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Student Profiles

MSLCE Students 2020-21

Oluwatobiloba Akanbi
BS in Corporate Innovations and Entrepreneurship, Pennsylvania State University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship
Experience: My most significant experience was interning at a Startup in Nigeria where I not only worked with their marketing team but also helped mix and master their weekly podcasts.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: In ten years, I see my self owning a record label / entertainment company.

Emily Altimari
BA in Journalism and Media Communications with a minor in Spanish, Colorado State
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, yoga
Experience:Two major milestones in my career were working as the PR/social media creative for Lincoln Park Zoo and as a consumer content specialist for Northwestern Medicine.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I dream about being my own boss as an owner of a music-themed yoga studio and manager of a music-themed comedy website.

Teyra Anderson
BS in Public Relations with a minor in African American Studies, Syracuse University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/Film, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Brand partnerships at Squarespace — Launched a comprehensive content and partnerships strategy aimed at helping Black small businesses
Ideal job in 10 Years: Showrunner or development executive (I’d love to have a first-look deal with a major network)

Carmella Baldwin
BA in Mass Media Arts, Clark Atlanta University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Rich Lawson PDP Course; Diversity Equity & Inclusion Peer at Delta Air Lines; Community Service with Sorority Alumni
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative Director of my own Media Conglomerate, Lounge/Venue for Performing Arts Center

Kaial Boyd
BFA in Theater, Film Production Concentration, Texas State University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Photography, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing
Experience: Working on my first feature film and attending Officer Candidate School
Ideal job in 10 Years: Vice President of Creative Development at a network or streaming brand

 

Melissa Bruckman
BA in Music, Focus in Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Fine arts, Performing arts, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Being a member and leader in the Marching Illini (UIUC marching band) and working as a uniform manager for the band.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Event Director for a performing arts organization

Cameron Burrill
BFA in Musical Theatre, University of Hartford
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Photography, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Working as a summer stock theatre actor for Cape Playhouse/ Writing, directing, and starring in an original musical.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Owning a production company in the TV/Film industry

Veronica Bustoz
BA in Technical Theatre, Aquinas College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing Arts, Theatre, Dance, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Stage managing for Los Colochos Teatro, a theatre company from Mexico City hosted by the Goodman for the Destinos Theatre Festival

Jacklyn Canchola
BFA in Photography, Seattle University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Community Events
Experience: Started my own experiential marketing company in Seattle; Manager for Artist Relations and Hospitality for major music festivals
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working in a major city for their arts and cultural events

Daniel Cassin
BFA in Drama, New York University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing Arts, Theatre, Dance, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: I have been working in the theatrical sector for the last 5 years which has given me access to understanding current institutional paradigms
Ideal job in 10 Years: Leading a “creative consulting” firm that focuses on the organizational struggles arts-based enterprises while also curating a team of industry-specific experts who offer professional advice in the company’s creative practices and processes; a company that focuses on keeping arts establishments afloat while fostering their future innovation

Anna Champion
BS in Quantitative Economics and Film and Media Studies, Tufts University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing
Experience: Interned at MGMT Entertainment in Los Angeles; Designed and taught a class about intro film analysis and theory through the MCU at Tuft’s Experimental College
Ideal job in 10 Years: Producer for film or television

Raymond Cho
BA in Accountancy and Financial Management, University of Portsmouth
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Collaborated with global idol group BLACKPINK of YG Entertainment from South Korea for Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America by ABC
Ideal job in 10 Years: Be the top talent agency in Asia and be the first talent agency to launch an IPO in the global market

George Christensen
BA in Digital Film and Video Production, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: TV/Film, Photography, Video/digital media
Experience: I have worked in the media industry for the past 10 years
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working in a management role in the higher educational or film industry

 

Imani Davis
BA in Film Studies, The Ohio State University
Experience: My senior paper on early all black cast musicals during undergrad & writing film reviews for a small entertainment publication and going on press day outings.
Ideal Job in 10 Years:A development executive at a studio or running my film media business full-time.

 

Creighton Dorfman
BA in Film and Television Production, Emerson College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Sports
Experience: Winning Special Mention for Best U.S Short Film at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Interning at Red Wagon Entertainment under Producer Douglas Wick.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Working as a partner in a talent agency or as a creative executive for a studio.

Alet du Toit
BA in Fashion Studies, Columbia College Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Fine arts, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Owned my own boutique. I am also part of the Costume Council of Chicago.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Own a fashion brand

 

Kelly Figley
BA in Video Production & Theatrical Studies, Ball State University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work
Experience: Assistant directing and/or producing over 15 short films from my time as undergrad through now. Marketing and Events Intern at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Production or Creative Exec for tv/film company or working at the managerial level at a performing arts center.

