Arts+Entertainment Events

Students playing musical instruments

Tuesday, February 16 - 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 16-18, 2021
  • Where: Handshake's Virtual Career Fair platform & Zoom Web Conferencing
  • Who: Open to all majors and class levels
  • Cost: Free to students and alumni
  • Arts+Entertainment: Networking Event

    February 16, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Handshake VF
    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.

    Arts+Entertainment: Networking Event

    February 16, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Handshake VF
    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.

    Arts+Entertainment: Prep Session

    February 17, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM | Zoom Web Conferencing
    Offers students information on how to leverage their skills and get the most out of the Arts and Entertainment Virtual Career Fair.


    Arts+Entertainment: Virtual Career Fair

    February 18, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Handshake VF
    Connects ambitious Lions with employers in the arts and entertainment industries. Previous registrants have included The Broad Stage, MGA Entertainment, PlayStation, TechStyle Fashion Group, Warner Music Group, and more

  • 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 located inside your folder and strategize who you would like to meet
    • Set a goal (“I want to gain information about career opportunities that come with a degree from CFA” or “I plan to speak with four alumni to grow my network as I apply for internships”)
    • Start circulating by walking up to an alum to introduce yourself
    • Leave your top alum as your last conversation as you strengthen your networking skills

    Deliver your pitch

    • Be confident as you walk up to an alum and introduce yourself by first and last name
    • Lead with a firm handshake, eye contact and 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 studio”)
    • Build rapport through questions and commonalities (“I see that you were a dance major. I’m a dance 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, extend a handshake and introduction to all
    • 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 evening 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 tonight 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 to potentially meet for an informational interview
    • Thank the alum for his/her time and advice before excusing yourself
    • Move on to the next alum speaker working your way up to your ideal alumni conversation
    • 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 an 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)
  • CPD will host all virtual fairs and networking events using Handshake and Zoom Web Conferencing.

    Handshake

    Employers will register similarly to in-person fairs. Once the employer's registration is approved by CPD, employers are able to generate session schedules for representatives that will be present. 

    Employers are able to host two types of sessions to interact with students: 

    • Group Sessions:
      • 30 minutes each
      • multiple students can attend
    • 1:1 Sessions:
      • 10 minutes each
      • one student and one employer representative can attend

    In these sessions, employers will be identified as the Host, and they will be able to share their screen with participants. 

    For additional information on how to register for the fair, sign up for sessions, and participate in the fair, visit the Handshake Help Center article "Handshake's Guide to Attending a Virtual Fair".

    Zoom Webinar

    Zoom is a cloud-based technology offering a full spectrum of web conferencing tools to help enhance online learning and increase productivity. All LMU faculty, student, and staff can create an LMU Zoom account.

    You can access Zoom Web Conferencing via web browser or download the application to a smart device. Learn how to create your Zoom Web Conferencing account.

    For additional information on how to log-in to a Zoom webinar visit the Zoom Help Center Joining and participating in a webinar (attendee)