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From St. Augustine to Hollywood

Aug 11, 2010
by Krista Purcell, '08

Alum lands job on hit show ‘Glee’ For St. Augustine native Mark Bailey Jr., ‘08, it was a huge jump from his small hometown to Hollywood.

But that leap of faith has paid off for the alumnus, who is now a production assistant on Fox’s hit show “Glee” and working at Paramount Pictures.

“The Paramount Pictures lot is without a doubt the coolest lot in L.A. So many shows and movies shoot here: ‘The Doctors,’ ‘Dr. Phil,’ ‘Community’ and ‘Hung,’ just to name a few,” Bailey said. “You’ll be randomly walking around the lot and you’ll see Joel McHale (‘The Soup,’ ‘Community’) walk right by you, or you’ll see Dr. Travis Stork (‘The Doctors’) just hanging outside of the commissary.”

Bailey heard about the position from a close friend in the business and landed an interview. His daily responsibilities include the production and distribution of scripts, schedules and anything else the office might need on a given shift — which can be as long as 15 or 16 hours.

“No two days are ever the same, which is the biggest reason why I love my job as much as I do,” he said.

Bailey said he has always dreamed of moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry.

“The fact that it’s all a reality now, really blows my mind,” he said. “I started working with ‘Glee’ in December of 2009.

Bailey, a communication major in the broadcast track, started in radio while still in college. He spent four years as on-air talent on WAPE 95.1 FM in Jacksonville.
But as graduation rolled around, he had to decide whether to pursue broadcasting in Jacksonville or to give Hollywood a shot.

“Turns out that it [leaving for Hollywood] was the best move I could have made,” he said.

Bailey is already having success in working with industry professionals he has long admired.

“One of my favorite shows back in high school and college was ‘Nip/Tuck,’” he said. “I really liked how edgy the creator, Ryan Murphy, was with his writing and the way he directed many of the episodes. Mr. Murphy is one of the creators of ‘Glee,’ and I must say, it’s very cool to see him work his magic.”

Bailey says he has grown professionally as well. Still, it’s hard to ignore his good fortune.

“What I’ve learned so far is this business can be a fickle one,” he said. “So to hop on a show that’s doing so well and has garnered so much attention — let’s just say that I thank my lucky stars every night before I go to bed.”

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