Student Spotlight: Anthony Amant
Major: Motion Picture/TV
Anthony Amant gained experience working on video in junior high and high school.
He assisted a woman at his church who taught him about shooting and editing, and the industry was converting to digital when he was a teenager. Although he started a career as a carpenter, Amant never lost his love of video and decided to pursue that path.
“I was working on a job close to College of DuPage, and one day I just walked in and said that I wanted to register for classes,” he said. “My goal was to get my gen eds and transfer, but I was talking to a student who told me about a class called Intro to TV Production. I did some research and discovered the MPTV program.”
Amant was one of the first students to work on Courier TV, the student-run on-campus television broadcast at COD that covers campus life. Making its debut in 2015, Courier TV provides students with hands-on opportunities to learn about journalism and television production. Amant and fellow student Tyler Swanson produced a segment called “Athletes of the Week: Matt Fletcher and Evan Kirk,” which features two COD football players who are also veterans. Click here to watch the segment.
In 2016, Amant and Swanson received a Crystal Pillar Student Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the producers of the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards.
“It was surreal. I was there to accept it, and it’s something that happened because I decided to take classes at COD,” he said.
Having earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in Television Production, Amant is pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Columbia College in Chicago, where he works on FrequencyTV and “The 30 with Joshua Short.” Amant’s ultimate goal is to work on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.”
He knows that COD has played an important role in providing the foundation for his new career.
“I had heard great things about College of DuPage before I started, but I didn’t really know what to expect,” he said. “Professor Jennifer Piehl was my mentor and she really pushed me to excel further than I thought was possible.”
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