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Profile: Carly Susral, Head of SCOPE Productions

Posted on: September 23, 2010

Imagine being the head of a company: having to make decisions that affect not only all of your employees, but your customers as well.  As head of the company, you are in charge of many employees, the daily ins and out of the company, and are the one that takes the blame is anything goes wrong.  Quite a stressful job. Now imagine being a full-time student and having a part-time job on top of that stress.

This is what University of Iowa student, Carly Susral does on a daily basis.  Carly is the Director of Operations of SCOPE Productions, the University’s student-run production company.  In addition, she also works at the University’s Marketing and Design and is a full-time student.  With all of these jobs, Carly keeps busy.

Carly was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa.  She lived with her parents, four brothers, and chocolate lab, Coco.  She attended Valley High School before attending the University of Iowa.

While at college, Carly majored in Journalism with an art emphasis.  Second semester of her freshman year she joined SCOPE as a general committee member.  Her sophomore year she was hired as the Internet Coordinator for the production company and became the head marketing director her junior year.  As a senior, she was chosen to take the position of Director of Operations for SCOPE.

SCOPE is the University of Iowa’s concert production company.  It is completely student run and employs approximately fifty students per year.  The organization consists of fourteen paid directors and thirty to forty volunteer general committee members.  The group is responsible for completing every aspect of a concert from booking the talent, marketing the event, setting up and tearing down the show, doing hospitality for the artists, and setting with the bands at the end.

As the Director of Operations, Carly is responsible for approving all of the marketing, organizing each of the directors and delegating specific duties to each person, and overseeing all of the volunteer members.   She is responsible for finalizing contracts with the visiting artists and booking the venue for the concert.  She also plans, organizes and runs the weekly meetings for both directors and general committee members.

Overall she estimates that she puts in about thirty hours a week into SCOPE on a normal week and 50 hours a week if there is a concert.  On top of that major time commitment, she is enrolled in sixteen semester hours of classes at the University of Iowa and works about ten hours a week at Marketing and Design at the IMU.

Although her schedule is jam packed with all these things, Carly still makes time to do the things she loves.  In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family.  Carly enjoys going to DC’s and Mickey’s with her friends and goes to dinner with her little brother every Sunday to catch up on the week.   She also enjoys watching Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, although due to her busy schedule, usually has to watch them online after the new episodes have already aired.  She loves going to Blackhawks games and also likes to go shopping on her days off, especially for clothes that are purple or have ruffles.

Although all of her activities cut into her free time, Carly refuses to give any of them up.  “I’m almost done with school, which will be really nice in the spring.   I thought about quitting Marketing and Design when I became the Director or Operations for SCOPE but it has always been a ready good job and has helped me learn a lot about web design.  Getting the head position on SCOPE will hopefully help me land one of my dream jobs.”  Her secret to making it all work is by prioritizing.  She makes daily lists to see what needs to be done that day and plans accordingly.

After Carly is finished with school she hopes to get a job doing web design for a music venue in Chicago or Milwaukee.


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