Panel offers advice to Seminole State students looking for careers in the arts. – By Carl Barrett

From left: Dan Connors - Creative Services Director, CBS Radio Donna Bundy - Executive Director of the Seminole Cultural Arts Council Sebastian Sanchez - Project Specialist with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando Randall Smith - Freelance artist and painter James Green, Jr - Freelance writer, author of "This Music Leaves Stains - The Complete Story of the Misfits"

From left:
Dan Connors – Creative Services Director, CBS Radio
Donna Bundy – Executive Director of the Seminole Cultural Arts Council
Sebastian Sanchez – Project Specialist with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando
Randall Smith – Freelance artist and painter
James Green, Jr – Freelance writer, author of “This Music Leaves Stains – The Complete Story of the Misfits”

Seminole State’s Career Development Center held a career panel at Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary campus on Thursday, March 5 2015. The members of the panel offered advice and encouragement to students interested in pursuing careers in arts, humanities, and communication.

“I am still to this day amazed that I’m being paid to do something that I would have done for the love of it, for free,” Donna Bundy  said.

Dan Connors, on right, listens as Donna Bundy talks about the path that led to her current position.

Dan Connors, on right, listens as Donna Bundy talks about the path that led to her current position.

Bundy is the Executive Director of the Seminole Cultural Arts Council and was a member of the career panel. The five members of the panel shared with the students what they have learned during their career working within the arts. Each panel member had different careers and took different paths to get to their current positions.

“I got tired of forcing myself to ‘Get a real job,’ and just decided to sell my art.” Randall Smith said. “Once I just stopped fighting what everyone else said I should do, and went after what I am passionate about, now I’ve really reached a point of success.”

Randall Smith, a Seminole State alumni with a degree in graphic arts was another member of the career panel. Smith has been making his living selling his paintings and doing freelance artwork for the past two years and said he is happy with the decision.

The advice given by the panel covered a range of topics, from the benefits and dangers of projecting a personal “brand” on social media to the importance of networking and meeting people. According to Donna Bundy, it was a through her volunteer work with the Central Florida Society for Historic Preservation that she met the person who gave her the job which would eventually lead to the position she enjoys today.

To another member of the panel named Sebastian Sanchez, a Project Specialist with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and another Seminole State alumni, meeting new people had another advantage. Mentorship. Sanchez said having a strong mentor at Seminole State helped him be successful after a first semester “On the wrong track.”

Despite their differing backgrounds, the panel agreed that “doing what you love” makes for not only a more fulfilling career, but also a more successful one. They also collectively agreed that the way to that career may be long and full of surprises, but getting out and pursuing it was the only way to make it happen.

Panel member Sebastian Sanchez said, “Be great. Be great at everything you do. Don’t just be good, be great and treat people great.”

Sebastian Sanchez addresses the audience.

Sebastian Sanchez addresses the audience.

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