '88-'95 returned to campus to speak with Mr. Jeffery Flagg's Multimedia Film Production LEAP class. Elyse explained to our students that career paths aren’t always linear or exact, but every phase of your academic and professional careers can help build unique and fulfilling work/life experiences that propel you forward.
Elyse says that:
You learn that as you go through high school and college, that every class you take, the major that you select, is going to help you get to that point, even if they are not tailored to your specific career goals.
After graduating from Washington University in St Louis with a double major in Comparative Literature and Spanish, Elyse began her career in broadcast news, working at KSDK (the NBC Affiliate) in St Louis. She moved back to LA in 2005 and got her feet wet in TV development, working on shows such as "Deal or No Deal," "Wipeout," and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
At Sony Pictures Television, Elyse oversees the development and production of unscripted shows such as "Shark Tank" (ABC), "Beyond the Tank" (ABC), and "S.T.R.O.N.G." (NBC). She loves development, and explained to our students that it takes a certain type of person to enjoy the type of work that she does.
Elyse explains that:
Development is for those who are creative, like to write, and have ideas for TV shows. I experience something different each and every day.
Elyse’s work experience and creative mindset go hand-in-hand with Mr. Flagg’s philosophy—that creativity is a “muscle” that can become greater with practice, and that a strong “creative muscle” can serve as a major advantage for his students. He encourages them to practice creativity often, and that the outcomes of their hard work can pay off in a big way.
Mr. Flagg says that:
You just have to look to our incredible alumni, like Elyse, to see the results of combining a strong, yet flexible creative mind and an incredible intellect, to create an effective and divergent problem solver.
“Beyond the Tank “ and “Shark Tank” air Thursdays at 8pm and Fridays at 9am respectively on ABC. “S.T.R.O.N.G.” premieres soon on NBC.