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  • Harvardwood Suggests... Career Journey

    Tuesday, July 05, 2022 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am - 12:00pm PT / 12:00pm - 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET

    PREREQUISITE: Must have attended The Career Center Orientation | Weekly on Mondays & Thursdays

    **Acts 1, 2 and 3 must be taken in order**

    In order to participate fully in the activities set out during this workshop, you’ll need to use either a computer or tablet and not a phone when signing onto the Zoom link.

    About the Series 

    A central challenge for many performing arts and entertainment professionals is navigating the episodic nature of their work in the industry. For many, survival work—initiated to make ends meet—ends up draining the creative professional and becoming more problem than solution. The purpose of this workshop series is to assist performing arts and entertainment professionals in their search to find meaningful work. Career Journey offers strategies to gain agency over your career.

    Career Journey - Act 1: Who Am I?
    Are you looking for meaningful work to support your artistic pursuits or new career options, but don't know where to start? In this workshop you will begin your career journey by:
    •    Identifying your work values to help you find meaningful work
    •    Identifying your interests to help you find engaging work
    •    Identifying  your personality preferences to help you find work environments where you thrive
    You'll discover what meaningful work looks like for you while developing language you can use in a resume, interview and while networking.

    Career Journey - Act 2: What Are the Possibilities? 
    Now that you know your values, interests and personality preferences, what are the possibilities? To continue on your career journey you will:
    •    Identify your transferable skills
    •    Develop your strategic career blueprint
    •    Utilize career brainstorm techniques to think outside the box
    You'll discover a sense of what is possible in your career moving forward.

    Career Journey - Act 3: How Will I Get There? 
    Now that you have brainstormed potential work opportunities, how will you get there? To continue on your career journey you will:
    •    Navigate labor market research resources and strategies
    •    Learn to develop your network to find people and organizations that can help
    •    Learn how to test work ideas through experience
    You'll evaluate your work ideas based on who you are and what you need to find a meaningful fit.


    More info HERE.



  • Harvardwood Suggests... Writers' Cafe

    Wednesday, July 06, 2022 at 09:00 AM - PDT

    9:00 - 10:00 am (PT) - Quiet Writing Space
    10:00 - 10:30 am (PT) - Optional Breakout Rooms

    Looking to add a bit of discipline to your writing schedule? Then join us for an hour of dedicated writing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 am (PT) in our online Writers’ Cafe. It's the perfect time to join others working on their projects or simply exercising their creative muscles. We’ll have a writing prompt posted to spark the imagination and the room’s chat function enabled if you want to pose a question, get community feedback, or make new connections. It's free, so there’s no reason not to pull up a chair and join in.

    *Please note, we will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a new prompt unless otherwise noted. We meet in the same location each session so feel free to bookmark our Zoom link for future sessions. 

    More info HERE.


  • 11:00am - 12:30pm PT / 1:00pm - 2:30pm CT / 2:00pm - 3:30pm ET

    PREREQUISITE: Must have attended The Career Center Orientation | Weekly on Mondays & Thursdays

    Resilience can help increase your capacity to follow through with your job search strategy, even when you aren’t getting the results you want. The purpose of this workshop is to assist performing arts and entertainment professionals build up their resilience muscles to help overcome common job search snags.  

    About Job Search Seminar:
    This is a 5-unit series that covers the main areas all individuals who are actively pursuing a job search should consider. See below for all unit topics: 

    Interested participants only need to register once via Zoom to access all 5 units.


    More info HERE.


  • Are you looking for a new place to live? Do you need to leave your current housing? During the pandemic, do you need updates on critical housing issues? Check out our Housing Seminar that helps you navigate the current rental market in New York City. The following topics will be addressed:

    • How much can you afford to pay in rent and where can you afford to live?
    • What is the state of housing in NYC and what does the rental market look like?
    • What are the basics of leases, subleases and roommate agreements?
    • What online resources exist to help you find apartments, sublets and room rental?
    • What can you do to get organized and be prepared to apply?
    • What are some helpful tips so you can be more educated and competitive in the marketplace?

    Note: This seminar focuses on unsubsidized housing, room shares, and sublets. If you’re looking to learn more about applying for subsidized housing, please attend the Applying to Affordable Housing in NYC seminar.


    More info HERE.



  • Harvardwood on Campus Student Mixer in LA

    Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 05:00 PM - PDT

    HOC is hosting a mixer for current students in the LA area on Sunday, July 10th from 5-8pm.

    Come for snacks + friends!

    Please RSVP here for details.  

