MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER

2018

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS

Student Affairs has new team members! Please make them feel welcome and stop by their offices (located on the 6th floor next to the student lounge area) and say hello! 

CAREER SERVICES

Juliet Barrett, Career Development Coordinator 

juliet.barret@columbiacollege.edu | Room 669

 As Career Development Coordinator, Juliet is a primary resource for students in helping them develop professionals skills during their Flashpoint journey. Her work focuses on developing relationships with the students through counseling specific to their goals, as well as designing programming relevant to their needs. She organizes workshops, panel discussions, and industry outings as consistent resources for students to explore professional strategies. She also oversees the annual Internship Fair and provides support for students during the Career Fair as they navigate employment opportunities. If you see her around campus, say hello and schedule a time to meet! 

STUDENT SERVICES

Will Hampton, First Year Experience Coordinator

will.hampton@columbiacollege.edu | Room 668

As First Year Experience Coordinator, Will is the main point of contact for all first year students at Flashpoint. His focus is to help new students with their transition as they adjust to culture here on campus. He organizes workshops, social events, and weekly meetings so first year students can learn different strategies to be successful in the classroom, as well as enjoy their time out of the classroom as well. He supports students academically by monitoring their academic progress throughout the year. His door is always open, and he welcomes the opportunity to learn more about students. If you see him around campus, say hello and schedule a time to meet!

STUDENT SERVICES

Alexis Kamensky, Counselor

alexis.kamensky@columbiacollege.edu | Room 666

As Counselor, Alexis is here to offer counseling services to students. She graduated with her Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. During her time in the Masters program, she participated in extracurricular courses and activities related to diversity issues and social justice. She has worked with a variety of populations including adolescents and adults struggling with issues such as substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma, developmental disorders, and grief. In addition, Alexis completed her undergraduate degree from Columbia College, so she is very much looking forward to being surrounded by and working with so many creative people once again!

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

Tyler Cameron

Digital Media, Postproduction

Expected Graduation: March 2019

Tyler is a current Digital Media, Postproduction student and he recently secured an internship with Periscope Post & Audio. Tyler's first day is Wednesday, September 5th. We asked Tyler a few questions about his new internship and here's what he had to say!

What are you looking forward to as an Intern with Periscope Post & Audio?

I am looking forward to interning at Periscope because they are a Post House. I want to work in a Post House when I graduate, so interning at one first will help me learn about entry-level positions.

How will this internship contribute to your professional development?

This internship will help me meet industry professionals that want to help me move along in my career.

What do you hope to learn from this internship?

I hope to learn about the hierarchy of a Post House. Most importantly, I want to learn how to do a great job as a runner (starting position) so I can move up the ladder faster.

What advice do you have for current students interested in pursung an internship?

My advice is to attend networking events. I try to go to the Midwest Independent Film Fest once a month. This payed off for me because I had already met my interviewer at Periscope at this event so, he already knew what I was about.

Do you plan to pursue additional internship opportunities?

This will be my fourth internship and I would like to pursue one more before I graduate.

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

Desmond Huey

Film

Desmond is a 2018 Film graduate and he's currently an Office PA with Empire Season 5 / 20th Century FOX Television. We asked Desmond a few questions and here's what he had to say!

What do you like most about working as an Office PA with Empire Season 5 / 20th Century FOX Television?

What I like most about working as an Office Production Assistant with Empire Season 5 / 20th Century FOX is being at the center of it all. I’ve always been sort of a Jack-of-All trades, an all over the place, have my hands in a little bit of everything type of guy so working in the office of such a large scale high caliber show such as Empire is great. It's both challenging and incredible. Empire is largely a stage centered show so I have the ability to see it all go down in the background / office and sometimes even on set. I see everyone and everything (for the most part.) There are such interesting characters here. No one tells us how to dress or how to be. Everyone is just themselves. It's different than any other job I’ve worked. It’s cool because I get to see the cast in their natural  environment. I get to see them as themselves and not as the characters they play. The people I work with are amazing. This job would be much harder if it were any other crew.

What has been the greatest challenge you have encountered working in your current role and how have you overcome it?

My greatest challenge working as an Office PA thus far has been adjusting to the overwhelming hours that we are required to work in this position. With this job, when you’re on, you’re on. We work anywhere from 12 - 16 hrs a day / 5 days a week. When you consider travel time, getting ready, and getting sufficient rest you quickly realize that there just isn’t enough hours in a day. In a way, I appreciate this though because it has made me realize even more just how important my time is. Anything that wastes this precious commodity, I try to cut it out as fast as possible. It's a blessing in disguise; having less time available to me has made me more efficient than ever before. When you look at the big picture, its all just part of the refinement process.

