Expected Graduation: March 2019
Adam is a current Recording Arts student and he recently secured a Stagehand/Crew Member position on June 7th, 2018 with Chicago Stagehand. Adam has quite a unique story on how he got hired at Chicago Stagehand, but not only is it a great story, it shows Adam's drive, creativity and determination. Check out his story below!
Originally, I was just searching for pretty much any kind of audio job on various job sites. I even applied for some cruise gig for some reason. There's no way I could actually do that while in school, but I thought it'd be funny anyway.
After searching for a couple of days and not really having much luck, I decided to specifically search for stagehand jobs, since I knew that those were generally entry-level and fairly common in Chicago. I came across Chicago Stagehand's website and I found they were hiring for overhire positions. Oddly, I didn't find this on any other websites at all so it was only on their website on a somewhat obscure page. I also took a good amount of time personalizing my resume and crafting the best cover letter. Within a day I got a text that they wanted to ask a few more questions.
One of them was about a warehouse that happened to be fairly far away from me. About two (2) hours travel time by public transit. A lot of the jobs they offered were at that location and they were questioning whether or not I could actually get there or not. It just so happens that a lot of people who live on the north side would bail on them once they learned of the travel time. So realizing that this was a genuine concern they had, instead of just saying yes, that I could get there, I actually went there the same day. I went to the warehouse, took a photo of it with a thumbs up, and sent it to them saying that it would be no problem at all because I genuinely want to work this job. The owner of the company then emailed me back saying that this was the most impressive response he's ever seen regarding checking that location and that he had little doubt I would be an excellent addition to their team.
So, my interview was scheduled a few days after that at 12:00 Noon. The interview itself went pretty well, and it ended around 12:30PM. I got home around 1:00PM and I didn't really bother to check my emails since I didn't expect anything. She said the owner would get back to me in a couple of days with a decision. Eventually I got around to checking my email a couple hours later and I saw an email from the owner with a job offer already. I checked when it was sent, and he offered me the job at 12:45PM. I was literally still on the bus home when he offered me a job.
I worked quite a bit the first couple of weeks, it eventually slowed down after that with jobs becoming more scarce during the second half of summer, but I love my job. I meet a lot of new people, make new contacts, and work with new people almost every time. It's very demanding physically, emotionally, and professionally. Tearing down and setting up a lot of different sets, working with a lot of different people, and growing your soft skills as well as your knowledge and physical strength. I love it.
It's a pretty cool work story if you ask me. It never would have happened without literally everyone helping me with my professional skills, soft skills, work ethic and everything in between. And of course your (Career Services) help with resume and career building.
We also took the opportunity to ask Adam a few questions about his new job and here's what he had to say!
What have you learned from your experience working with Chicago Stagehand?
I've learned a ton, a lot more than I expected. Even with warehouse work you learn something new, but the biggest learning experiences are the various gigs around town. Every time, you're working with a new client, new work mates, new location, and new equipment. It's an incredibly demanding job, not because any one thing is totally out of my knowledge or skill, but because so many skills are being demanded at the same time. You need soft skills to work with every kind of client in every location and every situation. You need technical skills to know what's what, how it works and how to correctly use it so as to best serve the client as quickly and efficiently as possible. And physically it's very demanding as you're constantly moving heavy equipment and building or tearing down rigging. Everything that I've learned at Flashpoint has helped me be that kind of professional that clients will be satisfied with and will want to hire again.
How has your employment with Chicago Stagehand contributed to your professional development?
In only a couple of months of professional work, I've learned how to be that professional. You practice it, talk about it, and learn about it in school, but it won't really click until you're put in that position for real. I'm immensely grateful to all my teachers for modeling that for me and (almost) beating it into me. It would have been a much longer and much more difficult venture without them. Professionalism is something that's not just expected in the industry, it's required if you really want to get anywhere, and this has given me the chance to finally become that professional.
What advice do you have for students actively seeking employment opportunities while in school?
Don't just look around on all the big job websites. Use your contacts. Find the responsible, hard working people and work with them. Ask if people need help with their gigs, volunteer for everything and take every opportunity. Build your reputation for being reliable, hardworking, and dependable, and people will start coming to you. Chat with Career Services!
Oscar is a 2018 Film graduate and he's currently a Locations Assistant with HBO Entertainment Television and Random Productions LLC. We asked Oscar a few questions and here's what he had to say!
What do you like most about working as a Locations Assistant with HBO Entertainment Television, Random Productions LLC?
What I like the most about being a locations assistant on an HBO production is being able to work with all the departments to make a project come to life. The Locations department is involved in every step of the creative process. We are usually the first ones in and the last ones out.
