2017 CAREER FAIR
Career Services hosted its annual Career Fair on Friday, March 24th. The event was a great success, despite the fact that this year we had more employers present at the Career Fair than students. The feedback received from employers has only been positive and certainly encouraging. Employers are pleased with student's résumés, interviewing skills and portfolios. Participating students also had great comments regarding their experience with participating employers. Students were impressed with the quality of conversations they had with employers and the industries represented.
The employers who participated in this year's Career Fair were:
Flow Motion Media
Dark Catt Studios
Tall Tale Productions
Encore Event Technologies
Filmz By Dre
Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
IATSE Local 2
Vitamin T / Aquent
Smiling Toad Productions
The Sandbox Agency
GUEST SPEAKER: DEMETRA DIAMANTOPOLOUS,
PRODUCTION MANAGER FOR CHICAGO FIRE
On Thursday, March 23rd, Career Services had the pleasure of hosting a Q&A Session with Demetra Diamantopolous, Production Manager for the Chicago Fire TV series. Demetra spoke quite frankly about the TV and Film production industry in Chicago. She offered great insight on what is expected from new candidates looking to enter the production industry and offered excellent advice and tips in regards to what professionals in the industry look for and value from from interested candidates.
GUEST SPEAKER: DARK CATT STUDIOS
On Wednesday, March 22nd, Career Services had the pleasure of hosting Dark Catt Studios, an independently owned and operated multimedia production company located in Chicago and composed of a large number of TFC alumni members. Dark Catt discussed with students and alumni about some of the newest things coming out, which have been making an impact in the film industry, such as 360º productions and Virtual Reality. They also discussed the do's and don'ts of reels. They offered great insight on what the future of cinema is transforming to and carried out a VR simulation with participating students.
Hayley is a 2015 Film graduate who is currently an Office Production Assistant at NBC Universal. We asked Hayley a few questions and here's what she had to say!
What do you like most about working in Chicago's TV Production industry?
I like having a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to go very far very quickly. It's not easy, but you learn a lot in a short amount of time and meet a ton of people. From an office PA perspective, I love watching each episode go from an outline of a script to a finished product and getting to watch each member of the office and crew give 100% to their craft.
What advice do you have for TFC candidates interested in joining Chicago TV Productions?
Network and self-educate. You need to get used to being thrown into a room of adults you've never met and introducing yourself, because as a PA you will be thrown into a crew of 150 strangers and you will have to confidently navigate that. Also, when it comes time to find your next gig, being social, positive, and outgoing is key. I also recommend self-educating about whatever you want to do. There are tons of websites, blogs, Facebook pages, and podcasts about industry topics. Entry level film industry jobs don't come with very much training, so in order to set yourself apart from the dozens of other people clamoring for work, seek out information that will prepare you and set you apart.
How did your experience at TFC help your professional development path?
TFC helped me most in the sense that it got me used to working hard under tight deadlines. It gave me all of the resources to network and get involved in film organizations outside of school. The schooling was great and very informative, but TFC was very upfront that graduation itself wouldn't get us everything. They really encouraged us to take advantage of the school and faculty's resources while we could.
What would you look for if you were in the position to hire new graduates from TFC?
Personality-wise, I would look for someone who is enthusiastic about learning, inquisitive, and not a complainer. Work in this industry can be physically and mentally challenging and anyone who has looked into it should know that. I would look for someone who knows this and is up for the challenge. Resume-wise, it needs to be perfect (no typos, consistent formatting, easy to skim, etc). That piece of paper is sometimes the only thing you have to represent yourself, so make it look nice.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would take more advantage of the free equipment and try to learn more about cameras. I would do more passion projects outside of schoolwork.
What piece of advice do you have for TFC candidates actively job searching?
Go to networking events, screenings, attend or volunteer at local film festivals, see who's who on IMDB and the DGA website, and cold message industry folks on LinkedIn and email based on your research. Do not be afraid to reach out. Sooner or later you will run into the same people and they will know your face, then your name, then the next time they hear of a gig they'll put your name into the pot. Everyone in this industry relies on word of mouth recommendations when hiring, so you must relentlessly self-promote and follow up with people in order to obtain and sustain employment.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, May 7th | 1:00 - 3:00PM
Revel Fulton Market
1215 W. Fulton Market | Chicago, IL 60607
SEX SIGNALS WORKSHOP
Wednesday, April 5th
11:45AM - 1:30PM
At The Matrix (Room 530)
CAP & GOWN PICK UP
Monday, April 24th
Tuesday, April 25th
12:00 - 2:00PM
At The Matrix (Room 530)
**ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS!**
TFC will be instituting a change in policy regarding loaner equipment from the I.T. Department. This change has been in effect since MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!