Alyssa Fine
BA in Film and Media Studies / BA in Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing
Experience: President of the Women in Media Club at UCSB; Live Television Fellowship with the Television Academy Foundation
Ideal job in 10 Years: Content Executive at NBC

Kaitlyn Fogg
BA in Fashion Design, The New School: Parsons School of Design
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Fashion, Sports
Experience: Having the opportunity to collaborate with the Special Olympics and working on Anna Sui’s 2021 Spring Summer Collection.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I would like to be the head designer or creative director for a fashion house, or I would like to be running my own brand.

Qi Fu
BA in Art / BA in Economics, University of Miami
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Worked as Vice President in the Chinese Student Union and started my own video channel
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working as an art/content director for an arts organization or creative platform

Lauren Fuentes
BA in English, Westminster College
Area(s) of Interest: 
TV/film, Photography, Video/Digital Media, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing, Fashion
Experience:
Designer of Janus Literary Magazine; Vice-President of Public Relations for Westminster’s PanHellenic Council
Ideal job in 10 Years:
Art Director

Vincent Ford
BFA in Theatre Performance-Acting, University of Michigan
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Theatre, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Working as Rob McClure’s directing assistant and intern at the Kimmel Center and directing a show with a 65k budget.
Ideal job in 10 Years: CEO and artistic director of my own production company

Ally Gimbel
BA in English with a minor in Communications and Media Studies, Tufts University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Video/digital media,  Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Executive producing and directing a three part miniseries for PBS; launching a new digital and broadcast platform for public media dedicated to the performing and fine arts
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative director at an agency or production director for an arts and culture non-profit

Khushi Goenka
B.Tech in Mechatronics Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Photography, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Science
Experience: I was protagonist of an award-winning play and toured India performing at various esteemed theatres and festivals. I was Editor-in-Chief of the college Editorial Board, responsible for making the yearbook. I was the winner of the Daimler ‘Vigyaan’ 2019 innovation hackathon. I pitched a prototype and was awarded a prize of Rs. 1,00,000.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Showrunner/Development Executive/Entrepreneur

Jorie Goins
BS in Journalism, minor in Dance, Northwestern University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Dance, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: In my senior year of college I completed an internship with Cosmopolitan Magazine where an interview I did was published in the June 2016 Career Advice section. I also choreographed a youth tap dance piece for a full-length production with an award-winning arts nonprofit in 2019.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Choreographer/Creative Director (on both the branding/writing and performance sides)

Tyler Green
BM in Music Business and Vocal Performance, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
MM in Vocal Performance, Manhattan School of Music
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Nonprofit work
Experience: In my first master’s program at Manhattan School of Music, I was selected to be the Assistant Stage Director under a professional stage director for a production of my peers. The experience was invaluable and provided clarity as I continued to pinpoint my career goals.
Ideal job in 10 Years: An artistic administrator in an organization like Lyric Opera of Chicago, Broadway in Chicago, or Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This role would include programming, casting, etc.

John Grewell
BA in Humanities, The University of Texas at Austin
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: My honors thesis for my undergraduate degree and leading an arts training for high school creatives.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative Director for a multi-disciplinary creative think tank/production company.

Hanyu Jiang
BS in Communication, Boston University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Founded a social media platform sharing fashion trends via photos, texts and videos.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Head of digital/content marketing team in a creative enterprise

 

Audrey Jones
BS in Creative & Entertainment Industries, Belmont University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing Arts, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing
Experience: I worked in Australia at a music management company; I also worked on 3 Super Bowl commercials as an intern at Creative License in New York City
Ideal job in 10 Years: I would love the have the chance to move back to Australia and work in the music/film industry there. I also am super interested in working for a casting agency as casting agent.

Olive Ju
BA in Applied Psychology, Boston College
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative Director

 

 

Brianna Kaleel
BA in English Studies / BA in Studio Arts Photography, minor in Art History, Illinois State University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Travel
Experience: I worked at National Geographic as an Operations Coordinator for Private Jets. Prior to the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic I was promoted to Trips Manager. This promotion resulted in my worldwide responsibility for how, when, and the processes of bringing passengers abroad back to the United States. Previous eclectic experiences include photographer, artist, marketing intern, service industry, attire model, and mentor.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Establish an Art Center to expose and educate the North Central Illinois public in the field of fine art.