What would you say is one of the most important assets to have in your industry?

 

In this industry, there are a lot of skills you’ll need to have in order to succeed. One of the most important however is the ability to withstand and recover from stress and hardship. In other words, you must be resilient. With 12 hr minimum work days, with very little breaks, and/or no downtime It’s easy to burn out. Often times you’ll find yourself in high pressure situations, dealing with big egos, with little to no food or sleep. You may even have stuff going on outside of work waiting on you when you get home to deal with as well. How do you deal? Keeping a positive attitude, staying calm, resting when you can, and appreciating the little things are all crucial in your success. Though you may be under pressure; taking the time to make sure that you are thorough and getting the job done right will also serve you well in the long run. Still, remember that no one is perfect; you will make mistakes. Just learn from them and move on.

 

In your opinion, what should candidates new to the industry avoid in order to succeed?

In order to succeed in this industry, it is my opinion that one needs to avoid high expectations. Getting started you will likely have to start from the bottom and work your way up. This will certainly take some time. You may end up stuck doing jobs that are far removed from what you aspire to become. Hang in there though. Be observant, stay humble, and say “Yes". Being a PA is a great way to learn the inner working of the industry and can be a great stepping stone into what you truly dream of.

 

What advice do you have for individuals specifically interested in your field of work?

It’s all about who you know. Even more important than your ability to do the job is your ability to be personable. In this industry, we spend countless amounts of hours with the people we work with. Sometimes you spend more time with them than you do your own family. For this reason, it is incredibly important that you are an overall good person, a team player that can work well with others. Even if you’re not that good at what you do yet, if people like you, you’ve still got all the chance in the world.

 

What piece of advice do you have for Flashpoint candidates preparing for the job search?

Get the work done early. Don’t wait for graduation to start soliciting your talents. Utilize the resources provided for you at the school. Work on as many projects as you can. Do as many different jobs as you can. Most importantly, go out and network, network, network! Again, It’s all about who you know. You have to be seen to get noticed. Say yes to every opportunity even if you have to do some stuff for free. In the long run, you’ll benefit from the experience gained, the connections made, and work you’ll have to show. You never know who you might run into. One of your classmates may be the next Spielberg. Maybe you’ll be the next, but you have to put in the work first.

 

How did your experience at Flashpoint help you join your industry?

My experience at Flashpoint made all the difference in how I got to where I am now. Before Flashpoint, I basically had 0 off camera experience in the industry. I literally learned majority of everything I know about creating films and media either at the school or as a result of having gone to the school. Thanks to the Career Services department and the connections I made at Flashpoint, I landed an Assistant Director Office Intern spot on Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq. This was my first official gig and it was only my first year of school. Having this experience early was key. I learned a tremendous amount in Pre-Production there watching and helping Spike and everyone put the film together. I was then promoted to a paid Set Production Assistant which taught me a ton about on-set production as well. From there, the connections I made on that film spawned a Day Player PA career that sustained me all throughout the rest of my 3 years at Flashpoint and ultimately landed me the Full-Time office PA job I have now all before I ever graduated! I am blessed to have studied the art of filmmaking at Flashpoint Chicago.

 

What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire Flashpoint candidates came along?

If and when an opportunity to hire Flashpoint candidates comes along, which for me often does because of my Chicago Production Assistants Facebook Group that I started with former Flashpoint student Dequita Tate, I look for hunger, drive, personality, and professionalism. I want to know that if I send you out you’ll work hard and ultimately leave a positive impression on the client so that in the future they will consider hiring us again. I absolutely love providing opportunities for my peers and I strive to create a positive experience for everyone. 

What did you like most about attending Flashpoint?

My favorite thing about attending Flashpoint was how personal it was. I felt like the class sizes where just enough to where you can really get to know your teachers and they can really get to know you. It's possible for everyone to get plenty of one-on-one attention if need be so that one can really hone in their education. Secondly, I loved how hands-on the school was compared to other schools in the area.

Name one thing that made you choose Flashpoint over other colleges?

