If you’ve always wanted a career that combined design, travel, and media, then Shannon Muldoon’s job might sound too good to be true. As the production manager for home design brand Dwell Studio, she’s in charge of everything from ensuring the company’s on-location photo shoots and celebrity collaborations run on time (and on budget), to handling full production of the brand’s YouTube videos.
Here, we talk to Shannon about how she landed her role, what it’s like to work closely with the company’s founder, and more.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR ROLE.
I am the production manager here in our NYC office. I work closely with Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio, and our staff to ensure that our design productions run smoothly, meet deadlines, and stay within budgets. No day is ever the same and I love that! I produce all of our YouTube content and editorial shoots as well for the brand.
HOW DID YOU LAND THE JOB?
I was working for Wayfair in Boston, MA, and loved what I was doing, but missed the TV world I came from before Wayfair. I wanted to get back into it and saw the job posting for my current position through the company website. They weren’t hiring anyone internally for this position, but I had to go for it! It was my dream job and I knew I had to have it. I got on a train to NYC, interviewed with Christiane, and 2 weeks later packed my bags and moved to NYC to take on the greatest role I have had so far!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
I love that everyday is different and each day I learn something new. Working with one of my role models is a dream each day, and Christiane has taught me so much professionally and personally. I meet amazing people on set, and I get to go into people’s homes and make them a happier place. It’s always so fun watching a family seeing the new space we have designed for the first time.
WHAT’S THE COOLEST OPPORTUNITY THE JOB HAS AFFORDED YOU SO FAR, OR THE MOST FUN PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON?
Christiane sits on the board of a phenomenal charity Every Mother Counts. Every Mother Counts, founded by Christy Turlington Burns, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Together, they are working to build a clinic for woman in Haiti and I have the privilege to help with the design process. We are working to ship furniture from Wayfair to the clinic and I can’t wait to be there for the ribbon cutting. Traveling to Haiti for the first time was eye-opening and amazing and an opportunity I never thought I’d have working in television and design!
YOU WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE COMPANY’S FOUNDER AND CEO, CHRISTIANE LEMIEUX. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM HER?
What haven’t I learned from her? She has been an amazing leader and a dream to work with. She is an amazing entrepreneur and gets the job done.
YOU PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN TV, WHERE YOU DID ON-CAMERA AND RED CARPET INTERVIEWS. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?Working in TV was great. I interviewed amazing people, got to meet some really cool celebrities and travel around the world. Who wouldn’t like that?! It was so surprising to me too how nice every is. After my first few big interviews, I realized celebrities are just as nice as us. (My personal fav was Zac Efron…hello 17 year old crush)
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO STEP BEHIND THE CAMERA INSTEAD?
I loved my time in front of the camera but I’m much more of a planner and I like to get things done. Working behind the scenes and making sure every detail is covered makes me the happiest. A crazy day on set is the best kind of work day for me.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GO DOWN A CAREER PATH IN VIDEO OR TELEVISION PRODUCTION?
Pay attention to detail, work hard, and don’t give up. It’s a hard industry to get in to, and it’s always competitive. In order to thrive, you have to stand out by working hard and making the production effortless for all those involved. Your job is to make everyone else look good.
WHAT’S THE BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Think about what makes you happy. I have worked on camera, off camera, for a marketing company, and for a brief time thought I wanted to be a teacher. Right after college I explored my interests, didn’t put pressure on finding my DREAM JOB the day I graduated college, networked and made great connections, and found what I truly loved to do. I never dread going to work, in fact I miss it when I’m off for a day! That to me, means I am making it.