As we speak our career day is underway! Thank you the CHSN PTSA for putting the tools in our hands to make this happen! In addition to stipends for speakers, out new tablets are enabling us to take photos and videos, and load the live!
Period 1: Chantale Bourdage- Scenic painter
Chantale paints sets and scenery for Broadway and film. In 5 years she has worked more than 130 productions!
When asked what qualities you need to work in the industry she has found flexibility, collaboration and ability to problem solve are key qualities.
Period 2: Peter Freed – Photographer
Peter is a freelance photographer who has worked for the New York Times, various magazines, universities and corporations. He is also in the process of creating a book of photographs called Prime.
When asked what skills he thought were important in his field he refereed to the importance of confidence and people skills.
Period 3: Carol Langstein – Art Therapist
Carol works with private clients as well as individuals in institutions.
Period 4: Joe Maire – Commercial producer
Joe demonstrated the production of the creation of a commercial from concept to production. Joe told us some of the most rewarding aspects of the job are building something out of nothing and then realizing that 1 billion people are going to see it.
Maintain relationships and reminding people that you’re around are important skills.
Period 5: Mrs. Diamond, Mrs Rickli, Ms. Dunn and Mr Wolfson – Art Educators
The CHSN Art Department shared stories on their different paths that led them to teaching
Period 5: Robert Stolarik – NY Times photographer
For the past 15 years Robert has taken local, national and international photos for the Times. Among the shoots that Robert has done, he said he is always drawn to natural disasters.
Robert told us that for him, the most important skill he has is caring about the people in his shoots and letting them know he respects them. He feels this is even more important than the shoot or the photo that is taken.
Period 6: Mr Wolfson – Scenic Artist
Always be ready for opportunities and be flexible and open to new experiences and opportunities. Believe you can do anything. And be willing to research.
Period 7: Jennie Marino – Special Effects artist
Jennie has work on Broadway productions, TV series and local theater. Jennie’s dynamic presentation was filled with some of the following tips:
Tips: work and play well with others, play with materials ( explore and experiment), ask questions, be alert, stay connected, photograph your work regularly-even if you think it’s not good, whatever you do, do it well, be willing to do anything.
“How do you eat an elephant? First you nibble the tail.”
“Sometimes you get money, sometimes you get talent, sometimes you get time. You rarely get all three.”
Period 8: CHSN alumni: Nicole Fleisser, Ned Semoff and Hillary Beson
Nicole Fleisher- Graphic Designer/Art Director
Tips- make connections with people, always be true to yourself, take advice, be enthusiastic,keep in touch with people,time management skills have l”eave behinds” at interviews, research your competitors
Ned Semoff- Yearbook Designer/rep
Tips: Take initiative, kae opportunities, don’t just wait for them, must be social media literate- look at favorite businesses and how they use social media (behance.net- social media websites for graphic designers) app design is the future- practice it using I phone size templates.
Hillary Beson- Aperture Not for profit Photography organization- publishing photo books and magazines- development/fundraising assistant ( securing grants and donations)