Day Seven

Network and no play

By: Joe Gilberto

Today was the big day: the Directors Guild of America’s Hofstra alumni reception.  The event has been looming over the entire trip, putting our networking skills to the ultimate test in intimate one on one conversation.  It was great to see so many powerful alumni in one room, and getting to revisit past alumni we had met on this program. I was excited to see Ben Mehlam, a writer who has been featured on The Black List, and Michael Boord, who does post production on Netflix’s “Ozark.”  They gave me wonderful advice on how to get into the writer’s room in the beginning position of a writer’s P.A. and work your way up from there. I also go to see Ariana du Manoir of Lionsgate and she could not have been more helpful. She helped explain the process of distribution, and the development responsibilities she had as well.  She was so kind and even offered to read anything I write and give me notes on it, which is an unbelievable opportunity for someone starting out as a writer to get feedback from an industry professional. I also got to see Stephanie Leke again, a documentary writer and discuss with her what it is like to write in the industry. I got her opinion on pursuing a master’s degree in screenwriting and she gave me wonderful insight into UCLA’s continuing education courses on screenwriting.  Later, I ran into David Olsson, a content writer for Frderator, Little Monster Media, and StudioBinder. We got to talk about writing fellowships and picking the best spec script to write to get noticed. The night was amazing and I got to really connect with many great Hofstra alumni.

L.A. inspiration

By: Connie Castilla

We did so many interesting things yesterday, but the highlight of the day has to be the alumni reception. There were around 40 alumni, and all of them were super welcoming to us. I talked to some recent grads including Sam Thor and Mackenzie Carroll, who were also part of “Hofstra in L.A.” the previous year and who made the big move to come to L.A. I was glad to see them and hear their experiences of coming to the west coast and applying for new opportunities, especially since this trip has given me strong feelings about working here. 

There were also well-established alumni, some of whom we had already talked to at various meetings like Mike Boord, Ben Mehlman, Stephanie Leke, and Jonise Boyd who were very kind and happy to see us again. It is so important for me to start building connections and new friendships with the alumni who not only can lead me to more opportunities but also teach me about hard work and passion for this industry. 

Working in the entertainment industry is hard. I knew that when I arrived to Hofstra almost four years ago, but I was willing to risk everything to someday be part of the exciting world of storytelling. For that reason, it was so impressive to see how many Hofstra alumni move to L.A. and worked hard to achieve very great positions and accomplishments. I feel that seeing them succeed gives me hopes that I can do it, too, that I can follow my passion for storytelling as a career.

Thank you to all the wonderful alumni we met. You are definitely our inspiration.

Networking, networking, networking

By: Kat Holm

I made a big discovery this morning. I have never once considered applying for a job at a talent agency, but Bryan Diperstein, a prominent figure in the world of literary agents, may have just convinced me to do so. It is very clear to me that I don’t aspire to become an agent, but what Bryan taught me is that starting off at an agency is beneficial for whatever area of the industry of which I wish to be a part. Agencies provide you with so much insight into how the entertainment industry is run and knowledge that is difficult to learn anywhere else. I know, for a fact, that I will be looking into positions at talent agencies for this summer.

After traveling around Culver City, it was time for our big night of networking to begin. At the event, I was able to reconnect with some of the alumni I had met previously at the Emerson panels. Speaking with Angel Acevedo again, I learned more and more about how YouTube works with production companies to create their original series. I found out that two areas of YouTube Originals that I might be interested in working in are with the production executives and the talent department. I conversed with several of the younger alumni I had met earlier such as my friend Johanna, as well as Jonise, David, and Stephanie. The networking event setting is much more comfortable for me; I enjoyed being able to have conversations with the alumni about anything and not just being confined to talking about work. I’m looking forward to building up my relationships with all of the people that I met tonight!

Mom, I made it to the DGA

By: Aliyah Dinkins

My professors would be so proud! Today, the group and I stepped foot in the Director’s Guild of America for a reception. What made this reception significant, besides its location, was the fact that it hosted Hofstra faculty, alumni, current Hofstra students, and potential Hofstra students, all in the same room eating, sharing laughs, and networking. An awesome opportunity for everyone involved, we all had aa chance to network across, as well as network up. As a campus leader, I was very exciting to talk to these budding students and help them in any way that I could. I recall being in their shoes, and I would have loved the opportunity to mingle with current Hofstra upperclassmen and people who have since graduated. 

