Arts Branch, NAACP partnership offers career advice to aspiring actors, entertainment professionals

Above, actors, and entertainment industry leaders spoke to more than 450 L.A. Unified students during a career development program co-sponsored by the Arts Education Branch and the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP.

L.A. Unified’s Arts Education Branch partnered recently with the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP in launching its inaugural series of career development programs as part of the NAACP Creative Arts Festival. The day-long event at Dorsey High School included discussions with celebrity panelists on disciplines such as acting, voice, dance, visual arts, production/filmmaking and stage/theater makeup.

Guests included actress Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Steve Harvey Show”) who moderated conversations with Jabbawockeez founder Kevin “KB” Brewer; visual artist Charles Bibbs; choreographer Jeffrey Polk; dancer Lula Washington; and actors Miles Brown and Marsai Martin from “Black-ish, Renee Lawless from “The Haves and Have Nots,” Cornelius Smith Jr. from “Scandal” and Richard Lawson from “The Real Husbands of Hollywood.”

It was an amazing day of  invaluable industry mentorship, learning, and engagement for more than 450 students from various Dorsey, Dymally, Crenshaw, Jordan, and Washington Preparatory High Schools.

Rory Pullens, executive director of Arts Education, helped organize a recent symposium for students interested in entertainment jobs.

Rory Pullens, executive director of Arts Education, helped organize a recent symposium for students interested in entertainment jobs.