Alexandria Knapik
BA in Visual Arts Management, Columbia College Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Visual arts, Fine arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Executive Assistant at Illinois Holocaust Museum, Speaker at Death to Museums Conference, Chicago Director of ProjectArt
Ideal job in 10 Years: Vice President/CEO of arts nonprofit

Kellan Kryak
BA in Theatre Arts, minor in Gender, Race & Nation, University of Michigan
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: My most significant experience so far has been traveling to Poland to compete in the iTSelF Theatre Festival, connecting me with brilliant international artists.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Working in a creative position at Disney or Lucasfilm. Or filling a leadership role at a theatre or animation company.

Stephanie Lawson
BA in Communication, Hope College
Area(s) of Interest:
Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience:
Worked for 3 Regional Tony Award Winning Theatre Companies
Ideal job in 10 Years:
Managing Director of a performing arts institution

Zhirong Li
BS in Media Culture and Communication, New York University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: I was an e-board member in American Advertising Federation NYU chapter and I was responsible for social media account management and arrange weekly activities for group members. My team aim to provide PR/Marketing strategies for one of the local beauty salon Nail Love and we came up with a detailed proposal to the owner. My most recent internship was in the oversea content marketing department in iQIYI, one of the biggest streaming platforms in China. I was responsible for social media management and PR works for artists that relate to different titles.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I would like to be in a managerial role in an entertainment or an advertising agency.

Emily Long
BA in English, Illinois State University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Theatre, Photography, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: I developed and was the Executive Producer of a TV show in college called “It’s So Funny,” and I wrote two children’s books.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Executive Producer of my own show and studio

Jonathan Mayo
BA in Theatre, minor in French, Morehead State University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Cleaning Closets is my ongoing oral history project which collects and shares true coming out stories from both sides of the closet door. I am also on the Associate Board for The Night Ministry which puts Chicagoans in touch with Housing, Healthcare and Human Connection.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Having my own business and being an independent producer.

Marliza Mendez
BFA in Theatre Studies, Certification of Business Foundations, The University of Texas at Austin
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Full-Time 1st grade reading teacher. Interactive Improver for a Robert Rodriguez SXSW event. Executive Intern at Austin Film Festival.
Ideal job in 10 Years: My ideal role is to produce shows for streaming services.

Regina Osuna
BA in Marketing, Universidad Iberoamericana
M in Neuromarketing, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: I work at ViacomCBS as a marketing coordinator. Thanks to that I have become aware of the entertainment industry’s tremendous responsibility to communicate values and ideas that can transform society.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I want to become a creative marketing director in a media entertainment company that shares my passion for promoting a more equitable and inclusive society.

Isabella Panko
BFA in Dance Performance, / BS in Educational Studies EC-6, Minor in Musical Theatre, Southern Methodist University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Nonprofit work
Experience: Professional Dancer for Larrwell Productions based out of Dallas, TX (Performance: Mary Kay Seminar 2017 and 2018), office assistant in the Meadows Division of Dance Office (2017-2020)
Ideal job in 10 Years: I would like to work on productions in the entertainment field, but I hope to gain more direction as I learn more about the creative industries in my classes this year.

Evan Pearl
BA in Media and Film Double Major and Minor in Business, Emory University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film
Experience: My internship at NBC was amazing and a surreal experience
Ideal job in 10 Years:  I would love to be at a streaming service working in Original Series or at a television network working in current programming, hopefully as a manager or higher.

Micki Pease
BS in Marketing and Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Writing and working with the ParachuteMedia
Ideal job in 10 Years: I would love to work in coordinating the logistics and creative direction for huge arts and music festivals. I want to create spaces in entertainment that are more interactive and immersive.

Jazzma Pryor
BA in Production Studies in Performing Arts, Theatre Concentration, Clemson University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: I am a triathlete, and I am a founding chair of the Staff Equity Alliance at work.
Ideal job in 10 Years: My goal is to be an established actor, producer, and to own a theater.

Gracie Reyes
BA in Art History / BA in Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Studying abroad in London for a semester. Interning at the Whitney after my Junior year of college.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Director of Marketing/Content/Communications at a non profit arts institution/museum.

Julia Relova
BS in Psychology, Davidson College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Fine arts, Theatre, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Making/contributing to programs that see people’s potential and amplifies it (B.E.S.T., Buddy Club, Naturally Austin, Women@Austing, Philanthropitch)
Ideal job in 10 Years: A serial entrepreneur with businesses that put people and their stories first

Brooke Romansky
BA in Philosophy / BA in Politics and International Relations, Lake Forest College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Touring with Mariah Carey.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Producer

Amon Sahelijo
BA in Music, DePaul University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: A significant achievement was the internship I did at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of such an iconic institution.
Ideal job in 10 Years: I am very interested in how the music/entertainment industry is constantly changing due to cultural changes and new technologies. I’m not sure what the role would be called, but I would like my job to make a positive impact on these industries.

