Schuyler Evans ’10 & Molly Hallam ’09: DAEMA (Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media)

Interested in the Arts & Entertainment Industry?  Connect with DAEMA (Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association).  Below are two of the alumni involved with this organization.

Schuyler Evans ’10 – President DAEMA

Motion Picture & Television Literary Manager

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Schuyler Evans is a motion picture and television literary manager based in Los Angeles. He heads up the emerging talent program at Scenario where he guides the careers of writers, directors, and creative producers. He began his work in radio with Dartmouth Broadcasting while a student. After several years in commercial radio where he worked in management and sales as well as an on-air personality, Schuyler started at Scenario as an intern, working his way up to assistant, then manager in record time.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, he serves as the President of Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association.  He grew up in Los Angeles, inspired from an early age by his grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ careers in the movie industry both in front of and behind the camera.

 

Molly Hallam ’09 – VP of Jobs & Internships for DAEMA

Production Coordinator, 26 DB Productions

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Molly Hallam currently runs the Los Angeles branch of French filmmaker Dany Boon’s production company. Previously she has worked in foreign film sales as well as commercial production. She also co-produced a short documentary THE GASKETTES, which won its category at the 2012 LA Film and Script Festival. Hailing from Jacksonville FL, she graduated Dartmouth College in 2009 with a B.A. in French and Psychology. As an alumna, she serves as VP of Jobs and Internships for the Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association. Her focus is to help new graduates navigate the transition from Hanover to Hollywood and break into the entertainment industry.

 

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Alumni Stories: Maurissa Horwitz ’98, Sony Pictures Animation Editor

An image of Ms. Horwitz created by a fellow animation artist.

An image of Horwitz created by a fellow animation artist.

Maurissa Horwitz ’98, associate editor for Sony Pictures animation, has spent the last 15 years building up her experience editing film in Los Angeles.  She entered the field as an apprentice, worked on some television projects, and now edits full-length animation films. Some recent titles she has worked on include “Over the Hedge” (2006), “Monsters vs Aliens” (2009), “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010), and “Gnomeo & Juliet” (2011).

Position: Associate editor  for Sony Pictures Animation

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

I edit animated feature films, which includes cutting together storyboards and editing the various stages of animation with dialogue, sound effects and music.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

Honestly, I find a lot of satisfaction just in having a small part of bringing a movie to life. The cherry on top is that, since I work mostly in animation, my projects are family-oriented and I can encourage absolutely everyone to see them.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

A film major isn’t necessary, but a serious interest in animation or film is required. Since there is so much film and animation equipment available to Dartmouth students with the gorgeous, new Black Family Visual Arts Center, I would recommend trying to get as much time in there as you can.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Being a great editor requires someone who is extremely detail oriented (one frame at a time), but who can also step back and see how the whole narrative is working. It takes time to cultivate those skills, so be prepared to spend quite a few years as an apprentice and assistant editor when you enter the industry. These are mostly organizational (not creative) roles, but what you learn from the various editors you work with and their management styles will be invaluable for a long career ahead.

Photo courtesy of Maurissa Horwitz.

Photo courtesy of Maurissa Horwitz.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

I have Dartmouth to thank for many reasons. First, the fact that a well-rounded liberal arts education is stressed at Dartmouth meant that when I decided to change from a chemistry major to film major in the middle of my junior year, it was easy and I was still able to graduate on time.  I had taken my time making that decision so I knew it was right for me.

Second, I found Dartmouth very challenging n every way. I really had to work my butt off for both good grades and to make personal connections with students and professors. If you want to tackle the entertainment business, you have to be a self-starter, work really hard and play very nice. The challenges of Dartmouth made me strong enough to be successful in this industry.

Lastly, the film studies department was incredibly supportive and encouraging, and having brilliant people who believe in you (which includes my parents) can make all the difference. My first internship came via an outdated listing at the career center; even though the program listed wasn’t offered any more, I kept calling and harassing the company and spent my first summer in LA working on a low budget sci-fi movie thanks to them. The apprentice editor I met that summer has been my mentor for 15 years.

Alumni Stories: Matthew Megill ’00, Missionary Physician in Niger

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Photo courtesy of the Christian Union

Matthew Megill ’00 is a missionary physician at a Christian hospital in Niger. His work focuses on HIV prevention and treatment. The hospital  employs 30 to 40 full time staffers and cares for about 300 outpatient and 100 inpatients daily.

Megill was a Classics major and involved in various Christian groups in his time at Dartmouth. He spent an off-term volunteering at a hospital in Jordan and taught middle school students at an English-speaking school in Cairo, Egypt following graduation. He received his medical degree from Temple University in 2005.

