“Surreal” is how Josh Sige described one of his first days on the job earlier this year as a videographer and content creator for the New Orleans Saints NFL football team.
“I was standing aroud the Superdome at a home game and I turned, and Sean Payton (former Saints head coach) is standing next to me,” he said. “That’s when I knew I had made it to the big leagues.”
Sige got there fast, having graduated from Behrend in 2021 with a degree in Digital Media, Arts, and Technology. It wasn’t luck. He had worked for it, moving steadily—albeit quickly—up the ranks in the sports world, poised with a camera on a lot of sidelines, from developmental leagues to WNBA (Seattle Storm) to his current position, which also includes working for the New Orleans Pelicans NBA basketball team.
Sige helps create digital content for the social media handles of both teams and also produces video and photo packages and graphics for in-arena viewing. Working for two national teams with overlapping seasons was a baptism by fire for Sige, who has put in as many as seventy hours a week at times.
“It is an insane amount of work for our fifteen-member team, but it’s all worth it when that crowd, 70,000 strong, stands up and cheers for your team after watching the video you created on the scoreboard,” he said. “Although we are not on the court or in the field playing the game, fans are cheering for our work and the show we put on screen for them. It’s really cool.”
Sige feels fortunate to have found his passion early on when he did an internship with the Erie SeaWolves double-A baseball team in Erie. After that, he actively sought opportunities to grow in his field. His determination—and Penn State Behrend connections—opened doors.
Matt Bresee, a 2000 Communications graduate and former president of the Erie BayHawks (D-league basketball) team in Erie, offered Sige a job working on the creative and social team for the BayHawks.
“I was given the chance, as a college student, to actually help make creative decisions for the team while also learning the ins and outs of professional sports,” Sige said. “The experience I gained there, at the very beginning stage of my career, was crucial to my development.”
He also credits Rob Frank ’06, lecturer in photography and owner of R. Frank Media in Erie, for guiding and supporting him. “He gave me a world of expertise and knowledge,” he said. “He not only taught me camera skills, but also how to conduct myself as a professional and a person. I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for him.”
Sige is already paying it forward. “One of my proudest moments happened when an intern who was working for me received multiple full-time job offers before his contract had even expired,” he said. “It felt great to play a role in his success in the same way that other people had invested in me and my career.”