Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Loftin


Check out this ‘Heisman House’ commercial, one of the first projects Brandon (THF ’17) worked on after joining Chiat\Day.

Q. What made you decide to pursue a career in production?

My senior year in high school I took a Film Study class with my friends thinking we would just watch movies all day. And we did, but our teacher also did a great job of making us see films differently.

We studied how camera movements & angles evoke different emotion, color temperature, etc. This really stuck with me, I never saw films the same.  By the time I got to college, I knew I wanted to make commercials & films.

Q. What are some highlights from your THF internship experience?

Two things stand out in particular:

  1. The interviews they get you with the notable companies. Even if you don’t get the internship, being on the phone with the heavy hitters is a great opportunity to see how they conduct interviews.
  2. The Orientation in Silver Spring. I met so many amazing, smart, great people, and I also learned valuable information you don’t get in a typical college classroom. Things that still apply in the workplace.

Q. How has your involvement with the T. Howard Foundation influenced your career?

First and foremost, THF helped me strengthen my resume. To be a part of such a notable group and to get placed in an internship definitely bulks up your stats. It also expanded my network of other young movers and shakers inspiring myself further!

Q. What advice would you give to THF interns and alumni as they being their careers in the media industry, more specifically production?

Step out of your comfort zone. It may sound cliché, but as a new hire/intern you’re going to feel nervous and maybe even out of place. Push yourself to talk to your co-workers, be that person taking notes when no one else is, start short convos at the coffee machine. And of course, do your duties to the best of your abilities, make people notice you!