first lady Michelle Obama speaks as (L-R) actress Whoopi Goldberg, actress Blake Lively, actress Naomie Harris listen during a workshop for high school students from DC, New York and Boston about careers in film production November 8, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks as (L-R) actress Whoopi Goldberg, actress Blake Lively, actress Naomie Harris listen during a workshop for high school students from DC, New York and Boston about careers in film production November 8, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

*The White House has posted video and pics of First Lady Michelle Obama’s first ever “Careers in Film Symposium,” which was held Friday in the East Room for high school students from Washington, New York, and Boston.

The symposium was designed to tell students about animation, special effects, make-up, costume, direction, music and sound effects.

Actors and directors, including Whoopi Goldberg, Naomie Harris, Ryan Coogler, David Frankel, Blake Lively, and moderator Gayle King, also told them about how their education helped them succeed.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks as (L-R) director David Frankel, director Ryan Coogler, production executive Harvey Weinstein, actress Whoopi Goldberg, actress Blake Lively, producer Bruce Cohen, and editor-at-large of The Oprah Magazine Gayle King listen during a workshop for high school students from DC, New York and Boston about careers in film production November 8, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks as (L-R) director David Frankel, director Ryan Coogler, production executive Harvey Weinstein, actress Whoopi Goldberg, actress Blake Lively, producer Bruce Cohen, and editor-at-large of The Oprah Magazine Gayle King listen during a workshop for high school students from DC, New York and Boston about careers in film production November 8, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

FLOTUS encouraged the students to continue chasing their dreams in film, but to never forget the importance of education and the ability to overcome adversity.

“Once you find that passion, whether it’s film — maybe it’s science or business, maybe it’s teaching — anything, you have got to get your education. That’s the bottom line,” she said.

Actress Whoopi Goldberg (L) speaks as actress Blake Lively (R) listens during a workshop for high school students from DC, New York and Boston about careers in film production November 8, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

Actress Whoopi Goldberg (L) speaks as actress Blake Lively (R) listens during a workshop for high school students from DC, New York and Boston about careers in film production November 8, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

Encouraging the students to take advantage of their time with the panel, Mrs. Obama said: “Ask a lot of questions. Find out who these folks are, what they did. What made them afraid. What was hard. Get as much information as you can. And then go back and work hard.”

Watch video below.