What has been the greatest challenge you have encountered working in your current role and how have you overcome it?
The greatest challenge has been adjusting to a regular work schedule from a school schedule. The locations department is the first ones to open up the day and the last ones to close. With that being said, there are days where we work 16 hour shifts and sometimes 7 days a week. The hours are demanding but the work is thrilling to say the least.
What would you say is one of the most important assets to have in your industry?
A good attitude is one of the most important traits to have. Do your job and don’t complain. People will notice and offer you more work.
In your opinion, what should candidates new to the industry avoid in order to succeed?
Avoid being late, no one will take you seriously if you can’t manage your time correctly.
What advice do you have for individuals specifically interested in your field of work?
The best advice I can give is to take every opportunity given to you. You never know where such opportunities may lead you.
What piece of advice do you have for Flashpoint candidates preparing for the job search?
The most important piece of advice is to network your butt off at all times. This is a small industry and everyone knows each other.
How did your experience at Flashpoint help you join your industry?
My experience at Flashpoint helped me get prepared for the real world.
What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire Flashpoint candidates came along?
I would look for professionalism, punctuality and of course someone who is friendly, since we would be spending a lot of time working together.
What did you like most about attending Flashpoint?
My favorite thing about attending Flashpoint was all the connections I made while I was there. Both professionally and academically, Flashpoint was there to make sure I was succeeding.
Name one thing that made you choose Flashpoint over other colleges?
The hands-on approach to learning is what convinced me to attend Flashpoint.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would not change a thing. My time here was great.
Could you share a fun fact (or two) about yourself?
I am an avid gardener and I love dogs.
Flashpoint's own, Robert Schehr (Film), recently partnered with finecreativity inc., a minority-owned startup that showcases the creative community through videos.
Rob recently edited a few of these showcase videos and finecreativity inc. was so pleased, Rob and the school got a nice mention on the company's Instagram page for one of the recent videos...check it out here!
Not only did finecreativity inc. recognize Rob's work via their social media channels, the founders, Lester and Nela, also reached out to Career Services expressing their appreciation for Rob's referral. Well done, Rob!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
AUGUST 28th, 2018
END of Summer A&B SessionS
AUGUST 6th, 2018
PRIVATE STOCK STUDIOS ON CAMPUS!
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.
PRIVATE STOCK STUDIOS ON CAMPUS!
Private Stock Studios (http://www.pvtstck.com/) will be on campus on Monday, August 6th from 12:30 - 2:00PM to meet with Recording Arts students actively seeking internship opportunities. They will be on the 6th Floor student lounge area, so please feel free to stop by to chat with them, provide them with your résumé and share your work. This is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about them and express your interest in interning with them
Monday, August 6th, 2018 12:30 - 2:00 PM (CDT)
Flashpoint Chicago Campus
28 N. Clark St. (6th Floor Student Lounge Area)
Chicago, IL 60602
INDISTRY PRESENTS: "MOURNING SON" FILM SCREENING AND CONVERSATION WITH
Dave Navarro is a trauma survivor of the highest order. At 15 years old his mother was brutally murdered by her estranged ex-boyfriend. For 8 long years Dave's mother's killer eluded capture while Dave dealt with his deepest, darkest fears through drugs, art and escapism. In a heartbreaking, inspirational journey, Dave confronts the events that changed his life forever. Through revelations from friends and family, to the cold hard facts from police and FBI agents, Dave attempts to come to terms with his mother's senseless murder and the horrific realities of domestic violence.
For the first time ever, INDISTRY brings "Mourning Son" to Chicago!
TICKETS ARE LIMITED and include:
A signature cocktail
Q&A with Dave Navarro and Todd Newman
PLUS after your booking, guests will receive links and coupon code Virgin2018 that gives you access to INDISTRY'S streaming app for 6 months FREE as well as a $50 dining credit (off $100+ purchase) at Virgin Hotels Chicago's Commons Club for the month of August 2018. (Note: you MUST reference code when booking your table).
Friday, August 17, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
Virgin Hotels Chicago
203 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
CLUELESS AT THE DAVIS THEATER!
Grab your Bettys, Baldwins & Cake boys & join us for Clueless on Thursday August 9 at The Davis Theater hosted by Chicago Motha Lucy Stoole!
Prizes for best lewks! We recommend anything to draw attention to your mouth.
All ages welcome
We demand attendees get rowdy, quote, & interact with the film.
Clueless is a classic coming-of-age comedy film starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy. It is loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma, updating the setting to modern-day Beverly Hills.
Don't be the only virgin who can't drive without a ticket --- buy yours now!