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.
BRITTANY BAUTISTA'S NEW SCHEDULE!
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
12:00 - 1:00PM
or email email@example.com
to schedule an appointment
CAREER SERVICES WEEKLY WORKSHOPS
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
1:00 - 2:00PM
INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS
CREATIVITY/CONNECTIVITY: MUSIC AND THE HUMANIZING OF TECHNOLOGY
Eric Whitacre is a Grammy-winning composer and conductor whose concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike. A sought-after guest conductor, he has worked with Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer and British pop icons Imogen Heap and Annie Lennox. He also is the creator of the Virtual Choir, a digital project that combines thousands of user-submitted videos from across the globe into a single stunning choral performance. Whitacre draws on this experience to talk about the possibilities that emerge when people are invited to contribute creatively and share their talent with their peers.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
190 South Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
JEFF GARLIN "HANDSOME" MOVIE SCREENING TO BENEFIT RYAN BANKS ACADEMY
Please join Jeff Garlin (actor/comedian/producer/writer) for the movie screening of Handsome.
Handsome was acquired by Netflix and was written by Andrea Seigel (Laggies) and Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs), and was directed by and stars Garlin in a Columbo-style mystery comedy. LA homicide detective Gene Handsome tries to make sense of his life as he solves crime. He's really good at one of those.
The film also stars Christine Woods (Hello Ladies, Perfect Couples), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black), Amy Sedaris (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, BoJack Horseman), Steven Webber (Wings, Studio 60, iZombie), Eddie Peppitone (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Love), and Leah Remini (King of Queens). David Miner (Master of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Vern Davidson (The Goldbergs), and Garlin are producers on the film.
After the movie, Jeff will host a Q and A.
All proceeds from the event will go toward Ryan Banks Academy, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to building Chicago's first boarding school for low income youth. Please feel free to learn more about Ryan Banks Academy at www.RyanBanksAcademy.org.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Music Box Theatre
3733 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
FIRST TUESDAYS: THE VIEW FROM TALL AT MIDWEST INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
The thirteenth annual First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present the festival and critics pick THE VIEW FROM TALL (click here for trailer) at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema on Tuesday, April 4th, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. Declared "a towering achievement" by critics, this Chicago-made drama brings its outstanding ensemble to the festival, following its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Co-director Erica Weiss, actor Michael Patrick Thornton, producer Mary Kay Cook will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.
This screening is being co-presented by festival sponsor VER, which provided the camera equipment for THE VIEW FROM TALL.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM CST
Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
2828 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
MICROSOFT - ADAPTING EXPERIENCES FOR VIRTUAL AND MIXED REALITY
ABOUT IOT ROUND TABLE
We are a group dedicated to discuss the Internet of Things, Predictive Analytics, Data Science and the real business value that an organization can derive out of it. Join industry experts, discuss and learn the benefits of IoT driven processes and learn the cutting edge technologies adopted.
The event will discuss the concepts of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) to allow the attendees to get a better idea about their differences. While Virtual Reality creates a digital environment that is displayed to the user, replacing user’s real-world environment, Augmented Reality overlays the content of digital environment into user’s real-world environment. And Mixed Reality provides an user experience that seamlessly blends the digital content with user’s real-world environment, allowing them to coexist and interact with each other. This session will explain how to consider these concepts during development as well as introduce the new medium of building 3D Mixed Reality applications and games using C#, Visual Studio, and Unity.
Introduction to VR, AR and MR and their differences
How Microsoft HoloLens works
How to deliver 3D experiences using HoloLens
How to build 3D MR applications and games
Tools used for building - C#, Visual Studio and Unity
Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
TECH NEXUS, (CONFERENCE ROOM C/D)
20 North Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
CLASSIC ALBUM SUNDAYS CELEBRATES LAURYN HILL'S THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL
5:30-6:30 pm- Sam will play a musical leadup playlist of artists that inspired or have been inspired by Ms. Lauryn Hill, including Erykah Badu, Aaliyah, D'Angleo, Bob Marley, and Wu-Tang Clan. Free Sam-made Lemonade and Dark Matter Coffee coffee is available to attendees. It's also BYOB.
