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Weekly Job Tips & Leads from Career Services

Career Services

Special Delivery: Resumes!

Resume writing is the dread of job searching but it does not have to be. The best way to make resume writing simple is to think about your work while you are working. What challenges are you overcoming? What contributions have you provided for your company/organization? What negatives in your performance review did you turn into positives? What are some of your proudest moments? Reflect on your work performance while you are working and watch out easy it is to write and remember that relevant juicy content that next employer is looking for! [More…]

MusicMann Studios

Mike Mann

Greetings and Salutations to all you Homo sapiens who peruse the ramblings of my fingertips purposely written in the key of soul. I would like to introduce you to my good friend Mr. Mike Mann. Mike owns and operates MusicMann Studios on Chase and Oklahoma in Milwaukee, WI. Last Friday I sat down and kicked the ballistics with Mike for a couple hours on the topics of Beats, Rhymes and Life. The conversation inspired me to reach out to the planet on behalf of said summit and its findings. [More…]

Weekly Job Tips & Leads from Career Services

Career Services Real World

Transitioning from college to the workforce is what most call going into the real world. With the real world come a few real facts. First and foremost, don’t become real stressed-out.

College students and graduates often focus on one thing and one thing only – getting a job. They sometimes then panic when their original plan falls through. The 3 facts below will help you, as a student or graduate, to make a seamless transition from college into the real world. [More…]

Alumni Spotlight – Austin Harrison

Peak 22 Marketing & Media

Congratulations to Madison Media Institute Graduate Austin Harrison! We asked him to tell us about his recent career success and to give some advice to MMI students:

Peak 22 Marketing and Media is a small startup company of only me and one other person. I do everything from videography, video editing, graphic design, etc. Basically anything/everything involved on the creative side while the person I work with handles the business side.

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The Poets Laureate

Poets Laureate

Recently I had the most delightful lunch with the City of Madison’s Poets Laureate (Two People, one title). Our Poets Laureate are Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman. I guess one question that most people would have is what do the Poets Laureate do? As an arts commissioner for the City of Madison, I have a pretty good feel for what they do but here is what the City of Madison requests of the position.

  • Place poetry before the public in surprising places/spaces
  • Create conversation about poetry
  • Connect poets and groups of poets to each other and to other artists
  • Build bridges between people using poetry

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Stop by and see us at Madison Comic Con!

Madison Comic Con

Madison Media Institute is proud to be partnering with WKOW 27 to sponsor the Wizard World Madison Comic Con! The event will take place at the Alliant Energy Center on February 6, 7 and 8.

Wizard World bills the event as a pop culture extravaganza featuring the best of movies, comics, toys, video games, TV, graphic novels, wrestling, MMA, anime and much more. Headliners include William Shatner (“Star Trek”), Brett Dalton (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Emily Kinney and Josh McDermitt (“The Walking Dead’), WWE Divas The Bella Twins, Kristin Bauer (“True Blood,” “Once Upon A Time”), Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and George Wendt (“Cheers”). Wizard World also says the event is the place for cosplay, with fans showing off their best costumes throughout the weekend. [More…]

CD Roulette

CD Roulette

I would like to thank the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) organization for asking me to participate in CD Roulette this past Sunday. CD roulette is a competition that allows bands to submit 1 song and have a panel of judges critique and score them. The ultimate goal for bands was to win a slot at either Summerfest or Bastille Days.

I have judged beat battles, rap battles and even pencil popping battles, this was my first time judging a song battle. The panel of judges was on point all day as well. Sometimes you walk away from competitions feeling like scoring our outcomes were a bit skewed or like someone didn’t understand what was asked of them in the competition. Every song had a critique period so there was no misconceptions about who won, or why. [More…]

Meet Your New Student Council President

Jesse Kat Hall

Congratulations to “Kat” Jesse Hall, our new Student Council President!  We asked Kat to tell us a little more about himself and his plans for the upcoming semester. 

Greetings MMI students and faculty,

It is with great honor and pleasure that I will be taking the role of Student Council President. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and why student council is important to me. I’ll warn you that my previous history to going to school is a little mixed in nature but I assure you it has a point and a happy ending. [More…]

How To Give Back To Your Home

True Skool Pro Tools Workshop

Greetings and salutations compadres, comrades, crewmembers and co-conspirators. It feels good to be back in the saddle and back in the classroom. It’s a well-known fact that I am from Milwaukee, WI. It is also a well known fact that for a lot of youth in the City of Milwaukee, hope is fleeting, opportunity is minimal, change comes from a dollar and all exits are locked, there is no key.

This is the reality of thousands of urban youth from my hometown. The arrest rate is staggering and unemployment among African-American males is higher than 50%. There are a few warriors though. They are agents of the light. Freed from the imagery and subliminal assaults that regularly disenfranchise entire populations, demographics, and cultures. [More…]

Independent Digital Film Project Chosen for Door County Short Film Festival

Door County Short Film Festival

MMI is proud to announce the first project from the Independent Digital Film program, titled “The In Tandem Show”  has been accepted into the Door County Short Film Festival.  The script was written by Sean Little and produced by a team of MMI students, staff and alumni. Sean Little fills us in on how “The In Tandem Show” developed from an exercise in writing into a short film. 

I wrote a script for a sitcom in hopes of submitting it to a contest.  I don’t remember the name of the contest, but the mother of a former student emailed me with the information that Scott Hansen, a comic and comedy promoter from Minneapolis, was running a contest for a sitcom located in the Midwest, with the hopes of producing it locally for the internet, or possibly a small television station.

Being a writer and always looking for a new project, I jumped at the chance to expand my horizons with this challenge.  I had written screenplays before, of course.  In my undergrad work, my senior project was writing the pilot for a sci-fi show, and then doing all the groundwork toward figuring costs in production.  I had written sketches for comedy shows, and I had dabbled in playwrighting, but I had never written a sitcom.  A sitcom has its own set of rules and structure, yet the story still has to be obvious, and there needs to be a beginning, a middle, and an end. [More…]