EPICS Career Corner! Elevator Pitch Essentials

Elevator-Pitch-InfographicThe elevator pitch: the hypothetical situation where you find yourself in an elevator with someone that you want to work with, and you have only the time it takes to travel a few floors to introduce yourself, your value, and a proposition.

Of course, you may never actually find yourself in a literal elevator, but there are plenty of instances where it’s helpful to be able to summarize yourself – either to a stranger at a party, a potential employer at a job interview, or even with an in-law at a family get together.

If ever you have a short amount of time to present yourself to someone, here are some things to keep in mind.

The perfect elevator pitch describes:

  • Who you are
  • What you do
  • What makes you and what you do unique
  • How you do it and who it may affect

Here are some key things to keep in mind:

  • Make it flexible, but know those key elements listed above intimately.
  • Use the pitch as a conversation starter, not a monologue.
  • Use your pitch to ask a question to the person you’re pitching. Questions are what make the pitch a conversation.
  • Be yourself. In all cases and contexts.
  • Be concise. Less is more!
  • Parties, concerts, exhibitions, family functions, etc. All are great practice arenas of the “pitch.”

Written by EPICS Assistant Director Colin DeKuiper, who serves as the main point of contact for students in the Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises program.

Weekly Round-Up (2/22 – 2/26)

Weekly Round Up

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

Los Angeles, CA

New York, NY

Other Markets

Full-time:

  • CBS Radio– US 99.5 Morning Show Producer (Chicago)

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: It’s All About Script Coverage

Hey from LA! It’s been over a month since I’ve started my internships out here. At certain times, it’s hard to believe all this time has passed, as it feels like I’ve been here a week. At other times, I can’t believe it’s only been this long, as it feels like I’ve been here a year. The internships are going really well, and I am thoroughly enjoying what I get to do every day.

Paramount-Pictures-Gate-(web)As I mentioned in an earlier post, I hope to go into screenwriting/development after graduation. Getting jobs in these areas is dependent on other people respecting and listening to your opinions and ideas – and of course – having good ideas and opinions in the first place. At both internships, I have been learning how to professionally express opinion and ideas through my work doing script coverage. For those who don’t know, coverage is essentially a boiled down summary of a script/manuscript, followed by your own evaluation of the material. Coverage can be extremely useful for executives who don’t have enough time in the day to read all the scripts that are sent to their office.  If you ask any RTVF screenwriting professor, or read any interviews with screenwriters, you will find a common piece of advice for aspiring screenwriters is to read. Read everything you can get your hands on. On my first days at both offices, when discussing my career goals, I was given the identical advice. You guess it; I was told to read everything I could. Writing script coverage has been an educational experience in and of itself. As you read through dozens of screenplays and TV pilots, you begin to get a sense of the common elements that help make a screenplay great, and elements that make a screenplay terrible. Sometimes the bad scripts are the most informative. I definitely feel as though my understanding of quality storytelling and the format in general have been drastically enhanced through this experience. Reducing a 100-something page document into a page and a half summary has turned out to be a difficult craft to master. A common difficulty I face in my own writing has characteristically been being concise (hopefully that’s not too apparent in these posts). Therefore forcing myself to tell a story within two pages has been a fantastic exercise that I already see helping me in my own writing. So I guess the advice from all those screenwriting professors holds true.

That’s all for now, till next time!

P.S. update on the weather acclimation issue. It seems as though my body has started to normalize to the southern Californian climate, leading me to fear that I am turning into a 55-degree-jacket-wearing wimp. Uh-oh.

Daniel Goldberg is a senior Radio/Television/Film major who is interning at Disruption Entertainment & Avalon Management during winter quarter. Follow him throughout the quarter to get the scoop on his internship experiences and life in LA!

Announcement Round-Up February 2016

Announcement Round Up

Check out the announcements section of SoConnect for more details

on all the highlighted announcements below.

Araca Project 2016

Applications for 2016 slots are currently available at The Araca Project website and below. The deadline for applications is March 21st, 2016.

The Araca Project is an opportunity for emerging artists to foster their entrepreneurial spirit and produce their own work in an Off-Broadway Theater this fall. The goal is to give recent graduates the tools and knowledge they need to mount a show in New York City.

Selected participants will attend the “boot camp” in midtown Manhattan June 27th – July 1st where they will meet with leaders in commercial Off-Broadway casting, producing, ticketing, designing, and budgeting. Through The Araca Project, artists will take initiative and assume the responsibility of a producer, including: securing production rights from an author; casting; rehearsing; assembling design elements; raising capital; engaging a creative team; loading in and out a physical production; budgeting;  marketing; maintaining a box office/ticketing system, and everything in between.

More information visit the EPICS blog.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools Teach Job Fair

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) will host our 11th annual Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) Veterans Memorial Campus.

Representatives from the state’s charter schools will be on hand to recruit hundreds of teachers, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other administrators.  You can learn more about the fair here.

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools also has a year-round resume collection bank that school leaders are tapping into to find teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators, and more on a regular basis. You can access the online resume bank here.