For me, the reception was eye-opening, anxiety-inducing, exhilarating, and scary. Even though I was a bit nervous about awkwardly starting conversations or making an awkward exit, I managed to talk to a wide variety of people that gave me vital advice. A group of people that I stumbled into (I was literally backing up without looking and fell into two friends having a conversation) ended up being former television production and studies majors, just like me. The three of us shared big laughs about common professors we all took, discussed our hobbies/interests, as well as our plans for the future. From there, I was introduced to other alums who gave me even more helpful tips. Overall, I handed out many of my business cards, strengthened other relationships I created recently, and also built new contacts. Another productive day here in L.A. Until we meet again… 

Full circle

By: Joe Unda

Another day in L.A., another day of thought provoking meetings.

Our day started at ICM, where we met Agent Bryan Diperstein, who seemingly moves a million miles a minute, nonstop. Bryan gave great insight into how he, as the agent, plays such a huge role in not only getting productions done but putting them all together. He’ll read a script from a writer he represents, choose the best actors, producers, studios, and so much more to be a part of it, while being there for every step of the process. From the script edits, to the bidding wars, Bryan is right there in the action. These escapades, to me, sounded like they would be rewarding to put together in the end and actually really exciting. The craziest part about it all is that Bryan is monitoring up to fifty of clients, all in different roles. The man is a machine and has some gained some incredible connections and stories along the way. 

Our next stop for the day was at Sony Studios, where we got to meet up with Unit Publicist Linda Colangelo. Linda had an amazing story, following the same theme of not really having a particular route in her career. Hearing how she maneuvered and ended up where she is was fascinating and really refreshing. After our chat, we were lucky enough to go on a little tour of the studios, and I had no idea how much work in movies and TV Sony had really done. What I really wasn’t expecting, was to see the RV and car from one of my favorite series, “Breaking Bad.” I cannot remember geeking out quite like that in a while. 

The night finished with an incredible networking event with a lot of Hofstra alumni and even potential students to start in 2020. This was where something special happened for me. A potential student who wants to study film approached me with questions about the program and Hofstra, as a whole. I felt such a want and urgency to help and give all the information I could. After I finished my conversation, it struck me that I was doing just what the amazing people on this trip have been doing for me. Now, I know why they want to help.

This trip is moving too fast.

Day eight, let’s do this. 

Time flies when you’re…networking

By: Marissa Santorelli

Today, I was able to take over the LHSC instagram story and had a blast posting content all day! We started our day meeting Bryan Diperstein, a literary agent from ICM Partners. He talked to us about his professional journey and was honest about the realities of breaking into the industry. From there, we traveled to the local mall for a group lunch and some free time. We then traveled to Sony Studios and had the opportunity to meet an alumni, Linda Colangelo, who took us through a tour of the lot. We saw the outside of some amazing sound studios, such as ​”Wheel of Fortune​” and ​”Jeopardy!”​ As we traveled through the lot, we spotted memorabilia from incredibly famous movies and shows, such as ​”Ghostbusters​” and ​”Breaking Bad.” ​I got some awesome content for the instagram story and had such a great time. To continue our longest of the ten days, we took our shuttle back to Emerson to prepare and get ready for our alumni reception.

We got to the alumni reception ready to ​network​. So many noteworthy alumni from the industry had RSVPed to attend, so we were all excited to network with them in a more social setting. Alumni began to arrive, and one of the first people to walk in was Sara Whitman, one of my favorite people in this entire world. Sara has been a role model to me since I got to Hofstra, and, purely by coincidence, I followed in her exact footsteps. I joined the sorority she is in, I joined the pre-professional communications fraternity she is in, I took over her role as lead anchor for​ Hofstra Today​ when she graduated, and now, we will both be alumni of the Hofstra in L.A. program. How wild! I have not seen her since she moved out to L.A., so this was an amazing opportunity to reconnect with her. At the reception, I met so many prospective students and alumni, and even had the opportunity to speak with Dean Luk (I am his biggest fan). The atmosphere was wonderful, the food was delicious, and the company was extraordinary. Definitely one of my favorite moments of this trip. Our 12.5 hour day went by in the blink of an eye!

“Who you gonna call?”

