Keyla Snowden has experienced the glare of the bright lights.
She's felt the intense pressure of having to perform at a high level as the clock winds down.
She's felt the tight lump in her throat as thousands of eyes fix on her at a key moment.
The University of Kentucky junior guard has experienced all of that this season and not just on the basketball court.
It's become a part of her life off the court, too, working as an intern on The Matthew Mitchell Show this semester.
There might be less pressure to shoot a clutch three-pointer than to get in front of the camera, which Snowden does weekly as a part of her head coach's television show on WKYT.
Last week she even filled in for host Christi Thomas, who was out of town.
"It was a lot of fun," Snowden said. "I was definitely nervous, but I tried to stay confident. ... Really when you start thinking about it too much is when you start messing up."
The former Lexington Catholic standout doesn't just do the glamour job in front of the camera. She's also the show's main coordinator and behind-the-scenes contact.
"She's set the bar so high that we're going to have one every year to keep it running smoothly," Thomas said of Snowden, whose official title is executive coordinator.
Snowden spends two hours a day in the coaches' offices working on future shows and segments.
For instance, on the "30-second shot clock" portion in which Mitchell spends 30 seconds interviewing one of his players, Snowden works on questions for him to ask and sets up the schedule and books the "talent" for that episode.
Snowden helps Jenna Mitchell, the coach's wife and co-star of the "Coach's Kitchen" segment, develop ideas for future episodes.
For the "Coach's Tip of the Week" part, Snowden has already done advance planning on what tips they will be discussing and which players will help illustrate the tips.
All of this is neatly tabbed and organized in a binder, which she carries with her everywhere in her backpack.
"She's been great," Mitchell said of Snowden. "She's doing a ton of work behind the scenes. She's keeping us a lot more organized."
It's been fun working with her coach in a different sort of way, Snowden said.
"You definitely see a different side of him. He's really goofy. His personality comes out a lot on the show."
But Mitchell has a serious side, too.
"The show has his name on it, so he wants it to be good; he's constantly asking for feedback," Snowden said. "I've been able to give him my opinions on different stuff. I feel pretty comfortable talking to him about whether I think something is going to work."
Snowden said her dream job is to one day have her own show on BET.
Getting this sort of experience is key to reaching that goal, said Thomas, who has been in television for more than 10 years.
"It's huge, invaluable," she said. "If you want to get in this business you have to get experience, you have to intern, you have to physically do it. People think it's bright lights and all shiny, but there's so much more involved."
Thomas, who also played basketball in college, said she's been impressed by Snowden's ability to keep so many balls in the air this semester.
"It's really a testament to her as a student-athlete, not just an athlete, that she's able to juggle all of these things," Thomas said.
Even though she won't be getting class credit next semester, Snowden plans to keep working on the coach's show for the experience.
"I'm really happy that Coach Mitchell has allowed me to be a part of his show," she said. "I know this will go with me a long way in the future. I'm just really appreciative he gave me the opportunity."
The coach said it's been a great experience for him, too, getting to help a player advance her goals beyond basketball.
"I've been very proud of Keyla and how she's performed up to this point," he said "It's part of what we're trying to do as coaches is help them figure out who they want to be and what they want to be."
He's sure his junior guard will be successful, and he hopes she'll remember the little people who helped her get her start.
"Hopefully she'll invite me to be on her show or work on her show sometime," he said.