  • Facing career challenges and at a loss on how to navigate solutions? Stuck in your career and feeling overwhelmed? Not sure where to turn to for support or how to ask for it?

    Join Career Coach/Talent Agent Consultant/WG Foundation Workshop Facilitator Jim Arnoff in an interactive workshop that will give you the coaching tools to tap into your inner resilience in ways you never thought were possible. Hear the skills to embrace that resilience to see new options, reach out to collaborators in the most effective way and build confidence powerfully. If you're looking to stand firm in face of adversity and access the resilience that you already have, this workshop is for you.

    Workshop starts at 4:00pm Pacific time.

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

    To encourage attendees’ open participation, we will not be recording this workshop.


    More info HERE.


  • 5pm PST / 8pm EST - Live Online

    What makes a good TV pitch? What are execs really listening for? What are common mistakes? And how does one distill an entire series or movie into 15 minutes?? Join us as Adam and Allison swap questions and discuss pitching from both the executive’s side and the writer’s side. Plus time for an open Q & A.

    Adam Fratto has listened to hundreds of pitches in his roles as VP of Scripted Series at History Channel and A+E Studios, SVP of Series at Reel One Entertainment, and Head of Drama Development at Pukeko Pictures LP, among others.

    Allison Kiessling is a comedy writer who has sold and developed TV pitches with ABC, ABC Studios, TV Land, DC Comics, Warner Bros and Millennium Films.

    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Click here to purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

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  • Join Sundance Institute and Women In Film (WIF) for a session on the evolution of film financing with experienced independent producers of both fiction and documentary features. These producers have sold films in multiple years of the Sundance Film Festival, giving them a distinct perspective on the shifting terrain. We'll learn how the funding landscape has changed, and continues to change from development to distribution, theatrical to streaming, in-person to virtual, and more.

    Panelists for this session include Ina Finchman, Mynette Louie, and Nikkia Moulterie, moderated by Carrie Lozano, Director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film and Artist Programs.

    NOTE: In order to access this event, you will have to sign up for an account with Sundance Collab. Proceeds do NOT go to Harvardwood and Harvardwood is not partnered with Sundance Collab.

    More info HERE.


  • Harvardwood Suggests... Applying for Affordable Housing (NYC)

    Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 05:00 PM - PDT

    Want to apply for affordable housing but don't know where to begin? The Entertainment Community Fund's Applying for Affordable Housing seminar helps participants get organized so they can be prepared to take advantage of opportunities to apply. The application process is explained in simple steps and helps applicants avoid common mistakes. Information regarding assessing your income, eligibility criteria and documentation is discussed to address the specific needs of the performing arts and entertainment community. In addition to information about city-wide affordable housing, information is also provided about the Entertainment Community Fund housing for performing arts professionals. The following questions will be addressed:

    • What is affordable housing and what are different programs?
    • How do you find and apply for affordable housing?
    • What are the eligibility requirements? (Income, household size, etc.)
    • How do the housing lotteries work?
    • Can you get on a waiting list?
    • How do you document your income if it fluctuates year to year?
    • How can you best prepare yourself for an eligibility appointment?
    • What are your options if you are denied?


    More info HERE.


  • Harvardwood Suggests... Post Pandemic Career Pivot Challenge

    Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM - PDT

    Register for free HERE

    Join industries’ top tastemakers to leave a legacy of leadership by advancing to the next step in your career. Speakers include Masi Oka (NBC's Heroes), John Horn (KPCC, The Frame), Remy Merriex (Amazon, Executive Creative Director), Blair Tindall (Columbia, Stanford, Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”), Steven Canals (FX / Hulu's "Pose," Creator), Peter Newman (NYU, Head of MBAxMFA), Jennifer Carreras (Former VP of Comedy at ABC, Young Rock), Jon Cones (Attorney), Kathy Buckley (Deaf Comedian), Regina Ainsworth (DGA, Women's Alliance), Chloe Yellin (Harvard, former Director of Development at Universal, Young Rock), Madisun Leigh (Producer, Writer).

    Our challenge unites the leaders of today and tomorrow to enact innovative strategies for increased representation, equal opportunities, and closing the racial and gender wage gap in entertainment.

    As streaming platforms and tech companies enter the entertainment game, the IVY entertainment summit is the way to stay ahead. For the past 5 years now, we’ve included executives from Apple, Amazon, Hulu, and more because the streaming universe is now.

    Our audience and guests have one thing in common despite their diverse talent: the love of storytelling. By bringing together executives, actors, directors, writers, lawyers, business people and more, this Summit is truly one-of-kind.


    More info HERE.

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