Arts & Entertainment
Scroll through the blog posts and stories below to learn more about Hamilton student and alumni experiences in this industry, and then use our career resources such as Facts on File and O*Net to learn more. Finally, meet with your career advisor and explore the Career Center curriculum to learn how to network with alumni to discuss your interests and learn more about their work.
Effects of COVID-19 on the Arts and Entertainment Industry
The worldwide arts and entertainment industry has been forced to make some tough decisions with the COVID-19 outbreak. While some events have been cancelled entirely, see these events which have been postponed as something we can all look forward to after the virus is contained.
- “At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” reads a statement from Goldenvoice, the production company that runs both festivals.
- My Chemical Romance, Cher, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Ciara, BTS, Avril Lavigne, Pentatonix, Green Day, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Michael Bublé, and more have begun canceling shows and rescheduling tours.
- The Jonas Brothers have called off their nine-date residency in Vegas. “We were so excited for the opportunity to share an amazing show with you guys, but nothing is more important than everyone’s health and safety,” the Jonas Brothers said in a joint statement.
- The national cheerleading competition made famous by Netflix’s Cheer has been canceled.
- With the Metropolitan Museum of Art closing due to coronavirus concerns, this year’s Met Gala, themed “About Time,” has been postponed.
- On March 11, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced that the event scheduled for March 19 in NYC has been canceled. “Given our long-standing commitment to the safety of our members, sponsors, and guests, the #GLAADawards will no longer take place,” the organization tweeted.
- New York City’s theater district will go dark for at least a month beginning on Thursday, March 12.
- On Sunday, March 15, the Academy of Country Music Awards released a statement explaining that the awards show scheduled to air live on April 5 is postponed and will be rescheduled for September.
- Nickelodeon announced that its March 22 awards program has been postponed “in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show.”
- The Tribeca Film Festival, meant to take place from April 15 to April 26, has been postponed.
Tips for Staying Mentally Active During Quarantine
Bored out of your mind? Try out some of these activities and find a hobby that suits you!
- Advanced paint by numbers: Amazon has a great selection of paint by number for adults from copies of works by Van Gogh, to gorgeous landscapes and still-lifes.
- Alternative brackets: Missing sports and your March Madness bracket? Want to rank your favorite songs by your favorite artists? Check out these brackets compiled by CBS Sports and take the time to really figure out what the best Taylor Swift song is.
- Coloring books: They make coloring books for pretty much anything these days! Whether you’re a Harry Potter fanatic or have an obsession with true crime, coloring can be a relaxing and mindful activity that you can do in bed, outside, or wherever else you like to relax.
- Make playlists: Use your free time to explore new music or make fun new playlists with your favorite songs.
- Puzzles: Puzzles are a great activity to do by yourself or with whoever else you might be quarantined with! If you want a quicker activity, start with a smaller puzzle and work your way up to those 1000-piece challenges. For a more personalized puzzle experience, you can use websites like Shutterfly and Zazzle to make a puzzle out of your own photos.
- Stay up to date with virtual programming from Hamilton: In the next few weeks, Student Activities will be continuing to provide virtual programming for students that could range from celebrity workout classes, to access to the Hamilton Movie Channel from home. Be sure to check your email often to hear about programming directly from them!
Films to (Finally) Watch While in Quarantine
The directorial debut of actress Olivia Wilde, Booksmart (2019) is a coming-of-age comedy starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. These best friends navigate their final night of high school before graduation after sticking to the books for four years and getting into their dream schools. Booksmart has been noted as the womxn’s companion Superbad starring Jonah Hill (Feldstein’s brother) and is a must-watch. Available on Hulu.
Ford vs. Ferrari, 2019
Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, this film tells the inspiring story of the American engineers set to build the Ford GT40- a car to finally compete against the dominant Ferraris of the sixties. Culminating in the 1966 24-hour race Le Man in France, this historical sports action drama is a great watch not only for the automotive fan. Available for rent and purchase with Amazon.
Winner of Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards, Moonlight is a drama about the life of a young black man growing up in Miami, Florida, struggling with his sexuality and finding his place in the world. Available on Netflix, this film is an emotional and powerful experience.
Fresh off the most successful Oscar performance for a foreign film, this South Korean black comedy thriller tells the story of a poor family’s attempts to become employed by an oblivious wealthier family. Directed by the acclaimed Bong Joon-ho, Parasite delves into class struggle in an unforgettable and intense manner. Newly available on Hulu.
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Rachel Cooley is a 2018 graduate from central New Jersey who double-majored in studio art and biology. She currently works as a content creator for an aftermarket automotive company in northwestern New Jersey and is pursuing a master’s degree in entertainment technology at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall.
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