Entertainment Education

By: Gabby Gebhardt

This past spring break some traveled to tropical destinations. Others spent it with family. But a group of San Francisco State University Broadcast Journalism students drove to Los Angeles to get a closer look at the Entertainment Industry.

You heard it right: twenty students including myself hit the road for a week full of media filled activities and insider secrets!

One of the first stops included meeting Los Angeles Community College Professor Jen Vaughn. She is the advisor of a course dear to her heart in the Beca program. Beca 395 close up on electronic media introduces students to the television industry.

During spring break BECA students got a behind the scenes look at television tapings, sitcoms, news stations, and game shows. Alumni Chris Morocco wishes he had the chance to explore more of the industry opportunities before starting his career.

It was good to see the scope of the industry; but it is not expected of students to know their immediate career goals at birth.

Professor Vaughn coordinated a panel of BECA Alumni to educate graduating seniors on what steps to take next. BECA Alumni Chris Morocco explains how the move to L.A. right after school can be terrifying, but possible.

Networking in the entertainment industry is a must to secure a job. Sending resumes is not enough. You have to find the places and those in charge to further your chances of being hired.

Visiting Los Angeles is an exciting and inspiring experience for students, the end goal of the trip is to hone in on our skills and decide our next step in our careers. The best advice for students is to take that leap of faith and do not be afraid to pursue your dream job.

If you want to join in on the beca fun sign up for BECA 395 close up on electronic media in the spring semester of 2019.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @gabbygebhardt and Twitter @gabriellagebSOE!

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