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Episode 1: The Myth of "I've Made It"

Does a dream job exist? Hear influential alumni working in film, puppetry, journalism, and academia bust the myth of “I made it” and shine a light on what true success means to them.

    Gina Atwater 06C
    TV/Film Writer, Director, Producer
    Studied: Creative Writing and Film Studies

    Gina Atwater is an award-winning writer, director, and producer, most known for being part of the writing staff for HBO's groundbreaking series Westworld. In addition to Westworld, she has developed, or is in active development on, a number of series for Apple TV+, HBO, and Netflix. She is currently in an overall deal as a writer-producer for Netflix. 

    1.    Tell us about your journey from graduation to your current role.

     

    2.    What were things that were unplanned/unexpected but meaningful to your growth?


    3.    What kind of stories resonate with you?


    4.    What advice do you have for your younger self?


    Would you like to read Gina's interview transcript? Here's the full interview.

    Ellen Gabler 03B
    Investigative Reporter
    Studied: Business and Journalism

    Ellen Gabler is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Before joining the Times in 2017, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a reporter and deputy investigations editor. A native of Eau Claire, Wis., Gabler has a bachelor of business administration from Emory University and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

    She began her career at the Stillwater Gazette, in Stillwater, Minn. She is also an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Learn more about Ellen

    Questions:
    1.Tell us about your journey from graduation to your current role.


    2.    What does creativity and living a creative life mean to you?


    3.    What were things that were unplanned/unexpected but meaningful to your growth?


    4.    What advice do you have for your younger self? 

     

    Would you like to read Ellen's interview transcript? Here's the full interview.

    Jake Krakovsky 14C
    Puppeteer
    Studied: Theater Studies

    Jake Krakovsky is an actor, puppeteer, writer, director, theater-maker, teaching artist, and Yiddishist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Jake leads workshops and coaches performers of all ages in puppetry, clowning, and other physical theater skills and traditions.

    His puppetry work can be seen on the BBC's "Moon and Me," a series from the creator of the Teletubbies. Jake has received fellowships and residencies with institutions including the Alliance Theatre (Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab) and the Collaborative Arts Lab in Arezzo, Italy. Most recently he adapted and directed "Labzik: Tales of a Clever Pup," a film based on the 1935 leftist Yiddish children's stories by Chaver Paver, newly translated by Miriam Udel and produced by Theater Emory, for which he also performed nearly 200 individual paper puppets.

    In conjunction with the "Labzik" project, Jake also served as a Teaching Associate with the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, assisting Dr. Udel in the development and implementation of a new cross-disciplinary course, “Yiddish Political Theatre: Practicum.”

    Questions:
    1.    Tell us about your journey from graduation to your current role.  


    2.    What does creativity and living a creative life mean to you?


    3.    What were things that were unplanned/unexpected but meaningful to your growth?


    4.    What advice do you have for your younger self? 


    Would you like to read Jake's interview transcript? Here's the full interview.

    Carlton Mackey
    Faculty
    Studied: Religious Education and Black Church Studies

    Carlton Mackey is the director of Emory University’s Ethics & the Arts Program and Associate Director of the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership at the Ethics Center. Mackey is the Co-creator/Co-Director of the Emory University Arts and Social Justice Fellows Program, which brings six Atlanta artists into Emory classrooms to help students translate their learning into creative activism in the name of racial justice. Mackey is a Lecturer in Emory's Department of Film and Media.Learn more about Carlton

    Questions:
    1.    Tell us about your creative journey.


    2.    What does creativity and living a creative life mean to you? What advice do you have for students?


    3.    What were things that were unplanned/unexpected but meaningful to your growth?


    Would you like to read Carlton's interview transcript? Here's the full interview.

    Byrd McDaniel 21
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Academic

    As researcher, mentor, and educator, Byrd McDaniel has dedicated his career to creating two-way relationships between academia and the broader world. He currently works as a Project Manager at the Rhode Island School of Design, as part of a research collaborative consisting of designers, artists, architects, biologists, musicians, students, and industry professionals around the world. Learn more about Byrd

    Questions:
    1.    Tell us about your journey from graduation to your current role. 


    2.    What does creativity and living a creative life mean to you?


    3.    What were things that were unplanned/unexpected but meaningful to your growth?


    4.    What advice do you have for your younger self? 


    Would you like to read Byrd's interview transcript? Here's the full interview.

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