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Going Pro Career Fair


April 20 – 21, 2024 10AM – 3PM

Venues Around L.A.

Going Pro Career Fair

CTG Annex
601 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Going Pro Career Fair is a free event designed for current college and graduate students and early career individuals who are getting ready to transition to the professional world of theatre and live entertainment. For many, the transition from school to work can be a stressful one filled with unanswered questions. Going Pro connects you to industry professionals over workshops and panels to prepare you for the field you are stepping into.Space is limited! Register by April 18 at 5pm to secure your spot.

Expandable element Eligibility and Registration

Going Pro is open to current college and graduate students, early-career individuals, and college, university and trade tech educators. Select parts of the fair are reserved for current college and graduate students.

Note: Through April 5th, registration will prioritize students attending a college or university. If space remains in the event, we will open it to educators currently teaching at college or university and early-career individuals based in California, intending to pursue a career in theatre and live entertainment. You are strongly encouraged to register.

Do I count as early-career? We think of ‘early-career’ as someone who has begun pursuing a career in their intended field, and who has been working in it for fewer than 8 years. However, we believe ‘early-career’ is self-defined. If you identify as an early-career individual, please RSVP.

Deadline to request a virtual one-on-one Speed Mentorship with a professional is Tuesday, April 9. 

REGISTRATION CLOSES: April 18, 2024 at 5pm

Expandable element Schedule and Session Details

Saturday, April 20 In-Person Fair

  • FREE Headshots: Registration required with slots available on a first-come, first-served basis while sign ups last
  • 12–1pm | Tech Jobs Networking Mixer (for Technicians, Carpenters, Electricians, SMs & Designers): Designers, stage managers, technicians, and other technical and production personnel often get jobs through personal recommendations and networking. The mixer is an informal opportunity for you to meet one another, talk to working design and production professionals, and even meet local employers.
  • 10am–2pm | Resource Fair: Explore the masters programs, union, service, and community organization booths at the Resource Fair.
  • 10am–3pm | Panel and Workshop Discussions:

Part 1: How Does AREDAI* Work Revolutionizes the Art?
Join us for a panel discussion where you'll hear from those in the field talk about how AREDAI* work is crucial to revolutionizing the art. Walk away with learning about what is happening today and join us for Part 2 and participate in a roundtable discussion.
*Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity, Access, and Inclusion 

Part 2: How Can I Move AREDAI* Work Forward In My ______?
We want to hear from you: How can you take these values into your: work, art, life, school, etc. If you’re feeling invigorated to explore how this work moves forward in your community, join us for a roundtable discussion to engage in a discussion with your peers, facilitated by CTG’s Director Of Equity, Belonging And Engagement Khanisha Foster.
*Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity, Access, and Inclusion 

Financial Empowerment for the Independent Artist, Hybrid, and Manager
Whether you’re interested in freelance, a 9 to 5, or maybe a hybrid of the two types of lifestyles – financial empowerment can help you feel confident and secure in your future. Learn from artists, makers, and managers what you need to know regarding budgeting, taxes, and more.

Jumpstart Your Creative Career Journey
Are you stepping into a freelance career in entertainment or beginning to emerge as a professional working in the performing arts? If so, then this workshop is for you. Learn more about what resources are available to you now and can be open to you in the future through the Entertainment Community Fund. Through this workshop you’ll also get a chance to map out some of the first steps you can take toward building agency within your creative career so you can focus on thriving in it rather than only surviving through it.

Keynote Conversation with Michael R. Jackson
The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson joins this year's Going Pro Career Fair speakers to connect with the next generation of theatre makers and leaders as they transition from school to professional work.
* Workshops and sessions are subject to change

Sunday, April 21 Virtual Speed Mentorship

These 20-min sessions will be scheduled based on availability. Please complete your registration before the April 9 deadline to secure your spot.

Deadline to request a virtual one-on-one Speed Mentorship with a professional is Tuesday, April 9.

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Resource Fair of Masters Programs, Union, Service, and Community Organizations

List updated March 29, 2024

Tech Mixer Representation

East West Players
Center Theatre Group
Independent Artists
Kinetic Lighting
Outside In Theatre
Preston Productions
Thymele Arts
The Wallis

Questions? Contact Aurora Ilog, Creative Workforce Initiatives Director at

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