Name: Emily Keene
Course: Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Film and Television Studies
Year graduated: 2013
Current position: Master of Fine Arts Candidate in Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University and Graduate Intern at Twentieth Century Fox, Los Angeles
How did you land your current job?
I was at a panel where a number of working screenwriters had come to do a Q&A about how they broke into the industry. They had a cocktail event afterwards, for networking. I struck up a conversation with the wife of someone I knew and a couple of months later she needed an intern and contacted me out of the blue. You never know who’s going to be able to help you.
How did Monash help get you to where you are now?
Monash gave me a really solid basis of knowledge that has proved invaluable as I learn more about screenwriting. It constantly amazes me how little people in the film and television industry actually know about films and television.
What advice would you give your first-year Uni self?
I would probably have encouraged her to make a bigger effort to get out and meet more people. I was very shy back then, but I can see now how helpful it is to meet people and build your network.
What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?
Probably how exhausting it was going to be, so I could learn better ways to keep healthy and look after myself. But that being said, I still forget how to look after myself properly, even now that I know what it’s like.
Who has been your biggest mentor?
Before I landed in the world of film and television, I was very big into theatre, particuarly stage design. Coming out of high school I thought that theatre was all I wanted to do and was looking at doing a specialised degree. I was working with a lighting designer who had taught me a lot and he recommended I didn’t pigeon hole myself, I take time and do something a bit broader and develop my interests. It was the best advice I ever got, because it led me directly to where I am now.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Hopefully writing for a popular TV series, especialy a good comedy.
What was your very first job?
I worked at a McDonald’s for 3 months when I was a teenager. Not exactly a life changing experience.
Were you more of a planner or a crammer when it came to studying?
Definitely more of a planner, I hate having to do a mad rush at the end.
Any hidden talents?
I like to think that I’m a surprisingly good dancer, even though my more sarcastic nature makes people amazed that I like to dance in the first place.