By Taylor Viles– 1851 Staff
When Allie Clancy enrolled in a high school class called “media remix,” she had no idea it was going to change her life and decide her future.
The youngest of three, Clancy “was a little spitfire” as described by her mother, Suzy. “We used to call her an angel and a devil because she could be so sweet but then she could be such a devil [so] we got her pajamas that had angels and devils on them,” she said. Indeed, she was so devilish that when she broke her arm after wrestling with her sister and brother, she proceeded to use her pink cast as a weapon against them.
But Clancy grew out of her childish ways as she channeled her energy into running track in high school, a sport her father had also been a star in. Not only did she run track, but “she tried out everything, …swimming…softball…[and] cheerleading…,” said her mother Suzy.
It was the cheerleading that persuaded her to look into the media remix class. “I thought that meant remixing songs, so I took it,” said Clancy. The class ended up being a video class and Clancy’s romance with the media industry took flight. “I loved writing a story,” she said. “If I hadn’t taken that class with that teacher, I don’t think I would’ve found video.”
As she began to improve her video skills, she was introduced to a large competition where she would have to make a Public Service Announcement (PSA). Shockingly for Clancy, she took home first place and this is when she began to realize communications was the right field for her. “Working on these projects in highschool…gave me a lot of confidence that I could be good at it,” said Clancy.
For college, she stayed close to her home in the North Shore deciding on Lasell College in Newton and majoring in “Entertainment Media.” Clancy didn’t wait to get involved on campus as she joined LCTV in the first semester of her first year. Only, there was no tv station like there is today and only one show was consistently filmed.
Through LCTV, she met Tom Baker, who eventually became president of the club. Baker, one year older than Clancy said at first she was kind of quiet but as soon as he got to know her, her confidence busted out. “I was blown away by how creative she truly is,” he said. Baker eventually passed his torch to Clancy both literally and figuratively as he also picked her to replace him as the next president of LCTV.
Clancy didn’t let the size of LCTV hinder her in accomplishing her dreams in the industry though. In the beginning of Sophomore year she received an email from Lasell Professor Meryl Perlson about “NESN Next Producer,” a program for college students who want to go into the media industry. The goal was to make a short video about the upcoming Red Sox season.
Clancy pounced on the opportunity and spent her sophomore year working on her submission with help from Perlson on the side. “I was really impressed with what she had accomplished as a sophomore,” said Perlson. “I thought…the project that she made showed a depth of storytelling… She really pulled it together in a way that not all sophomores can do at that point.”
“I had a lot of ideas at first and I narrowed it down to one,” said Clancy. “It took so much work.” She explained that the day before the final submission was due, she realized she hated the product she had produced. She was able to reconstruct the video, working on it nonstop until it was something she could be proud of. Clancy isn’t afraid to part with her work even if she’s spent hours on it and is therefore attached. She even has a somewhat gruesome saying to go along with her ideology too. “Sometimes you have to kill your babies,” said Perlson quoting Clancy.
Her hard work paid off and live during a Red Sox game broadcast in the Spring of 2018, Clancy was surprised with the news that she was the winner. “It’s such an absurd feeling to think about it because they tricked me… I remember [Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner] saying, ‘well you’re the winner.’ I just got tunnel vision… I was elated, it was the best feeling I’ve ever had.” She not only won a large cash prize but was also guaranteed an internship with NESN for that summer.
“It was a really unique internship because I was a production assistant to the creative producer Justine [Pouravelis].” One of her main jobs was to assist with a golf show with Bruins Color Commentator Andy Brickley. She said she assisted with “pre-production research of guests on the show.”
Pouravelis wasn’t just her boss with NESN but also assisted Clancy in the making of her winning vignette. “She hadn’t had a lot of classes to back up her skills,” said Pouravelis. “It was a little bit rough.” But Clancy’s inexperience only led to a greater appreciation of what she was able to accomplish. “She was willing to make almost every change…we suggested…[and] work as hard as it took to make the video better,” said Pouravelis. “She has some raw talent that started to reveal itself throughout the show.”
Through the internship, Clancy also began to learn about etiquette and how to act in the professional realm which has guided her through her college endeavours. According to Pouravelis, Clancy is just one of those people who you remember. “She was instantly part of the crew in a way that everyone felt super comfortable around her,” she said. “She was always willing to get here early… She had really positive energy.”
After finishing the NESN internship, Clancy came into junior year at Lasell with experiences not many other college students have the opportunity to take part in and she took advantage of every skill she had learned.
During the summer of 2019, Clancy found a job posting on LinkedIn from the TD Garden. She applied and on her birthday they gave her the good news that she was hired. “I am an intern in the control room,” said Clancy. “Typically… I’ll shoot fan shots for the jumbotron and pregame I’ll shoot hallway shots for Celtics and Bruins games… They let me try out different roles which is really nice.” Clancy says the biggest thing she’s learned from working at the TD Garden is to “have a thick skin and be attentive,” she said. “Sometimes it’s just about figuring it out on your own.”
This is something that Clancy is no stranger too. “I remember…when we went to go see her editing the first cut of her video, she was just using the ‘help’ drop-down menu to teach herself how to do everything,” said NESN’s Pouravelis. “That’s her personality, she’s going to figure it out herself.”
Clancy will be graduating from Lasell in May and as her concentration spans a wide variety of jobs, she’s still working on what to do next. She knows she wants to get a job right after graduation but doesn’t care where that takes her around the country. “I want to experience another city while I’m still young,” she said.
Clancy is confident she’ll get hired somewhere. She acknowledges she has a strong network in the Boston area but also wants to expand her ties. “I hope to work somewhere that [will help me] to work for national television,” she said.
Perlson is hoping to see her decide on exactly what she wants to do. “I think her biggest challenge right now is having to narrow the opportunities and the focus a little bit,” said Perlson. “She’s interested in so much and it’s a huge industry.” Contrary to Perlson, Clancy says, “I want to be a swiss army knife.”
Clancy’s college friend and mentor Baker is excited to see what she will do next. “[When I first met her,] I was like, ‘wow, look out world,’” he said. “Her confidence grows stronger every day and she’s never had an ego. She’s got a bright future ahead… I have a ton of faith in her accomplishing everything.”