Avoiding a common career-killing pitfall

Some people break into film and work for a while without avoiding a common career-killing pitfall. They expect to move up into their craft and have a successful career in film. When some people get stuck, they mistakenly believe film school might help them. Film school only leads to debt and frustration. Others work with a particular acting agent or director or other professional for months or years. That may provide a steady income for a time until that professional moves on. You don’t want to get stuck in a situation where you are dependent on a few professionals for your success. Reliance on a few key people is one of the most common pitfalls that can stifle or even end your career. It’s often why, for example, some actors…

Making friends in the film industry Networking leads to job opportunities

Making friends in the film industry and networking leads to job opportunities. There are many different types of jobs on filmsets. Understand how different jobs function as part of the whole and you’re easy to work with. The film industry is a great place to make friends for life. You’ll be networking with your friends your entire career, since all the job opportunities come from the inside. Getting work in the film industry is all about who you know. It’s a people intensive business. The biggest challenge to breaking in is making those initial connections. Once you break through, you need to cultivate friendships with insiders. Whether you are first breaking in or looking to move into your craft, you need the right mindset.  People who wind up in dead…

Just Doing It. Putting Yourself Out There

A huge part of being successful in the film industry is just doing it. Putting yourself out there to get on set and meeting with professionals gets you on the inside. People who get into film take action. They are opening doors in the film industry all of the time. You need to take action in order to break into film. You need to meet the professionals who can hire you and refer you. Many people don’t know how to open the doors to the film industry at all! They spend years frustrated and discouraged because it seems like all of the good jobs are already taken by the insiders. This isn’t true at all. There is plenty of opportunity to work in the film industry, and professionals hire new…

Shifting Identity and Bringing Energy to Set | The Learning Curve

Shifting identity and bringing energy to set – the learning curve, is a group of empowering techniques and skills you need to learn to overcome fears. The film industry is an exciting place to be! You will work with the fears stopping you from pursuing your dream. Alex started as a production assistant on set and did that work for some time. When he moved into camera, which is his specialty, he was uncomfortable working in a new department. Camera is a completely different niche than working as a production assistant. For film professionals, nervousness doesn’t go away. Insiders learn how to work with their fears so they bring the right energy to the set. The film industry is a massive world, and every project is different. There is so…

Sparkman Got Fired As A Waitress So She Made a Feature Film

A-Lister Sparkman got fired as a waitress so she made a feature film. She applied A-List methods and moved fast in the film industry. Sparkman learned Get It Factor, which taught her how to network with insiders. In short time, she went from her lost job to an associate producer at an ad agency. Her film Greta is on Amazon Prime. Sparkman worked a low pay job as a cocktail waitress and suffered from depression. It was tough for her to get up every day and go to a job she didn’t like. She wanted to work in film, yet saw herself becoming the cliche story of the waitress who never gets a break. She found the A-List Work Study Program and signed up. She realized she was able to…

Moving to LA and Working in Film // Friends in Film Success Story

Moving to LA and working in film is something many people want to do, and Jake is a Friends in Film success story who did exactly that. Jake went from a small town in Maine to working on professional shoots in Hollywood. When he lived in Maine, he worked in a call center and knew it wasn’t what he should do with his talent. He was sick of it and wanted to be working in creative jobs. Starting in Maine was how he got resume experience so that when he got to LA, he found jobs in art department. The film industry is the best business to be in. The people are fun, there is plenty of travel, the work is creative, and the money is fantastic. Every day is…

How to go from $60K debt to being a camera operator!

Goren figured out how to go from $60,000 in debt to being a camera operator! The film industry is full of opportunity when you know how to connect with professionals. You don’t need experience to break into the film industry, just some guts and the right mentality. You’ll learn everything you need to know on set, just like an apprenticeship! Goren went from real estate rentals in New York City to director of photography. He started as a camera assistant, did video production, and went to camera operator jobs! LISTEN UP! There is so much money to be made in the film industry! You don’t have to sink under mountains of debt to learn this business. The film industry is BOOMING! No matter where you live, shoots are happening. Fear…

What jobs in film should you be doing?

What jobs in film should you be doing? That depends on what job in film you want to be doing! There are so many different types of exciting jobs in the film industry that it may be difficult to decide which one should become your career path! You already have skills from the job you already do. Just take a self-inventory of the skills you have. You’ll spot skills you already have that you can use on set. Then watch through this video and see what jobs you would love to do. There is a lot of opportunity in the film industry. Shoots are happening everywhere! Maybe you already know what job you want to vector to. If you’re not sure, that’s OK. Either way, you need to get on…

AFRAID it’s not gonna work? Negative Thoughts When Trying To Get Into The Film Industry

Are you afraid it’s not gonna work? Negative thoughts when trying to get into the film industry can hamper your self-confidence. You want to stay motivated. Goran is one of many success stories coming out of Friends in Film and even he had trouble taking the first step! Fear of failing is one of the biggest things that stop people from living their dream life. Everyone who has ever succeeded at anything had negative thoughts. It’s simply human nature. We all have our fears of failing. We all deal with lapses in our self-confidence. It’s normal, but don’t make it something that stops you. Pursue your career in the film industry anyway. Goren is a wildly successful director of photography. He saw ads for Friends in Film for six months…

How do you become a Producer in the Film Industry?

How do you become a producer in the film industry? Many people dream about becoming a producer. If you’ve been wondering why it is so difficult to learn the requirements to become one, it’s because everyone learns everything in this industry on set. There are ways to become a film producer and all of them happen from the inside. You can achieve your dream as a filmmaker once the professionals get to know you. Film school may seem like the best way into this industry. Before long, though, you’re tens of thousands of dollars in debt. The hard reality is that film school won’t land you the job you want, and it will not teach you how to get ahead. A-List Mentor Crystal went to film school, like a lot…