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Kirstie Beard '12

Account Representative at CBS Interactive, San Francisco

English Major on the Film Track
Key milestones?

“One CC milestone that will always stand out is my time stage managing 'A Very Potter Musical.' It provided me with skills that I use almost daily during my current job. Part of my responsibility as stage manager was to help with advertising for the show, and boy did our little team rock at advertising. We made flyers, posters, Facebook events, and organized one of the most successful bake sales I have ever heard of. I haven't heard of too many people who managed to completely sell out South Theater for two nights in a row.”

I didn't know it at the time, but the marketing experience I gained during ‘A Very Potter Musical’ helps me on a daily basis, since I now understand what it takes to successfully execute a sales campaign. [The experience] also taught me that success and ceaseless enthusiasm go hand in hand.”

Future aspirations?

“In 5-10 years I see myself living in L.A., working in production, PR, or marketing for the entertainment industry. Here's hoping to one day seeing ‘Produced by: Kirstie Beard’ on one of those big screens.”

Benefits of the CC experience?

“On my first day of class at CC I was assigned 70 pages of reading and subsequently went into a panic at how much work CC professors expected on a nightly basis. I realize now that the Block Plan mentors students from their very first day to be prepared for anything that comes their way.”

“In my opinion the Block Plan isn't just an ‘advanced academic way of learning;’ it really becomes a way of life. CC will show you just how amazing and productive you can be when given only a few weeks to prove it. My boss has called me an overachiever, but in reality I am a CC grad. We go above and beyond what is expected, not out of a need to impress, but out of a desire to gain everything we can out of every learning experience life brings our way.”