Hawkeyes in Hollywood
By Camden Kent, B.A. Undergrad and Department Student Ambassador
On Friday, November 11th, 2016 I attended an event entitled "Blazing a Trail West: How Two Iowa Law Grads Became Big Names in California Entertainment Law." The main speakers of the event, Zachary Beckman and Andrew Randone, were graduates from Iowa's College of Law who had taken their chances by moving to Los Angeles to make a career in the film and entertainment industry. During the discussion, Zachary and Andrew spoke about their different experiences in the industry and told their inspiring stories of working their way up from internships to their current positions. They also discussed the evolving nature of the entertainment industry, and their particular legal areas, from smaller scale independent productions to the rise of digital streaming services like Netflix. While the discussion was geared towards law students, I found it very informative and eye opening as a cinema major. During the Q&A portion of the event, both speakers mentioned their love of movies, and how cinema classes in their undergraduate careers inspired them to work in the movie business. As a cinema major, it can sometimes seem as if the most obvious way to follow your passion for cinema is through a career in production. However, Zachary and Andrew show that a passion for movies and a strong work ethic can lead to a wide variety of fulfilling career paths.