CFA Career Connections

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Roski Dining, University Hall

Join esteemed alumni from the College of Communication and Fine Arts, Dean Bryant Keith Alexander, and fellow students to learn about the many ways you can forge a career with your CFA degree. Alumni working in theatre, dance, music, arts administration, graphic design and communication will share their stories of perseverance, resilience, and authenticity. It is completely free and food and beverages will be provided!

    • Where: Roski Dining, University Hall
    • When: Thursday, November 9, 2017; Event begins at 7pm 
    • Who: Open to all class levels
    • What: Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided
    • Cost: Free to students and alumni

    Student RSVP       Alumni RSVP

  • 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 communications, fine arts, media, and performing arts
    • Identify new professional avenues that leverage your passion
    • Gain clarity about next steps for launching creative careers
    • 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)


Host Committee

Saata Bangura ’08
Art Director
Starlight Children's Foundation

Kyle Bonnici ’08
Executive Director, International Digital Marketing
Paramount Pictures

Eric Escalante 15
Administrative Coordinator, CFA Dean’s Office
Loyola Marymount University

Alexa Garcia ’12
Disney Ambassador
The Disneyland Resort

Khayla Golucke ’15
Community Engagement Manager
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

Rebecca Goodman ’01
Marketing and Administrative Manager
SOKA Performing Arts Center

Kent Jenkins 14
Musical Artist and Youtube Partner

Chadric Johnson ’11, ’17
Director of Performing Arts
Transfiguration School

Tracey Lincoln ’12
Producer, Social Media
FX Network

Welela Makonnen ’17
Administrative Assistant, Social Impact
21st Century Fox

Amanda Matthews ’16
Education and Community Programs Associate
The Broad Stage

Lauren Miller 15
Art Consultant + Art Appraiser
Modern Art Services

Melissa Perez ’12
Freelance Entertainment Publicist
Universal Studios Hollywood

Daniel Raffety ’14
Partnership Sales Account Executive
AEG Worldwide

Tory Devon Smith ’10
Professional Actor

Lida Venieri ’14
Civic Art Finance and Operations Manager
Los Angeles County Arts Commission


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