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.

Career Blitz: Arts

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  1. 1100 Architect – Marketing and Communications Intern (NY)Year-of-the-Arts-Small-Logo-150x150
  2. A Blade of Grass Internship (Part-Time) (NY)
  3. Ric Michel Fine Art – internship (Stipend) (NY)
  4. The Tracing Centeron Histories and Legacies of Slavery – PAID Summer Internship (Boston)
  5. Seek Your Course – Public Relations/Marketing Summer Interns
  6. Sanctuary Clothing – Fashion PR/Social Media Summer Intern
  7. The Madame Paulette Organization –  Student Digital Media Intern

1100 Architect – Marketing and Communications Intern (NY) Stipend:   searching for a motivated intern to join its marketing and communications team.  The internship offers an overview of the role of marketing at a design firm. See the listing at:

A Blade of Grass Internship (Part-Time/ NY):  a relatively new funding organization founded by Shelley Rubin, which supports artists doing socially engaged art and the institutions that foster such efforts. This is an opportunity to work as part of a dedicated and highly motivated team at a key phase of the organization’s development.

Ric Michel Fine Art  NY (Stipend). Established NY Art Dealer seeks tech savvy intern for online outreach/marketing, social media development, website creation/enhancement and like projects for both Manhattan based business (catering to private collectors and corporate clients) and Long Island affiliate.

The Tracing Centeron Histories and Legacies of Slavery – PAID Summer Internship (DEADLINE June 30, 2013). An opportunity to work in social justice. Project assignments can be tailored to the intern’s interests and experience, but possibilities include research on issues related to the history and legacy of racial discrimination, design of educational and civic dialogue programs, social media and public relations outreach, fundraising initiatives, and event management.

Seek Your Course – Public Relations/Marketing Summer Interns. Internships are unpaid for the summer months with potential for a paid position in the future. Self directed. You must be proficient at delivering high quality work without being reminded. Creative. Working in the creative economy means innovation is the norm. Creativity extends to every aspect of how one works and you must embody this. Engaged. You must be willing to get to know the major players in the creative community via social media in order to contribute to discussions and your projects. Learner. You must be willing to learn the technologies Seek Your Course uses to run efficiently and communicate with the world, such as Trello, Google Drive, MailChimp, GoToWebinar, etc.

Sanctuary Clothing – Fashion PR/Social Media Summer Intern:  looking for a social media savvy intern who will be in Southern California this summer.

The Madame Paulette Organization – Student Digital Media Intern:  Part-time or Full-time available in Long Island NY.  Interning for Madame Paulette will be a great learning experience for any student as it carries a high professional value. Interning with us leads to unique learning and networking opportunities, as we’ve aligned ourselves with other high-end industry leaders, due to our “spotless” reputation and fifty year history. If you are interested in interning for Madame Paulette, please post your resume and contact information.

CAREER BLITZ: Arts

Arts-copy2-150x150TOPICS INCLUDE:

  1. Hachette Book Group. Editorial Assistant (ENTRY LEVEL).
  2. Forbes Media. Advertising Operations Coordinator (ENTRY LEVEL).
  3. Time Inc. Assistant to the Publisher, People Magazine. (ENTRY LEVEL)
  4. NBC Entertainment. Production Assistant.(ENTRY LEVEL)
  5. The Gersh Agency. Agent’s Assistant, Theatre.(ENTRY LEVEL)
  6. Fancy. Summer 2013 Business Development & Operations Intern. Paid.
  7. Creative Q&A: Mary Tai, Sesame Workshop (VIRTUAL EVENT). Mon, May 6, 6:30 PM EDT.
  8. Fusion – ABC/Univision Joint Venture: (Many positions)

