Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Ikechukwu Sharpe, '18, works for Creative Artists Agency

Ikechukwu SharpeIkechukwu Sharpe, '18. "After going through the job-application process for a couple of months, I was given the opportunity to work at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles California, one of the biggest talent agencies in the world.

I entered Loyola unsure of what to major in. However, my life changed in Dr. Camper's Effective Writing class. All it took was one assignment to shift my focus to my love I have for writing. I was tasked in composing a review of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for fans unfamiliar of his work. In a time when West’s public image was tainted due to the Taylor Swift incident, I tailored an essay that spoke to Swift fans. I finally declared a Writing and Communications Interdisciplinary major and never looked back. I tacked on a marketing minor due to my curiosity in finding ways to sell a product.

Professor Fish’s classes taught me how to stray away from the cliches, the importance of showing vs. telling, and finding unique ways to creatively tell the stories. Dr. Crotty’s Intro to Creative Nonfiction class inspired me to dig deep into my past to uncover my future. Take Dr. Southworth’s Screenwriting if you want to push your writing creatively on a deadline. Finally, any class with Dr. Brizee will show you the importance of writing in the workplace. I can’t stress enough how being able to write will separate you from the pack in the work field. During my last year at Loyola, I created a documentary on Bri Betz-White, point guard for the women’s team. That passion project roused me to explore the filming world and be curious about the entertainment industry. Creative Artists Agency provides top clients in the entertainment industry opportunities to further their career or brand. It is an amazing collaborative environment."

Lucas Southworth

Lucas Southworth

This associate professor of writing encourages students to think of themselves as a community of artists