By Anne Long
For Linglestown Gazette
Five years after his graduation from Central Dauphin High School in 2013, Greg St. Clair Jr. has
landed in the National Football League with an internship as a videographer for the Baltimore Ravens.
A lifelong fan, St. Clair grew up going to Ravens games with his father, a season ticket holder
It’s no surprise then that St. Clair was ecstatic when he received word that the Ravens had awarded him the internship.
“I was elated. I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it.”
And, he’s fulfilling a childhood dream: to be surrounded by the players he loves and the sport he loves.
“It’s one of my favorite things in this life. I just love all of it: the camaraderie, the strategy, the pageantry … . My first day, I walked into lunch with the production team, and I almost ran into Joe Flacco getting a glass of milk.”
When he’s not bumping elbows with players, he’s shooting and editing footage for the team’s use. Some days he’s out on the practice field with the production crew filming the practices, and then tagging the team members, opponents, and editing the film to help with performance and strategy. Other days he’s editing two of the Ravens TV news segments: Final Drive and Mail Bag.
Hard work plays key role
But getting the opportunity to work with the Ravens was not something that St. Clair stumbled upon. No. In the five years after he graduated Central Dauphin, St. Clair has worked hard and
overcome challenges to follow his dreams.
He attended Stevenson University – a small private school in Maryland – where he majored in accounting. At the time, it was his goal to work for one of the big four accounting firms in the
world. He even interned at Ernst & Young the summer before his senior year of college.
But, St. Clair cherished a love for film and picked up a minor in his sophomore year, hoping to incorporate it into his accounting.
“Once the minor came into play, I figured if I was going to have a focus in the accounting world, I could audit stuff for film companies,” said St. Clair.
Even then, he was losing his original zeal for the accounting life. And, once he completed his internship, he was certain that accounting wasn’t for him.
“It wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing.”
He graduated college wanting nothing to do with his major and wanting to focus on the film
Doing his own thing paved path to NFL gig
“I didn’t want to be an accountant so badly, the only way I could defer it was doing my own
thing,” said St. Clair.
Moving back to central Pennsylvania, St. Clair started his own videography company, PhantomLand Media, and began to pick up weddings, real estate work, and did some promotion for the Central Dauphin High School Drumline while working as an instructor. He also became a certified drone pilot.
“The motivation for the work I do now is because I just don’t want to have to go back [to accounting],” said St. Clair.
With such an incredible work ethic and desire to take every opportunity, it’s no wonder that others started to recognize St. Clair for his talents.
He ended up landing an internship with NFL films, which got him into the sports film industry and had influence in getting this opportunity with the Ravens. His internship coordinator, Dan
Haessler, knew Jay O’Brien, the vice president of broadcasting with the Ravens, and sent him emails on St. Clair’s behalf, knowing that he would be a good fit for his team.
Tough decision pays off
During that time, however, St. Clair had just accepted a job with Driven Media Group, an
advertising agency in the auto industry. In fact, the day St. Clair accepted the job with Driven
Media, he got a message from the Ravens inviting him to apply for the broadcasting internship.
One can imagine this would be a tough decision, but for St. Clair, it was easy. He applied.
“Why not?” he asked. “It’s another opportunity to get back into what I want to be doing, which is the film industry of football.”
Interviewing, however, didn’t go as he thought.
The Ravens planned out an entire morning for him. St. Clair met the production team and Jay O’Brien, and then they had him edit a news segment. After lunch, the plan was to finish up
editing and meet some more people on the crew. However, plans changed. Instead, O’Brien said he would take a look at what St. Clair had done so far and then take him on a tour around the stadium. They finished the day early, and St. Clair left feeling as if he had blown the interview.
He followed up with the Ravens later, and the rest, as we know, is history. St. Clair quit his job with Driven Media and is now interning full-time with the Ravens.
With football season in full swing, he’s hoping to receive more responsibilities, and the future is full of opportunity.
St. Clair has the opportunity to stay on another year as an intern with the Ravens, but after that he’s not sure what he might be doing.
“Finding another job in sports doing something similar, hopefully,” he said.
In the meantime, St. Clair is still running his own videography company, PhantomLand Media.
Check out Greg’s work
You can find his work with the Ravens on their website. And, you can find his videography work at here, on Facebook and YouTube at PhantomLand Media, and on Instagram @phantomlandmedia.
Photo: Greg St. Clair Jr. is pictured with his fiancee.