WKU grad creates YouTube series

WKU alumnus Marcus Steele resorted to an alternative method of getting his name out in the broadcast world by creating a video series on Youtube. Steele wants to give undiscovered artists a chance to get noticed on his broadcast called “After Hours.”

Sidney Blanford

Opportunity has yet to present itself to WKU graduate Marcus Steele, who now has his own weekly YouTube series, “After Hours.”

A spring 2011 graduate, Steele holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News with a minor in Theatre but still struggles to land a job.

“I want a job that has the professionalism of news broadcasting, but where I can also have that creative aspect of the entertainment industry,” Steele said.

Steele has applied all over the nation with stations from MTV and BET to smaller local networks.

“Jobs are just hard to come by, and (broadcasting) is a hard job to find without the right connections,” said admissions counselor Audrey Fowler.

Fowler and Steele met when they both became Spirit Masters in 2008, and it was Fowler who really helped set “After Hours” into motion.

“I suggested that he start recording himself interviewing random people and sending that in with his applications to help show his experience,” Fowler said.

The two worked from there and, as a result, Steele has produced five episodes of “After Hours” – four of which are now on YouTube.

Lucinda Anderson, Director of Special Events, met Steele during his first Spirit Masters interview back in 2008.

“What a novel idea to showcase other’s talents versus just doing a YouTube show on himself,” Anderson said.

In attempts to gain more real life experience, Steele said he has created a show that incorporates both professionalism and creativity that strives to “showcase young people’s talents, hobbies, and amazing stories.”

From a roller derby admissions counselor to a hopeful musician, Steele is using “After Hours” to benefit himself while also helping other people get noticed.

Currently, the show airs every Wednesday and has since Sept. 5, 2011. After his next episode on Sept. 28, 2011, Steele will take about a two week production break so he can brainstorm, interview, film, report and edit new editions of the series.

“I have buckled myself in for a long trip,” Steele said.

Steele understood that he was going to have to wait about six months to make progress in his search for a broadcasting job. While he would still love to break into the business, he also hopes “After Hours” can become something more than it is.

“It really does me justice to help others accomplish their dreams,” Steele said.

With experience that includes appearing in WKU commercials to reporting for a local high school spotlight show and now YouTube, Steele said he knows he can reach his goals and his drive will prevent him from settling.

“He has the talent and he is very articulate,” Anderson said. “He can interview in a very detailed professional way.”

For now, Steele will continue to work his day job at a local movie theater and produce more episodes of “After Hours,” which you can find at www.youtube.com/user/MicCameraAction.

You can also follow Steele on Twitter at @MicCameraAction or e-mail him at [email protected], if you have a story you want showcased.