How Covid 19 is changing the future of the film industry

Everyone in the film industry is closely watching how Covid 19 is changing the future of the film industry. One thing is for sure, it’s a good time to be getting into the industry to start a career in film. There will be surge of production upon re-opening. We will see changes to the way we do things on film sets, including following new guidelines like wearing PPE. The challenge production faces when the film industry re-opens is a battle for production houses, film crews, and equipment. There is a lot of content being written right now. What’s planned for fall will still film in the fall. The content that was put on hold in the spring is also going to pick up in the fall. This means film crews…

$1,000 per day as a Producer?

Is it really possible to make $1000 per day as a producer? Yes! Even if you have the dream but no experience as a movie producer, you can be working on set as a Production Assistant, learning from producers in production offices and assisting them on set. You can get into the film industry from anywhere. You don’t have to move to a big city to find opportunities. Bridget joined the A-List Work-Study Program in Kansas City, Missouri. She’s worked for Budweiser, Met Life, Google, Pepsi, Apple, and Peyton Manning (where he does his jingle). She makes $1,000 a day as a producer. Bridget started as a production assistant making $200 a day where she worked on indie films and documentaries. People paid her to learn how to do the…

Why Doesn’t Auditioning Work!?

How do you find auditions? That’s the most common question we get. The problem is, the auditions you can find are not the professional work. They are mostly shorts, freebie shoots, and student films. One of the best things you can do to get on set and make relationships with your buyers. Your buyers are producers and directors, the people who decide who they give the role to. Your buyers aren’t casting directors. CDs bring you into the room, but don’t make the final decision. Once you’re on set, your buyers can refer you to agents and coaches. So, that’s another reason to get on professional sets. Bottom line: Expand your connection through working on professionals sets, instead of auditioning for freebies. You’ll be instantly in a whole new world…

Case Study | Jocelyn talks about Film School

Case study: Jocelyn talks about film school and explores a few reasons why film school may not prepare you for the industry. If you are thinking about getting into film school, acting school, or any other industry related education, you’ll want to listen to what Jocelyn has to say. It’s true that there is a lot to learn in film. One way is to learn through a mentor-to-apprentice relationship, right on set. You don’t need to pack your bags and head to a film school in a distant city. You can find opportunities to get on set in the area where you live. Production happens everywhere. A-List mentor Jocelyn joined the A-List Work Study Program and implemented the steps. She not only got on set, she got promoted. She’s worked…

The plan if you’re in a minor market and want to DP

Know the plan if you’re in a minor market and want to DP. Minor markets are a great place to begin a career in film. You’ll be getting experience as a production assistant, which will ready you for the big leagues of the film industry. Many people chase their dreams of working in the film industry. They pack their bags and move to one of the big cities like Los Angeles. When they get there, they expect they are going to succeed. People who don’t have inside connections in the major markets often remain on the outside. If you’re in a minor market and you want to DP, you might be in the perfect place. Minor markets are accessible markets. You can make the connections and learn the skills on…

Bummed You Didn’t Get The Job?

Bummed you didn’t get the job? What do you do if you go after Disney or Netflix and they don’t go with you? All you do is learn the moral from it and focus on the great future you’re going to have. This is called failing forward, when you have a vision and keep things in their proper perspective. Don’t take it to heart when you don’t get a job. You don’t know the reason why you didn’t get it. It’s not about you. The film industry is full of people who are fun loving and exciting to work with. Keep your eye on the future, because you never know what opportunity will be coming next. Maintaining a good attitude and a positive outlook on your career are essential. With…

Avoid the “Scarcity Mindset!”

Avoid the “Scarcity Mindset!” in the film industry. The scarcity mindset happens when your career depends on one professional. The film industry is a freelance business. The better you network, the more career progression you will have. Build genuine relationships and friendships with other film professionals for successful networking. Here’s an example of when you can find your career stunted. You work with a production company and that’s all you know. The person who hired you moves up into another position. They then bring in a new producer and the person they hire may not be you. You’re out of a job. Worse, you’ve stunted your career because that producer who moved up was your connection. This is what we mean by the scarcity mindset. You don’t develop the connections…

Ashley Graham Commercial Shoot at My House :)

I recently had an Ashley Graham commercial shoot at my house. Working in the film industry is always an adventure. Every single day is different. There are boundless opportunities to make money, too. Production paid good money to use my home because it had the look they were going for. Most people who want to work in the film industry just don’t understand how much opportunity there is. I’m an insider in this business, and have been for many years. If you want this life bad enough, it’s possible to have it. Do you want to work in the film industry because it provides opportunities to be creative? To travel? There are many creative people in film, and you can travel to locations too. Are you unsure of what direction…

Focus on the Right Things

The film industry is an exciting place to be, so focus on the right thing. There is so much opportunity for career progression. You can climb the career ladder when you develop relationships and have the right mentality. Focus on results, not on your fears. When you hear the words, ‘focus on results’, what do you hear? How about your friendships and your relationships. So much of the film industry happens on set with the relationships you make with other professionals. Instead of thinking, ‘get get get’, think about the other people and what they need. Smile, be thoughtful, and pay attention. Slow down in your mind and be part of a film crew doing great work. This is a different kind of mindset than the one you have coming…

Breaking Into The Film Industry & Staying Active | Have Film Sets Reach Out To You

A-List mentor Crystal talks about breaking into the film industry & staying active, as well as how to have film sets reach out to you. You can leave the 9-5 and be working in the film industry sooner than you think.  During dry spells like Covid 19, develop your confidence to be called when work picks up. Learn how to be headhunted. Crystal is like a lot of people. They’ve been to film school, graduate, and aren’t able to find work. It has nothing to do with their knowledge or motivation. The film industry is built on relationships. Learn how to connect with people who can get you on set, and you can be in a position like Crystal where people reach out to you. Crystal learned how to find…