Earlier this June, students and alumni from New York Film Academy (NYFA) attended a career & internship fair, where they mingled and spoke with representatives from multiple industry and production companies currently looking for employees. Some companies needed interns and other were looking to hire. The event was held on June 7 at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood.
The companies attending range across the industry from agencies to magazines to production companies, including Bunim/Murray, one of the largest reality productions in Hollywood, which produces Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Other companies in attendance that met with students and alumni include:
44 Blue Productions
Blue Sky Films
Dapper Bird Entertainment
International Artists PR & Talent Mngmt
JuVee Productions (Viola Davis’ production company)
Osbrink Talent Agency
Red Barre Media
The Robb Company
One of the companies, Red Barre Media, attended the fair last year as well, and met with NYFA MFA Producing alum Gabriela Ono, who made a great impression on them and was brought in for an internship. Ono was later hired as a full-time employee.
NYFA Filmmaking workshop alum Akila Robinson was also part of the fair, representing Warner Records. Robinson is currently Warner Records Vice President of Creative Services.
Students and alumni found the fair both fun and useful. Here are some of their responses from after the event:
Vivian Wu: “I absolutely loved the Career Fair! I went last Friday and I just signed with a manager! Fairs like this give us so much opportunity for us alumni! So incredibly grateful that this was put together for us!”
Alina Averianova: “Thanks to you and the event you organized I got two internship calls – from Darius Films and Dapper Bird Entertainment – with the last one being paid. I have decided to roll with Dapper Bird as they are potentially interested in helping me with shooting my first feature (the proof-of-concept for which I am shooting this semester as my thesis project).
“Thank you so much for the Internship fair! It was a pleasant and fun experience as well as a very helpful one. Instead of submitting depersonalized applications online, I got a chance to talk to people from production companies in person, and I believe that was the key for eventually getting the offer.”
Hongyu: “Thanks to your arrangement I met a talent manager from Dapper Bird Entertainment. We just had a meeting last night. She will become my manager to represent me and help me manage my directing career.”
Nicole Campbell: “I got an interview with Darius Films and I met them today. I’ve been helping out with a talk show with camerawork and I’m looking to get more experience on production. Thank you for the opportunity of attending the fair.”
Employers who attended the fair also had great things to say, and several went out of their way to thank NYFA Director of Career Development and Industry Outreach Barbara Weintraub.