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Derek Helwig

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B.F.A. Film Production
Class of 2005
Be persistent yet realistic about joining this industry, which is a lifestyle choice just as much as it is a career choice. Once you have made the decision that this for you, be determined. If you know of a project you want to work on, find creative ways to make sure your resume gets seen."

Rebecca Kirsch

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B.A. Screenwriting
Class of 2005
"My advice? Stick together. Film and television, by their very nature, are collaborative media. We’re all in this together, and we’ll get further if we help each other along the way."

Amanda Vo

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B.A. Public Relations and Advertising
Class of 2012
"NETWORK. Seriously, what they say is true—who you know will take you very far. Also, don't be afraid to ask alumni for advice, even if you didn't know them personally! We Chapman alumni like to help out current Chapman students."

Shana Wilensky

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M.F.A. Screenwriting
Class of 2012
"I always ask screenwriting friends to help outline a script before I write. Other people often see problems/solutions better than I can and it's good to iron out the big kinks before writing."