Arrive at The Davis Theater at 8pm for Food, Drinks & Photos
the movie will start at 9pm
Dinner that evening should consist of: Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&M’s and like 3 pieces of licorice.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM CDT
Davis Theater, Chicago
4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
KIZUKI ANIME NIGHT
In Kizuki, we are passionate about giving back to our community and we want to invite you to join us!
• Guests who make a charitable donation toward the designated foundation (We recommend $2 per guest) will be able to make a seating reservation during movie nights (Up to 10 reservations per event, rest of the seating is first come, first serve with free admission).
• We will take down your reservation based on your donation amount (Example, $6 donation for a party of three)
• 10% of the Dessert Sales will benefit a specific charitable foundation during the anime night.
Below is the movie night lineup and foundation partners for each week.
08/07/18 07:00 PM Your Name
08/14/18 07:00 PM Ocean Waves
08/21/18 07:00 PM Howls Moving Castle
08/25/18 07:00 PM The Cat Returns
09/04/18 07:00 PM Naruto Night
09/11/18 07:00 PM Spirited Away
09/18/18 07:00 PM From up on Poppy hill
09/25/18 07:00 PM Princess Mononoke
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya Wicker Park
1482 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
HIP-HOP IN CHINATOWN: THE WARM UP (18+)
The Annex, The Alliance 98, and Havas Misfits present Hip-Hop in Chinatown, the Warm Up. A multicultural competition celebrating hip hop artists in Chicago. The Warm Up will feature 10 rappers who will go head to head for a chance to become one of the top 5 artists to perform at our final event, Hip Hop in Chinatown.
Slide through. If you're 18+
Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM CDT
1620 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
NEURODIVERSITY & DISABILITY FOCUSED JOB READINESS WORKSHOP
Image Description: Black text on a banana yellow background with a thin blue, green, and black border on the left reads "Neurodiversity & Disability Focused Job Readiness Workshop. 8/7 to 8/9 12PM to 4PM. Virtual Orientation 8/3 @ 3PM."
Event Description: Join Chicago House's Employment Program for our job readiness workshop exploring barriers to employment faced by people with Neurodiversity and Disability. Our goal is to empower you to take your knowledge, skills, and experience to the next level during this three day workshop by offering topics including individual and group activities, workplace stress reduction strategies, discussion of workplace stigma, mock interview and more.
Workshop Days are four hours each day from 12pm to 4pm Tuesday, August 7th through Thursday, August 9th including breaks. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring their own lunch or eat before the event. Please contact Jane Rhea at or call 773-248-5200 ext. 218 if you have any allergies or dietary concerns.
We offer a one hour Virtual Orientation at 3pm on Friday, August 3rd before the week of the workshop to introduce participants to the facilitator and to each other, as well as to best prepare participants for the structure and expectations of the workshop days. Participants will access the Virtual Orientation through a google docs link, and contribute through the chat pane. Access to google docs and reliable internet is required, but no camera or microphone is necessary. Contact Jane Rhea at or call 773-248-5200 ext. 218 to register for the Virtual Orientation, or if you would like to access the orientation material in an alternate format.
Accessibility: We strive to make Chicago House Employment Program and all our events sustainably accessible and comfortable for everyone. Our 1925 N Clybourn location has a ramp entry in the rear of the building (Call 773-248-5200 for entry) and accessible bathrooms on the 3rd floor. All other entryways and hallways are compliant with Universal Design. Free parking is available throughout the neighborhood behind our location.
We provide ear plugs, hand sanitizer, name tags, and "no camera" pins. We recognize that participants may want or need to take sensory breaks. We welcome participants to express and take care of their bodies and minds as they deem appropriate.
Please keep in mind that our community includes people with accessibility or communication needs that might be different from your own. Please keep workshop space quiet upon arrival for those who may become overwhelmed or have trouble following multiple conversations at once.
We request that all participants refrain from using strong scented body products and do not take photos without permission. We will not use photos of anyone wearing "no camera" pins. We urge you to ask before hugging or touching people, even if you know them well.
Please contact Jane Rhea at or call 773-248-5200 ext. 218 if you have any allergies or dietary concerns. Help us make this Job Readiness Workshop safe, comfortable, and accessible for our community! Contact Jane Rhea at or call 773-248-5200 ext. 218 with any questions or concerns about accessibility.
Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018, 12:00 PM –
Thursday, Aug 9, 2018, 4:00 PM CDT
Chicago House and Social Service Agency
1925 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
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.
The more the merrier!
INFO COMMONS / LIBRARY
Stephanie LaFontaine, MA, LPC
Monday - 10:45AM - 4:45PM
Wednesday - 10:45AM - 4:45PM
Thursday - 10:45AM - 4:45PM
To schedule an appointment or in the event of an emergency,
please contact Stephanie at: