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. 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 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…

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. 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…

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. 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…

Become In Demand and Let Work Find You

When you become in demand on set, you won’t have to expend a ton of energy looking for jobs. Instead, they’ll come looking for you. When you become in demand on set, you won't have to expend a ton of energy looking for jobs. Instead, they'll come looking for you. When you first start out, you'll be getting on as many shoots as possible by any means necessary. Student films and short films will be the When you first start out, you’ll be getting on as many shoots as possible by any means necessary. Student films and short films will be the bulk of the early shoots you get on. During that time, learn as much as you can about every aspect of the film set from the procedures…

Supply & Demand in the Film Industry | COVID Shutdown

Demand: Enough people to work three times the number of shoots that would normally be happening. Current Supply: The same number of people that were around before the COVID shutdown. What's going to happen? First, there isn't going to be enough people to fill top roles l Demand: Enough people to work three times the number of shoots that would normally be happening. Current Supply: The same number of people that were around before the COVID shutdown. What’s going to happen? First, there isn’t going to be enough people to fill top roles like department heads. This will cause a lot of people to be shifted up, vacating mid and low level positions like ACs, Wardrobe Assistants, and PAs. Coordinators and department heads are going to have to dive…

Make every acting agent want to represent you | How to get an acting agent

If you’re an actor or aspiring actor and planning to make a career for yourself in a big market, you’ll eventually need to get an agent. In this video, Tamara talks about her experience with gaining representation as an actress, including some important potential pitfalls! If you're an actor or aspiring actor and planning to make a career for yourself in a big market, you'll eventually need to get an agent. In this video, Tamara talks about her experience with gaining representation as an actress, including some important potential pitfalls! In the acting world, networking and relationships are just as important as your acting skills. In the beginning, you’ll be getting acting experience on free shoots to get the necessary materials to make a reel and the credits to…

What makes a good acting reel? Examples, monologue and demos

What clips belong in your demo reel? Here are some tips for aspiring actors! What clips belong in your demo reel? Here are some tips for aspiring actors! Of course, quality over quantity is the theme of today. You may be inclined to fill your reel with as many clips as possible to show that you have experience, but this will work against you. You Of course, quality over quantity is the theme of today. You may be inclined to fill your reel with as many clips as possible to show that you have experience, but this will work against you. You don’t want your reel to be too long. Don’t dilute the best image of yourself with average clips. Use your best performances to show the strongest image…

The Last Woman Standing | How Tamara Started Working On Mythbusters

The skills you’ve already developed throughout life will set you apart from other actors. You can actually cultivate a personality that connects you harmoniously with other people; you don’t have to be born that way :) Department heads will see that, as well as the directors and producers who fill acting roles, and remember you for it. That will lead to future work in both production and acting, because who wouldn’t want to be around someone who makes them feel great? By working in production, you’ll be music to the ears of film professionals who hire you. They want someone who understands everything happening on set, how the different departments interact, and what everyone needs. Tamara’s background in science and engineering made her the perfect addition to the MythBusters team,…

Study Your Audience, Get Your Content In Front Of Them & Make Waves

We all know that the world’s attention is on short form content. Let’s use this to our advantage as artists. We all know that the world's attention is on short form content. Let's use this to our advantage as artists. Dream up the target person who'd love your content, music, videos, etc and ask yourself these important questions: Where are they? Where do they shop? Where do th Dream up the target person who’d love your content, music, videos, etc and ask yourself these important questions: Where are they? Where do they shop? Where do they eat? How do they consume content? YouTube? TikTok? Twitch? Instagram? What kind of videos do they search for and end up watching? Do they read Blogs? What kinds? Make a TikTok video at…

Your Online Following Can Sell You— Use It

Lady Gaga’s product was focused and undeniable. She had an impressive digital footprint and her live show was one you had to tell everyone about. Her performance forced her audience to pay attention, and people couldn’t help but tell everyone about her. No wonder she’s a mega star now. She did the leg work playing in small NY pubs and perfecting her craft, using word of mouth to get her brand in people’s heads. Lady Gaga’s product was focused and undeniable. She had an impressive digital footprint and her live show was one you had to tell everyone about. Her performance forced her audience to pay attention, and people couldn't help but tell everyone about her. No wonder she’s a mega star now. She did the l If you spend…