Lauryn Satterwhite
BA in Journalism, minor in Theatre, Northwestern University
Area(s) of Interest:
TV/film, Theatre, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Academic:
Created three awesome campaigns for Under Armour in class. I was able to storyboard three different commercials, come up with catchy tag lines, target a specific audience, and pitch it to my class. Extracurricular: I won a Big Ten Championship and competed in the NCAA Tournament on the Women’s Basketball team and Northwestern.
Ideal job in 10 Years:
I want to own my own entertainment/content agency.

Ella Silverman
BFA in Theatre Directing, minor in Performing Arts Management, Columbia College Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Casting internship with Chicago Shakespeare & Assistant Directing “Fun Harmless Warmachine” at the New Colony
Ideal job in 10 Years: Artistic Direction

Katelyn Smith
BA in Advertising, The Art Institute of Atlanta
Area(s) of Interest: Visual arts, Fine arts, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Event Planning
Experience: I worked in marketing and event management for over a decade before leaving my job in January 2020 to start my own event planning business. By the end of February 2020, I decided to pivot my business model and eventually launched a single-use party supply and tableware line that I designed, manufactured, and continue to sell online.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Leading my own business, expanding my brand offerings and coaching a growing team.

Ruby Smith
BA in English Literature,  Wellesley College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals
Experience: Managing the publication of hundreds of books in my four years working in publishing; writing a full-length screenplay for my undergrad thesis.
Ideal job in 10 Years: A leading role at an organization that helps up-and-coming musicians or filmmakers gain access to resources and get their projects off the ground.

Nopmanee Suvapatrachai
BA Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis; Music Composition and Songwriting, Los Angeles College of Music
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurership
Experience: Managing my own music release; teaching music to children with disabilities
Ideal job in 10 Years: My goal is to be a music consultant to artists and help them navigate the every changing digital ecosystem in the entertainment world.

Jiajie Tan
BS in Advertising, Boston University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Dance, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing
Experience: PR specialist at the CCTV+ news agency and an AE at the Ogilvy in Beijing
Ideal job in 10 Years: Creative director/producer at an entertainment company

Alison Tatum
BM in Violin Performance and Music Theory, University of Missouri- Columbia
MM in Violin Performance and Certificate in Violin Performance, DePaul University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: June 2019 orchestra performance at Carnegie Hall; performed in Goodman Theatre’s 2019 production of “A Christmas Carol”
Ideal job in 10 Years: Still performing but also working for a theatre or music organization creating spaces, programming, and community that are outside of the dominant white patriarchal heterosexual, cisgender able-bodied worldview. Spaces that are not just “inclusive,” but where folks of all different backgrounds and types can thrive and be in community.

Natalie Teichman
BS in Business Administration, Emphasis in Management / BA in Theatre Studies, Chapman University
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Assistant Manager at the Irvine School of Music; Director of Social Life at Virginia Summer Arts Collaborative
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Working in a management or administrative role in the theater/film industry

Austin Terris
BME in Choral Music Education, University of Michigan
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Public school elementary music teacher; Co-Director of Skyline Blues A Cappella; Ann Arbor Youth Chorale Board Member
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Running my own performing arts studio, working as a talent agent or working for the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division.

DeYandré Thaxton
BA in Arts & Entertainment Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Area(s) of Interest:
Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Fine arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Wellness and Fashion
Experience:
Managing my mother’s art career since her retirement from teaching in 2009. Witnessing her growth as an artist over my lifetime has been really inspiring. It’s an honor to both find opportunities and ensure her story is told accurately.
Ideal job in 10 Years:
To be a creative director wearing multiple hats across film, fashion, podcasting, music, and wellness.

Claudia Torres
BFA in Dance, minor in Communication Studies, University of North Texas
Area(s) of Interest: Fine arts, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Arts/music festivals, PR/Marketing
Experience: 2019-2020 Student Ambassador for the UNT Dance Program; Assistant to the Artistic Director for the Faculty Dance Concert 2020 at University of North Texas
Ideal job in 10 Years: I would ideally love to be a part of or start my own non-profit that provides opportunity in the arts for underserved communities. I also have aspirations to be on an artistic or administrative team for a performing company (dance or theatre).

Xavier Vilar-Brasser
BA in Creative Writing, minor in Philosophy, Northwestern University
Area(s) of Interest:
Music, PR/Marketing
Experience:
Capstone project of creative nonfiction essays on mental health and addiction published in print & engaging in the DIY music scene in/around Chicago
Ideal job in 10 Years:
Starting a record label/management agency focused on providing smaller scale, hands on support to upstart bands in the DIY/house show setting in a manner that demonstrates a clear break from the exploitative conditions faced by independent artists.

