Networking is everything in entertainment, and the NUEA routinely hosts mixers for NU alumni and with other schools’ alumni organizations. Some mixers are organized around a theme, such as our Independent Feature Financing & Distribution mixer featuring NU alumni Houston King and Keith Kjarval. Other mixers are arranged around a shared activity, such as karaoke or our popular trivia nights with other schools! The NUEA has also had info session mixers to introduce members to programs such as the Disney / ABC Writers Fellowship and the Nickelodeon Writers Program!
Participants in these signature programs have the opportunity to collaborate with, learn from, and connect with other NU alums in their fields. Please continue reading to learn more about these fantastic NUEA programs!
Many argue that success in Hollywood is all about whom you know. Peer Groups are an excellent opportunity to meet other NUEA members in your field and seek advice from prominent professionals in the entertainment business. A Peer Group consists of about 8-12 NUEA members who share similar career interests in the entertainment industry. Each Peer Group meets with seasoned professionals in different disciplines – acting, producing, writing, directing, the business, etc.
Peer Groups are great for individuals who want guidance in getting started, making a career transition, or boosting their careers. Intended as an informal resource to share experiences, answer questions, provide guidance and perspective, the Peer Groups are a stimulating experience for all – Peer Group Leaders and participants alike.
Peer Groups are organized once a year. For more information about Peer Groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every quarter the NUEA hosts a panel of industry professionals discussing pertinent industry trends and issues in an informal setting. Panels are a great way to learn from experienced pros working in the trenches whether you’re new to Hollywood or just looking to stay on top of the game.
Past panels have covered:
Looking for your first job, or hoping to find a new one? NUEA members have exclusive access to the NUEA job list, which shares great job listings, as well as the occasional exclusive job listing for NU alumni.
The NUEA has revived its annual LA|NU Showcase! Featuring original work written and performed by NU alums, LA|NU is a wonderful opportunity for NUEA members to showcase their talents! Each showcase is centered around a theme (the theme for 2012 was SHOWPOCALYPSE!, inspired by the Mayan prediction of the end of days at the end of the year), and writers are invited to submit scenes to be selected for the show. Once scenes are selected, the LA|NU writers undergo a workshop process with their fellow writers and with established NU alumni writers as special guests. There is then a casting call for the show, and it’s off to the races!
The LA|NU showcases in 2011 and 2012 have played to sold-out crowds during each show’s two-night run. Each show is attended by industry professionals, agents, managers, and casting directors; and many of our LA|NU participants have forged valuable connections and have met with representatives following the showcase.
Check out video from LANU 2012: SHOWPOCALYPSE! here: http://www.youtube.com/showpocalypse
The NUEA hosts short film nights two or three times a year. Filmmakers get a chance to show their work in public and mingle with other aspiring filmmakers in an informal setting. Past short film nights have included traditional short films, documentaries, webisodes, spec television commercials, and music videos made by talented NU alumni. The screening is followed by a Q&A. Friends and guests are welcome. If you haven’t been to one of our short film nights before, please join us. These events have been very popular with members who want to network and meet others who are making films.
If you’re an NU filmmaker and if you have a short film, webisode, music video, short doc, spec TV commercial – anything short format – you would like to screen at an upcoming NUEA Short Film Night, please send an inquiry to email@example.com with the title, run time and an additional information on your material.
The NUEA’s biannual storytelling events bring together ten to twelve NU alumni to share personal stories centered around a specific theme. The selected storytellers workshop their stories together before the performance, which is open to the general public. Stories from past events can be found at the NUEA YouTube page!
The NUEA Script Reading Series provides an opportunity for writers, actors, friends and colleagues to all interact in an informal setting. Actors are cast from NUEA headshot submissions, and at the reading, the actors read the script, following by audience questions and comments for the writer.
The NUEA West will feature your independently produced videos and short films on its YouTube channel, NUTube. Each month, we promote different videos to our membership through our social media channels. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with links to your YouTube videos so that we can make your work part of our community.
The NUEA is thrilled to be able to offer its members discounted tickets to shows in the LA area, as well as tickets to special screenings and talkbacks around town. In terms of film, recently the NUEA was part of a special screening of the film Circumstance with a talkback and reception with director and NU alum Maryam Keshavarz. We were also thrilled to invite members to a local screening of NU professor Debra Tolchinsky’s award-winning documentary Fast Talk, about the NU debate team.
The NUEA also offers discounted tickets to plays in the Los Angeles area. Recently, we have offered discount tickets to 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park at the Mark Taper Forum, followed by a talkback with playwright and NU alum Bruce Norris. The NUEA also supports independent theater and is very proud to have supported the Wild Onion theater company, founded by NU alumni Liza Katzer and Kate Presutti, by offering tickets to NUEA members for a performance of Richard Wakes Up, a new play written by NU alum Andy Lampl and starring a whole host of talented NU alums.
Each year, the NUEA hosts an Oscars viewing party, as well as a Holiday Party / Mixer with alumni clubs from other Midwestern schools, featuring regional food and drink favorites such as Portillo’s Italian beef and Faygo soda!