Arts+Entertainment Career Week

Students playing musical instruments

February 15 - February 18, 2022

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.

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  • Ask Me Anything: Crafting a Creative Career

    February 15, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST | Zoom Web Conferencing

    Meet LMU Alumni and friends working in various creative roles and learn more about forging a professional path that is authentic to you and your creative passions.  

    Panelists include:

    Dr. Phil Brock ’78, ’79, ‘82 - President/CEO, Studio Talent Group

    Paige Cerchiara ’12 - Associate VFX/Post Producer, RadicalMedia

    Michael Forman - Vocal Coach & Music Theatre Instructor

    Tamika Simpkins - Voice Over Artist

    Tallie Spencer ‘18 - Music Journalist & On-Camera Host

    Valeria Sanchez - Animation Production Executive, Netflix

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    Let’s Talk: Alternative Pathways

    February 16, 2022 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. PST | Zoom Web Conferencing

    Hear from a panel of professionals working at cutting-edge companies who will share what skills they have leveraged in their careers, what roles are available in their fields, and how to get into the world of storytelling and filmmaking. The panel will be moderated by Diana Levy '09 (Writer/Director/Producer).

    Panelists include:

    Brandon Cating '15 - Game Designer, Riot Games

    Mukta Mohan '14 - VP, Higher Ground Audio

    Ashton Kennedy '11 - Head of VR/AR, Groove Jones

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    Ask Me Anything: The Art of Applying

    February 17, 2022 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. PST | Zoom Web Conferencing

    Meet industry professionals and learn more about hiring trends in creative spaces, best practices for the application and interview processes, and leveraging your artistic spirit in your professional job search.

    Panelists include:

    Chris Acord - University Recruiter, SiriusXM

    Daniel Carlos - Early Career Recruiter for Entertainment & Late Night Content, NBCUniversal

    Nico Rosario - Creative Workforce Initiatives Director, Center Theatre Group

    Melanie Sebastian - Recruiter, The Walt Disney Company 

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    The Art of the Pitch 

    February 18, 2022 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST | Zoom Web Conferencing

    Watch SFTV alumni who have completed the Film Independent Story Development Incubator Lab pitch their projects to a panel of industry professionals to gain insight into what makes a pitch successful and learn tips for selling your own projects.

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  • Who will be there?

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

    Why should I attend?

    • Connect with alumni working in arts and entertainment 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 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)

Questions?

Contact Marcy Newman at marcy.newman@lmu.edu.