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Meet the Arts Professions Panelists: October 21st, with Cheryl Krugel-Lee, Deena Sami, Katarina Wong and Michael George

On Tuesday, October 21st, the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development will host an Arts Professions Panel for students who are interested in the arts, design and entertainment industries. Among the panelists will be Cheryl Krugel-Lee, Deena Sami, Katarina Wong and Michael George. 

Cheryl Krugel-Lee

Cheryl Krugel-Lee is a Brooklyn-based composer, arranger, and orchestrator, whose work spans both the commercial and classical worlds. Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Music degree from New York University, where she studied primarily with Ira Newborn. She has composed scores for theatre productions and films, orchestrated for musical theatre, collaborated with choreographers and created numerous works for a concert setting. Cheryl has had her music performed at Carnegie Hall, Jones Hall in Houston, Texas, Dixon Place, and The Actors Temple Theatre. Cheryl’s professional advice for students interested in careers in the arts would be:

    • To pursue their artistic goals.
    • To get involved with the arts administration of an organization as these organizations can offer opportunities from within that might not be available to people not working in that specific environment. On the other hand, in case one decides that he/she is no longer interested in pursuing a purely artistic career, having experience at an arts organization helps later on with other kinds of work.

Deena Sami

Deena Sami is currently an Associate Producer for CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. Deena graduated with double majors in Journalism and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and minored in Politics. She interned anywhere she could get her feet in and gained “real world” experiences that she believes are crucial to landing a job. Deena’s passion for “everything Middle East and Egypt” led her to pursue a thesis on the 2011 Egyptian revolution. On an unrelated note: she’s an (amateur) foodie and started an (amateur) blog chronicling her creations in the kitchen! 

Katarina Wong

Katarina studied Classics and Philosophy at St. John’s College and, until recently, was the Director of Community and Curatorial Engagement at Edelman, the largest global PR firm, where she started their corporate art collection and art gallery as a Curator. Katarina will be launching her new business MADE on 10/16, which is dedicated to making art collecting more social.

Her personal and professional advice to students is:

  • Follow your curiosity even if it leads out of your primary area of specialty.
  • Be generous with your colleagues, whether it’s sharing information, donating your time or being supportive. In fact, on a networking level, artists, freelance designers, and many others in the arts industry are small business owners, so be smart.
  • Be knowledgeable. Don’t shy away from learning about marketing, legal issues that affect your future work (e.g., contracts, consignment agreements), taxes (and deductions!), etc.

Michael George

Michael George is a freelance editorial portrait and travel photographer based in Brooklyn, who graduated with a degree in Photography & Imaging from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. Michael currently runs his own business and works for clients such as WIRED, Runner’s World, and Hello Mr. magazine. Mr. George’s career advice for aspiring artists is:

  • To pursue personal projects alongside the work that helps keep financial stability. As you keep your passion alive for the work you really care about, eventually your paid and personal work will be one in the same.
  • Prove your skills to a possible hiring manager. For example, if you want to make travel work, pinch your pennies and travel.
  • Be patient. You will invest a lot and you will often fail, but you have to give yourself the necessary time as every industry forces you into years of paying your dues before you feel like your head is above water. Not everyone is going to be the next Ryan McGinley. Success is a strange mix of luck, networking, and incredibly hard work.

To hear more from these great panelists, make sure to RSVP  for the Arts Professions Panel (Tuesday, October 21st, 12:30-1:30) through CareerNet!

Law School 101 Tomorrow Night

Come hear an overview of services and resources for pre-law students. Get advice on becoming a competitive applicant for law school and learn strategies for connecting with mentors. Tips for finding part-time jobs and internships in law and related fields will also be discussed.The event takes place Wednesday, March 5th at 5:00pm at The Wasserman Center. RSVP here.

Meet the panelists:

Kathryn Espiritu, Director of Admissions, Fordham Law
Lesley Stumphauzer, Campus Recruiter, Freshfields (International Law Firm)
Kenneth Beehler, Attorney and CAS Alum, LeClairRyan
Terron Ferguson, Current Law Student, NYU Law
Ethan Weber, Product Manager-Institutional Programs Kaplan

Insights into the Brooklyn Naval Yard and Ecologic Solutions Site Visit

Shauna Sexsmith, a Public Relations & Corporate Communication graduate student and Wasserman@SCPS Program Assistant, attended last week’s site visit to The Brooklyn Naval Yard. Below is her account of the visit to one of the largest sustainable industrial parks in the United States.

