All Work and No Play? Not Quite!

By: Cassie Passantino

Today was yet another jam-packed L.A. day, as we ran from ICM Partners to CBS to the annual DGA dinner! We had a schedule full of networking, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

One of the most prominent pieces of advice I received on this trip was to look for jobs in the mailrooms of different talent agencies. But it was not until today that I saw how truly amazing it was to work in the agency setting.

ICM Partners is one of the top four talent agencies in the business. What caught my attention immediately is that they have offices in L.A., New York and Washington, D.C. I love the fact that there is a variety in where I can start my career, and places to go as my career progresses.

It was also interesting to hear a different perspective on life at a talent agency. The previous alumni we met with provided the perspective of representing actors, which was incredible to hear about! But Bryan Diperstein, our speaker today, actually talked about his career in representing films.

Knowing that he was presenting for a room full of film students, Bryan decided to walk us through one of the aspects of his job: how to sell a script. It truly put into perspective exactly how this aspect of the industry is, and why it is important to have a flawlessly tight script.

Later this evening at the DGA dinner, an event Hofstra puts together for us to network with alumni, a group of us were talking to Scott, a talent manager, and we had the opportunity to pick his brain about the lifestyle that comes with the industry. A bunch of us had been talking throughout the week about how it seemed like having one of these wild careers involved dropping our personal lives completely.

But when Sara asked Scott about this, he had many reassuring words about how it was fully possible to balance work and fun, and still have a life outside of our jobs. He told us that it would be challenging, but at the end of the day to make sure we do not become fully consumed by our jobs, which is a trap that is so easy to fall into.

This advice truly resonated with me, as I do worry about what it really means to work in entertainment regarding the lifestyle. But I am glad to know that there is a way to make everything work once the pieces fall into place.

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