Thursday, February 18, 2016

Emily Abt (CAS’ 97), Director, Writer and Producer, shares her Advice for Aspiring Independent Filmmakers

Selected as one of Variety magazine’s “Top 10 Directors to Watch,” Emily Abt is an award-winning filmmaker dedicated to creating fiction and documentary projects with social-issue themes. She has produced content for broadcast on PBS, MTV, Showtime and the Sundance Channel and also directs documentary-style commercial campaigns.

Can you tell us about your experience at NYU?

I loved my experience at NYU. One of the advantages of going to NYU is that you can work through your career-related interests and aspirations during your time as an undergraduate student. I always had some kind of internship in the city. While you are getting your academic education, at the same time you can have a professional education.

What did you study at NYU?

I was a Politics major with a Sociology minor. Politics’ Professor Lawrence Mead was an incredible mentor to me. I wrote my thesis on welfare-to-work programs and welfare reform. And I ended up working at America Works as a caseworker after being introduced to it by Professor Mead.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gianna Toboni (LS ’08, CAS ’10) on being named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media

Gianna Toboni (LS ’08, CAS ’10) talks about being named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media and her work as a Producer and Correspondent on HBO’s Emmy-winning documentary show VICE

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What did you study at NYU? 


I studied Broadcast Journalism and Politics.
How did you become involved in reporting? 


The summer before my Sophomore year, I applied to work at ABC News as an intern. At that time, they didn't accept interns before Junior year, so I wasn't eligible. Despite them making that guideline very clear to me, I continued to politely bombard them with reasons why they should make an exception. After sending many unanswered emails and making phone calls, I finally received a note that I had been accepted into the program. In that moment, I understood the power of pestering. That persistence ended up going a long way once I started working for ABC News full-time.