BANGOR- The New England School of Communications is attracting a niche group of transfer students who already have a foot in their field.
Dani Felt transferred from the University of New Haven, Conn. a few years ago to enroll in NESCom’s marketing program. A music business major at New Haven, she and a friend had started www.creativespotlights.com “the semester before I came to NESCom,” Felt said.
The Web site is an arts and entertainment blog where Felt posts interviews that she and her team of friends have conducted with artists and musicians in the business. It’s a site that she is hoping will inspire and offer tips and techniques to others looking to break into the entertainment industry.
“What I started off doing is emailing people, and I built a relationship with PR people, and what they want is for us to go to shows and do interviews once a week,” said Felt. “It’s all about networking, and when you get enough people to interview, more and more people take you seriously. I’ve built relationships with music people, celebrity voice people, and celebrity acting coaches.”
“I think NESCom has helped me learn how to market myself,” said Felt. “I wrote press releases for my company in class, and anything I learned in research methods, PR, or my advertising classes I can apply to my own company.”
Like Felt, University of Maine Orono transfer student Ryan Gavin is looking to use the media skills that he is learning at NESCom to enhance his nonprofit organization, Wildbrook Media.
This “is an organization I started in 2005. I wanted to create a parent organization for all the projects I was already involved in,” Gavin said. “Right now, Wildbrook Media is the production organization for eight radio shows at the University of Maine and a grant organization called YOBO Maine that gives grants to students with homegrown ideas for local projects that need funding.
“YOBO Maine has since been handed over to other folks in Biddeford,” he said.
Since Gavin was already comfortable with his working knowledge of politics from his classes at the University of Maine, he decided that changing majors from political science to radio broadcasting would be more beneficial for him. “I work in politics and media now. With radio I learn new things everyday that directly tie into what I’m doing for work,” he said.
Gavin admits that transferring can seem like a daunting option. However, most colleges and universities welcome transfer students and help those students with the process of registration, transferring eligible credits, and financial aid.
“I’ve been doing my own Web design for five plus years and radio shows with no formal training at all, and now I know how to do it the right way,” said Gavin.
Both Felt and Gavin say that transferring was among the best decisions they made during their college careers and helped them get on track towards life after college. “I was really worried about transferring. But you only have four years to do this so you should take charge of your career, dreams and success,” said Felt.