On Tuesday, February 6th, BAFTA New York hosted a special event for its Media Studies scholars and many of their fellow students at Retro Report. There were over 50 graduate film and television students in attendance with representatives from Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Brooklyn College, CCNY’s Film Program and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
To prepare students for life after graduation a variety of topics were covered, including: how to prepare your resume; interview techniques; how and when to prepare and follow up on a meeting; review of different types of available employment; setting realistic goals; opportunities in New York versus Los Angeles; and the “do’s and don’ts” of Social Media and The Elevator Pitch.
Former BAFTA New York Board Member Patrick Connolly (VP Programming, AMC Networks) moderated the panel and was joined by Maiken Baird (filmmaker), Susan Bishop (Bishop Partners), Jenny Halper (Director of Development, Maven Pictures) and Lorna Thomas (Senior Executive Producer, Investigation Discovery) for a conversation on the major issues students might face after graduation.
"It was great to hear from a diverse group of people about their experience in the industry. I really appreciated the specificity of this event and the comfortable environment that [BAFTA New York] has created for us." Khaula Malik, BAFTA New York / John Grist Documentary Scholar.
"This kind of information is priceless to our students. And it's great to see them networking and connecting to others students and successful professionals." Miguel Macias, Associate Professor and Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies, Department of Television and Radio, Brooklyn College.