By: Caroline Lea

For me, the highlight of today was our stop at Sony Studios. We met with Linda Colangelo, a Hofstra alum and the unit publicist for an Apple TV show, “For All Mankind.” This was one of the more fascinating stops for me. I had never heard of such a position before and loved how unique it was. Linda handles the publicity content such as on-set interviews and behind the scenes videos. She works closely with production, talent, and executives to create content for shows and movies in interesting ways for audiences they are trying to reach. It was also good to know that there are opportunities to work on the set of television shows and work with production crews, while not being hands-on with production. While it would take some PR training, it’s definitely a career I want to keep in mind in case one day I decide I’m just no longer interested in being so hands-on with production. After our discussion with Linda, she took us around the lot of Sony. This was also fascinating as we got to see some famous items from movies and television shows we know and love. The “Breaking Bad” camper was on the lot (pictured, bullet holes and all) as well as two different “Ghostbusters” cars. Another fun thing was passing the studios for “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” “Jeopardy!” appeared to be recording something when we walked by which was cool to see the lights flashing that signal a recording in progress. Lastly, we stopped under this fun rainbow art installation that references a movie made on the Sony lot, “The Wizard of Oz.”

Bustin’ into the industry

By: Kalle Neuman

Today was an absolutely incredible day, and it might be my new favorite part of the entire trip. The meeting with Bryan Diperstein was incredibly inspiring, fun, and eye-opening for me. It was so cool to hear about how rapidly he’s achieved success in his career, and I especially enjoyed hearing about some of the internships he did while he was at Hofstra. I am extremely jealous that he got to work for Conan when he was still hosting “Late Night at 30 Rock,” and he got to intern for Tina Fey during the show, “30 Rock.” I would sell my soul to be able to have either one of those internships, and it was just fascinating to hear him talk about his experiences.
The reception at the DGA was also incredible because I got to connect even more with some of the alumni that I had spoken to earlier on the trip, and it went a lot better than I thought it would. I always get so nervous before events like this because I don’t know where to start, who to talk to, or what to say to them. However, since I had already spoken to so many of them before, it was a lot of fun. I got to have a one-on-one conversation with Bryan, which was absolutely incredible. He gave me such great advice about how to get in contact with people at 30 Rock who work in late-night which is where I want to end up, and I just felt like he genuinely cared about what I wanted to do. He was so kind, funny, and helpful, and he really made a big impact on me. I also made other great connections that I hope will last after this trip is over, and I am somehow even more excited about my future than I ever was before.

A new perspective

By: Heather Konefsky

Today might have been the most influential so far during this trip. Before today, I had only considered two ways to get to where I want in the industry. My first choice was to start as a production assistant and work my way up to a director or producer position. The other option was to start in a larger company as an assistant to an executive whose footsteps I wanted to follow in. Today gave me an entirely new option that I had never even considered.

We began the day with a meeting with Bryan Dipperstein who is an agent at ICM. I went into the meeting unsure of what I would get out of it, since I wasn’t interested in public relations. However, I actually realized that starting at an agency is another way to get started in television. Bryan mentioned that starting in an agency is a way to get to know all the top people at different studios and production companies. Before this trip, I had a very set idea of how I was going to get to my goal, and I did not want to work in anything that was not physical production. I wanted to be hands-on with equipment, as soon as I got out of college. After speaking to all of our alumni, I’ve realized that there are so many different ways to get to my goal, and no one way is better than another. I’ve also realized how interconnected all of these jobs are. I thought with a television degree I would be confined to just working in television, which is definitely not the case. Bryan has a degree in television and is working as an agent, doing very well for himself. We’ve also met with multiple alumni who have journalism degrees and now work in television. I’ve come to learn that the basic skills needed for one job carries over to others. After today, I feel more confident about the future. I might not always work in physical production, but I feel confident that I will leave college with the skills I need to get a job in communications and entertainment. 

Sleeping on the bus

By: Michael Valentino

I think the lack of sleep is really catching up to me because today, it was extremely difficult to get up.  Luckily, we had a really exciting speaker to start the day, Bryan Diperstein.  Bryan is a major motion picture literary agent at ICM.  He was able to share so much relevant industry advice and insights on a variety of topics, most interesting being his process in selling the rights of a screenplay to a major movie studio.  Each step that he detailed added another piece to the puzzle in getting a film purchased and made.  

I hadn’t realized before just how vital agents were in the movie making process. Their power and influence stretches across the entire production, and they are a huge part of the reason films get made.  Bryan explained that an agent’s responsibility is first and foremost, to sell the script, but that they also bring many different people involved in the film making process together.  This can include the writers, the studio, director, producers, etc.

