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Grad Feature: Cassandra DePetrillo

Cassandra DePetrillo has been working in the film and television industry since she graduated from the Film and Television Production program in 2011 and is currently an Assistant Props Master on the television series Riverdale.

During her time in the industry, Cassandra has worked in various departments and positions, including Production Coordinating, Set Dressing and Props.

We caught up with Cassandra to find out a bit more about what she does and how Humber helped her get there.

What is your current job title and what does that mean on a daily basis?

Currently I am working as an Assistant Props Master on the television series Riverdale. I work in the office with the Props Master and another Assistant Props Master. Together we discuss what is needed for each episode, attending meetings with Producers, Directors and other departments. And from there, we make a plan to give the production the best props out there! We brainstorm how we'll find unique things, or how we'll build something very specific. Every day is so different, but being organized is a huge part of managing so many moving parts. 

How did your time at Humber help you get where you are now? 

Humber was a great stepping stone for my career because I was able to learn about various departments and try my hand at some of them. It was awesome to meet people in the industry and be able to ask questions about what direction I really wanted to take. The thing I loved the most about Humber is the hands on projects we had throughout all 6 semesters. Being able to get behind a camera was vital to teaching me how various technology or methods work. 

Give us a tip (or tips) for students and recent grads hoping to follow in your footsteps.

Just go for whatever you think might interest you! Don't be afraid to change paths in this industry, as there are so many to take. Be prepared to work long hours and days, depending on which role you want to play. And always remember self care is so important! Don't let people take advantage of you, because your time and energy should be respected. Mostly, have fun with what you're doing! If you're not enjoying the job you chose, think about what other role might make you happy. Talk to various people to get advice about what you might want to do and hopefully you can be guided.

Cassandra DePetrillo

Photo credit Alexa Fay