December 14, 1998 Vol. III, No. 8

CSUN to Help Open Doors in the Entertainment Industry

Conference to give Students Chance to Talk with Experts

Breaking into the entertainment industry often can seem like an insurmountable task. Cal State Northridge officials hope to make it a little easier by offering a one-day conference in January that will give future Michael Eisners and Steven Spielbergs a chance to talk with the experts.

The "Entertainment Career Marketplace" will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.

"So many people are interested in working in entertainment, but it's a very complicated industry," said Lani Daniels, the Entertainment Industry Institute. "If you're outside looking to get in, a little guidance from experts in the field can save you a lot of frustration."

Daniels said the conference is designed to serve the needs of entry-level job seekers and mid-career job changers, and draws on Northridge's many relationships with alumni and others in the entertainment arena.

"We want to fill the need by sharing how to enter and succeed in the industry with a professional, but with an affordable event like this - both for our current students and for the community," said Adele Scheele, director of The Career Center.

The day will feature sessions on such topics as animation and special effects; entertainment entrepreneurs; using the studio human resources department; careers in post-production; working in Hispanic media; getting your foot in the door; entertainment marketing careers; and opportunities in themed entertainment. Invited speakers include representatives from such firms as DreamWorks, Disney, Sony and Universal.

Admission, which includes a continental breakfast, box lunch and parking, is $40 for the general public and $5 for CSUN students with ID. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the Career Center at ext. 2887. Registration must be made in advance and space is limited. Updates on speakers and other conference information will be available on the Entertainment Industry web site at beginning in December.

Northridge's Entertainment Industry Institute is a collaborative effort involving the Colleges of Art, Media, and Communication; Business Administration and Economics; Engineering and Computer Science; and Extended Learning as well as the Career Center.

The institute's goals include helping students realize their educational goals in preparation for careers in the entertainment industry; establishing the university as a center for research and creative activity related to the entertainment industry; and fostering mutually beneficial partnerships between the industry and Cal State Northridge.

December 14, 1998

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