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Meet the Super Soul Sunday Team: Zachary Perlinski
Posted: Thu 04/05/2012 12:00 PM
First up, meet Zachary D. Perlinski, our hard-working Production Assistant Extraordinaire. Those beautiful “Breathing Space” features we all enjoy each week? Zach shot most of them! He’s a man of many talents, and we’re thrilled to have him on board.
As a Production Assistant, what’s your job like?
I’m so glad you asked! Each morning, my day begins with a fitness kick at Club O, the gym at Harpo Studios. At 9:00 a.m., it’s all hands on deck for Super Soul Sunday. My job as a production assistant allows for collaboration with producers, editors, and technical staff to maximize my creative skill set. Monitoring social media, organizing legal clearances, and filming “Breathing Space” segments are all part of the routine. Many of those wonderful comments posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Oprah.com are sent out to the team, so keep them coming!
Education: I’m a proud telecommunications graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Go Cardinals... the “fiercest robin-sized” bird in the entire world!
How long have you worked at Harpo Studios? I was hired in August 2011, so that makes it just about 8 months.
Who would play you in a movie? I would cast the one and only Tom Hanks.
Favorite SoulPancake episode: It’s a tough decision, but “Framed” receives top honors. This episode is a perfect testament to the beauty surrounding our everyday lives.
What music do you listen to in the car?
It’s a tossup between O.A.R. and OneRepublic. Actually, I think those are the only CDs I’ve had in my car for the past two years.
Favorite Season: Autumn... ‘tis the season of changing leaves, bonfires, pumpkins, and apple cider. What’s better than that?
Favorite workout: During the summer, I love riding my bike and taking a refreshing swim.
“If I’m not at Harpo Studios, you’ll most likely find me...” If I’m not working on "Super Soul Sunday", you can find me volunteering at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry or strolling the city with my best friends.
Claim to fame:
In July 2010, I appeared on an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman. As an intern, I was challenged to parallel park on the busy city streets of New York!
Hidden talent: Believe it or not, I’m a baritone singer and have performed in Carnegie Hall. I’ve given up my years of choir, but the voice still remains.
What movie have you seen more times than any other? Every holiday season, my friends and I watch Jingle All the Way... it’s turbo time!
Best lesson learned from a Super Soul Sunday episode:
Beauty is how you see it. If you take a moment to pause and look around, you realize that beauty is everywhere.
If you could only have three apps, they would be:
Pandora, Camera+, and Draw Something
Name three titles you’d recommend to someone in the mood for a great book: Gary Indiana: A City's Ruins by David Tribby, Marley & Me by John Grogan, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy
What’s next on your reading list?
I absolutely need to start reading The Hunger Games followed by a visit to my local movie theater.
Last movie you saw: Finally, I was able to rent The Descendants, and I can’t believe I waited this long. Starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley, the Oscar-winning film offers a beautiful portrayal of a family trying to heal after a tragic accident. I’ve marked it down as one of my top five films of 2011.
Where do you find your “Breathing Space”?
I find my “Breathing Space” along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. The sound of crashing waves accompanied by a mild breeze create an indescribable sense of tranquility.