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Keeping It 'Reel'

Local News Anchor Discusses His Transition to Becoming an Entrepreneur of his Own Video Storytelling Business

Article by Christina Madrid

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Franklin Lifestyle

When you talk with Nick Paranjape, you feel as though you have known him for a long time. He listens intently and is genuinely interested in what you have to say. Some of this perhaps is due to his 20 years of news experience. But there is no denying his
positive energy, which makes you believe anything is possible. Nick’s career journey itself is inspiring.

Nick graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism. He was the sports director of his campus TV station and also had a rewarding internship with News Channel 5 in Nashville, so he didn’t think
getting a job would be too difficult. That was not the case. Even though Nick would not land a news job for another year and a half, he remained steadfast. “It was my dream,” Nick says. He knew that this is what he was meant to do.

“I worked hard in college. I had the credentials, the will and the drive,” Nick explains. His perseverance paid off and he began his career in television as a sports anchor and reporter in the early 90’s.

After 12 years of sports anchoring and reporting, Nick moved to anchoring and reporting the news. He did this for more than eight years until his contract expired as the morning anchor with Fox 17 in Nashville. Not dismayed, Nick moved over to the corporate world in 2014 and became Manager of Media Relations and Brand Journalism with Ascension Saint Thomas. The goal of his team was to bring out the human side of healthcare through video storytelling. Despite receiving many accolades, in July 2017, Nick lost his job due to company layoffs.

“I had been in television news for more than 20 years and then suddenly I was switching careers twice in five years,” Nick says.
Although there was some soul searching, Nick remained positive. “I believe if you surround yourself with positive people and stay positive yourself, good things will come your way.”

Nick had always done some element of reporting in each of his jobs, so he knew whatever he did next, he wanted to keep telling people’s stories through video. “I enjoy meeting new people and learning what makes them tick.” In September 2017, Nick created his own business, Video Story Productions, based in Brentwood.

He never thought he would be an entrepreneur, but as an owner and creative director, he can now tell people’s stories how they want them to be told. Video Story Productions creates video stories for corporations and non-profits. Clients currently include
Williamson Medical Center, the City of Brentwood and the American Red Cross.The clients use the videos on their website and social media pages, highlighting what makes their business unique. “We help bring our client’s story to life with passion, emotion and
information,” he says.

When he is not interviewing people or editing videos, you will find Nick spending time with his two children and lovely wife, or out playing sports. “I love pickleball,” Nick admits.

Nick plans on continuing to inspire through video storytelling. “As a news anchor, the focus was often on me,” Nick says. Now he is content to shine the light on other people and their stories.