Position: HIV Program Director at Galmi hospital

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

I am a missionary physician serving at a Christian hospital in Niger. As HIV Program Director, I head HIV services, which covers screening, treatment, and outreach.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I love to see our patients get better on ARVs (anti-retroviral medications). In 2012, we screened over 22,000 patients for HIV and follow about 600 on ARVs.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Medical school is pretty linear. Missions preparation involves quite a bit of concurrent screening and preparation as well.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Read widely and have a strong intellectual appetite.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth was a wonderful stepping stone.

Alumni Stories: Nick Baum ’05, Software Designer

Photo courtesy of Nick Baum

Photo courtesy of Nick Baum

Nick Baum ’05 worked as a software designer and product manager at Google before leaving the company in 2011 to start his own social media networking site, WhereBerry, a virtual “bucket list” where users share restaurants or movies they enjoy. More recently Baum founded StoryWorth, a website where users record their family stories.

At Dartmouth, Baum was a member of the varsity swim team and an associate French teacher. He graduated Dartmouth Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a major in computer science modified with economics.

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

StoryWorth makes it easy for people to record their family stories. As the sole founder, I’m responsible for everything from product design to programming to customer support.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

The most satisfying part about my work is hearing from real people who are closer to their families thanks to StoryWorth. Being a founder also means I have full control over how I prioritize my time, allowing me to do a variety of different things each day. It’s never boring!

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

The best way to prepare for being a software entrepreneur is to build things. You can absolutely do this while at Dartmouth: figure out a small product that you would find useful, and build the simplest version of that. Other than that, experience working at a small startup is invaluable.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

If you’re a computer science major, I recommend taking risks early on. Having Dartmouth on your resume is great employment insurance, you’ll always be able to find a comfortable corporate job. Right now, you’ll learn a lot more by going to work for a small startup, or even applying to YCombinator and starting your own.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

I would not be doing this today if it weren’t for Dartmouth. I got a job as a software engineer at Google as part of their on-campus interviews, where I eventually became a product manager on Android and Google Chrome. Forget about investment banking and consulting – there are so many more interesting things you could be doing!

Is there anything that we haven’t asked you that you think we should?

A modified or double major is a great way to increase your job value. Scott Adams has a great blog post about this: if you want to be in the top 5% of what you do, you can either be in the top 5% of one discipline, or in the top 25% of two disciplines.

Alumni Story: S. Caroline Kerr ’05, CEO for Joyce Ivy Foundation

Courtesy of S. Caroline Kerr.

Photo courtesy of S. Caroline Kerr.

S. Caroline Kerr ’05 is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs and scholarships to help young women from the Midwest attend college. At Dartmouth, Kerr majored in Sociology major modified with Women’s and Gender Studies. She also earned a minor in Education. She was also a member of Palaeopitus senior society, competed on the women’s crew team, and was Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance co-chair, among other activities.

Kerr is president of DGALA, Dartmouth’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender alumni association. She has previously worked in Dartmouth’s admissions office and recently completed a master’s degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do.

I lead a non-profit organization that seeks to raise and broaden the college aspirations of talented female high schools students. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works with a variety of partner organizations across different sectors as we engage in our work.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I believe in the mission of helping to connect talented youth with educational opportunities at highly selective colleges and universities (such as Dartmouth.) I enjoy the variety in my work: developing strategy, launching new initiatives, managing a team, and thinking creatively about how we contribute to the national landscape of college access.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

The Joyce Ivy Foundation works specifically in the realm of college access, and I have previously worked in college admissions and college counseling. In an entrepreneurial setting, thinking creatively about partnerships and bringing an enthusiasm to relationships with potential partners, donors, and other supporters is invaluable.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Take advantage of volunteer or internship opportunities as a way to gain exposure to the field or work of interest, and use those opportunities to build your network.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

My undergraduate courses, jobs and internships, and involvement in student organizations prepared me to work effectively with a range of colleagues. I worked in the Undergraduate Admissions Office after college, and the work environment and mentoring I received prepared me well for graduate school and other professional roles. I have also been active in Dartmouth alumni leadership, such as the Alumni Council and affiliated groups, which has significantly contributed to my leadership development as well as provided me an opportunity to  stay engaged with Dartmouth.

Alumni Stories: Dan August, Financial Planner and Analyst for the NFL

Dan August with New York Giants' defensive tackle Rock Bernard at the XLVI Super Bowl

Dan August with New York Giants’ defensive tackle Rocky Bernard at the XLVI Super Bowl

Dan August ’07 has worked for the past five years as a financial planner and analyst for the National Football League.  He previously worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley.  At Dartmouth, August pursued a major in Economics and volunteered for DREAM.  He is currently working toward his Masters in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

What is your position?

