Meet Chelsea Hoskinson
Job title: VIP Services Coordinator for the Players Club
Employer: The Meadows Racetrack and Casino
Hometown and Current Residence: Georgetown, Pa.
Degree earned: Bachelor of Science in sport, arts, and entertainment management
Graduation year: 2011
Activities involved in at Point Park: Residence Hall Association, Point Park Orientation Leader
Who or what has inspired you to pursue a career in the entertainment field?
I always knew a normal nine to five job wasn’t really in my future. If I had to deal with a subject or topic for the rest of my life, I knew something in the entertainment field would never become boring for me.
Why did you choose to attend Point Park and major in sport, arts and entertainment management?
When looking for colleges and a field to choose, I was extremely confused. I knew I wanted a career within entertainment but wasn’t sure exactly what it was that I wanted to do in that field. By choosing Point Park, I was provided with different options to explore sports, the arts, and entertainment. Plus, earning a business degree felt like a responsible decision in case I didn’t quite connect with the world of entertainment.
Please describe your previous internship and work experiences.
During school breaks, I held several positions within customer services/guest relations. My sophomore year of college I worked with Landmark Event Staffing at Heinz Field and Star Lake (now First Niagara Pavilion). While with Landmark, I was given the responsibility to work several shows backstage. When applying to internships within entertainment and sports, this was a great skill to have on my resume. I was brought into FSN Sports Network (now ROOT Sports) as a marketing intern where I was working around not only on air talent but sports stars as well, specifically players from the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a great opportunity for me to have and I made sure I worked hard to prove that I was the right fit for the internship and the FSN team.
During my senior year, I interned with Donna Belajac Casting. It’s a small casting agency in Downtown Pittsburgh. They were working on casting roles for a television pilot while I was there. DB Casting had only two employees so I ended up taking on work if the assistant casting director was out of the office. It was a completely different experience than being with FSN but it was great for me to see two different sides of the entertainment world. During college, I also accepted job shadowing or volunteering experiences that came my way like when I was a stage runner for the PBS Doo Woop Show. I landed this position thanks to Point Park instructor Ed Traversari.
How did you land your current job as a VIP services coordinator?
I believe it was my resume and my interview skills that helped me land my job as the marketing representative at The Meadows. As for the VIP services coordinator position, I had just made the required six months of service at The Meadows when the job was posted. With a push from a friend in the Player Development department (my new department), I decided to apply for the job. A few weeks later an interview was scheduled with the head of Player Development and soon after that I was told I had the position.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The nice thing about my current job and department is that it's a smaller group of players I deal with on a daily basis. I really get to know people and have an opportunity to talk with them and form relationships.
What are some of your future career goals?
While the casino industry is a pretty solid one to work in, I'm not sure if I'll remain in it for the long haul. Holidays and weekends really don't exist to me anymore but they're always the most fun to work. I do know that I'll always do the job to the best of my abilities and learn anything and everything I can. If I stay in the casino industry or find another career path, I'll know that I gained knowledge and work experience that I definitely didn't have before.
What advice do you have for students in the SAEM program who plan to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?
Be a part of as much as you can. What you do outside of the classroom can be just as important, if not more. Being president or team lead in a group speaks volumes to your ability to work efficiently. Also, this may be a cheesy response but just be yourself. When you do that, people can identify your personality and your likes and dislikes better so that you can be given tasks you actually enjoy rather than saying you enjoy things when you really don’t.