As part of NYU Spring at the Square, the NYU Wasserman Center hosted a visit to the Brooklyn Naval Yard, a national model for sustainable urban industrial parks and home to modern manufacturers that are tech-driven and socially responsible.

Our first stop was BLDG 92, a building with LEED Platinum certification, that is also a public space that showcases the history and innovation of The Brooklyn Navy Yard – from the Revolutionary War to the transformation in jobs and industry happening in New York City right now. For over 15 years, much to my surprise, the Navy Yard Development Corporation has operated an on-site Employment Center, and is dedicated to connecting local residents to employment opportunities with any of its 330 tenants or local retailers. To give you a little context,  for 150 years the Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard houses 300+ designers and manufactures working towards increasing a greener way of life.

At the center, they specialize in placements for job seekers of all skill levels, with emphasis on local residents (including NYCHA residents), Veterans, and individuals with experience in the following sectors: industrial/manufacturing, tech, sustainability, green design, hospitality, and warehouse/distribution to name a few. They also provide: placements both inside and outside of the Yard, assistance with interviewing & other “soft” skills, training and education classes and support services post-placement. For further information about the Employment Center please email/call at: ecenter@brooklynnavyyard.org | 718-907-5996.

Back on the tour, our second stop was EcoLogic Solutions (ELS), a sustainable corporation specializing in manufacturing and distributing environmentally friendly cleaning products. The mission of ELS to provide their products to an array of industries — food service, hotels, and educational institutions. By providing sustainable products, EcoLogic Solutions helps businesses green their operations, while keeping costs low. We learned how their products are made and had insightful and inspiring Q&A session with the company’s CEO, Anselm Doering.

At the end of the tour, I got to thinking: since the days of the Industrial Revolution, we’ve tied manufacturing to smoke stacks and polluting factories. But today’s generation of manufacturers — with a keen eye on environmental impact — are cleaning up the sector’s reputation through use of cutting-edge technology, highly efficient processes and a broad array of natural materials that are both high quality and eco-friendly. More than a few of these companies are housed in the revitalized Brooklyn Naval Yard. Our ability to choose, to decide for ourselves the type of world we want to help create and live in, has never been so readily available, as it is at The Yard.

Develop A Personal Website To Land A Dream Job

Are you preparing for an interview at a marketing firm, talent agency, communications bureau, or advertising agency? Are you curious about how to prepare yourself for the “creative professions”?

Apart from attending Acing the Interview for Creative Professionals on Thursday, November 7, at 12:30pm at The Wasserman Center (Presentation Room A), check out our guest blog post from Wix.com’s Ariele Krantzow on how to supplement that dazzling interview with a stunning web presence!

So, you want to land the perfect job or internship, but there are 100s of people applying for the same positions. Ask yourself: How can I stand out from the masses? A website of course! Wait, you don’t know how to code? No worries, here are some tips to building a killer personal website, no code needed.

1. Write a personal statement. How are you different from the 1000s of other recent grads out there? What do you really want to do? Maybe even make it into a video!

2. Use a professional photo. No, not that photo of you from last week’s party. Have good light, make sure your hair is neat, wear a nice top, look at the camera, and snap.

3. Go to Wix.com and create a FREE account. Choose one of the 100% customizable, no-code-necessary templates, and GO!

4. Connect your professional social media channels to your site using the many integration tools available.

5. Showcase your resume on the site using the Instant Resume app. Don’t forget to add a downloadable version of it as well.

Happy Happy Building!*

*If you ever need help with your online presence you can always head over to the NY Wix office (Wixlounge.com) and sign up for a free in-person support session.

About Ariele:

Ariele Krantzow is the Training and Support Manager for Wix.com. With a graphic design background, she teaches a series of classes to local small business owners, creative, and university students ranging from how to build a Wix website to marketing your business online. If you can’t find Ariele at the NY Wix Lounge, make sure to check out the other Wix offices around the world!

Attend Acing the Interview for Creative Professionals on Thursday, November 7, at 12:30pm at The Wasserman Center (Presentation Room A)! Get industry-specific insight on the different components to interviewing for creative positions.

