AMPD launches graduation preparation podcast  

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York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) launched a graduation preparation podcast series, The Final Mile Club (FMC). Hosted by Dean Sarah Bay-Cheng, the podcast features industry guests including former Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television CEO Beth Janson, Hollywood set decorator Carolyn Loucks, and Marvel Studios voice actor Isaac Robinson-Smith

Just in time for the University’s Convocation ceremonies, the podcast discusses topics on how to score success in interviews, master a cold call and find enjoyment in exploring unexpected career pathways. Though designed for graduating students, the series can provide helpful advice for creatives at any stage in their artistic journey.  

“The transition from the university to industry is challenging, but AMPD graduates have the talent and drive to succeed. This program is a way to build support and awareness as they get started and learn how their skills apply to a range of opportunities,” says Dean Bay-Cheng. “I’m grateful to our alumni, supporters, and the arts and cultural leaders who are willing to share their expertise and experiences with our students. We are grateful for the funding to launch this and look forward to growing the program in the years to come.” 

The series is hosted on the AMPD Podcast website and is widely available across podcast platforms, including Spotify

Episode overview 

Combining Passion with Meaningful Work – Carolyn Loucks   
Explore how to expand your creative career path with Hollywood set decorator Carolyn Loucks. Her work on Batman vs Superman: Dawn of JusticeRobocop and The Incredible Hulk are just some of the career highlights throughout her more than 25-year career. Loucks discusses the importance of continuous education, work-life balance, and how first gigs out of school can lead to the unexpected. 

Finding Your Voice: Auditions, Practice, and Finding Your Own Path – Isaac Robinson-Smith   
Perfect the art of auditing with Los Angeles’ rising voiceover star Isaac Robinson-Smith who has nabbed roles in Marvel Studios’ What If…? and Black Panther: War for Wakanda. Discover how new graduates can gain confidence through audition preparation, performer community versus competition and finding relatable side-hustles that build toward a successful career.   

Getting Started in the Arts – Beth Janson   
Master the art of the cold call with Beth Janson, former CEO of the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television and the current COO of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). With more than two decades of experience in film and television across North America, Janson offers practical advice for the first steps in transitioning from university to the working world.  

FMC prepares emerging artists, makers, performers, and designers for life after graduation. The podcast examines creatives unique challenges through conversations with prominent alumni and industry experts.

There will be two additional episodes released in July and August. Season two of the podcast will be filmed in Fall 2022/Winter 2023. Tune in online.