PHOTO: Sophia Parola, of Manalapan, has been selected as MTVU’s newest on-air VJ. Photo by Brookdale Community College.
LINCROFT, NJ – Following open auditions held at colleges and universities across the country, MTVU has selected Brookdale Community College student and Manalapan resident Sophia Parola as its next on-air VJ.
Parola, who was selected from more than 300 total applicants for the role, will host a series of paid video projects for the college-oriented cable network over the next year. Her first project was filmed on Brookdale’s Lincroft campus on Nov. 3.
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“I am so honored and so excited,” said Parola, an aspiring actress. “I was speechless when I found out I had been selected. I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’ve learned to just work hard and say yes to every opportunity. I’m so glad I did, and I can not wait to get to work.”
Parola applied for the role during an open audition held for Brookdale students on the college’s Lincroft campus on Sept. 12. A 2016 graduate of Brookdale, Parola is currently studying radio and television at Monmouth University while completing a special project in communications media at Brookdale.
She also serves as an on-air host for Brookdale Television and is an active member of Brookdale’s theater program, appearing in the college’s annual Summer Shakespeare Ensemble, FestiVALL student showcase and Haunted Theater.
MTVU, a college-focused sister channel of MTV, is viewed by more than 9 million students at more than 700 college campuses across the country.