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  1. Hachette Book Group. Editorial Assistant (ENTRY LEVEL). Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher in the U.S. and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. One of their subdivisions, Little, Brown and Company, is looking for an Editorial Assistant to provide editorial and administrative support to the VP and Editorial Director. This role will focus on nonfiction titles (history, biography, current events). http://bit.ly/YQcAit
  2. Forbes Media. Advertising Operations Coordinator (ENTRY LEVEL). Forbes is among the most trusted resources for senior business executives, providing them the real-time reporting, uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools, and community they need to succeed at work, profit from investing, and have fun with the rewards of winning. They are looking for a digital media enthusiast to fill an exciting role as an Advertising Operations Coordinator, who will ensure the flawless execution of Forbes’s digital media advertising campaigns. http://bit.ly/11PglFr
  3. Time Inc. Assistant to the Publisher, People Magazine. (ENTRY LEVEL) Time Warner Inc., a global leader in media and entertainment with businesses in television, film, and publishing, uses its industry-leading operating scale and brands to create, package, and deliver high-quality content worldwide. The Assistant to the Publisher of People will be responsible for managing the day-to-day schedule and all administrative functions of the Publisher, as well as those of the Associate Publisher of Digital Ad Sales for People.com. http://bit.ly/ZMSqWU
  4. NBC Entertainment. Production Assistant.(ENTRY LEVEL) NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. They are seeking a Production Assistant to book travel accommodations, assist on set for shoots, research upcoming guest segments, coordinate interns, and perform other ad-hoc duties as outlined by the Manager. Additional responsibilities will entail reception duties, office management, and facilities and operation contact. http://bit.ly/ZqVRak
  5. The Gersh Agency. Agent’s Assistant, Theatre.(ENTRY LEVEL) The Gersh Agency, a bi-coastal literary and talent agency, is seeking a full-time assistant with strong industry knowledge and experience. The open position is in the Theatre department and begins immediately. In addition to basic administrative duties, this job entails contract and payment tracking, heavy phone volume, maintaining up-to-date script submission records, and some attendance at theatre events and performances. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced environment, can multitask, and is eager to be an active team player in the department. http://bit.ly/12I8Xjc
  6. Fancy. Summer 2013 Business Development & Operations Intern. Paid. Fancy is part store, blog, magazine, and wish list. More than 4 million people around the world use Fancy to discover, collect, and buy from a crowd-curated catalog of amazing goods, wonderful places, and great stores. They are looking for an organized and energetic Business Development & Operations Intern to join their growing team. In this position, you will support various Fancy partnerships, marketing initiatives, and operational projects. http://bit.ly/10doouq
  7. Creative Q&A: Mary Tai, Sesame Workshop (VIRTUAL EVENT). Mon, May 6, 6:30 PM EDT. If you’ve ever wondered how children around the world get to Sesame Street, meet Mary Tai. As a Senior Producer at Sesame Workshop, Mary oversees the creative and production activities for Sesame Street co-productions in China, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, with past work on projects in Brazil, Tanzania, Kosovo, and many other countries. Hear Mary’s story of how she arrived at Sesame Workshop and ask her your questions at our next Creative Q&A, presented live, free, and straight-to-your-computer. Click here to register now:  http://bit.ly/11kvfok
  8. Fusion – ABC/Univision Joint Venture: (Many positions) ABC News and Univision News have formed a far-reaching, multiplatform joint venture designed to inform, empower and inspire Hispanic Americans in English while providing all audiences with uncompromising coverage of current events with a unique perspective. The landmark venture capitalizes on Univision’s expertise in reaching U.S. Hispanics and ABC’s global news leadership to serve over 50 million Hispanics, the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the U.S.  Check out the employment opportunities on LinkedIn:  http://linkd.in/15H79dm

For more information on careers in the Arts:  http://bit.ly/11PhtZP

To make an appointment with a Career Advisor:  call 603-646-2215.

 

 

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.

Alumni Stories: Noel Danforth ’85 on Working as an Independent Graphic Designer

Position: Principal, Gold Star Studios/Independent Graphic Design Professional 

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Description of what you do: I am a graphic designer. I use visual communication (design) skills to design and develop a broad range of materials for my clients. You can see some of my work on my website: www.goldstarstudios.com

Major at Dartmouth:
 French

What is most satisfying about your current work? 
Being fulfilled by what I do each day. Design exposes you to so many of life’s currents and allows you to use your intuition to explore.  I have variously fallen in love with different aspects of my design practice: form, color, typography, layout, my tools and my current obsession—my camera. I’ve been exploring the idea of seeing and perspective through the camera lens.  

The beauty of a career in design is that there are so many possibilities and if you like learning (most liberal arts students do) it’s a great field as it is continues to evolve and there are always new things to learn. When I started my career in graphic design the computer was a relatively new tool for designers; with the computer and of course the web, many new areas of design practice have been born. 