What’s Next? Entrepreneurship

Ever thought about starting your own business or getting involved in an exciting new venture? Come on out to the Wasserman Center for What’s Next? Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30pm. Here, entrepreneurs will share tips for making an impact on and off campus. Hear their stories and gain helpful tips for your career exploration.  Click on the links below the panelists’ names for more information and we hope to see you there!

Jasmin Hume
BenchPals, Inc.

Sonia Kapadia
Founder & CEO
Taste Savant

Joe Landolina
CEO and Co-Founder

Brian Shimmerlik
Co-Founder & CEO
Vengo / TaxiTreats

Sam Slover
Co-Founder – VP Technology
Learn It Live

Business Card to Relationship

The opportunities to network in New York City are endless.  Between Meetup.com, Eventbrite, and the NYU Wasserman Event Postings, we are hardly short of chances to meet with handfuls of useful, diverse contacts within our prospective industries.  However, after a networking event, the last thing you should have is only a handful of colorful business cards. The NYU Wasserman Center @ SCPS’ webinar: Business Card to Relationship gave students actionable steps to change that colorful card stock into a meaningful, real life relationship.

STEP 1: Make Your Connection

The sooner you can make your connection with the contact person, the better.  Generally we suggest that you follow up within two days.  This is the perfect time to ask your contact to connect over a quick cup of coffee or 15-minute phone conversation. You can also reconnect with someone you have lost touch with.  Be sure to mention in your message:

  • Reminder of how you met

  • Why you would like to connect

  • How you would like to connect

After your meeting, be sure to follow up with a sincere thank you note!

STEP 2: Maintain the Relationship After Your Contact

  • (1-3 Months): Send a message to remind your contact of your passion for industry and that you value them as a professional contact.  Lend a “virtual hand” by sending an interesting article or blog post related to your industry or invite your contact to an event that might be of interest to them.

  • (6+ Months): Check in with your contact and keep the relationship active.  This is a great time to share your own personal professional updates and perhaps invite them to a relevant professional event.  Prove that this is a reciprocal relationship by showing interest in their lives and careers as well.

  • 1 Year: If you have completed these steps, you have established a relationship where you are now able to ask for an introduction to other contacts.

STEP 3: Track Your Outreach

Remember to note all of your progress as you begin to reach out to your industry contacts.  This will allow you to plan, prepare, and engage on an appropriate time frame.  You can also write down details of your conversations so you know what details to mention in your follow up.

STEP 4: Set Goals

Develop a plan for networking with achievable goals such as: meet two new contacts every week, schedule one informational interview each month, etc. Schedule an appointment with your NYU Career Counselor to go over your networking plan and help to tailor your correspondence.

Spotlight on Careers in Writing and Publishing Part 2

Meet successful people in the career of writing and publishing! Allison Lorentzen is a Senior Editor at Viking Penguin. Her recent and upcoming titles include the debut novels The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian, A Map of Tulsa by Benjamin Lytal, and Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain. She is proud to publish Orange Prize finalist Monique Roffey, whose latest novel is Archipelago.

Gray Beltran is a multimedia producer and community editor at Atavist. He has written about film and music for newspapers in Southern California, and is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and the literary journalism program at the University of California, Irvine. In 2011, he traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories as a fellow in the Scripps Howard Program in Religion, Journalism and the Spiritual Life.

S. Mitra Kalita is the ideas editor at Quartz. She worked previously at The Wall Street Journal, where she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession and housing crisis. She also launched Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and has previously worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. She is the author of three books related to migration and globalization. She is currently an adjunct professor of journalism at St. John’s and Columbia universities, and previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association.

Want to learn more and meet Allison, Gray, and S. Mitra?  Come to the 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, on April 23, 2013! RSVP on NYU CareerNet here.

The Wisdom of the Humanities: Meaningful Lives and Successful Careers

What values and skills do we carry with us out of classroom into the world, and how can we use them to navigate the choices we face in our personal and public lives?  Wisdom of the Humanities is an annual conversation that offers practical and personal advice on developing your interests and skills in the humanities to achieve success, both within and beyond the workplace.  Sponsored by the Humanities Initiative and the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives, the first Wisdom event was held in  March 2012  and is available for viewing here.  It featured five accomplished women and men of different ages, describing the paths they took after college to build successful careers in a range of professional fields: publishing, management consulting, filmmaking, banking, and public service.

