If you happened to flip past TMZ sometime last fall, you probably noticed a familiar face was missing.
Nina Parker, who started off at the entertainment website as a runner in 2007 before she was promoted to producer, left last September for a position with The Insider as an on-air correspondent.
“Before I got there [TMZ], I had never worked that hard in my life,” Parker told Mediabistro. “I was literally at times sleeping in my car and then just going to work.”
For Parker, TMZ was the opportunity she needed to break into the business. After studying broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State University, the Sacramento native was working a regular 9-5 job back home.
“For me, it felt like it was my last chance,” Parker noted. “I was in my late 20s, I wasn’t fresh out of college and I was like, “If I don’t do this, I’m not going to do it.” I just committed to it. I learned a lot, probably more than the average person would, because we all grew together because it was a new company. We were creating positions as we went along and learning about it and growing with how the world was changing and how technology was changing.”
When Parker isn’t wearing multiple hats at The Insider, she’s a content manager for HipHollywood.com.
To read more about Parker, check out this week’s “So, What Do You Do, Nina Parker, Producer and Correspondent for The Insider?” interview.