By Mitch Peyser (MBA ’93)
The Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance of DC (GEMA) held its annual Entertainment and Media Career Panel on October 19, 2011 at Georgetown. Despite rainy weather, The Robert and Bernice Wagner Alumni House was standing room only, filled with students eager to hear from distinguished alumni who volunteered to offer their insights.
This year’s panel included Marcel Arsenault (C ’07), television producer for Sharp Entertainment; Messai Gessesse (L ’01), Director, Business and Legal Affairs, TV One; Amber Harris (MSB ’02), Director, Social Media, Discovery Communications; Charlie Prince (C ’00) Executive Director of both the Lighthouse International Film Festival and the Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival; and moderator, Jody Arlington (C ’93), Co-Founder of the Impact + Arts Fund and Director of GEMA DC.
The panelists described their career paths, the impact of Georgetown on their careers, and also offered insights on how to get started and find success in the entertainment and media industries. There were numerous questions from the audience as well as a lively reception and additional Q&A afterwards.
The GEMA Career Panel is held each year and is supported by the following organizations: Career Education Center; Office of Career Services, Law Center; MBA Career Management Office; The Georgetown University Alumni Association; and Alumni Career Services.