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Andy James (Alton), MEDC 2012

You might have known him as Andy Alton.  He studied Film Production and Media Communications.  Minored in Theatre.  Graduated in May of last year.  Today, he is known as Andy James, agented Screen Actor’s Guild-American Federation Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) member, and producer and distributor of a weekly comedic podcast called “Daddio Patio.”  He is also a Whiskey Bootlegger on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. You might have also seen him in the Jason Robert Brown musical, The Last Five Years.  Or you might have seen him in any number of things, as he’s been taking on extra roles and doing stand-in gigs, photo doubling, featured spots, and principal roles.  You will soon see him as a stockbroker in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street, to be released in November.  As if that’s not enough, in his free time, Andy says he’s been dabbling in stand-up comedy and improv.  How does he do it all?  If you ask him, it’s not a complicated equation. Continue reading

Ashley Lam, ’11, Freelance Production Assistant: On Hollywood. And Crocheted Beards.

This is Ashley Lam.

Photo 547Ashley graduated in May 2011 with a BA in photography. Now, she lives and works in Hollywood, where she freelances as a Production Assistant. She’s worked on an variety of exciting projects already, including the game show Oh Sit!; the 2012 Burt Reynolds film, How Sweet It Is; and the TV series, Through the Wormhole, with Morgan Freeman.

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Like Social Media? How Maggie Gravier ’12 Networked Her Way Into a Job

Meet Maggie Gravier, 22 year-old Photographer at goBRANDgo!, St. Louis, MO.  She also owns her own photography business, Margaret Gravier Photo.

Maggie Gravier graduated from Webster with a BA in photography in Spring, 2012.  But before the ink even dried on her diploma, Maggie had already landed a permanent job as a social media/marketing specialist, which quickly developed into much more.  How, exactly, does that happen?  Five words:  Maggie is a networking machine.

Network Network Network and then Network some more

“In the past year, I have become completely obsessed with social media sites,” Maggie says.  “I have a Facebook page, a page for my photography, Foursquare, two Tumblr blogs, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, a profile on, and Twitter.”  In fact, Maggie landed her current position as a direct result of a twelve-character tweet.

Wait.  What?

“During my senior year at Webster, I did a lot of research on people in the photo and social media spheres in St. Louis.  Jim, being the owner of a video/marketing company was one of those.  We first made contact through social media outlets and then kept in contact through those outlets.  I’ve never been one who can sit still for long, so the week after graduation I was on the job hunt.  I posted on Twitter, ‘I need a job.’  Within minutes, Jim sent me a message asking if I was serious!  We set up an interview for the next week, and BAM!  I became the Social Media and Marketing Specialist at Parabolic Media.” Continue reading

How Whitney Gelnett ’10 Landed a Full-Time PA Job in Los Angeles


Whitney Gelnett (BA, Film Production, 2010) took a leap of faith this year when she packed her bags and headed west to Los Angeles. It took some dogged determination but after four months Whitney landed her first full-time gig. She shares her story and some advice for those looking to follow in her footsteps with SCAN:

I need to preface this by saying that this is by no means all you need to know about getting a PA job. This is just how I did it. I was asked to answer these questions in an interview with a friend of mine and figured I’d post them to spread a bit of what I’ve learned out here so far to those of you back in St. Louis or those of you who are curious. Hope it proves useful 🙂

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Just Landed: Seville Fletcher ’09

sevilleSCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Seville Fletcher(BA, Public Relations, 2009) works as an international logistics and communications manager at Associated Footwear in St. Louis.

SCAN: How did you find out about the job you have?

Seville Fletcher: When I graduated from Webster I was interning at Hughes Integrated Marketing Agency and when that came to an end I began searching any and every where for a position. I eventually found this job through Craigslist.


What helped you most to prepare for the interview?

Running through interview questions with friends and really studying my résumé and thinking about ways I accomplished different things helped me tremendously during the interview. Also, having examples in mind of challenges I’ve faced professionally and how I overcame them is always helpful. Continue reading

Just Landed: Tran Le Ngoc Bich (Lana) ’08

Lana Tran

SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Tran Le Ngoc Bich (Lana) (BA, Advertising and Marketing Communications, 2008) works as a copywriter at Lowe Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

SCAN: How did you find out about the job you have?

Lana Tran: I wanted to start my days in the advertising industry in a creative department. Therefore, I Googled for the names of creative directors and sent out my CV to them asking for a job.

SCAN: How did you prepare for the interview?

LT: I wrote down questions and answers about what I need in my future career, what I can contribute and what I want to learn while working in their office.

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Just Landed: Shayna Robinson ’08


SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Shayna Robinson (BA, Advertising and Marketing Communications, 2008) works as a marketing and programming coordinator at FOX Sports Midwest in St. Louis.

SCAN: How did you find out about the job you have?

Shayna Robinson: The position was posted on the Black Enterprise Web site.

SCAN: How did you prepare for the interview?

SR: I made sure my portfolio was updated and neatly packaged. I did a little research on FOX Entertainment and its many different divisions. I thought of some questions I might be asked and my responses. I made sure they did not sound scripted. I just wanted to be prepared, professional and confident.

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Just Landed: Kevin Huelsmann ’07


SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Kevin Huelsmann (BA, Journalism, 2007) works as a reporter at the Jackson Hole News and Guide in Jackson, Wy.

SCAN: How did you find out about the job you have?

Kevin Huelsmann: I scanned on a daily basis for a few months and sent out my resume and clips to any newspapers that sounded interesting.

SCAN: How did you prepare for the interview?

KH: I actually didn’t prepare for the interview at all. My editor (who was then my prospective employer) unexpectedly called me. I sent my resume and clips a month or two before he actually called me and had dismissed the paper by then. After a few months I figured they weren’t interested.

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Welcome to the new SCAN

It’s not you. It’s us. We’ve changed.

If you are reading this, it’s probably pretty clear we’ve done away with the static format in favor of a blog. This new format brings a fresh image to SCAN and offers more opportunity for alumni involvement. Alumni can search stories by major; peruse the latest photos and videos; and post comments on the things they like. Oh yeah, it’s also coded to be read on a cell phone. How cool is that?

SCAN’s purpose from the beginning has always been to connect all SOC alumni with the school and each other. We hope this new format will help facilitate those connections. We’re pretty stoked about the possibilities.

So let us know what you think. Send us your story ideas and check back often. We’ve only just begun.

Just Landed: Karalynn Miller ’08

Karalynn Miller

SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Karalynn Miller (BA, Video Production and German, 2008) works as video editor at JamesDugan in Sioux Falls, S.D.

How did you find out about the job you have?

I was signed up for every career site I could think of, so I got the listing in my e-mail courtesy of

How did you prepare for the interview?

I looked up a list of common interview questions and rehearsed them.

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