I chose Flashpoint over all other colleges because it felt exclusive. When I first entered the space I felt free. Free to learn, free to grow, free to create. The artwork all over the walls and around the school was and is incredibly inspiring. The staff, the history all felt like, when it comes to media, this was the place to be... and I can say with certainty, after graduating the 4 year Film program, it was.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

If I had to do it all over again I would do more of what I was already doing. I would take more risks, I would make more films, I would do even more work, and I would meet even more people. I would soak up as much knowledge as I absolutely could. You get out of school what you put into it. So give it your all. Conversely, I would also do more for myself. I spent a lot of time trying to please others. I would, the 2nd time around, be even more focused and make sure that I took care of myself first then spread the love.

Could you share a fun fact (or two) about yourself?

Fun Fact #1: Growing up I thought that I would become a professional wrestler for WWE or some other wrestling organization. It was actually how I developed my first love of acting, being on camera, and putting on a production. Little did I know it would ultimately lead me into a life in film and television although not in the way that I originally expected.

 

Fun Fact #2: I was born with what is known as a preocular sinus, which apparently only 1% of people on the planet have. It is basically a little hole on the top of my right ear that connects to my sinus cavity and allows for extra pressure relief in case of congestion. Thus, I never have sinus issues. It’s technically a deformity but, in this case, it's a good one!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

SEPTEMBER 10th, 2018

START OF FALL SESSION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS!

If you wish to check out a laptop and/or power supply from the I.T. Department, you MUST LEAVE A FORM OF ID 

(such as a Driver's License or State ID) with the I.T. Department while you are borrowing a laptop and/or power supply.  This ID WILL BE RETURNED to you when you bring the equipment back to the I.T. Department.  

 

 

Please note that NO LAPTOPS AND/OR POWER SUPPLIES CAN BE CHECKED OUT WITHOUT LEAVING AN ID!!! There will be no exceptions to this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You MUST LEAVE A FORM OF ID (Driver's License or State ID) at the InfoCommons service desk as well if you wish to use the TV, Blu-Ray player, and/or one of the gaming systems in the InfoCommons (XBOX360, PS3, Wii). Your ID WILL BE RETURNED when you have returned all borrowed remotes and/or controllers.  

 

TIGHTEN UP YOUR PITCH
 

You have 30 seconds—what would you say to a hiring manager to land yourself an interview? What about your LinkedIn—is your profile search optimized? And let’s talk about your resume —does it grab someone’s attention in six seconds or less? You’ve navigated the job market before. But now, as a mid-to-senior level creative, you want to better refine how you market yourself.

Grab a coworker or a friend, and join us for The Creative Group and AIGA Chicago’s new series aimed at helping you figure out the next step in your career.

Agenda
6:00 PM — Mix, mingle, and grab refreshments
6:30 PM — Presentation
7:30 PM — Q&A

Ticket Pricing
$10 Student Members
$15 AIGA Members 
$25 Non-Members 

WHEN

Thursday, September 6, 2018

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

WHERE

Flashpoint Chicago, a Campus of Columbia College Hollywood

28 North Clark Street, #500

Chicago, IL 60602

Please enter the building at 111 W. Washington St. and take the elevators to the 5th floor. (Tell security you're going to Flashpoint Chicago and they will direct you to the correct elevators.) On the 5th floor you can check in at the front desk. If you have any problems finding Flashpoint, you can reach the security desk at 312.506.0725 and they can direct you. 

"BREAKING THE SILENCE" FILM SCREENING

Please join Dara Sanandaji and Freddie Bell as they host the official public premiere of Golden Rule Films' groundbreaking new documentary film, "Breaking the Silence," at the Davis Theater in Chicago on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. This event is RSVP ONLY. Space will be limited, and seats will be allocated on a first come-first serve basis.

You will be able to check-in at the lobby area in the theater when you arrive on the day of the event.

After the screening, the hosts will invite two special guests on stage to participate in a panel discussion, complete with an interactive audience Q & A session.

The Davis Theater also hosts the Carbon Arc bar/restaurant within the building, so guests will have the opportunity to grab a bite to eat afterward (kitchen closes at 10:00 p.m.) and to mingle there as well if desired (bar area closes around 1-2 a.m.).

For more information on the film, please visit:

www.btsthemovie.com

To contact the hosts about the event, please send an email to:

info@btsthemovie.com

For more info about the theater:

https://www.davistheater.com

WHEN

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM CDT

WHERE

Davis Theater, Chicago

4614 North Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

TOE WITH JACK GRACE

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About the Show:

Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm

Tickets on sale Friday 7/13 at 10am

WHEN

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Doors at 7:30 PM CDT

WHERE

Thalia Hall

1807 South Allport Street

Chicago, IL 60608

CHICAGO JOB FAIR

FREE FOR ALL JOB SEEKERS!
Whether you are a seasoned executive-level professional, just beginning your career, or anywhere in between, our events can connect you with as many valuable employer contacts in three hours as you would make in weeks of job searching on your own.

