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

Alumni Conversations: Garrett Simpson ’11, Product Operations Fellow at PharmaSecure (India)

Position: Product Operations Fellow at PharmaSecurePhoto of Garrett Simpson '11 on the job in India

Location: New Delhi, India

Short description of what you do: As PharmaSecure is still a young company, I’ve been helping out with a variety of things. My main responsibilities are supporting the product development team by defining requirements for new products and overseeing their development, data analysis, and monitoring of current products.

Degree at Dartmouth: Bachelor’s of Engineering focusing in Mechanical Engineering

1. What is most satisfying about your current work?

The general work environment and the people I work with — the organization is very flat, and I’ve gained some great friends and mentors during my time here.

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

Networking — I audited a Tuck class my senior year, Intro to Entrepreneurship, and met the CEO (Nathan Sigworth ’07) after a class in which he gave a guest lecture. Ten months later I Facebook messaged him out of the blue during a week of intense job searching, asking him if there were any internships or fellowships available and luckily there were!

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

Reach out to and network with alumni. There are so many amazing people, and they will want to help you.  There are some useful job sites/lists that are more geared toward social enterprise as well, like social-enterprise-jobs@googlegroups.com.

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

Dartmouth’s Network is truly amazing.  I’ve only just started out on my career more or less, with just a handful of internships under my belt, but all of my gainful employment post-graduation has been the direct result of networking with Dartmouth alumni.  As I’m starting to look for my next step, classmates a few years older than me have given great advice on how to frame my job search in a way that will help me clarify my career goals.