6:35 pm- Sam gives presentation on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, detailing its recording process and lyrical content, detailing its recording process and lyrical content.
6:45 pm- Sam drops the needle on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Classic Album Sundays, the most popular and respected classic album listening event in the world, is setting up shop in Chicago to expose your ears to a spiritually-charged musical experience like no other. Saturday Audio Exchange, CHIRP Radio, Dark Matter Coffee, and event organizer Sam Willett will be celebrating soulful wisdom behind Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by listening to it in its entirety on vinyl.
[Sam is currently writing the album presentation on the album. An excerpt from that is supposed to go here and should be posted soonish. In the meantime, listen to the album in advance!]
Sunday, April 30, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Saturday Audio Exchange
1021 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
INTRODUCTION TO THE CHICAGO DESIGN COMMUNITY
Join General Assembly and AIGA for a free orientation to the Chicago design scene at The Nerdery.
If you’re a current design student, recent graduate, new to the city, looking to make a transition in your career or just level up, this free event will help you get acquainted with the dynamic world of design in Chicago. During this well-rounded panel discussion featuring some of Chicago’s best and brightest in the design world, we'll cover key events, companies, people, current issues, and career paths in the industry.
Drinks are on us, so come mingle with others in the local design community, and learn something new about Chicago's incredible design community. Plus, get a chance to check out The Nerdery's awesome Chicago HQ!
Sara Novak: Design Director, Elevate
Marina Karassellos: Digital Creative Director, ULTA Beauty
Keri O'Mara: Brand Designer, PepsiCo
Kevin Leahy: Creative Director, VSA Partners, Inc.; VP of Communication, AIGA Chicago
More speakers to be announced soon!
5:30-6:20 pm Check-in and networking
6:15-6:20 pm Welcoming remarks
6:20-7:30 pm Panel
7:30-7:45 pm Audience Q+A
7:45-8:15pm Mingling and wrap-up
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
1033 West Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60607
DIGITALHACK MARKETING SERIES
WANT TO LEARN HOW YOUR COMPETITORS ARE WINNING YOUR CLIENTS?
Join this special Webinar about growth hacking, and learn all the tricks they are using, and how you can win them over!
Ed, will be presenting digital marketing and advertising techniques you could be implementing starting today!
Don't miss out this opportunity to find out the ultimate guide to success for your small business!
This is an intimate, interactive webinar. We highly recommend you to save a spot as we only accept 10 participants.
Register Here to save your seat: http://60minuteswithed.solomoto.pagedemo.co/
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
CHIMIRUS - MAKING ART WORK EVENT
Making Art Work is geared towards aspiring artists and designers—either students entering the creative world or working professionals looking to advance their career. This in-depth workshop will provide insight into the following:
How to prepare and present your work with confidence.
Corporate, studio and freelancing hiring practices.
The intricacies of full-time and freelance lifestyles.
How to approach your next career move.
Understanding the details of job postings and more!
Chimirus is an evolution in specialized digital arts training for the modern demands of the creative industry. We unite talent and focus to create the next generation of artists—from aspiring amateurs to working professionals.
Space is limited, so please RSVP now to reserve your spot! We hope to see you there!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
1812 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60622
TFC CAMPUS CLUBS
Now recruiting for clubs for Spring!
Feel free to let us know via email:
The more the merrier!
9:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 4:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 4:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 4:00pm
ACADEMIC SUCCESS LABS
All academic assistance sessions can be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or walk in during the open session hours:
Monday-Thursday 1-2 pm
Walk ins and appointment
Monday-Thursday 12-2 pm
Walk-ins and appointment
SUCCESS STRATEGIES LAB
(Time management/Organizational skills/Effective communication skills/Overcoming Test Anxiety, and more)
Workshops and appointment
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY LAB
ONLINE STUDENT TUTORING
All services offered on ground
Skype or email papers- Writing Lab
Collaborate in Blackboard- Math Lab
Academic Assistance - PPT, emails as needed and by appointment
To schedule an appointment contact: email@example.com
We’re here to help you succeed!
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