Financial planner and analyst for the National Football League

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

Manage financial processes for NFL businesses including budgeting, forecasting and business planning. I also assist with analysis for key strategic NFL initiatives.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

Working for a company that I am a fan of and that millions of others take an interest in.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Develop a strong skill set externally and keep an eye on the NFL career center. Depending upon what area we are hiring for, experience in sports is not necessarily a prerequisite.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Do not simply try to get your foot in the door, but rather look for positions that are good fits for your skill set. The NFL has a rotational program for students right out of college, but otherwise we generally hire people in specific fields or with sports backgrounds. Network with people in the field, ask smart questions, and check career centers if you are very interested.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth gave me the opportunity to get a great first job out of college (investment banking), which gave me the skills to join the NFL. Dartmouth’s career center also helped me learn to be a better interviewee and make sure my resume was focusing on my strongest aspects.

Alumni Stories: Charlie Stoebe ’08 on Entering the Media Industry

After graduating from Dartmouth in 2008 with a degree in Psychology, Charlie Stoebe immediately began a two-year Rotational Program at NBC Universal focused on digital media. Since completing the program, he’s spent the past three years working in the sales and marketing side of NBC Sports. We asked him to tell us a little bit more about what it is like to work in Advertising and how to best enter the field:

Position: Marketing Manager at NBC Universal (NBC Sports).

Two sentence description of what you do

Charlie Stoebe

The role of the Sales Marketing group is to generate revenue for NBC Sports through advertising. My specific role on the Marketing side is to come up with custom solutions for brands to execute on NBC Sports properties.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I love how challenging and different each day is. On Monday I’ll be thinking of how to convince McDonald’s to spend money within Sunday Night Football, and then on Tuesday I’m working on an idea for Allstate within Premier League soccer. It’s the benefit of working in a fast paced environment for a large company.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

I think the best way is to get a job within a large media company. I started in a rotational program where I got to see different sides of the organization (News Publishing, Ad Sales, & Digital Products) before settling down into my current role. Obviously that is not available everywhere but any exposure within a large media company will help you learn about the different skills needed within each department.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

I think the most important thing for Sales Marketing is writing. I have always loved writing – whether it be ridiculous emails to my fraternity or the infinite-page Psych papers each term. My job at its core is creative writing so having any background where writing is key will be extremely helpful.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

The NBC rotational program I started in came to campus for the Employer Connections Fair and that’s how I got my start. Luckily for me the head of the program was a Dartmouth ’97 and he was intent on having someone from Dartmouth get into the program – forever grateful to have been that someone.

Is there anything that we haven’t asked you that you think we should?

The media industry is definitely underrepresented at most (if not all) career fairs, but don’t let that fool you – there is a job for every passion and major. Check the careers section of the websites of all the major networks (NBC, CBS, ESPN, MTV, etc.) to see what’s available. There are an infinite number of entry-level jobs at these companies so just because they don’t come to campus does not mean they are not hiring.

Alumni Stories: Tom Schenck ’89 on How to Break into Careers in Fundraising

Over the course of his career, Tom Schenck has worked in entertainment sales, served as a head of school, coached water polo and wrestling, and worked in Entertainment Marketing for Marvel — where he also played Spiderman for fundraising events. We asked him to share information on his current work in fundraising and education.

Position: Assistant Head of School for Advancement at Wasatch Academy.

Two sentence description of what you do:

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I oversee the total landscape of marketing and fundraising to reach all development goals—from annual fund and planned giving to alumni relations and grants. I also work with major gifts  and money raising events.

1. What is most satisfying about your current work?

Connecting people with their passions to the right model of philanthropy, and achieving goals by being a life-long student.

2. What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Start by volunteering in a local charity…I founded my own foundation and worked in admissions. You should enjoy helping people and enjoy competition. Don’t personalize rejection. You should have a diverse background of experiences. Be organized and be passionate about the cause you are promoting.

3. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Call people at various charities and arrange an informational interview to see what they are looking for. Attend a conference of fundraisers. Do your online research.

4. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

It has given me a sense of creating a big picture view of the world and its possibilities.

5. Is there anything that we haven’t asked you that you think we should?

I am interested in talking with people who are interested in learning more about working in development or education…life is about giving back.

Intern for the Earl of Dartmouth (European Parliament)!

Fall intern sought for the Office of William Dartmouth, Member of European Parliament.Europe Day - European Parliament

Description of work:    The internship offers a chance to experience the day to day operation of an MEP’s office in the European Parliament, from experience in EU legislation, the work of the European Parliament to drafting speeches and press releases.  An important task will be research particularly relating to the International Trade Committee of which William (The Earl of) Dartmouth is a Member and also the Coordinator for his political Group. There will also be some work related to the Foreign Affairs Committee of which William is a substitute.

