Taking Chances and Finding a Great Career


Actors Fund helped Stephanie Ramos find a new job she loves


Stephanie Ramos moved to New York to be a musical theater performer. She loved acting on stage, and for years had a “patched together career” that paired acting with teaching fitness and marketing. But over time, her priorities changed. She was looking for something new and a meaningful full-time career outside of the performing arts.
“I heard about The Actors Fund and started attending so I could narrow in on what I really wanted to do,” says Ramos. “Now I’m in a new role that I didn’t even know existed.”
Actors Fund helped her think about what she values in a work environment. Searching for her new career alongside others at The Actors Fund helped as well. “I was able to make goals and was held accountable for them.”
Actors Fund encouraged Ramos to use social media platforms to build her professional network and seek out job opportunities. When Ramos saw an interesting position at Mount Sinai Health System, she reached out to the person hiring that role on LinkedIn.
“I don’t think I would have had the guts to do that if I hadn’t learned about taking chances and using social media.”
While the position she was inquiring about was no longer available, it started a conversation with the system that led to other opportunities and finally a position at Mount Sinai Beth Israel that was the perfect fit. She is now a communications manager, focused on internal communications. Ramos puts her creative side to work facilitating communication between the executive team and staff. She creates videos, takes pictures, writes articles, and seeks out new ways to create two-way, interactive communication.
Ramos is still using the networking strategies she learned at Actors Fund to grow in her new career and expand her network.
“What I learned about myself at Actors Fund led me here. It’s the best year that I’ve had in a while.”