Austin State University Peay Alumna Gains Experience as Crew Member for HBO’s ‘Euphoria’

Clarksville, TN – The popular TV show “Euphoria” is all people can talk about today because of its openness to tough topics. Young people across the country immersed themselves in social media trends to feel a sense of involvement in the storyline.

While many dream of being on the show, Austin Peay State University graduate Lynsie Cook doesn’t have to. Cook works as a post-production assistant on the set of “Euphoria”. The last episode of this season will air on Sunday, February 27 on HBO.

“I support the editors and producers in the show’s finishing processes,” Cook said. “My job includes a lot of Excel spreadsheets.”

Cook’s job requires great attention to detail, and she helps with the changes involved in the final processes.

“Removing and adding actors is a big thing that I help with. We have to pay attention to characters who were originally in an episode and then had their scene cut,” Cook said. also helps me make sure names are spelled correctly.”

Cook’s work comes with endless learning opportunities. The people Cook works with are able to use storytelling in a different way to tell a story about teenagers that isn’t the typical storyline of most TV shows.

“The people I work with understand history in ways I never could have imagined,” Cook said. “Being able to be part of these conversations and see how things change like the music, the visual effects or even the editing, it’s so cool.”

Cook graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2018 and has been deeply involved in the communication department. Cook worked at APSU-TV where the shows are directed and created by students.

“One thing I love about the communications department at APSU is that they want you to succeed,” Cook said. “Whatever you want to do, the teachers will make sure you get those opportunities.”

Cook attributes his success in part to Associate Professor Karen Bullis. Before Cook moved to Los Angeles to work on “Euphoria,” she was a graduate assistant at APSU. Cook felt it was the wrong choice and knew there was something bigger out there for her. Bullis helped Cook decide.

“I spent so much time talking to Professor Bullis about what I needed to do,” Cook said. “Professor Bullis told me there were no wrong choices and it was all part of my journey after graduation.”

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