Along with the massive responsibility of getting his writers work, Bryan also has the responsibility of handling the Warner Bros. account.  This means that he must keep his eyes on and be knowledgeable about all their upcoming projects to help ICM clients get staffed on them.  This is a huge responsibility, and it forces agents to not just know their own clients, but also be familiar with all the clients at ICM.  Overall, a literary agent’s job sounds extremely fast paced and difficult, but it is definitely something I am looking into.  

Making new connections on both coasts

By: Christina Morgana

Today might have been our longest day yet! We visited ICM, Sony and concluded our busy day with the reception at the Director’s Guild of America. This networking event gave me a lot of anxiety, initially. I always worry that I am not presenting myself in the best light or that people in the industry will not take me seriously, as I am only a junior. However, it was quite the contrary. Everyone at the event is very interested in what we aspire to do, giving us suggestions on who to approach or how their own career may apply to our future paths.  For example, I introduced myself to a man named Lee Malin, not knowing what field in the business he works in. Before I could even get an answer to that question, he asked me about my current interests and aspirations for the future. As I typically tell people, I hope to do studio work as a camera operator or stage manager, after PA-ing in the business for a few years. Following that, I am not sure if I want to go the creative or directorial route. Upon mentioning my curiosity with the control room, Mr. Malin asked if I had any interest/experience being a technical director. Although I have not yet, I expressed that I would be open to trying anything. He then gave me the name of a TD for “NY 1” that was a fellow classmate of his, Tom LaVeccia.  This just proves that there are connections all over the business, even if people live on different coasts. Malin actually happens to work in security for Marvel, yet he has connections to production people in the media.  Overall, this networking event just solidified how open alumni are to helping and advising us in our future endeavors, whether it be in New York or California.  

Pre-reception meetings

By: Jared Brown

I have immense respect for entertainment agents, and after today, that respect only grew. Bryan Diperstein, who graduated Hofstra in 2009, is a well-known agent at ICM, one of the most significant talent agencies in the world. His primary clients are writers and film directors, and he works tirelessly for them. He specializes in big studio movies, and he gave us a glimpse into his crazy everyday life. He mentioned that “People are attracted to passion.” This stood out to me throughout the meeting because his passion was radiant. He deals with approximately 30 clients at a time and is on the clock 24\7. It would be an accomplishment if I were at least a fraction of how ambitious Diperstein is. He went through the process of how he networks and connecting the dots for his projects. This meeting taught me about a different side of Hollywood than what we have seen for the last week, and it was eye-opening. 

A unit publicist for an Apple T.V. show at Sony Pictures, Linda Colangelo, was very informative during our visit. Interestingly, her major was Rhetoric, which is one of the double majors I am currently pursuing at Hofstra. She is a freelance publicist and worked her way to her unionized position by reputation, word of mouth, and networking. Being a unit publicist is rewarding because it allows Colangelo to work with various people from different parts of the extensive industry. She left Hofstra with no clear direction, but she reiterated that you do not need to have it all figured out upon graduation. Your path will be built for you by your network and passion in the field. Additionally, she gave us a tour and discussed how she caters content to different demographics. 

Later on tonight, Hofstra in L.A. will be attending an alumni and prospective student reception at the DGA. I am excited to be an attendee.  Here, I hope to learn from people who have once been in my shoes as a Hofstra student. 

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

By: Penelope Lopez

“Remember, everything is an opportunity and you do not have to have everything figured out” Linda Colangelo, Unit Publicist at Apple TV said. Today, we had the privilege of meeting with Mrs. Colangelo who kindly sprinkled some words of wisdom into our lives. Over the course of thirty minutes, Mrs. Colangelo taught me that it’s okay to not have everything figured out as long as you network and build connections. As a senior at Hofstra University, it can be very alarming knowing that graduation is approaching and you must have a job lined up. Not only is the thought of not obtaining a job terrifying, it is mentally draining. However, Mrs. Colangelo shared some insightful tips on how to avoid constant meltdowns. For instance, she said it was ideal to have content and to use that to your advantage. Secondly, she recommends networking to anyone and everyone – which was an extremely useful tactic before attending the networking reception later that night. 

Fast forward two hours later and we were all put into a room where we would have to make it count. Here, I needed to break out of my shell and talk to alumni who can potentially change my life for the better. At the reception, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nicole Brajer, Sara Whitman, Delece James, Sam Thor, Jonise Boyd, Olivia Stanchina, Payton Muse and many more successful alumni who collectively told me to take the plunge and make the move to Los Angeles if that’s where I dreamt of being. With that in mind, I decided to weigh out all my options and sleep on this life-changing decision. 

