SONYA DEROSE | A new start
After receiving an A.A. Degree in Business Technology, Sonya went to work in sales and marketing in the cable television industry where she rose to Director of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for several networks including BET and E! Entertainment Television. She then joined the Gospel Music Channel, based in Atlanta, to establish a West Coast ofﬁce.
Her duties included traveling around the country to promote and sell-in the independent network to various cable and satellite companies. But in the last recession, the company closed the West Coast office and she was laid off. After researching careers, Sonya felt Paralegal was a good fit. "“I want something that is always needed. The legal system will never stop.You can apply paralegal skills anywhere, working for a law ﬁrm, a company/corporation or as an independent contractor."
Sonya set her sites on Sony Pictures Entertainment and began attending networking events and browsing their website. She applied for and was granted a college-credit internship which became a full time position in Sony's EVP Music Affairs Group.
Sonya is thankful to her West and her professors for helping her get a new start in a satisfying career. “Having been taught by instructors with real world experience and knowledge was deﬁ nitely a plus."