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation? 
There are various ways to obtain the background you need to be a designer and it’s a multifaceted field with many specializations. My advice is to research what type of design you’d ultimately like to practice and to have that information direct your educational path. Pick a school and culture that aligns with your goals. The traditional path is to attend a BFA or MFA program. Ultimately an MFA is the best route if you’d like to teach design. 

When I started looking into a career in design, I was initially disheartened as it seemed the best approach was a BFA and that I had, in a sense, “missed the boat” and an MFA seemed beyond my reach not having any background in design nor a portfolio. After researching the possibilities open to me and considering school locations, finances and work prospects I decided to take a less traditional path. I attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s graphic design certificate program, an evening program, and gained work experience by day. Before entering the program I took design courses to see if pursuing design studies was something I really wanted, and I was able to build a portfolio to gain entrance. A portfolio allows potential employers/design schools to assess your design skills.  It is a reflection of you and your work, and a good portfolio is a necessity when you start looking for work or are seeking to gain admission to a design program.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in graphic design?
For exploring the field I recommend taking courses in design at an art college. This will expose you to the design skills you need to develop, the culture of art schools, and allow you to start building a portfolio. Once you have developed a portfolio you can apply to a design program and/or start looking for work. Personally I found attending an evening program and gaining work experience simultaneously to be very rewarding; I was able to immediately put my new skills into practice. Design is about practice, the more you do the better you get.

Can you tell us about your experiences in different work environments as a graphic designer? Which has been your favorite?
I have worked in-house for educational institutions, financial services companies, a medium-sized design firm, and an in-house advertising agency. I enjoyed all these experiences to different degrees and I learned something from each environment. One distinction often made in the design world is working in-house as opposed to working independently or as a freelancer. All have their advantages; for me it comes down to personal preference and that can change over the course of your career. Having this varied background is what allowed me to start my own practice. It enabled me to broaden the scope of my portfolio and develop a network for future work opportunities. Running my own small practice suits me now and is my current favorite.

How would you recommend students who are interested in freelancing get into the field?
A freelance design career is something that develops over time and doing good work is the best marketing tool. If your work is good, clients will become repeat customers and new clients will seek you out. To start out you must be armed with a strong portfolio then you can either introduce yourself to prospective clients/employers or seek out an agency that specializes in connecting employers with temporary design help. This latter approach is an excellent way to see different work environments and to explore what type of work you might enjoy as a practice long-term. 

What do you do to keep your practice/perspective fresh and evolving?
I enjoy experimenting in different media; this gets me away from my computer and allows me to access different thought pathways for problem solving. I believe design is about keeping open and developing a keen eye. Also, I find it important to remind myself in a more tactile way why I love what I do. Picking up another media and working with color, shape and texture in an intuitive way helps me to connect to less directed problem-solving. Whether it’s drawing, painting, sewing, or beading, I love to work in a way that allows more freedom for my intuition to connect with an unconscious flow. We all carry ideas around that sometimes need a little coaxing into the light.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?
Dartmouth’s dedication to undergraduate liberal arts is legend, the broad spectrum and depth of course offerings allows students many lens on the world. Design is a big picture field, it’s everywhere and in everything, the more of the world you understand the better you will be at your practice. Though my design skills are essential to my practice the underlying skills are from the liberal arts: having a broad knowledge-base from sciences to languages, the ability to problem solve and communicate clearly, having curiosity and discipline, and a love of learning. Dartmouth serves these up in spades.

Soralee Ayvar ’07 – Operations Director for Art Studio Miami

Soralee Ayvar is the Operations Director of Art Studio Inc.,

Art Studio Miami is an Non-Profit Organization (NPO) with the mission of empowering young minds through creative-holistic arts integration  by providing a safe location where youth are inspired and guided by artists, teachers, professionals and mentors who support the student’s education and career development through the integration of creative holistic arts. Soralee joined Art Studio as a volunteer in 2009 and became Operations Director in 2010 with 15+ years of experience in youth development, volunteer management, training and life skills.