Breaking Free

By: Emmeline Blaner

Going into the networking reception at the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), I was NERVOUS. As an introvert, one of the things I dread most is making my way through one-on-one conversation and not overthinking every word that comes from my mouth. All of this week, the idea of the intense networking that is required in this field has been extremely intimidating, and the idea of being in a room full of people was equally as intimidating. However, one of the main reasons I came on this trip was to grow as a professional, and I knew that networking was one of my weaknesses that would be challenged.

As we entered the DGA, the intensity of the building combined with the prospect of meeting professionals that could potentially help begin my career had nerves coursing all throughout my body. We entered the room, immediately made a run for the food, and gathered in small groups, awkwardly waiting as people filed in. The room filled with both professionals of all ages, but also a few prospective students. Eventually, we knew we needed to leave our clusters and seek out some new people. I decided to ease in by talking with some prospective students and offering some of my own knowledge. Doing this, it became less intimidating knowing that even though we’re all intimidated by people who have been working for years, there are younger students who feel the same overwhelming sense. Being able to be in the position of guiding someone starting out helped build my confidence to speak to some alumni, and I was surprised to find that networking was easier than I thought once I got past the initial awkwardness of introducing myself.

There were alumni that we had already met with that I was able to speak to on another level, and even some new professionals. At the end of the event, I was proud of myself for breaking out of my shell and speaking to people, breaking one of my biggest sources of anxiety. After the event, I feel more confident going into my future professional life.

Good Times at the DGA

By: Julia Farella

Two of the meetings today really opened my eyes to other opportunities in the entertainment industry that I haven’t really considered; talent agent and unit publicist. Meeting with Bryan Diperstein gave me a good into what goes into matching producers to writers and packaging them to networks. As someone who wants to be a future content developer or producer at a large company, it was helpful for me to see the types of interactions I would be having with agents when they are pitching content. After we were able to meet with Linda Colangelo who is a unit publicist with Apple TV. This meeting was extremely interesting because it was a position I never really heard of. Creating content for publicity with actors on set is something that I haven’t considered but I am definitely interested in now. It allows you to work the business and the production end of the project without directly working as a cameraman or gaffer. But nothing was better than touring around the Sony studios lot and seeing sights such as the “Ghostbusters” cars and Walter and Jesse’s trailer from “Breaking Bad.” Overall, both meetings showed me different aspects of the entertainment business and showed me the types of people I will be working with in the future. 

While we were preparing to come out to L.A. the one day that I was least looking forward to was the DGA reception. Networking in large groups is something completely new to me and I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to make a good impression. But I was happy to find out that I was completely wrong. The DGA reception was so much fun because I got to see old friends, make new connections, and speak with prospective students. I was able to speak with students about HEAT, WRHU, and HFC and it felt amazing to be able to talk highly about my college and let them know that the Hofstra experience is special. Also, being able to see old friends such as Sara Whitman was great because she was in our shoes only a year ago and made it in L.A. Everyone we met that night was so friendly and was genuinely happy to see us thriving during our trip to Los Angeles. It just goes to show that the Hofstra community is strong all over the country and alumni will continuously help current Hofstra students on the path to success.

Somewhere over the (Sony Pictures) Rainbow

By: Kathryn Harley

Today was arguably one of my favorite days on this trip so far! Though it was incredibly busy, the people we met and the experiences we had were as helpful and insightful as ever. We first met with Bryan Diperstein, an Agent at IGM. Being increasingly curious about the management and agent side of the industry throughout this trip, I loved hearing about his role and experiences. It provided great context into what it means to be representing clients, particularly those in scriptwriting. One quote from Bryan that particularly resonated with me was “People are attracted to passion.” For some reason this really struck a chord with me, as I believe in being passionate about the work you do, and it was great to hear that validation from someone as experienced as Bryan.

We then travelled to Sony Studios to chat with Linda Colangelo, who is a Unit Publicist for Apple TV. Lauren spoke about her experiences in her role, one of which I was entirely unfamiliar with. Learning more about it peaked my interest and exposed me to yet another route of public relations that I could pursue. My favorite part about this trip has been being exposed to and explained facets of this industry through speaking with professionals, as it’s given me a more well-rounded perspective of the industry and working within it. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and all that it’s given me, but I won’t get too sappy yet. I’ll save that for the final blog post.

