||Navigating Your Emerson Connections
This panel discussion will demonstrate the best ways to leverage your Emerson connections. Hear from fellow alumni on topics ranging from landing that first job to hiring and managing an agent or head hunter; from making memorable first impressions (the positive kind) to maintaining your connections when seeking prospective employees. Explore the “do’s and dont’s” of professional networking – Emerson style. The panel will also dive into identifying what borough is best for you to what resources are available for finding the best place to live.ALUMNI SPEAKERS:
David Basche ‘90
David Basche played “David” in “Sex And The City 2,”, and he will play the role of Terrence Stamp’s assistant in the new Matt Damon flik “The Adjustment Bureau,” in theatres this July. David has an extensive film, television, and theatre resume that includes:
Film: United 93, War of The Worlds, The Wedding Weekend, Full Frontal, Carry Me Home, I’ll Believe You. TV: The Starter Wife (series lead), Lipstick Jungle (series lead), Three Sisters (series lead), Oh Grow Up (series lead), Mr. Ed (pilot series lead), Frasier (recurring), Miss Match (recurring), Rescue Me (recurring), 30 Rock, White Collar, Royal Pains, CSI:Miami, all the Law & Order shows, Ed, The Division, Player$, As The World Turns. Theatre: Wasps In Bed, Visiting Mr. Green, Snakebit, Singing Lessons, Dating Games, Love In The Age of Narcissism, Macbeth. Regional includes: Hartford Stage, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Rhode Island Playwright’s Theatre, Iowa Shakespeare, Hartford Theatre Works, the Yale School of Drama Cabaret, the Boston Majestic, White River Theatre Festival.
He is a graduate of the acting program at Emerson College and studied in New York with Michael Howard. More info at www.DavidAlanBasche.com.
Stephanie Ellis ’07, Moderator
Stephanie Ellis is an Associate at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery working with the Strategic Marketing team to provide both internal and external communications support to a wide variety of clients in the financial, healthcare and technology fields, as well as several community based non-profits in the NYC area. Additionally, she is the PR Consultant for NYC based theatre company Nylon Fusion Collective. Previously, Stephanie worked as a Transfer Admission Counselor at Emerson College. She worked on the 2006 gubernatorial campaign of Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. Kerry’s 2004 Presidential campaign as well as working at the Democratic National Convention and volunteering with Rock the Vote during the 2004 election. She graduated from Emerson in December of 2006 with a B.S. in Political Communications. At Emerson, she was a member of the Student Government Association, president of the bi-partisan political organization and of her sorority, Sigma Pi Theta.
Alan Mandel ’74, MA ‘77
Alan Mandel is the founder/CEO of Nail Your Next Job, a company that helps job seekers of all levels and professions enhance and perfect job interview skills during tough times. Alan launched his radio career at WECB and later acquired experience in all aspects of radio including promotions, voiceovers, and sales. He hired and trained more than 40 sales people. He has 25 years of experience teaching speech and communication on the university level. In his private practice, Alan has taught Assertive Communication Skills, Interpersonal Communications and other courses at the US Government’s Communications and Administrative Management Institute. For the past 15 years, Alan has been a Wall Street professional and on-air Bloomberg radio commodity analyst covering geo-political and international economic affairs. He was promoted to Senior Analyst/Account Executive at Brimberg and Company. He also had his own commodity trading firm, Alan M Trading Company, from 1996 until 2008 during which time he was a featured speaker at investment seminars for professionals and lay investors. Alan graduated from Emerson in 1974 with a B.S. in Mass Communication and in 1977; he received an M.S. in Speech.
Margarita Vaisman ‘00
Margarita Vaisman graduated from Emerson College in 2000. Having never set foot in the UK before, she decided to pack up and move to London (because why not?), where she worked as a recruiter/headhunter in the new media sector. She moved back to New York in early 2002 and because of a tough post-9/11 job market, had to take an admin job in insurance (as dull as you think it is) for over a year. She finally got a job in publishing and worked for a literary agency (Trident Media Group) for a year and a half, and then a publishing house (HarperCollins) for two-and-half years (free book heaven!). The last three years she has been at Marvel Entertainment where she now oversees social media for the company and is involved in other digital marketing projects. When not updating Marvel’s Facebook status or maintaining its YouTube page, she has a blog called The Diary Project (http://metadiary.wordpress.com/) in which she transcribes her old diary entries and (lovingly) mocks them for entertainment value. She also has an Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/damiella) where she sells prints of her postcard collages. But wait, there’s more! She’s also working on a novel, various knitting/crocheting projects, and a way to fit more hours in the day to actually complete all these creative projects. Someday.
Andrew van den Houten ‘02
A 2002 film graduate of Emerson College, Andrew van den Houten marked his freshman year by producing and co-starring in the independent feature film “Alma Mater.” The film was honored with the Audience Award at the 2002 Austin Film Festival. He founded MODERNCINÉ during his junior year of college. After graduation, Andrew returned to New York where he produced and directed a number of award-winning short films, plus a variety of different television commercials. In 2005, he directed “Headspace,” MODERNCINÉ’s first full-length feature. “Headspace” has received multiple awards and is available on DVD and recently played in heavy rotation on the Showtime Channel and Starz/Encore.
Through MODERNCINÉ, Andrew has produced “Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door,” and “Offspring,” both based on novels by Jack Ketchum. Other feature films include: “Made For Each Other,”and “Home Movie.” Currently, Andrew has started another production company, Doberman Entertainment, releasing its first film, “Rising Stars,” theatrically this fall. Andrew has several films lined up for this year, including the first original film for NBC-Universal’s Chiller Network.
Andrew was recently featured on the front page of the New York Times, “State Backing Films Says Cannibal Is Deal-Breaker.”