Meet Christine Triantafillou-Lafalaise (@catloatl), this week’s featured #WorkLifeWednesday employee. As an engineer, Christine supports all of the promo editors who create the movie trailers and TV spots that promote our stories. Prior to her career in TV, Christine studied vocal performance and acting. As a mother of two boys, she’s surprised to describe herself as a dance mom. Christine is also an autism mom.
What brought you to A+E Networks®, and what do you enjoy most about the culture here?
My first job after college was at Avid Technology in Massachusetts. In 1997, I moved to New York City and worked for two Avid resellers. In 2003, a freelance opportunity arose at A&E® and I accepted a position as an engineer. The rest is history! The thing that I enjoy the most about the culture here is the people.
What is the most fun or satisfying thing about your job?
The most satisfying thing about my job is that I learn something new every day.
How does your job serve to elevate our storytelling?
In my position, I directly support the Avid editors who cut the promos. I make sure that all of the equipment is functioning so they can accomplish their daily tasks. This ranges from hardware to software issues.
Tell us about some of the large-scale projects and series you’re currently working and/or describe the project that has made you feel most proud to date.
In 2013, the physical merger of A&E and Lifetime® took place, and I played an integral role in the relocation of the entire postproduction floor. This included configuring and testing all of the Avid editing systems as well as storage systems. It was a very successful project.
In your bio, you mentioned that you love to cook. Out of all our cooking/food-themed shows, what’s your favorite and why?
I have the Verizon Fios basic package, so I don’t get any of our network channels. I do love to cook. My favorite recipes are from my childhood and reflect my French and Greek ancestries: soutzoukakia [meatballs in tomato sauce] and boeuf bourguignon [beef stew] are two favorite dishes. I have recently taught myself many Haitian recipes, including legim [meat and vegetable dish] and griot [pork shoulder dish], as this is my husband’s country of origin. I also make great rice and beans!