Mihaylo Grad Lands Hollywood Deal Analysis Career

Mihaylo entertainment and tourism and MBA alumnus Mark Okumori says careers in film industry talent representation start slowly but eventually lead to rewarding roles that help make tomorrow’s blockbusters a reality.

Mihaylo entertainment and tourism and MBA alumnus Mark Okumori says careers in film industry talent representation start slowly but eventually lead to rewarding roles that help make tomorrow’s blockbusters a reality.

Mihaylo alumnus Mark Okumori ’09, ’11 (entertainment and tourism, MBA) has a career in motion picture deal analysis and forecasting for William Morris Endeavor (WME) in Beverly Hills. He discusses the dollars and cents of show business and how students can get started in the field.

Nothing defines the Los Angeles region more than motion picture production. Mihaylo College has its share of alumni who have developed lucrative careers in the business end of the film industry. Among them is Mark Okumori ’09, ’11, who shares advice for current students and alumni on how they can make it big in the business of entertainment.

What is a typical day like in your role in motion picture deal analysis? How does it compare to popular perceptions of working in the entertainment industry?

My role at WME involves performing financial deal analysis and forecasts for our clients, which in turn forms the basis upon which their representatives, such as agents and lawyers, negotiate talent deals with various studios. For example, when a studio submits an offer to WME for one of our clients to perform in a motion picture, my job is to evaluate the deal presented, to determine what our client could expect to earn at various film performance levels, and communicate that information to the client’s representatives who uses it as a basis for further negotiations with the studio. I follow this process for each offer and counter-offer from both sides until an agreement is reached between our client and the studio. So primarily, my job is focused on interpreting the legal points of a movie deal and converting these into meaningful numbers that talent representatives can use to negotiate a deal in the formative stages of a film. Continue reading

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First in the Family: A Survival Guide for First-Generation College Students at Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton is proud of its commitment to first-generation college students. Through leveraging on-campus resources, these students get the most out of their university experience.

Cal State Fullerton is proud of its commitment to first-generation college students. Through leveraging on-campus resources, these students get the most out of their university experience.

A growing percentage of the Cal State Fullerton student body comprises first-generation college students. According to the university’s Institutional Research and Analytical Studies office, 31.5% of enrolled undergraduates in fall 2016 were first generation, up from 22.3% in fall 2005. Mihaylo College and the university offer support and mentoring to these students as they embark on their higher education journey.

Cal State Fullerton is about opportunity for all. This is reflected in the growing percentage of students who are the first in their families to go to college. Nearly a third of CSUF undergraduates in fall 2016 were the first in their families to receive any education beyond high school, while 57% of bachelor’s degree graduates were the first in their families to complete a degree at the university level according to the most recent 2013 statistics.

Mihaylo Accounting and Finance student Laura Hopkins ’17 recognizes that on-campus involvement is vital for first-generation students such as herself. She is a student leader with Pi Sigma Epsilon and works on campus at Titan Shops.

Mihaylo Accounting and Finance student Laura Hopkins ’17 recognizes that on-campus involvement is vital for first-generation students such as herself. She is a student leader with Pi Sigma Epsilon and works on campus at Titan Shops.

“When you are a first-generation student, you may not have a support network at the university level through your parents,” says Laura Hopkins ’17, an accounting and finance undergrad. “Getting involved on campus in clubs and organizations allows you to build your own network and develop skills that aren’t taught in the classroom.”

Zaira Padilla ’17 (risk management-insurance) agrees that campus resources are vital. “As a first-generation student, on-campus organizations have given me insight that my parents and peers were not able to provide,” she says. “I have found the Educational Opportunity Program, the Center for Insurance Studies and Mihaylo Career Services to be invaluable during my time here. My greatest advice for freshmen is to read their student email, because many of the resources are sent right to your inbox.” Continue reading

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Here’s What Recruiters are Looking for on LinkedIn

Having a complete profile, yet maintaining brevity, is essential, as many of today’s recruiters view applicants’ online presence on mobile devices. Photo from Pixabay.

