College & Career Resources

Career Preparation Series

We are bringing an online career series April 12-28, 2022 to make you more aware and prepared for a future career. These events are open to all Ryman Arts students, alumni, and their families. Please register for these sessions through the links next to each individual session - these are all unique registration links. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions? please email

Tuesday, April 12 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM PDT REGISTER HERE

  • "How to Write About Yourself: An Introduction to Personal Statements", Mari Nguyen, Development Coordinator, Ryman Arts 

Whether you’re applying for college, a scholarship, or an internship, many applications require you to write about yourself. This hands-on writing workshop will cover key components of a successful application statement and jumpstart your personal statement writing. Session hosted by Mari Nguyen (Ryman ’11), Development Coordinator at Ryman Arts.

Wednesday, April 13 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM PDT REGISTER HERE

  • "Career Conversations: Spotlighting Character and Entertainment Licensing", ModeratorMaura Regan, President, Licensing International, PanelistsSol Armada de la Cruz Director, Retail Strategy & Development, Warner Bros, Anita Castellar CEO, FanGirl Consulting

Have you ever gone to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal? Or worn a t-shirt with Spiderman on it?  If you have, you’ve experienced licensing at work.  Licensing is when a company leases its characters, images (Intellectual property) to a licensee/manufacturer who can then create all sorts of products and experiences to excite fans. Join our panel to see what sort of career path you can take to turn your passion for art, sports, video games (or whatever your passion is into a fulfilling career.

Wednesday, April 20 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM PDT REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, April 26 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM PDT REGISTER HERE

  • "There are Artists Living Among Us", Albert Valdez Manager of Mobile programs for Education & Public Programs, LACMA

As an oil painter in an Arts Colony, Valdez will  share his process, studio practice and experience living and working alongside Artists. He will discuss his career path, including being an intern during college, and provide insight on the various collaborations and partnerships with communities and schools. 

Wednesday, April 27 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM PDT REGISTER HERE

  •  "How Concept Art Has Changed in Theme Park Design", Don Carson, Stefan Lawrence, Connor Sinclair, The Hettema Group

This session covers how the art of communicating designs through draw-ings and illustrations has evolved over the years. This presentation includes countless examples of how art is used to help a project visualize a concept from the blue sky phase, into client meetings, and beyond to the fabrication and opening of a themed attraction. Explore art from the “golden era” of theme park design on into the future where new technologies are being implemented to help artists visualize the images inside their heads.

Thursday, April 28 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM PDT REGISTER HERE

  • Erick Goto, Footwear and Apparel Design Director, Nike

Thursday, May 5 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM PDT REGISTER HERE

  • Brendan Boyle, Partner, IDEO & Founder IDEO Play Lab