Arts+Entertainment Career Week

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Monday, February 15 - Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Arts+Entertainment Career Events are an opportunity for students to connect with alumni and employers in the arts and entertainment industries. Students can explore potential career pathways, expand their network, and hear from alumni in fields such as design, performance, film, television, public relations, and more.

Event Overview

  • What: Arts+Entertainment Career Events
  • When: February 15-18, 2021
  • Where: Zoom Web Conferencing
  • Who: Open to all majors and class levels
  • Cost: Free to students and alumni

Please review the event descriptions below and click the titles to register.

  • Ask Me Anything: Female Executives in Media and Entertainment (FEME)

    February 15, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:15 PM | Zoom Web Conferencing

    An opportunity for students to meet members of Female Executives in Media and Entertainment (FEME) and learn about how they built their careers, functional roles and opportunities in the industry, and how to succeed at this intersection of arts and business. This discussion focuses on women and women of color executives.

    Arts+Entertainment: Networking Event (Morning)

    February 16, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Zoom Web Conferencing
    An opportunity for CFA and SFTV students and recent grads to explore potential career pathways, expand their network, and hear from alumni in industries such as design, performance, film production, public relations, and more.

    Alumni & Friends Host Committee

    Ashley Zambito 
    Manager, Early Careers
    Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG)

    David Offner 
    Art Director & Scenic Designer
    Art Directors Guild #800 

    Drew Kemp 
    Production Assistant 

    Greg Reiner '98
    Director of Theater & Musical Theater
    National Endowment for the Arts

    Julie Kogura '13 
    Founder of ENABLED at Lucasfilm
    Lucasfilm Animation

    Marisa Plaine '05
    Former Wardrobe, Costumes, and Fashion Designer
    Cirque du Soleil

    Arts+Entertainment: Networking Event (Afternoon)

    February 16, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Zoom Web Conferencing
    An opportunity for CFA and SFTV students and recent grads to explore potential career pathways, expand their network, and hear from alumni in industries such as design, performance, film production, public relations, and more.

    Alumni & Friends Host Committee

    Kirstin Carag '08 
    Vice President, Digital Publicity
    Focus Features

    David Mack 
    Executive Director
    Invertigo Dance Theatre

    Ilaan Mazzini
    Director of Education & Community Programs
    The Broad Stage

    Krysti Schwarz '10 
    Manager, Marketing
    Paramount Animation

    Tracy Robinson '97
    Managing Director
    Watson Design Group

    Nicholas Warner '14 
    Senior Manager, Originals Marketing
    Starz Entertainment

    Arts+Entertainment: Elevator Pitch Workshop

    February 17, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM | Zoom Web Conferencing
    Offers students interested in an arts, entertainment, or media career tools to combine skills and aspirations to create a powerful elevator pitch. This workshop features a conversation with Kristen Holt ‘14, TV & Film Development Coordinator at Hoorae Media fka Issa Rae Productions. 

    Creative Career Conversations: A SoCal Collaborative Panel Series

    February 17 - 18, 2021 | Zoom Web Conferencing
    An opportunity to learn more about working abroad after graduation, creating opportunities while socially distanced, teaching and education in the arts, the intersection of creativity and business, and how to begin a journey as a freelancer. This series is in partnership with Laguna College of Art+Design, Otis College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, Loyola Marymount University, and ArtCenter College of Design.

    This series includes the following panel topics:
    Navigating Work & Life Abroad - Hosted by LCAD
    Wednesday, February 17 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Maintaining Arts Community & Connection During COVID - Hosted by Otis College
    Wednesday, February 17 | 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
    Pathways to Teaching & Creative Careers in Education - Hosted by CalArts
    Wednesday, February 17 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Jumping into the World of Entertainment, Media & Creative Business - Hosted by LMU
    Thursday, February 18 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Paths to a First-Time Freelance Career - Hosted by ArtCenter
    Thursday, February 18 | 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
  • Who will be there?

    Accomplished alumni, CPD career coaches, and proactive students - just like you.

    Why should I attend?

    • Connect with CFA alumni working in performance, entertainment, public relations, multimedia, and non-profit arts industries
    • Identify new professional avenues that leverage your passion
    • Gain clarity about next steps for launching your creative career
    • Practice informational interview skills with understanding alumni
    • Mix and mingle with other CFA students now so you can have strong working relationships in the future

    How should I dress?

    Business professional attire is recommended for this event.


  • Know who’s in the room

    • Review the list of alumni and strategize who you would like to connect with
    • Set a goal (“I want to gain information about career opportunities that come with a degree from CFA or SFTV” or “I plan to speak with four alumni to grow my network as I apply for internships”)

    Deliver your pitch

    • Be confident as you introduce yourself by first and last name
    • Lead with a smile followed by “nice to meet you”
    • Share your class year, major, and objective (“My goal is to work on the business side for a dance studio”)
    • Build rapport through questions and commonalities (“I see that you were a screenwriting major. I’m a screenwriting major. What student projects did you work on at LMU?”)

    Listen more than you speak

    • Engage in a conversation and allow for give and take. Ask questions and be curious.
    • Recognize who is in your conversation circle and create space for others to join the conversation and ask questions
    • Listen intently to remember key points from your conversation to include when you follow-up
    • Take notes throughout the event for future reflection and follow-up

    Ask questions

    • What did you do during your time at LMU that prepared you for your career?
    • What recommendations do you have for gaining experience or knowledge of your industry?
    • Can you describe the culture at (company name)?
    • What types of skills are needed for someone to be successful in your role?
    • May I follow-up with you after today to discuss your position and company?
    • Which industry publications do you read? Who are the industry influencers you follow? Which professional affiliations or groups do you belong to?

    Move along to build another connection or two

    • Ask if you can follow-up with questions or potentially meet for a virtual informational interview
    • Thank the alum for his/her time and advice before excusing yourself
    • Recognize that the staff, faculty and students in the room are also part of your network

    Take the next step

    • Follow-up 24-48 hours after the event by email or LinkedIn (ask the alumni’s preference)
    • Include a highlight from your conversation to remind the alum of who you are
    • Build a relationship by requesting a virtual informational interview with alum
    • Schedule an appointment with a CPD Career Coach via Handshake to gain support on next steps (i.e. updating your LinkedIn profile, practicing interviewing or crafting follow-up communication)
  • Zoom Webinar

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