Scene from an interview of a food truck owner on NC State campus.


‘Street Foodie Diaries’ began as a college intern project that creative illusions Productions supports each summer. Originally there was to be only three video episodes. But, due to the overwhelmingly positive response from within the Food Truck community, the events evolved into a series of 12 episodes. Ultimately, we figured that a viable and ongoing series for television was possible.

In late 2013, when we realized the level of interest and excitement surrounding the videos of food truck owners and their inspiring stories was so high, we determined it was important to take the series to the next level.

‘Street Foodie Diaries’ – Season 2 will include more experienced crew members to refine the visual quality of Season 1 and make the series the level necessary for a commercially sponsored production. This series will be produced by combining seasoned professionals with the newest members of our team. Interns will serve as members of the production team side-by-side with the more experienced crew; serving not as assistants grabbing coffees, but by gaining experience in real credited positions.

This approach is one of the exciting factors about the series. Everyone will be recognized for their contributions to the success of the series.

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First, the facts –

  • As of 2011, plumbers working in the United States made an average of $51,830, or about $24.92 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • With an expected job growth rate of 26 percent between 2010 and 2020, the employment outlook for prospective plumbers is excellent.

If you have any doubts about plumbing being a great career choice, has a great article for you.

An addition to our Career Opportunities in North Carolina series, this project was produced for US Careers Online and sponsored by American Standard Brands/LIXIL Water Technologies Americas along with Davidson County Community College(DCCC) and Wake Tech.

American Standard sent Vinny Arnese down to our studio from NYC. Vinny is a Regional Training Manager, and has a wealth of knowledge about the plumbing industry, particularly when it comes to plumbing as a career. He had some sobering facts about an impending shortage of plumbers.

Davidson County Community College has a plumbing program based out of, wait for it…Richard Childress Racing. Yep. We filmed interviews and b-roll at the Richard Childress Racing Museum in Lexington, NC as the students were learning gas line installation techniques.

More interviews with students and the instructor were shot at Wake Tech’s plumbing facility, which includes a mock-up of a framed house inside for the students to practice on.

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