 

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING A JOBFAIRX EVENT:

Open the doors of opportunity when you meet and interview with hiring managers at companies ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. This career fair will allow you to learn about the businesses that are hiring and what their hiring needs are. Tired of sending your resume over the web and not receiving any responses back? By attending this event, you will be able to meet directly with hiring managers and get instant feedback on your resume and possibly even BE HIRED ON THE SPOT!

BENEFIT PACKAGES OFFERED BY EMPLOYERS

  • Salaried Positions

  • Base Salary + Positions

  • Bonuses

  • Commission

  • Life Insurance

  • Paid Holidays

  • Paid Company Training

  • Management Training

  • Rapid Career Advancement


EMPLOYERS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT?
Email Scott Lobenberg at scott@jobfairx.com or call 702-269-1414 to inquire about setting up a booth for your company.

 

INDUSTRIES THAT HIRE AT OUR CAREER FAIRS
Accommodations, Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace, Agriculture & Agribusiness, Air Transportation, Apparel & Accessories, Auto, Banking, Beauty & Cosmetics, Biotechnology, Chemical, Communications, Computer, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Education, Electronics, Employment, Energy, Entertainment & Recreation, Fashion, Financial Services, Fine Arts, Food & Beverage, Green Technology, Health, Information, Information Technology, Insurance, Journalism & News, Legal Services, Manufacturing, Media & Broadcasting, Medical Devices & Supplies, Motion Pictures & Video, Music, Pharmaceutical, Public Administration, Public Relations, Publishing, Real Estate, Retail, Service, Sports, Technology, Telecommunications, Tourism, Transportation, Travel, Utilities, Video Game, Web Services

WHEN

Monday, September 10, 2018

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT

WHERE

Crown Plaza Chicago West Loop

733 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60661

ANIME - JAPANESE CULTURE

Participants will be encouraged to explore the Japanese culture using Anime. As a group we will produce some simple drawings using the Japanese language. We will also explore the Japanese culture by sharing some past experiences with Anime.

WHEN

Thursday, Sep 27, 2018

8:50 AM CDT

WHERE

Proviso East High School room 112

807 S 1st Ave

Maywood, IL 60153

MIDDLE COAST FILM FESTIVAL

After four years in Bloomington, Indiana we’ve packed up and moved to Chicago where we’ve made enough friends to put on a killer program that we can’t wait to share with a new audience.

 

Our home is the historic Davis Theater in Lincoln Square where we show films in six categories:

  • Narrative Features

  • Narrative Shorts

  • Documentary Feature

  • Documentary Shorts

  • Episodic

  • Experimental

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Our focus is to connect our filmmakers to a smart audience, who will for sure question what they just watched…which is why they come to film festivals in the first place (we hope). Middle Coast’s goal is to provide an inclusive, uplifting, and affirming community to makers and audience members alike. We have worked to build a jerk free fest and we ask all of our audience, supporters, partners, and sponsors to help us maintain this.

 

Join us September 21-23 for great cinema from local, national, and international makers, irreverent panels, amazing networking, a free headshot, and our signature drink (the Drunk Flamingo).

WHEN

Friday, Sept 21 - Sunday Sept 23, 2018

WHERE

Davis Theater, Chicago

4614 North Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

CAMPUS CLUBS

Now Recruiting for Clubs!

Now recruiting for clubs!

Feel free to let us know via email if you'd like to start your own club or join an existing club.

flashpoint.studentservices@columbiacollege.edu

The more the merrier!

INFO COMMONS / LIBRARY

COUNSELING CENTER

Alexis Kamensky, M.A.

Counselor

OFFICE HOURS:

Monday - Thursday: 10:30am - 5:00pm CST

To schedule an appointment or in the event of an emergency, 

please contact Alexis at:

flashpoint.counselingservices@columbiacollege.edu

HOURS

MONDAY - FRIDAY

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ADDRESS

28 N. Clark St. 

Suite 500 

Chicago, IL 60602

CONTACT                               

Students (Career Services)

flashpoint.careerservices@columbiacollege.edu

 

Students (Student Services)

flashpoint.studentservices@columbiacollege.edu

 

Alumni

flashpoint.alumnirelations@columbiacollege.edu

 

Employers

flashpoint.employerrelations@columbiacollege.edu

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emailing us HERE!

 

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