When he graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in film production Adam Gould, ‘09 moved to Los Angeles with little more than his education and a dream. After living with strangers and sending out countless applications, Gould found some familiar faces. He reconnected with some fellow GVSU film alumni and started building up his network.
Understanding the competitive market of film production, Gould knew that he’d have to work for free to gain experience. He accepted an internship with Larger than Life (the production company who produced films such as Hunger Games and Seabiscuit) as well as at Panay Films who produced Wedding Crashers. These internships not only made him more marketable, they also connected him to more and more professionals in the film world. After the internships, Gould was hired to be a production assistant for the Creative Arts Emmy’s in 2010. Then the same company hired him for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Word of his talent spread quickly and before he knew it, Gould was a freelance production assistant.
Since his initial success, Gould has accepted regular positions for the Creative Arts Emmy’s and Screen Actors Guild Awards as well as other freelance projects. He was recently promoted to key production assistant and also worked at the 2012 Oscars as transportation coordinator for the Art Department.
Gould said that it was the hands-on education that he received at Grand Valley that prepared him for the driven world of film production. Had it not been for the late nights editing with classmates, his passion for film may have never developed.
In addition to his work on award shows, Gould also does stand-up comedy and improv performances around Hollywood. He has written many scripts and hopes to someday turn them into films.