Having a complete profile, yet maintaining brevity, is essential, as many of today’s recruiters view applicants’ online presence on mobile devices. Photo from Pixabay.

With 87% of recruiters finding LinkedIn to be the most valuable online resource for vetting potential candidates, it is essential to know what stands out and what hurts your chances. Here are five tips from the experts on how to enhance your LinkedIn, from Fastcompany.com.

  1. Have a complete profile.

No recruiter wants to look you up on LinkedIn and just see a few words under one section and nothing more. They expect to see concrete, thorough information about your education, work history, skills, volunteer experience and other activities. And needless to say, keep it up-to-date. Don’t have a LinkedIn that hasn’t been updated since you were a freshman.

  1. Have a good profile picture.

Don’t post a selfie or a cropped version of a photo with friends. Select a high-resolution headshot of yourself. Be sure to dress professionally and have an appropriate facial expression. Continue reading

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From Goldman Sachs to Capital One Bank: Mihaylo Grad Shares Steps to Success in a Finance Career

“As with finance, the health-care industry has many niches,” says Irina Arora ’14 (finance), a risk underwriting analyst and portfolio manager at Capital One Healthcare Finance. “Choosing where you want to focus and acquiring knowledge of that sector through additional training will enhance your résumé.”

“As with finance, the health-care industry has many niches,” says Irina Arora ’14 (finance), a risk underwriting analyst and portfolio manager at Capital One Healthcare Finance. “Choosing where you want to focus and acquiring knowledge of that sector through additional training will enhance your résumé.”

Mihaylo finance alumna Irina Arora ’14 is currently a risk underwriting analyst and portfolio manager at Capital One Healthcare Finance. She discusses her career, opportunities in finance related to health care, the impact of the Applied Securities Analysis Program (ASAP) on her success, and steps you can take to succeed in your career.  

Less than three years after earning her undergraduate finance degree, Irina Arora ’14 already has a successful professional career. After working as an equity derivatives analyst and controller at Goldman Sachs for more than one year, Arora landed her current position as healthcare cash flow underwriter and portfolio manager for Capital One Bank in Washington, D.C.

Following is a discussion with her about her personal journey and lessons that business students can apply to live their purpose.

What are the responsibilities of your current role at Capital One Bank?

My role as a senior underwriting analyst in the risk team is to conduct due diligence for our clients looking to buy companies in health-care industry sectors, such as hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and senior housing. Continue reading

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When Will the Rain End? Southern California Sees Above-Average Rainfall for the First Time in Years

csuf-rain.jpgTitan weather forecast: Sunday was one of the wettest days of the decade in many parts of Southern California and it appears that Monday will follow suit, though Wednesday and beyond look dry. But don’t put away your umbrellas yet, Titans. There are still several months left before the typically drier spring and summer, with February averaging as the wettest month. Be careful on the roads this week and plan to arrive on campus well before your classes start so you can find a parking spot.

For millions of Californians, last winter was a letdown, as the strongest El Niño on record failed to deliver much-anticipated heavy rain to the Golden State. But this year, despite a weak La Niña that often brings below-average rainfall, the state has been awash with storm after storm. For the first time since 2010, Southern California has recorded a rainy season with above-average totals in many spots, including Downtown Los Angeles, the most often-cited location for assessing the Southland’s rain totals. Long Beach even recorded its wettest day ever on Sunday. With nearly three months remaining before the drier spring and summer arrives, there is reason for optimism that the season may make up for much of the rainfall deficit that has built up since the start of the decade.

Why it’s Raining

Most heavy rainfall in Southern California occurs as a result of atmospheric river events – when the jet stream, which powers weather patterns, sets up over the area and brings round after round of moisture-rich storms from the tropical Pacific. Over the past five years, such conditions did not occur due to a large ridge of high atmospheric pressure over the western U.S., which steered any needed rainfall to the north.

Since December, the ridge of high pressure has been largely absent, while a combination of storms from the tropical Pacific and weather systems from further north have converged on the state, not only bringing rain, but also heavy snow to the mountains. Continue reading

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