CSU, Chico News

SOTA Productions Brings Music, Media Industry Leaders to Chico

Date: 04-11-2016

Mario Sako, SOTA student
Anita Rivas, SOTA adviser

School of the Arts (SOTA) Productions, KCSC Radio, and CSU, Chico’s Career Center are proud to announce the third annual Networking Skills 101: Music Industry & Media Mixer for students and music, entertainment and media professionals, at Wismer Theater in the Performing Arts Center room 135, tomorrow, April 12, from 6 to 9 p.m.

As with last year’s event, SOTA Productions will provide music industry and technology, recording arts, media and business students the chance to get real-life networking experience and the opportunity to meet and learn from a variety of local and regionally based industry professionals who are well versed in music, entertainment, entrepreneurialism and media. Industry professionals from Chico, Sacramento and San Francisco will be in attendance.

The Career Center will provide a special presentation on networking tips, such as how to introduce oneself and how to properly converse and behave in a business social setting. Following the presentation, there will be a series of break-out sessions in which students and industry professionals will split into four smaller groups. During each session, industry professionals will share their experience with the students, who will have the opportunity to ask questions relating to career advice, internships and jobs.

The ultimate goals of the program are for students to learn how to handle themselves professionally in social and business environments while also gaining valuable insights from industry professionals and possible job and internship leads. Students and professionals are encouraged to develop connections with each other, as they may lead to internships, jobs and business opportunities.

“I attended last year's industry mixer and it helped me gain perspective as to what professional mixers were actually like,” said CSU, Chico student andSOTA Productions Special Events Director Madeleine Mathews. “It allows students to develop confidence in themselves. It was a lot of fun last year, and I can't wait to see how much I've improved in my professional social and networking skills during this year's mixer.”

SOTA Productions Advisor Anita Rivas said, “It's a great way for students and industry professionals alike to make life-long connections that will only strengthen our entertainment and arts community.”

The event is free, and complimentary food and drinks will be provided.