Successful applicants will have proven research, IT and organisational skills. Knowledge of French would be helpful but it is not essential.  Applicants must be in possession of a valid permit to stay in the European Union for the duration of the traineeship if they are not citizens of the EU.

Place of work:  European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg

Duration of internship:  3 months (possibly prolongation of internship)

Start date:  On or around September 3rd, 2013.

Note:  William Dartmouth is a direct descendant of the Second Earl of Dartmouth, for whom Dartmouth College is named.

Stipend:  Approximately 1,200 euros/month

Deadline:  June 10th, 2013

Application instructions:  Email cover letter and resume to:  william.dartmouth@europarl.europa.eu

Kevin Karp ( EX DARTMOUTH ) Intern for William Dartmouth September 2012 to May 2013 writes

“My traineeship under William Dartmouth at the European Parliament involves senior-staff responsibility and requires succinct exposition of EU policies.  In scope and competence demanded, it is a professional-grade position.  Specifically, I serve as an adviser to Mr. Dartmouth in his work for the Committee on International Trade, or INTA.  Because INTA is arguably the European Parliament’s most powerful committee, and because trade is such an important factor in foreign relations, my work in this particular area has made me into a poised observer of global politics.  In my advisory work I have analyzed draft opinions on European Commission regulations before the Committee, helped determine Mr. Dartmouth’s votes on amendments to those opinions, authored questions to the Commission for written answer, drafted responses to press articles, and written and edited speeches that Mr. Dartmouth has delivered in Strasbourg and the UK.   One of these speeches was Mr. Dartmouth’s address to the 2013 UKIP Spring Conference in Exeter, dealing with the different trade relationships with the EU that exist outside of membership.  I have been turning this speech into a pamphlet that will serve as a template for further research.

Alongside the advisory work for Mr. Dartmouth, I also write policy briefs for Michael McManus, a staff researcher and member of UKIP at the European Parliament.  These briefs cover a wide range of topics in foreign policy and economic issues.  Mr. McManus keeps these briefs on file and provides them on request to UKIP MEPs who need information on such topics before giving speeches or talking to the media.”

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  June 10th, 2013 for Fall Term

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Alumni Conversations: Greg Clow ’81, Editor at Top-Ten-Apps.com

 

Position: Editor at Top-Ten-Apps.com,  an iPhone app discovery email newsletter

Short description of what you do: I work on web development, app discovery and review, social network integration, analytics, email marketing, creative direction, art direction, and copywriting.

Degree at Dartmouth: Visual studies

1. Did you pursue any further education or training?

I took night classes from a San Francisco-based advertising school. All other training was done on the job.

2. Describe the path from your time at Dartmouth to your current activity.

I went from working in advertising in New York to advertising in Boston, and then I moved on to San Francisco. Eventually I moved from advertising to online marketing.

3. What activities/groups/events did you participate in while on campus?

I was a member of the squash team and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. I also skiied, worked on the snow sculpture design for Winter Carnival in 1980, designed Dartmouth Film Society posters, participated in the New England Art Show, and designed the Winter Carnival poster for four years. 

4. How do you translate your Dartmouth education and/or major to your career?

All my coworkers went to art school and had a four to six-year head start on me…. That was a sobering realization. However, in the field of creative advertising, the ability to call on my liberal arts background, and to reference pieces of societal and historical information that my colleagues did not have, helped a great deal. I also found it far easier to present ideas to business leaders because I was relating to them on a level playing field.

5. Do you have any advice for current students who are interested in the arts, both academically and personally? 

As I see it, there are three directions to take after Dartmouth as an artist:

1) You have the means, or a benefactor, with which to follow your creativity unencumbered by the necessity of income,

2) You choose a second career, and creating visual art becomes a second career or hobby, or

3) You go into marketing or advertising.

I chose the third path. As a piece of advice to artists in today’s digital world: Today it is so easy for non-artists to create beautiful things, that the fruits of our labor have become commodities. Photographers know this best. While the few truly great in the industry welcome the competition and claim that it will just “up the game,” for those just entering the field, the competition to just get a start is daunting. Why pay a professional photographer when I can just use my iPhone? Why hire an artist to create the art for a billboard when I can use Photoshop and stock photography at a fraction of the cost?

The smart way forward for today’s graduate is to find a way to use digital capabilities to expand the touch of your creativity — printmakers learned this. Make an engraving once, make a hundred prints, number them and sell them. One piece of art and a hundred copies = greater income and greater exposure. Today’s graduate has to look to multipliers in order to make an impact.