This year, we’ll have an informal conversation, hosted by the Wasserman Center for Career Development, about the experience of Strauss Zelnick, President and Founder of Zelnick Media, in building a meaningful life.  Students will learn first-hand about how Zelnick defines success, and the goals and skills by which he strives to achieve it.  As an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, Strauss majored in English and Psychology, and went on to learn management and law degrees at Harvard University.  Before founding Zelnick Media, Zelnick was CEO and President of three major  entertainment companies, including  BMG Entertainment, Crystal Dynamics, and 20th Century Fox.  He is the author of Success: A Concise Guide to Having the Life You Want (2011):

“When I talk to people about their careers, I often pose the question: “What factor is most highly correlated with success?” The answers I generally hear include: intelligence, education, competence, ambition, perseverance, talent, passion and luck…In my case, I’m often asked how my own professional success came about…Over the years, as my career and interests have evolved, I’ve taken the time to change my goals accordingly, as well as to include personal ones. Knowing what I want and focusing on it has helped me largely to achieve it…The most important thing you can do to achieve the success you desire is to discover your ambition, narrow its scope with as great a degree of specificity as possible, emblazon it on your consciousness and revisit it daily.”


Please join us on Wednesday, April 3, at 5:30 at the Wasserman Center for Career Development.  To RSVP, click here.

We’ll be updating and live-tweeting about the event, so please follow us @NYUHumanities!

Thomas Augst
Associate Director, The Humanities Initiative at New York University
Associate Professor of English


Philip Kunhardt
Director, Center for the Study of Transformative Lives
Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Humanities at New York University


In case you missed it: Day in the Life Social Diva

Did you miss Peg from Social Diva as she took over the @NYUWassEmployer twitter handle? Catch up with her day in the life of a Social Media Consultant by clicking on the logo below!

Want to learn how you can use social media to explore, discuss and advocate for your #socialidentities and #socialcauses? Let’s talk. Or blog. Or tweet. Interact with current media professionals to learn how social media can best be used to navigate and leverage the professional world, gain some career advice and hear about how diversity and identity has impacted their career paths. Lunch will be provided.

Join us next Tuesday, March 26th at 12:00 PM at Kimmel 914 for Making it in the Media: Women in the Media!

Please RSVP via cmep@nyu.edu.
Questions? Contact cmep@nyu.edu.

See how social media affects your job search in the video below!


For more days in the life, follow us @NYUWassEmployer and for career related information, jobs and events, follow us @NYUWasserman!

Women’s Foreign Policy Group 2013 Mentoring Fair

Speed dating? Try speed networking!

The Women’s Foreign Policy Group 2013 Mentoring Fair brought together dozens of foreign policy professionals and NYU students for a night of quick but critical insights to the field.

Even WFPG’s president, Patricia Ellis, participated by speaking on her experience as a journalist for fifteen years.

Donna Welton, with over twenty-five years of experience as a diplomat and arts professional, shared her public diplomacy experiences in Japan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Washington. She emphasized the need for interpersonal skills, as diplomacy is often done one person at a time.

But don’t let event’s name mislead you: several male mentors also gave their vital expertise on how to effectively work the international affairs career path.

Donna was joined by David Firestein, Vice President for the Strategic Trust-Building Initiative and Track 2 Diplomacy at the EastWest Institute, who gave valuable advice on entering a career with the US Foreign Service. David stressed that the State Department’s biggest need is smart people who can effectively communicate, recalling an experience in China where he needed to negotiate with an air traffic controller in order to secure an immediate flight out of the country.

Dan Konigsburg of Deloitte underscored the fact that professionals should bring every part of themselves to their profession, rather than have the two severed. Upon telling me that he never leaves a big event without three business cards, I astutely handed him mine.

With mentoring rounds lasting fifteen minutes each, attendees found the event helpful despite the fast pace. To learn more about the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and future mentoring fairs, visit http://www.wfpg.org/.

Written by:
Serhan Ayhan
Vice President, NYU International Relations Association
Master’s Student, Politics Dept