About Entry Level Escapades


“What do you want to be when you grow up?

Fom the time we’re little, we’re asked this age-old question. Sometimes the answer changes as we change. Some of us explore several different career paths before finding the perfect fit. And yet, others just know. Regardless, talking about starting your career is very different than actually starting your career. The truth of the matter is, it can be very overwhelming.

Entry Level Escapades is dedicated to helping young people navigate the early stages of their careers. From college, to internships; interviewing to first jobs – ELE will provide insight, testimonials, and guidance to help you pave your own path. ELE is your resource to bridge the gap between talking about your career and living it.


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About The Team



Founder and Editor

Natalie Bounassar is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she studied Media Management. Natalie was originally a Musical Theatre major, having spent two years at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. During her time at CCM, Natalie founded the first annual “Carols for a Cause.” Using the wide variety of talents that surrounded her, she mounted a benefit concert, the proceeds of which were donated to a local homeless shelter. Carols for a Cause has become a traditional holiday event at CCM, each year serving a different charity. Natalie is still actively working in the entertainment industry but behind the scenes. She is Lebanese and a vegetarian, which works – she just eats lots of hummus!

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Fashion Contributor and Public Relations

Maria Zivoli is a Chicago native and loves being close to her big Italian family. She is a project manager at VSA Partners and integrated marketing firm and previously worked as production assistant for Chicago’s very own morning talk show, “Windy City Live.”  Before starting her career in media, Maria developed, Wax on Wheels, a traveling aesthetic company that performs everything from personalized facials to waxing. Maria views fashion as an art and likes to contribute to it at any chance she sees fit. In her spare time Maria loves networking and connecting with people in all areas of life.

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Executive Producer/Co-Creator – ELEtv

Emerald-Jane Hunter (EJ) is a two-time Emmy Award winning Broadcast Producer and President of Emerald-Jane Productions, Inc.
EJ‘s passion is storytelling. She grew up in Ghana, West-Africa in a home where reading and storytelling was the core foundation of what the family did. Her mother was an educator who also headed up the Ghana Library Board and was an international storyteller.
Her production credits include work on Oprah’s Big Give, American Idol, American Inventor, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards, BET’sSunday Best, WeTV’s Bridezillas and more. Emerald-Jane is also the owner of Emerald-Jane Productions, Inc., a full-service production company for television, video and new media projects. Some of her bookings include William H. Macy, Robin Roberts, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson, Will Ferrell, Sting, Octavia Spencer, Trey Songz, Vince Vaughn, Dan Aykroyd, Tony Goldwyn and many more.

Web design by Matt Bohlman. Photography by Sarah Kokes.