Meet: Paul Langston
Television Production Specialist,
Ames Research Center
Who I Am
I am responsible for producing video news briefs, educational videos,
and videos that highlight the research performed here at NASA Ames Research
Center. The things I do in a day vary. In the morning I could be doing
anything from interviewing a scientist on video, to taping a wind tunnel
test. And in the afternoon, I may be editing on one of our video digital
My Career Path
In high school I liked studying art, science and photography. After high
school I went to a junior college where I learned to love science even
more. On my own I studied photography and shot, processed and printed
thousands of photographs in my home built darkroom. Before transferring
to a four year college, I made my living shooting photographs. I shot
portraits, weddings, and industrial photographs that included a catalog
and brochures. One day I was watching television and I thought it would
be fun to be a television cameraman. So, I enrolled in the Television
Production Department at San Francisco State University. Later, I transferred
to San Jose State University and continued majoring in Television Production
while minoring in Photography. While in school I worked as a student intern
at KTEH-TV54, a PBS television station in San Jose.
After working for KTEH for a couple of years, I got
a job working for a major aerospace company as a producer/director. My
responsibilities there included producing instructional television programs
for in-house use by employees. My next job was with the U.S. Navy at Moffett
Field where I worked as a television producer/director. My responsibilities
included producing training videos for naval personnel who maintained
and flew the P-3 Orion Anti-submarine/surface ship warfare aircraft.
After working for the Navy, I came to NASA Ames Research
Center to produce video programs about the research done here. One of
the many interesting parts of my job is that from time to time, I have
the opportunity to enjoy another of my interests, flying. A couple of
times I have gone up in helicopters to shoot footage while hanging out
the open door (don't try this at home!) I was safely tied in so that I
wouldn't fall out. It was pretty exciting. Another thing that I like about
working for NASA is that I am surrounded by science and scientists. In
the course of my job I not only get to produce video programs, but I also
get to learn about the science that's going on at NASA Ames.
Why I Like My Job
My job is different every day. I get paid to learn about science and other
new things, meet new people and work with state of the art television
As a Child
When I was a child I read about art and famous artists, and stories about
great adventures. Early on I had a fascination with airplanes so I built
and flew model airplanes. In general I have an interest in learning about
everything, including people different from me.
As I grew older I studied martial arts, rode motorcycles,
rode bicycles, learned how to take good photographs and how to pilot airplanes.
I would advise someone interested in a job like mine to get a good, broad
education. Most importantly, you need to be interested in learning and
growing the rest of your life.
In the future, I would like to continue what I am doing and to continue
I enjoy flying airplanes, hiking, traveling, learning, photography, reading,
meeting people, and watching films.