Finally, it was time for our Reception at the Directors Guild of America. I won’t lie to you all, I was scared about this event, and anyone on the trip can vouch for that. Though I consider myself a people person, the prospect of speaking with these successful alumni terrified me! However, with a little encouragement from Dr. Gershon and Professor Morosoff beforehand, I found myself genuinely having a great time. It’s extremely rare to have that mix of alumni and faculty  alongside current and potential students in the same room. I knew I couldn’t take it for granted, and it ended up being one of my favorite experiences so far!

It’s Reception Day!

By: Daniella Colletti

Today’s reception day!  Even though we had an amazing time at ICM and Sony Pictures, I wanted to highlight how those I met at the reception greatly impacted my future.  I was able to speak to Lauren Katz again, a publicist at Disney ABC, where she gave me more great advice about adjusting to L.A. life.  

I also had the opportunity to meet Vanessa Powell, a fashion and lifestyle editor, writer, and stylist who is highly involved in public relations.  We began speaking about her work with consumer brands in public relations and more specifically what brands she works with.  After learning about her career, I began speaking about Sunshine Sachs and how I will begin working there in just another week. She told me about how she works with a few women in the Sunshine New York office, who I also worked closely with throughout the duration of my internship (it’s a small world!). We both worked on the accounts for many brands, including AllBirds, while working with Sunshine Sachs.  

This small instance made me realize how it’s such a small world, even when you’re on the opposite side of the United States!  We heard many times from professionals that we networked with in L.A. that “everyone knows everyone” in the entertainment industry.  I haven’t even began working in the industry yet, and I already witnessed this first hand.  The reception was an unforgettable experience and I’m so glad I was able to network with many hard-working professionals.

Representation and Reception

By: Jessica Zagacki

On my seventh day in L.A., our group began the morning with a meeting with Bryan Diperstein at ICM Partners, which is one of the biggest and most prominent talent and literary agencies in the world. It was really fascinating to learn more about the company and Diperstein’s responsibilities as a motion picture literary agent. My mind was blown to hear that he represents anywhere between 35-50 clients at any given moment, and I was especially interested in hearing that he specializes in selling scripts and screenplays to produce big studio movies and even independent films. As someone who has a passion for both television and book publishing, I am very interested in further exploring the intersection of the two. More specifically, I would like to learn more about the job responsibilities of the literary agents at ICM who represent the authors of books that get adapted onto the screen as television series and films. I think that can be a career path worth exploring further and ICM seems like a really great and fast-paced place to work.

Another part of day seven that stood out to me was, of course, the reception at the Directors Guild of America, or the DGA. It was a really cool experience to set foot in a building that hosts countless film screenings and premieres, among other noteworthy events. The energy was electrifying and dynamic. As Hofstra students past, present, and future began to trickle into the room, I could feel an intense sense of camaraderie. Connections were being created as conversations buzzed all around. I really enjoyed talking with several Hofstra alumni, including past Hofstra in L.A. participant and alumni panelist David Olsson. If I ever decide to move out here, I know that the people I meet and the relationships I form on this trip will be beneficial in helping me make the transition to the west coast an easier one.

Forming Genuine Connections

By: Paula Chirinos

Networking is quite possibly one of the scariest parts of this industry. Going up to an executive and forming a professional relationship can be a challenge at times but throughout this trip, I do feel as though I have been able to form genuine relationships with professionals. These are just some of the thoughts that went through my head as my classmates and I entered the Hofstra in LA reception at the Director’s Guild of America. 

I didn’t know exactly what to expect upon entering the building but I knew that so far in the trip, it has certainly been helpful that most of the people we’ve met are Hofstra alumni. My peer, Kathryn and I, were able to closely connect with Chris Maguire, Artist Manager of Maroon 5 and Adam Levine, earlier in the week during our small break-out session. During the reception, Kathryn and I were able to speak with Chris once again and it was evident there was still a genuine connection. I was also grateful to have Professor Morosoff, Adria Marlowe and Dr. Gershon present to introduce each of us to former students that studied similar majors as us. I connected with professionals who worked in PR agencies, media outlets and major companies such as YouTube. After mingling and handing out my business cards for what seemed to be an endless amount of time, I felt a lot more confident about my networking abilities. I also felt good about being dressed up with the rest of my peers and being honored by the Dean of the School of Communications. We all worked hard to be in that very room and the energy surrounding our conversations, were very telling of this.