Missouri State University
Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson

Cooking up a career in show biz

Lauren Johnson had trouble getting involved in productions until she got the call she didn’t know she was waiting for.

As a senior media, journalism and film major at Missouri State University, it was her dream to work on a project like Show-Me Chefs. It not only came true, but she also won an award of excellence for her work.

“Telling stories has always been my passion,” said Johnson, now a graduate student in the producing and screenwriting program.  “I’m happy to say that for the last couple of years at Missouri State, I have gotten that opportunity on multiple occasions.”

Johnson was the head editor of the promotional video for Show-Me Chefs, a broadcast/webcast cooking competition television show produced in Springfield by MSU’s department of media, journalism and film. The show features culinary talent from the Show-Me State.

A Springfield native, Johnson received the Award of Excellence at the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts 2017 competition.

The secret ingredient

“In my senior year of undergrad, I found myself having trouble putting myself out there and getting involved with MSU productions,” said Johnson. “I was scared that I was too inexperienced or not talented enough.”

But the opportunity to work on Show-Me Chefs, a capstone class for MSU media production majors, boosted her confidence. She originally joined the show in its first season as assistant editor, then continued as associate producer for its second season.

Now that Show-Me Chefs is in its third season, Johnson is head of the Diary Room (the one-on-one interview segment) and head editor.

“They took a chance on me, and not only did I then get to work on the production for two more seasons, but it opened a bunch of doors for me,” said Johnson. “Show-Me Chefs led me to meeting all kinds of people and making loads of connections through the university and our department.”