NEW ORLEANS—Xavier University hosted an outreach program Monday afternoon to help steer aspiring students into the entertainment industry. Representatives from NBC/Universal, Dreamworks, Fox, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Disney/ESPN, WGNO-TV, Turner, and The Golf Channel offered all kinds of advice about intern and entry-level programs as well as tips about making connections and nailing an interview. More than 50 students from Xavier, LSU, UNO, Southeaster, Northwestern, and other Louisiana colleges attended.
"I really appreciate that and just came to see the opportunities they have for us as African-Americans to join their companies," said Xavier student Meagan Walker.
The entertainment industry workers know New Orleans is a good area for students to break into the business because of the success of Hollywood South.
"I like it here 'cause I have a chance," said Xavier student Candice Noel. She and her friend, Erica Mansfield, both want to work in the fashion industry. They feel New Orleans is becoming a trendier city, thanks to the booming film industry, and they think they can make a good start here.
"So in New Orleans, it's also competitive, but I actually have a better chance of getting to see things and getting to know things and get to meet people and make connections better," said Noel of the opportunities in New Orleans.
"Step outside and see something happening, go upstairs and write about it, send it into a magazine or newsletter that could possibly put it into their production at that time," followed Mansfield.