After studying music in middle school and theater (with a specialty in Mime and Costume/Makeup Design) in high school, Soralee received her B.A in Sociology from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in Business Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Soralee’s current role continues her long-time personal vision to empower the next generation of leaders with the creative tools, knowledge and motivation to innovate and create positive change for themselves and their local and global community. (Bio kindly provided by Ms. Ayvar)

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Soralee Ayvar
Operations Director
Art Studio Miami
www.ArtStudioMiami.org

Empowering Young Minds | Healing Systemic Poverty

Soralee joined us via Skype on Tues, April 9, 2013.  Please check back for an audio recording of the session.

CAREER CONVERSATION with Soralee Ayvar ’07 – TUES @ 12:15 PM

Soralee Ayvar is the Operations Director of Art Studio Inc.,

Art Studio Miami is an Non-Profit Organization (NPO) with the mission of empowering young minds through creative-holistic arts integration  by providing a safe location where youth are inspired and guided by artists, teachers, professionals and mentors who support the student’s education and career development through the integration of creative holistic arts. Soralee joined Art Studio as a volunteer in 2009 and became Operations Director in 2010 with 15+ years of experience in youth development, volunteer management, training and life skills.

After studying music in middle school and theater (with a specialty in Mime and Costume/Makeup Design) in high school, Soralee received her B.A in Sociology from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in Business Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Soralee’s current role continues her long-time personal vision to empower the next generation of leaders with the creative tools, knowledge and motivation to innovate and create positive change for themselves and their local and global community. (Bio kindly provided by Ms. Ayvar)

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Soralee Ayvar
Operations Director
Art Studio Miami
www.ArtStudioMiami.org

Empowering Young Minds | Healing Systemic Poverty

How to Combine Social Justice & The Performing Arts (No Fooling!) – Leese Walker ’91

Interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts and/or political activism?

Leese is the founder of Strike Anywhere, an education and performance ensemble that promotes free-thinking and greater social awareness through politically-charged original works. As a freelance artist, Leese’s work has included working with an experimental theatre company, performing Shakespearean roles, and playing the Lakota flute with the Wendy Osserman Dance Company.

A long-time core improvising actor with the Walter Thompson Orchestra, Leese also helped them adapt Soundpainting, the live-composing sign language, for theater. In addition to her work with Strike Anywhere, Leese is a freelance a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Manhattan’s Roundabout Theatre. A past member of the board of Directors for the Network of Ensemble Theatres, her work has been featured on NPR, Radio France and U.S. television.

Leese joined us via Skype for a conversation on Monday, April 1, 2013.  Please check back for an audio recording of the session.

 

 

CAREER CONVERSATION with Joe LaBracio ’00 (Agent for United Talent Agency)

  • Career Services is hosting a Career Conversation via Skype with Talent Agent Joe LaBracio ’00
  • April 2 (Tues) @ 12:30 PM in the Career Services Workshop Room
  • 63 South Main Street (Bank of America Bldg), 2nd Floor
  • RSVP:  http://www.wejoinin.com/career.services@dartmouth.edu 

Joe LaBracio ’00

Agent, United Talent Agency

Joe LaBracio is the co-head of the Alternative Television department at United Talent Agency (UTA), where he has played an integral role in building the agency’s international and cable television business, packaging over 100 cable and network television shows in the past year. LaBracio represents Emmy and Peabody-award winning executive producers, directors and production companies as well as several independent UK and European production companies. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Government and Italian, LaBracio began his television career doing a producer fellowship at ABC News Nightline. He cut the fellowship short to work as Ted Koppel’s assistant for two years before moving to Los Angeles to work at CBS where he was hired as an assistant to then Senior Vice President of Alternative Series Development. LaBracio was rapidly promoted through the ranks at CBS in 10 months and served as Director of Alternative Series Development, where he oversaw production on The Amazing Race, Big Brother, and Rock Star, among other shows before leaving to join CAA as an agent in 2006. He left CAA to join UTA in 2008. Several of the shows that he has helped to put together in the passed few years are: Catfish (MTV), The Great Food Truck Race (Food), Gloryhounds (special on Animal Planet), The American Baking Competition (coming to CBS in May), Preachers’ Daughters (Lifetime), Big Rig Bounty Hunters (History). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.  (Bio kindly submitted by Joe LaBracio’s office)

Joe LaBracio ’00 on DAEMA

United Talent Agency