Student Success: Rachelle Etienne-Robinson, Substantial Art & Music

Rachelle was looking for an opportunity to gain more insight into the film and TV industry. She signed up for Film & TV Essentials because she wanted a self-paced program that would accommodate her busy schedule as a successful businesswoman. As part of her student success, her learnings contributed to content for her portfolio.

 

Being able to work with highly qualified instructors, learn terminology and technology exceeded my expectations.

ON CHOOSING FILM AND TV ESSENTIALS —

I wanted to gain knowledge and prepare for a career in the film and TV industry. I knew that New York University was affiliated with the program. So, that legitimized the online course. Of course, having a certificate from NYU highly influenced my decision.

 

ON BEING A YELLOWBRICK STUDENT —

I enjoyed working on all of the assignments and learning from all of the courses and instructors. In truth, every assignment and instructor was beneficial. 

 

STUDENT SUCCESS IN REAL-LIFE APPLICATION —

The course has prepared me to work in the film and TV industry by providing me with certification from a reputable institution. Being able to work with highly qualified instructors, learn terminology and technology exceeded my expectations. Specifically, I appreciated learning about the history of film and about technique. I also enjoyed learning about marketing and film festivals.

ON THE PAST & WHAT’S NEXT —

My experience in the Film & TV Industry Essentials program has provided me with the tools and resources needed. I feel I can navigate the industry. The online course provided me with an opportunity to create content to add to my portfolio. I am currently seeking production assistant positions and at the same time, looking to work on independent projects.

 

To follow Rachelle’s journey beyond Yellowbrick, follow her on Instagram @chezchelle.

Student Success: Sophie Sumner, Actress

Sophie is a model and an aspiring actress from Oxford, England. She took the Film & TV Essentials online course because she wanted a deeper understanding of film production to become a better performer. Sophie chatted with Yellowbrick about her student success and what’s next for her.

The course gave me the confidence that I really can do this.

ON CHOOSING FILM & TV ESSENTIALS —

I actually never went to college. I went straight into modeling, straight into the entertainment industry. But I didn’t second guess taking the course, I signed straight up. I knew the companies —Tisch, Rolling Stone, and I’d heard of Yellowbrick before. Sometimes you can get quite lost in looking at online courses, but this one really stood out. As soon as I played the first segment, it looked like they’d just filmed it! It was so modern. It was nice, short segments — things you can really get your teeth sunk into.

ON BEING A YELLOWBRICK STUDENT —

There is a gentleman who teaches quite a few of the modules, David K Irving. He is a legend, I love the way that he gives you real advice; just straight down the line and real. He said one of my favorite things right in the beginning. He’s like, “you want to be a filmmaker? Pick up a camera” and it’s the easiest, simplest advice. He makes this kind of complicated world of film very simple, brings it all together, and makes it accessible for everyone. I think that’s so important. Sometimes film can feel like it’s a million miles out of our reach,

There’s another professor, Janet Grillo, who is really in touch with things young. I wasn’t expecting it to be so kind of fresh and current, it’s really up-to-date and a current course. Judd Apatow pops in there, which is really fun. He gives some great advice about scriptwriting.

I loved the assignments. One of them is you have to come up with a music video and storyboard it. I enjoyed it so much. I spent days and I drew out all my storyboards by hand and even colored it in with glitter paint which was totally unnecessary. Just by doing the assignment on the storyboarding, I was able to understand, “that’s an easy first step. That’s how you start. That’s how you show your camera angles.” It’s been so good for building up my self-esteem.

STUDENT SUCCESS IN REAL-LIFE APPLICATION —

Since starting this course, things really took off. The course gave me the confidence that I really can do this. So I put myself forward a lot more and went for more auditions. I signed up for Actor’s Access and put myself on there. I just really went for it and I booked an indie film called Killington. While doing the online course, I did my first indie film. It was just incredible to be able to take a step out of myself and really appreciate everybody else’s job and how much hard work goes into making a film. We had two first-time directors and they’re both so passionate and so hard-working, and it was incredible to see their work and understand what they had to do to make it work. 

ON THE PAST & WHAT’S NEXT —

I love how you can learn all these different departments. Going into the post-production for Killngton, it’s exciting that I’m going to be following this journey along. I feel very much more in the process and I feel way more confident and secure as an actor — knowing what everyone’s doing, knowing what’s going on around me, and hopefully, that led to better performance, 

You can come away from this course with that feeling of “I can do this,” and I think that’s so important. For so many people, it is just confidence. I think worrying that film is such a crazy industry that many wouldn’t have access to, it’s not true. We can do it.

To keep up with Sophie beyond Yellowbrick, follow her on Instagram @sophiesumner8.

Student Success: D’Angelo Woods

After being on the theater stage for years, D’Angelo turned his attention to the world behind a curtain. He looked at different online courses and decided to sign up for Performing Arts Industry Essentials. Read on to learn about his student success and his growth in the theatre industry.

This course was like a giant masterclass to prepare you for the real world of theatre. It gives you hands-on experience with areas you may not have thought to involve yourself in before.

ON CHOOSING PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY ESSENTIALS —

As I continue my theatre training, I’ve been curious about the industry’s business side. New York University’s name carries weight in terms of legitimacy and prestige. So I enrolled to understand the industry from those who’ve done it and those doing it every day.

ON BEING A YELLOWBRICK STUDENT —

The proposal assignment showed me that producing a play takes time and money to pull off successfully. And even then, there’s no guarantee of success. However, with great planning, there can be an opportunity for it.