The Marketing EDGE Collegiate Summit

June 5-8, 2016 | New York City

The Marketing EDGE Collegiate Summit – Digital connects undergrads from across the country with top marketing professionals to explore how leading companies and brands are using digital platforms and data to create innovative multi-channel marketing campaigns.

At the 4-day Summit, your students will have an opportunity to:
– Get industry insights and tips on launching their career in the field by participating in panel discussions and workshops led by highly successful industry leaders and academics
– Build their network and connect one-on-one with peers and professionals while having fun at outings, receptions, and a major industry gathering
– Sharpen their resume and interviewing skills at career development workshops

Additional information about the Summit including this year’s corporate sponsors and the online application (due by April 1, 2016) can be found at their website.

9th Annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium (EALS) 

At American University on March 6, 2016

Each spring, EALS draws students and emerging arts leaders from around the country to meet and engage in dynamic discussion with peers and seasoned professionals about the issues, unique or universal, that affect arts organizations. 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see what other exciting new features this year’s symposium has in store! EALS registration is now open at eals2016.eventbrite.com.

Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities

Bender Virtual Career Fair – Employment for People with Disabilities.

Great opportunity for College students & College grads with disabilities to meet online with employers across the nation – including Apple, AT&T, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Deloitte, Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, PwC, USDA, & More!

REGISTER AT www.careereco.com/register/disability

 

Employer Spotlight: L2TMedia

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With a home base in Evanston, L2TMedia is a growing presence in the Chicago marketing and technology scene. As a digital marketing and advertising agency, they are focusing on all aspects of digital advertising ranging from search engine optimization (SEO), paid search advertising and display advertising to retargeting, social media, reputation management, video advertising and more.  L2TMedia has become one of the premier service providers of digital marketing solutions in the automotive industry.

While based locally, they’ve made a name for themselves by being selected twice as a Deloitte Fast Technology 500 member, as well as one of Inc. magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing private companies for four years in a row — and they are still growing.  Additionally, since its founding, L2TMedia has been selected as one of the Crain’s Chicago Business Fast Fifty, twice.   To help encourage employees to get to know one another, the firm offers free snacks and monthly catered lunches.  And, because they are located in downtown Evanston, the offices are close to the Purple Line.

L2TMedia hires exceptional talent with an interest in digital marketing and regularly invests significant education and development resources to ensure that its employees are the best of the best.  At Northwestern, L2T actively participates in posting opportunities ranging from interns to full-time opportunities focusing on business development, content creation and digital media coordinators.  Several full-time openings for L2TMedia are on SoConnect.  These positions range from a business development representative to a digital media associate.

Discover more about their company by going to www.l2tmedia.com for information about positions, work culture and benefits.

Weekly Round-Up (2/8 – 2/19)

Weekly Round Up

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • 360i
    • Strategy Intern Summer 2016
    • Account Management Intern Summer 2016
    • Insights Intern Summer 2016
    • Media Intern Summer 2016
  • ABC7- ABC7 Internships
  • Agate Publishing- Publishing Intern
  • BMG Talent- Imaging Intern
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater
    • Advancement Internship – Summer 2016
    • Casting Internship – Summer 2016
    • Company Management Intern- Summer 2016
    • Marketing/PR Internship – Summer 2016
    • Marketing/Community Outreach Internship, Shakespeare in the Parks – Summer 2016
    • Production Administration Intern – Summer 2016
    • Education Intern – Summer 2016
    • Stage Management Internship – Summer 2016
  • Communications Strategy Group- Communications Fellow
  • Full Spectrum Features- Marketing/Social Media Intern
  • Gray Talent Group- Summer Internship
  • Hedwig Dances- Marketing and Development Intern Summer
  • Imagination Designers- Internship with Chicagoland Cinematography Company
  • Mudlark Theater Organization
    • Marketing & Development Internship
    • Education and Teaching Assistant Internship
  • Porchlight Music Theatre
    • General Management Internship
    • Development/Fundraising Internship
    • Marketing/Social Media Internship
  • Protokulture- Spring Animation Internship
  • Swank Publishing- Public Relations Internship- Summer 2016
  • The Chicago Council on Global Affairs-  Chicago Council Internship Program
  • TimeLine Theatre- Marketing/Administrative Internship
  • Viacom Inc.- Advertising Sales, Marketing and Research Summer 2016 Internships
  • Victory Gardens Theatre
    • Stage Management Intern
    • Development Intern
    • Administrative Intern
    • Producing Intern
    • Graphic Design Intern
    • Marketing & Communications Intern
    • Literary Management and Public Programs Intern
    • Audience Services and Group Sales Intern
    • Production Intern
    • Stage Management Intern
  • WTTW Chicago / 98.7WFMT- WTTW Community Outreach and Social Media Internship
  • Zapwater Communications, Inc.- Communications Intern

