With 18 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Krista Parkinson is living her passion and teaching students the art of gainful employment in Hollywood. Those same principles can be applied by any recent graduate to any sector of business.
When Krista moved to Hollywood in 1997 fresh from Brigham Young University, she had no idea how to find her first job in the entertainment world, much less how to help anyone else. With a phone call from her grandfather and a little luck, she was able to get her first job as a temp at the iconic William Morris talent agency (now WME/IMG).
She worked her way up the career ladder from assistant to talent agent in the TV department. She represented talent, producers, directors and writers in unscripted television. With this experience, she left the representation business and worked as the VP of Development for Tony Hawk’s production company 900 Films.
From 2007-14, Ms. Parkinson worked as SVP of business development and marketing for Content Partners, a unique entertainment finance company that buys backend profit participations in Film and Television. Her responsibilities included developing and maintaining strong relationships with lawyers, managers, wealth managers, and others who have entertainment industry clients while assisting in raising capital for the funds, marketing and working in various stages of the deal making process.
In 2012, Freeform bought a sitcom based on her life’s experiences where she served as Executive Producer.
Since 2013, Krista serves as an adjunct Professor in the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she teaches a course she created called “Breaking Into the Entertainment Business.” She is the founder of MyGradsGetJobs.com, the hub of all things job related for the junior, senior and recent college graduate who want to work in Hollywood.