'Get Reel With Your Dreams: Inside Track' program

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Monday, June 27, 2022
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The 'Get Reel with Your Dreams: Inside Track' program exposes students to careers in journalism, acting, production, marketing, distribution and news/sports reporting.

What is Get Reel with Your Dreams?

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(WABC) -- At Disney, our aim is to reimagine tomorrow and amplify underrepresented voices and untold stories as well as championing the importance of accurate representation in media and entertainment.

Now in its 12th year, the "Get Reel" program has been an inspiration for high school students from the Tri-State area with a career in the TV and movie industry, providing hands-on experience from top professionals in the business.

Created and founded by top-rated news anchor, Sade Baderinwa in 2008, the 'Get Reel with Your Dreams: The Inside Track' program exposes students to careers in journalism, acting, production, marketing, distribution and news/sports reporting, inspiring them to be the next generation of storytellers.

Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to participate in panels and workshops with industry experts. This will follow with an opportunity to apply for an educational stipend.

Event Day (Virtual)

Students get unprecedented access to industry insiders, and will be able to participate in industry-leading workshops. The information, inspiration, and encouragement the students receive is invaluable!

The day will begin with a 10-person panel of industry insiders and experts.

This will be followed by two virtual breakout sessions (one hour each) covering topics such as acting, directing, film marketing, sports journalism and broadcasting.

Meet Our Industry Experts

Dan Krauth

Investigative Reporter, WABC Eyewitness News

Investigative Reporting Breakout Workshop

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Janai Norman

Correspondent, ABC News and Pop News Anchor, Good Morning America (Weekend)

Panel Session with Industry Insiders

Sandy Kenyon

Movie Critic and Entertainment Reporter, WABC Eyewitness News

Panel Session with Industry Insiders

Becoming a Movie Critic Breakout Workshop

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Sean Ringgold


Panel Session with Industry Insiders

Getting into the Business Breakout Workshop

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  • Alex Reed - News Producer, WABC-TV
  • Brian Crosby - Director, Marvel Themed Entertainment
  • Clive Chang - EVP, Chief Advancement & Innovation Officer, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • David Sieden - VP Cinema Partnerships, Disney
  • Johanna Trupp - Senior Marketing Producer, WABC-TV and Creator & Host, ABC's Glam Lab
  • Kevin Free - Resident Artistic Director, Frigid New York
  • Marcelo Galdieri - Head of Digital and Social Experiences, National Geographic Media
  • Marilu Galvez - VP Community Engagement and Development, WABC-TV
  • Petula Skeete - Celebrity Hairstylist
  • Rowena Husbands - Celebrity Photographer
  • Sade Baderinwa - Anchor, WABC Eyewitness News
  • Post-Event - PSA Contest

    Starting Wednesday, May 25, students who attended this year's Get Reel event are encouraged to submit a self-produced Public Service Announcement (PSA) for a chance to win an educational stipend. PSAs should cover a relevant social issue related to one of the following three focus areas:

    Environmental Sustainability, for example:

  • Climate change
  • Electric cars
  • Recycling
  • Veganism
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, for example:

  • Anti-racism
  • Beauty bias/unrealistic beauty standards
  • Empowering women (e.g., in STEM, to run for political office, etc.)
  • Racial equity
  • Gender equity
  • Community & Social Impact, for example:

  • Anti-violence
  • Online bullying
  • Mental health
  • The future of money/cryptocurrency
  • The negative effects of social media
  • We welcome submissions focused on issues that are specific to your school or community.

    PSA Requirements:

  • You must have participated in the Get Reel virtual event on May 11, 2022 to submit a PSA for consideration
  • The PSA must be an original submission
  • Please follow all copyright rules regarding music and images
  • If students are working in a group, please select one student to be the representative of the group. You only need to fill in one submission form with this student's name and information. There is space on the form to enter the names of the other members of the group
  • Content & Formatting Guidelines:

  • The PSA should be exactly 30 seconds long, with an additional 4-second countdown at the beginning of the video
  • The PSA should be of high video quality so that it may be broadcast
  • Please name the PSA file with the following information:

  • PSA Title
  • Student Name
  • School Name
  • Year
  • Take a look at two past examples of winning PSAs to help get you started.

    To submit your PSA, first, download and sign the release form at the following link. The release must be signed by each student and their parent/guardian to be considered for the PSA Contest. Then, fill in your information in the submission form below, upload the release form and PSA file, and click "Submit Form." Please submit everything by June 13 to be considered for the Contest. Successful students will be notified via e-mail, and a virtual awards ceremony will be held in July - more information to come via email.



    Previous Recipients

    Thousands of students have taken part since the program began.

    Alyssa Wilson, the inaugural PSA competition winner, used her educational stipend for her studies at film school at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and 'Get Reel' helped her get an internship at WABC-TV in New York - the number one local station in the country. Alyssa then moved onto internships at the BBC in London, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and MSNBC. Alyssa has since worked at Comedy Central, VH1, BET, MTV, Nickelodeon, Discovery Communications, and Complex Media. She is currently a production manager at ViacomCBS producing short form content across all the network's brands. Alyssa is also currently producing an independent documentary about her hometown.

    "We're back! Finally, after being sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic for the last two years, 'Get Reel with Your Dreams' is ready to inspire young people once again," said Sade Baderinwa, founder of the Get Reel program. "We're so excited for this year's event, which will offer unprecedented access to top leaders in the film and TV industry as well as the chance to win an educational stipend to help you pursue your dreams. We can't wait to see you on May 11th."

    About Sade Baderinwa

    Sade Baderinwa is an anchor of WABC-TV's top-rated Eyewitness News at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. She joined the Eyewitness News team in 2003 as a reporter and anchor of Eyewitness News at Noon.

    Sade came to Channel 7 from Baltimore's WBAL-TV, where she anchored the morning and noon newscasts and hosted a weekly community affairs show. Earlier in her career, she was a reporter for WSLS in Roanoke, Virginia; a reporter trainee at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.; and a production assistant for ABC News' This Week with David Brinkley, Nightline, World News Tonight, and ABC News NewsOne.

    Sade is a big believer in giving back to her community. She has worked with numerous Tri-State area organizations, community leaders and students. After being struck by a hit and run driver while covering a story for Eyewitness News, Sade championed efforts to deal with the growing problem of hit and run accidents. For her efforts, she was recognized with the NJ Governor's Representative Award for Traffic Safety.

    She founded the "Get Reel With Your Dreams Foundation," and created a a successful mentorship program called "Get Reel With Your Dreams: The Inside Track." It exposes high school students from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to top professionals in film and television. Her partners in this initiative include The Walt Disney Company, WABC-TV, Lincoln Center Institute and New York Women in Film and Television.

    Sade is a native of Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.