Just Another L.A. Devotee

By: Brittany McGowan

The Hollywood sign from the Griffith Observatory

As I write this sitting in an office with the outside feeling like -6 degrees, I think back to the beautiful 70-degree weather that we left on Saturday. Visiting Los Angeles for the first time with a mix of learning and networking (and a hint of touring) was an experience I’m never going to forget.

The view of Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory.

Aside from the tremendously valuable connections I’ve made that will help me further my career both now and post-graduation, I’ve made connections with people that I barely knew, and those who I got on the plane with are now close friends. I was able to bond with people that I go to class with, and I know that these friendships will become great connections in the industry down the line.

The group at the LACMA after our first meeting of the trip
The group at the Friends fountain after our meeting with alum Jay Bastian at Warner Bros. Animation
The group playing in the fog at the Universal Hollywood CityWalk globe
The group on the Friends set on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

While in L.A., I learned so much. I cannot accurately put into words the amount of information that I have to process. It’s overwhelming, yes, but it’s all incredibly helpful. I learned mainly that there is a slew of positions that I didn’t know existed until now. Though I’m studying production now, that doesn’t mean I’ll end up in production by any means. I could go into editing or development or representation, or anything else.

Alum Cameron Kadison with us after a meeting

I have a lot to think about, which is why I’m so glad I went on this trip as a junior, so I have roughly a year and a half to figure out exactly what I want to try and do after I graduate.

The Pacific Ocean from the Santa Monica Pier.

I love Los Angeles. I had an incredible time. I’m not entirely sure if I want to move out there (I say as the roads on Long Island are literally frozen); my heart still stands with New York, but that could change. I’m looking forward to where my future takes me, regardless of what coast I’m on. I’ll be sure to make it out to La La Land again because there’s still so much that I want to know. The only thing I know for sure is that I have to continue to work hard to get where I want to be.

I had an opportunity to be on Entertainment Tonight!

Hofstra in L.A. 2019 is an experience that I’m never going to forget. I’m beyond grateful to have been chosen to participate this year. That’s a wrap for now!

The view of southern California as we flew back to New York

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