Los Angeles, CA

  • Paramount Pictures
    • Summer 2016 Marketing/Advertising/Publicity Internship
    • Summer 2016 Undergrad Internship – Creative
  • CONAN- Summer 2016 Internship
  • Disney/ABC Entertainment Group- Disney TV Animation – Creative/Production Intern
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences- Summer 2016 Internship Program
  • Viacom Inc.
    • Summer 2016 Santa Monica General Internships
    • BET SUMMER 2016 GENERAL INTERNSHIPS
    • BET SUMMER 2016 PRODUCTION & PROGRAMMING INTERNSHIPS
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment- Sony Pictures SPECTRUM 2016 Summer Internship Program
  • Myriad Pictures
    • Summer 2016 General Office Internship (Film)
    • Summer 2016 Marketing Internship (Film)
  • Carousel Productions- Summer 2016 Television Production Internship
  • The Tornante Company- Development Intern
  • Warner Bros. Pictures- Summer 2016 Internships

New York, NY

  • Bret Adams, Ltd- Summer Literary Intern
  • IFC Films/Sundance Selects- IFC FILMS/Sundance Selects Acquisitions Internship Summer 2016
  • NBC Universal- Late Night with Seth Meyers Summer 2016 Internship
  • New York Theatre Workshop- Workshop Summer, Fall, and Full Season Interns
  • Second Stage Theatre- Summer Student Leadership Forum Intern
  • Songtrust- Publishing Operations Intern
  • Sony Music Entertainment- Columbia Records Big Red Summer 2016 Internship
  • Viacom Inc.
    • Viacom & BET Summer 2016 General Internships
    • Viacom & BET Summer 2016 Productions Internships
  • Warner Music Group (WMG)- Summer 2016 Intern
  • Warner Bros. Pictures- Summer 2016 Internships

Other Markets

  • Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue- Intern for Communication and Fundraising departments (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • First Stage- Marketing and Public Relations Internship (Milwaukee, WI)
  • New Honor Society- Summer Marketing Intern (St. Louis, MO)
  • Revive Health (Nashville, TN, Minneapolis, MN, & Santa Barbara, CA)
    • Corporate Marketing and Practice Development Intern
    • Client Service Intern
  • Viacom
    • CMT Summer 2016 Internships (Nashville, TN)
    • BET Summer 2016 General Internships (Washington, DC)

Full-time:

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville- 2016-2017 Professional Residencies (Louisville, KY)
  • The Chicago Council on Global Affairs- Special Assistant (Chicago, IL)
  • Discovery Networks- Advertising Sales Assistant (New York, NY)
  • The HistoryMakers- Video Production Manager (Chicago, IL)
  • Imagination- Associate Digital Marketing Analyst (Chicago, IL)
  • IMG Artists- Tour/Production Associate (New York, NY)
  • Kargo- Account Coordinator (Chicago, IL)
  • L2T Media (Chicago, IL)
    • Business Development Representative
    • Digital Advisor
    • Digital Media Associate
  • McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ)
    • Production & Artistic/Education Post Graduate Internship Program
    • Arts Administration Post Graduate Internship Program
  • Three Point Media- Videographer (Nationwide)

Freelance:

  • Adventure Stage Chicago- Freelance Film Opportunity (Chicago, IL)
  • Mudlark Theatre Organization (Chicago, IL)
    • Assistant Teaching Artist
    • Assistant Director
  • Ogilvy & Mather- OgilvyU PR & Social Strategy Immersion Day (Chicago, IL)
  • WTTW Chicago/98.7WFMT- WFMT Part-Time Announcer (Chicago, IL)

Araca Project 2016!

aracaproject_logo_horizontalApplications for 2016 slots are currently available at The Araca Project website and below. The deadline for applications is March 21st, 2016.

Araca Project 2016 Application

The Araca Project is an opportunity for emerging artists to foster their entrepreneurial spirit and produce their own work in an Off-Broadway Theater this fall. The goal is to give recent graduates the tools and knowledge they need to mount a show in New York City. The executive producers, Danny Nateman and Phil Blechman, believe in The Project so much that they were participants in previous years and collectively have produced, directed, written, and acted within The Project.

Selected teams will attend project pitches held in New York City on Friday April 22nd, 2016. Each team chosen will have selected production dates during the fall of 2016.

Selected participants will attend the “boot camp” in midtown Manhattan June 27th – July 1st where they will meet with leaders in commercial Off-Broadway casting, producing, ticketing, designing, and budgeting. Through The Araca Project, artists will take initiative and assume the responsibility of a producer, including: securing production rights from an author; casting; rehearsing; assembling design elements; raising capital; engaging a creative team; loading in and out a physical production; budgeting;  marketing; maintaining a box office/ticketing system, and everything in between.

The Araca Project is an initiative of The Araca Group, one of New York’s leading entertainment merchandising and production companies, with operations on Broadway and around the globe. Araca Group’s producing credits include Urinetown, Wicked, Rock of Ages, A View from the Bridge, Lend Me a Tenor, Catch Me If You Can. As merchandisers, they have worked with Elf! The Musical, The Book of Mormon, Once, Shrek: The Musical.