Qian Wang
BFA with emphasis in Arts Administration and Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Area(s) of Interest: Visual arts, Fine arts, Photography, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work
Experience: Exhibition intern at UCCA Beijing; Student Staff at the Sullivan Galleries Chicago; Co-curator of two group shows at 062 Gallery Chicago.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: To be a creative director of a multi-faceted cultural institution.

Tianyi Wang
BA in Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Photography, Video/digital media, PR/Marketing
Experience: Have an internship experience in ELLE magazine
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Be an editor or work in an advertising company

 

Peri Warren
BA in American Studies, Occidental College
Area(s) of Interest: Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Received highest distinction on American Studies senior compositions on Black Business; recently featured on Panel Powered by Nike
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Creator, curator, and cultivator of several conscious enterprises: consulting, wellness, etc.

James Weir
BA Political Science, DePaul University
Area(s) of Interest:
Music, TV/film, Visual Arts, Performing arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience:
Pitchfork Music Festival and Millennium Park live performances
Ideal job in 10 Years:
Music Publishing and supervision

Paulina Wersocki
BA in Music Production & Engineering, Berklee College of Music
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Managing a team of customer care agents at an audio software company
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Running my own company

Jourdyhn Williams
BA in Anthropology/African Studies, University of Notre Dame
Area(s) of Interest:
Music, TV/film, Performing arts, Dance, PR/Marketing
Experience:
During undergrad, I acted and worked as an acting coach for an annual monologue series centered around diversity and inclusion
Ideal job in 10 Years:
Creative Executive in TV/Film

Adam Winer
BFA in Musical Theatre, Emphasis in Dance and Devised Theatre, The Boston Conservatory
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Performing arts, Theatre, Dance, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing, Immersive theatre and events
Experience: Performed a principal role in “The Donkey Show,” directed by Diane Paulus, every weekend at the American Repertory Theatre throughout undergrad (on roller skates!); in addition to working as a professional actor and dancer across the country, I have also played vital roles in organizing for systemic change and advocating for justice and organizational shifts in arts institutions.
Ideal job in 10 Years: Performer, Writer, Showrunner, Director, Producer, Chief Creative Officer. We shall see!

Xuankun Zhang
BS in Televison, Radio and Film / BS in Economics, Syracuse University
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Photography, Video/digital media, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience: Microfilm called Farewell Video during the undergraduate school.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Professional leader in film industry

 

Tianyi Zhao
BS in Entertainment and Arts Management, Drexel University
Area(s) of Interest: Visual arts, Fine arts, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship
Experience: My most significant work experience is my previous entrepreneurship experience of funding the art gallery. In 2019, I founded a commercial art gallery in the biggest design center in my hometown Xi’an and led several successful projects. Developing the gallery from the scratch to the first exhibition, I took the lead in almost every single step. Through this experience, I gained insight into the art market and organizations, and confirmed my interest in the creative industry. Unfortunately, the gallery has to be closed due to the epidemic. But I wish it could be my long-term and sustainable business in the future.
Ideal Job in 10 Years: After gaining years of work experiences and accumulating industry insights, I plan to keep driving my own start-up project and develop an integrated platform to help and promote creative artists to make profit and value for their intellectual properties.

Wenyue Rita Zhao
BS in Managerial Economics / BA in Cinema and Digital Media, University of California, Davis
Area(s) of Interest:
TV/film, Visual Arts, Fine arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing
Experience:
Co-Founder of Xiaocun, Inc., an online lifestyle platform; Individual Director/Cinematographer
Ideal job in 10 Years:
Establish my own advertising agency and help small or medium sized entrepreneurships to promote their ideas and products

Chen Zhou
BA in Music & Visual Studies, Bryn Mawr College
Area(s) of Interest: Music, TV/film, Visual arts, Photography, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Have my own music studio about film scoring

 

 

Yiwen Zhu
BA in French Literature, Fudan University
Area(s) of Interest: Fine arts, Theatre, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, PR/Marketing
Experience: Participated in a cobranding campaign with Giant Panda Research Base
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Marketing / Art organizations

 

Ziyu Zhu
BA in Communication, minor in Film & Cognitive Science, University of California, Los Angeles
Area(s) of Interest: TV/film, Theatre, Video/digital media, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship
Experience: Director for 2020 UCLA Spring Festival Gala; Stage Manager for CFan Chinese Theater’s production “The Birthday Party”
Ideal Job in 10 Years: Director for a variety show/TV series/Film in China