Individual Career Consultations
Career Seminars Workshops
Public Speaking for the Stage and Beyond
Résumé, Cover Letter, and Bio Preparation
Hire Juilliard Performers
Credential File Services
Private Teacher Directory
Equipment and Video Editing
Entrepreneurship at Juilliard
Grants and Other Offerings
The mission of the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship is to provide resources, programming, and advisement that will prepare students for a smooth professional transition, allowing them to navigate a successful career in the performing arts and create new opportunities. Building a career in today's employment environment requires exceptional performance and professional skills. The Center provides a variety of tools to develop these skills and help students and alumni achieve their unique career objectives. The following information provides a brief overview of some of these services:
Students and alumni are encouraged to work one on one with the Center staff at any time. The staff is available to listen to career and project ideas, develop entrepreneurial ideas, help research job opportunities, teach new skills, build strategic plans, write cover letters, review professional materials, and facilitate new connections. Students may schedule individual appointments during normal business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Room 488, by calling (212) 799-5000 (extension 313), or through the online Career Portal.
The Center offers numerous career seminars, workshops, and roundtables the academic year through the Lunch & Learn Series (Wednesdays at 1:00pm), Resident Entrepreneur Series, and Entrepreneurship Intensives. These activities are often scheduled during lunchtimes and early evenings to accommodate the typical Juilliard student schedule. Workshop topics have included launching entrepreneurial projects, networking, producing and marketing a CD, starting an independent theater company, résumé writing, creating a website, grant writing, branding, and various legal, marketing, and social issues. Guest speakers include some of the performing arts industry's top leaders and innovators, such as Edna Landau (a former Director of IMG Artists).
The Center provides one-on-one and group coaching for a variety of speaking engagements and verbal presentations including program introductions, post and pre-concert Q&A sessions, radio interviews, and elevator speeches. Utilizing both written materials and experiential learning, these coachings cover a variety of public speaking basics including how to properly use a microphone, volume control, overcoming speech habits, developing your speaking content, and how to best engage your audience.
Job interviews can be stressful and sometimes confusing. We're here to help prepare you for the various scenarios and questions that might come up in an in-person, phone, or Skype interview. Students and alumni are welcome to schedule a mock interview to help alleviate anxiety and give you the confidence to get the job!
The Center also provides students and alumni with résumé, bio, and cover letter templates that are specifically designed for the performing artist. Templates and information are available in the online Career Portal, easily accessible to the Juilliard community. The Center staff and faculty members of the Music, Dance, and Drama Divisions have co-created résumé and CV templates, bios, and sample cover letters that are commonly accepted by choreographers, conductors, directors, and other professional agents. Individual consultations are available by appointment with the Center staff.
Hire Juilliard Performers (HJP) connects Juilliard musicians with clients looking to hire performers for a variety of engagements such as weddings, anniversaries, corporate parties, and other special events. During the 2014-15 academic year, hundreds of students and alumni performed in and around NYC, generating revenue of over $700,000. Income from these events often helps students pay for professional headshots, demo CDs, professional websites, and typical personal expenses. The Juilliard School recognizes that the students who perform at these events--many of which are high-profile--publically represent the institution. In order to be eligible, students must fulfill certain employment requirements and be in good academic standing. Training sessions for student "group leaders" are held each semester.
The Center facilitates a number of off-campus concert series for various arts organizations, corporate clients, and unique venues. These performances have included regular engagements at The South Orange Performing Arts Center, Brookfield Properties, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and many more. For more information or to be considered for concert series performances, schedule an appointment with Katherine Howell, Assistant Director.
The Credential File Service is open to students and alumni who wish to have their professional letters of recommendation managed by the Center. After opening a Credential File, students and alumni may ask teachers, employers, and professional colleagues to write general letters of recommendation which are then retained in their file. When a potential employer requests letters of recommendation, the Center can mail, e-mail, or upload copies of those letters directly to your potential employer. There is no charge to open a credential file. A small fee for hard-copy mailings may be applied.
The Private Teacher Directory is a national listing of qualified students, faculty, and alumni who teach privately. The directory is available on the Juilliard web site at www.juilliard.edu/PTD. Applications for personal listing on the directory are available in the office or by calling (212) 799-5000, ext. 7314. The registration fee is $45 per year for new applicants and $35 for returning applicants. Membership is free for the first year after graduation.
The Center also has video cameras and audio recording equipment for check-out, as well as basic video editing services. To reserve equipment, first inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.