Andrea Karthas '01
From Merrimack to Hollywood
Andrea Karthas, a 2001 graduate from Merrimack College, has become extremely successful in Los Angeles, CA in the television production industry.
Since her graduation, Andrea has worked as a post production coordinator for the television series House Rules and a post production supervisor for the television series Knight Rider. Presently Andrea is working as an In-House Syndication Coordinator for HBO. Three thousand miles away, she thanks Merrimack College for the exposure to educational, personal and leadership opportunities that have been vital for her success in the entertainment industry and in the “real world.”
Originally from Danvers, MA, Andrea selected Merrimack College as her gateway to success because of its numerous programs of study and close proximity to her home. Andrea was very involved with campus life while she attended Merrimack College. Her many campus roles included: Resident Advisor, Community Liaison for the First Year Students, Peer Educator, member of her sorority, Xi Lambda Psi’s Executive Board officer, and officer on the Pan-Hellenic Council. Andrea majored in Fine Arts, and recently reflected that her Merrimack campus experience instilled in her “a very strong work ethic, compassion for my community, as well as helping me to become a well rounded individual.”
Andrea moved to Los Angeles in September 2002, and she did not know a soul. Starting off in the entertainment industry, she began at the bottom and was given menial tasks, such as transporting tapes to and from post production facilities. However, quickly following those jobs, Andrea was hired as a recruitment consultant for crowd scenes for the blockbuster movie Seabiscuit. After this noteworthy position, success in the entertainment industry was clearly in her cards! Shortly following that job, Andrea received an offer to come work as post production assistant for Steven Spielberg’s Taken for the Sci-Fi channel.
Since then, she has put together quite an impressive resume working for a series of shows as a Post Production Coordinator, Post Production Assistant, and Supervisor. Andrea has worked on the television series Tarzan and Jane, Tru Calling, The Deerings, Empire, 3 Moons over Milford, Bones, Misconceptions, In Justice, Knight Rider, and House Rules. Andrea believes that the leadership roles she held at Merrimack College helped her excel in her profession, and has given her “the courage and confidence to successfully go after my dreams.”
Andrea loves working in Television and Entertainment and has giant plans for the future. She yearns to “become more involved in the creative process, either as an Executive or a Producer in Television and Movies.” So, keep your eyes peeled, because soon you may be unknowingly watching one of Andrea’s masterpieces. In terms of advancing within this particular industry, Andrea suggests that one should always be learning things for the next employment position because “in this business there are so many opportunities that will open themselves up to you with hard work and dedication.”
Andrea Karthas has proven that with hard work and dedication one can succeed in one of the most competitive industries out there. Now residing in her West Coast home, Merrimack College Alumnus Andrea Karthas reflects to her East Coast counterparts at Merrimack that “despite the physical changes that Merrimack has undergone since my Freshman Year, whenever I come back for a visit I still have that same feeling of an old friend welcoming me home.”