Who is Janet?
Janet Urban is an Emmy award winning sound mixer who teaches a very effective method for becoming “in demand”.
She started 20 years ago in the film industry, without going to film school and worked her way up, starting from knowing nobody… to the highest level work in the industry.
Janet grew up in a small Norwegian town in Wisconsin and now lives in Los Angeles where she spends much of her time working on film sets all over Los Angeles with creative, like-minded people, who are at the top of their game.
If you came across this site, then you might be a rebel. At least, you might be an out-of-the-box thinker. That’s what I am and actually it’s a good thing to be, in the film industry. My life is documented here.
See, we are all freelance. You are hired for shoots, like feature films, music videos, commercials, reality TV shows, entertainment TV, sitcoms, geez, this industry is huge! So, to learn to sink or swim… well, that depends on your ability to play this game!
It’s a fun game, it’s lucrative, and definitely it takes a certain mentality.
Yes, you’ve got to be good. But you’ve also got to be FUN, engaging with people, and it helps if you are FREE.
What do I mean by FREE?
Watch this video of me on set. Dancing. Yes, you will soon see that I’m not a professional dancer, but the Director asked me to warm up the background dancers, so I said, “OK.”
IS THIS FOR ME?
If you’ve never worked a hard day in your life, this is not for you. The film industry is mostly FREELANCE. You work on projects, on shoots for days, months, even years, but nothing is guaranteed. A show may cancel, production may choose to not hire you again, it’s freelance.
Here’s the disclaimer: You may do everything I suggest here on the site and still not have the success you’re looking for. It’s not up to me, it’s up to the people who hire… I can show you how to get experience, understand the unions, SAG, business structure, help you with networking, looking professional, and still there is no guarantee that you’ll ever do well the film industry. However, I believe that good, capable people do rise to the top. And that nothing stops those people. If that’s you, you are in good company here. Questions? Come on to our Facebook fan page and ask me! ;-)