ON REAL-LIFE APPLICATION —

Thanks to this program, when I had a stage reading, I was better able to understand the different roles and positions of all of those involved. I also understood certain terms that I had heard during my coursework, so I wasn’t confused when I heard them.

This course provided me with a reference and a reverence for the different positions available within theatre. Should I wish to volunteer or work part-time, I can educate myself and recall my notes to prepare for the position.

ON THE PAST & WHAT’S NEXT —

This course was like a giant masterclass to prepare you for the real world of theatre. It gives you hands-on experience with areas you may not have thought to involve yourself in before. As a result, I was inspired to take classes at Studio Acting Conservatory in Washington, DC. 

To keep up with D’Angelo and his next role, follow him on IG @iamdangelorashadwoods.

Student Success: Tanesha Chynna Littlejohn, GoldenGirl Studios

Chynna has worked as an independent filmmaker for 15 years. As a self taught director and editor, she was always interested in expanding her knowledge and skill set through higher education. However, a university program’s time commitment and cost didn’t fit her needs as a single mother. She enrolled in Yellowbrick’s Film & TV Industry Essentials course. Read about her student success and experience of the program.

I’ve noticed that my editing and creativity has improved and others have noticed as well. I’ve actually gotten more paying jobs since taking Film & TV Industry Essentials.

ON CHOOSING FILM & TV INDUSTRY ESSENTIALS —

I’ve been in the film business for a long time (since 2006), but I felt like I was missing something and I wanted to learn more. My dream was to attend the film program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, but I didn’t have the money. However, this online course was affordable and convenient — meeting my needs as a full-time worker and single mom. 

ON BEING A YELLOWBRICK STUDENT —

I enrolled to use what I learned from the program to become a better filmmaker and take my career to the next level.

“The Storyboard and Animatic” coursework was my favorite activity. Watching the behind the scenes for Pharoahe Monch’s “Cult 45” was the best! It reminded me of Michael Jackson’s The Making of Thriller

All of the instructors were amazing, but I learned a lot from Janet Grillo, Alrick Brown, and David K. Irving.

ON REAL-LIFE APPLICATION —

This course has prepared me for working in this industry by giving me a blueprint, so to speak. I will use the tools I’ve learned to make my next project even better. As a result,  I feel like I am better equipped to create the next project with less fear and more confidence.

ON THE PAST & WHAT’S NEXT —

I’ve noticed that my editing and creativity has improved and others have noticed as well. I’ve actually gotten more paying jobs since taking Film & TV Industry Essentials. I can’t wait to film my next project with all that I have learned!

Follow Chynna on IG @goldengirlstudios and check out her website to keep up with her forthcoming productions.

Student Success: Ethan McEntire

The performing arts industry was one of the most affected industries during the Covid-19 pandemic. Productions had come to a complete halt on and off Broadway and in theater communities around the world. The sudden stop led to revenue repercussions that the industry is still rebounding, and left performers seeking new ways to tap into and hone their craft. Yellowbrick recently spoke with Ethan McEntire, a graduate of Yellowbrick x NYU Tisch’s Performing Arts Industry Essentials course. We discussed what led him to enroll in the course, his plans for the future, and his student success.

I know that NYU has a very reputable performance art department, so I was immediately intrigued by the opportunity to learn from them from the safety of my own home.

ON CHOOSING PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY ESSENTIALS —

I had recently been forced to withdraw from college, where I was studying performance art, due to financial impact from COVID-19. I was at a point where I wasn’t sure if or how to continue towards my goals of becoming a professional in the performance art industry. This course seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn, and to flex my creative muscles in a time with little opportunity to do so.

I know that NYU has a very reputable performance art department, so I was immediately intrigued by the opportunity to learn from them from the safety of my own home. I enrolled in this program so I could further my education in the performance art industry, and ultimately use the knowledge to further my career as an actor in an ever changing industry. I have been able to apply some of the course material already  — specifically the sections on acting and auditioning. As I have recently begun to work in the professional acting world, I found the section on self taping to be very helpful. Sometimes, I have to record several self tape auditions in a week, so it has been very applicable to my current work.

I have been able to apply some of the course material already  — specifically the sections on acting and auditioning. As I have recently begun to work in the professional acting world, I found the section on self taping to be very helpful.

ON BEING A YELLOWBRICK STUDENT —

I believe  that other aspects of the course will be very valuable to me in the future. I may choose to branch out into other roles in the performance arts industry other than acting, so it is great to have a base of knowledge of the industry as a whole.  

ON REAL-LIFE APPLICATION —

Performing Arts Industry Essentials gave me a better understanding of just how much goes into just putting on a single show. As I have recently started venturing into directing, this lessons from this course is something I will consider. The biggest takeaway for me was that I can always be working to improve my craft, and that I can always make work for myself as a creative.

The biggest takeaway for me was that I can always be working to improve my craft, and that I can always make work for myself as a creative.

ON THE PAST & WHAT’S NEXT —

I currently work as an stage actor in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m hoping the knowledge I have received from Performing Arts Industry Essentials will give me the tools I need to set myself apart from others trying to break into the acting world.


For more information on Performing Arts Industry Essentials, head over to Yellowbrick for a sneak peek and the course catalog. You can also take an in depth look at the industry and the careers it offers with Yellowbrick’s Ultimate Performing Arts Career Guide. To keep up with Ethan and his ongoing student success, follow him on Instagram.