If you’re a recent grad and/or new to LA, you’ve probably heard someone comment on how lucky the USC and UCLA kids are to have such strong alumni networks. And it’s true -- these universities (and other LA-based schools) are top destinations for those interested in working in the industry, especially because they have various courses of study that are entertainment-focused. Many of these students have known they wanted to work in film and television their whole lives, and, as planned, they join the broader entertainment community in LA after graduation. Yes, these graduates are extremely fortunate to have an extensive local alumni network, and they’re pretty much guaranteed to find at least one fellow alum that might help them find a job after graduation at every major entertainment company. But if you didn’t go to school at one of these entertainment hubs, don’t fear! There are plenty of ways to make use of your college alumni network, and, even if you have to work a little bit harder to find other alums, you’ll likely be able to form even deeper relationships when you finally connect. Regardless of which type of school you went to, here are a few tips for taking advantage of your alumni network:
Most importantly, don't be afraid to reach out! Most people love helping fellow alums and will gladly accept a request for an informational interview. After all, people love talking about themselves, and who better to give sage advice to than a recent grad? If you make a great impression, your contact could become an excellent resource as you start the job hunt.
--Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan