Networking Your Way Into A Career

Lately we’ve been bringing up your energy and confidence and how these things will lead to you making that critical jump from outside the industry to being on set. Once you’re on set, how will those things help you build a career? If you can get really good at networking and making relationships, you will move fast in the film industry. This is both a simple and complicated thing to do. Knowing when to ask questions, what kinds of questions to ask, when the right time is to message people for more work, all of these things will have a drastic effect on your success as you’re trying to gain mentors and higher level work. You can make this MUCH easier for yourself just by having a positive, inquisitive attitude…

How to get called FIRST for film industry work!

Production assistants are an essential part of every shoot. When you are a PA on set, recognize the value you have to the shoot and be both physically and mentally present. That’s the baseline: being the asset film professionals expect. We don’t just want to show up, we want to STAND OUT. We want you to go beyond being passably good and become SO good that coordinators and department heads want to see you on every set. Be thinking of little things you can do for them no matter how small you may think those actions are. Remembering the way they like their drink, coming up with a list of places to go for people in from another area. PAs tend to undervalue themselves, even thinking that doing extra tasks…

Your confidence allows others to be confident in you.

If you want to move up quickly in the industry, you have to walk with confidence. When tasks are being delegated, you don’t want people worrying about whether or not you can accomplish them. Everyone develops their own method of getting into a confident state, so find one that works for you. You want to be open, friendly, and excited to be on set. Be that kind of person and professionals won’t worry about giving you challenging tasks with more responsibility. If you find yourself with extra time, just go up to people and ask “what do you need?” Sometimes it’s about making small, simple commitments to yourself to move decisively. You’ll still face moments of shyness and uncertainty, but over time these will stop you from acting less and…

A Career in the Film Industry Without Film School!

You already know what time it is: How do you break into the film industry without film school? That’s what we are all about. There’s no need to get buried in over $100k in debt and taking 4-5 YEARS getting a degree that won’t make the difference between you getting into the industry and getting trapped on the outside. Here’s a short video on how it’s done. This is how I did it, and this is how you can do it too. Let’s break this down: Step 1: Get very clear on what job you want to do. Research as much as you can about that job online. Google searches, Youtube videos, Instagram. Believe me when I say that actually seeing somebody doing the job is going to be extremely…

Path to Producing!

Jen was invited to join the Producer’s Guild of America after working as an associate producer on Top Chef. PGA credits are a big deal; you can only get them by either earning enough credits/hours or being invited. When she found out that Top Chef was going to be filming in her area, she decided she was going to figure out how to get on that set. It’s amazing how simple the industry is when you break it down like Jen did. She saw something she wanted to vector towards, and even though on her own she couldn’t get on that set, one of her contacts with the right connections knew she was good and reached out for her. She made sure she was an asset to production, bringing the…

Path to Directing

I’ve been getting some questions recently about becoming a director, what niches to get into if someone wants to eventually vector into directing, and how to get noticed. Directing is obviously one of the most challenging (and creatively rewarding) paths in the film industry. Here’s a couple videos to get you started, but keep scrolling down to get some of the fine details ;) A network and a body of work are important to every position on set from a PA all the way up to a producer, HOWEVER, some kinds of work are more challenging to get. You’ll need a larger body of work and closer relationships with specific people. If you want to do hair & makeup, camera work, design, etc, your skill and past work can get…

Path to big budget actor?

Relationships relationships relationships. If you’ve been with us a while, you know why we’re repeating that word. The film industry runs on relationships. It is very much a who you know industry, and while that might appear on the surface to be a negative, it’s not. We want to use it to our advantage. When thinking about how actors are chosen for big budget films, the question you should ask is “who were they connected to that got them into the audition room?” Auditions for these kinds of projects are rarely posted; open auditions aren’t the way people get their break like they were in the past. Big-name actors (who weren’t initially vocalists, models, or related to other actors) have their own personal relationships in the industry and/or their agents…

Do you need any special equipment to break into the Film Industry?

The film industry is a creative industry, although many of the departments have a lot of tech and tech oriented people. Having your own equipment will eventually become a great way to increase the amount you can make from each shoot. When you’re first getting started as a production assistant, a smartphone with unlimited data will be essential and the extent of what tech you’ll need. GPS is going to be your best friend and often you’ll want to be able to look things up for the rest of the crew. Eventually you’ll start to move into one of the departments, and, broadly, most people will want to get a laptop. For camera, editors, and sound, this is a place to store and access files from and during the shoot….

Things to Consider When Starting a Podcast

Podcasts are really easy to create and can potentially be a way to earn some extra money while you’re getting established in the film industry. So, how do you start? What are the things you need to be thinking about? (Most of this applies to Youtube/Twitch as well!) In this video we’ll go over three of the most important things to keep in mind. It’s critical to be strategic when getting into something new if you plan to have it grow into something great. To get going, you need a topic that isn’t too specific or too general. If it’s too narrow, the podcast won’t be able to sustain itself because you’ll run out of episode possibilities too quickly. If it’s too broad, it’s hard to keep people engaged because…

Film Industry Jobs in Atlanta and Alabama | A-list Mentor Patrick

Currently, Atlanta is the largest film market in the world, focusing on scripted TV as well as feature films. A-list Mentor Patrick is an IATSE 479 union member there and has worked on a number of big shows in the sound department including The Walking Dead (he got to be a zombie 😃) and Stranger Things. With all the shoots happening, there are always open production jobs in Atlanta. Patrick has taken advantage of this, day playing to get on a lot of shoots and expand his network. This has helped land him work on more shows as well as feature films. Atlanta is the biggest market in the area, far busier and more developed than anything else in the region. This means that production workers from Atlanta are often…