On June 16th, 2022 the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Alumni Affairs Department co-hosted a Virtual Career Meet and Greet for alumni from the NYFA Los Angeles Campus.
The special event was attended by top entertainment companies from the The Nonfiction Producers Association (NPACT). NPACT is the U.S. trade organization for nonfiction production companies, composed of 100+ member companies who produce most of the unscripted content for U.S. broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms.
NPACT previously reached out to NYFA looking to spread awareness among students and recent graduates about career paths in the world of unscripted television.
The virtual event was hosted by NPACT representatives, Michelle Van Kempen and Mike Mistovich. Alumni were paired into breakout rooms with executives from various companies. They shared their resumes, discussed the types of careers in reality television and networked with other alumni in production and editing fields.
Executives attending the event included Gayani Wainigaratne and Lauryn McCollum of Bunim-Murray, Bree Frank of Hello Sunshine, Dan Goldsack of Magical Elves, Dawid Pypec of Industrial Media, Ben Stoddard of B17 Entertainment, Marko Joelson of Renegade, and Susan Rayborn-Miller and Keely Biladeau of Jupiter.
Response from the alumni was wonderful. Yulia A.K. said “I loved this experience; it was good to actually see how interviews go and how questions are asked.” Konstantin S. was contacted the next day for an interview as an editor.
Rumena Dinevska, NYFA’s Alumni Affairs Coordinator and event organizer said, “It was a great collaboration between NYFA and NPACT and we look forward to having another career meet and greet in the near future.”