From talent agent to career coach and public speaker
Hi, I’m Krista!
Like many of you, I graduated from college with a communications degree, but no idea of how to start working in the entertainment business. I moved to LA and thought I’d just “figure it out.” With help from my grandfather, I ended up getting hired at the iconic William Morris Agency (now called WME). I started as an “in-house temp” (aka “floater”) and within a couple of years, was promoted to talent agent representing and finding jobs for creative people like hosts/actors, writers, directors, producers etc…. and that experience gave me a foundation for a solid career in entertainment.
After 8 years at the talent agency, I worked as Vice President of Development for Tony Hawk’s production company, 900 Films, and later as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for entertainment finance company, Content Partners. Mark Cuban was one of its original investors and while there, I helped secure a role for him on HBO’s “Entourage.” I just loved helping people get hired; whether it was our billionaire investor boss or a friend’s daughter who was recently graduating, I’d help wherever I could.
I realized I had a unique understanding of entertainment employment: I knew what hiring managers and executives wanted. I shared it with young adults, particularly juniors, seniors and recent college graduates, and helped them identify their specific interests and helped them get hired at desirable companies. More than that, I had the connections and skills to make it happen. I shared my method to getting hired during speaking engagements at universities.
In 2013, I created a syllabus and taught my first class as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California -USC Cinema School, the nation’s top film school. The class started with 25 students and grew to over 100. I knew this message of how to get your first job and/or internship in entertainment resonated beyond the classroom and I wanted to share what I knew with students and recent grads around the county and the world.
So in the fall of 2015, I founded MyGradsGetJobs, a personalized career-coaching company that empowers college students and recent graduates to target and land their first internships and jobs in the entertainment industry.
In just a few years years, I’m proud to have successfully launched over 600 young careers working as assistants to talent agents, production assistants, interns, and other positions at prestigious entertainment companies in both LA and NYC. These companies include The Ellen DeGeneres Show, HBO, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and elite talent agencies like CAA, UTA, ICM and WME.
I love sharing my method to students at universities at large events, guest lecturing in classrooms or even one-on-one coaching via zoom. The world is my classroom and I’m excited to help you get started!