Focus on the Right Things

The film industry is an exciting place to be, so focus on the right things. There are opportunities everywhere to push your career forward. You can climb this career ladder when you develop relationships and have the right mentality. Focus on the resul The film industry is an exciting place to be, so focus on the right things. There are opportunities everywhere to push your career forward. You can climb this career ladder when you develop relationships and have the right mentality. Focus on the result you want and not on your fears. When you hear the words, ‘focus on results’, what do you hear? Let’s think about this in terms of your friendships and relationships. On set, these are how you make sure you’re getting consistent work. You…

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

You can leave the 9-5 grind and be working in the film industry sooner than you think. During dry spells (like the pandemic we’re experiencing now) you can continue to develop your confidence and maintain relationships with people you’ve worked with so far. A-list Mentor Crystal worked hard to break into the industry and move up the ranks and has been able to remain active even during the shutdown: You can leave the 9-5 grind and be working in the film industry sooner than you think. During dry spells (like the pandemic we’re experiencing now) you can continue to develop your confidence and maintain relationships with people you’ve worked with so far. A-list Mentor Crystal worked hard to break Crystal is like a lot of people. They go to film…

Jeremy Quit His Job To Headline Comedy Shows | Quit Your 9 to 5

Jeremy left a well-paying job in marketing and is now a successful headliner comedian. He’s become a peer and friend to comics like Michelle Wolf, Hasan Minhaj, Jim Gaffigan, Kurt Metzget, Sarah Silverman, Ali Wong, and Brian Regan. At one time he felt isolated and disconnected from his goals and aspirations, only to later become a huge success. Jeremy left a well-paying job in marketing and is now a successful headliner comedian. He’s become a peer and friend to comics like Michelle Wolf, Hasan Minhaj, Jim Gaffigan, Kurt Metzget, Sarah Silverman, Ali Wong, and Brian Regan. At one time he felt isolated and disconnected from his goals and as When you’re working a 9-5 job and want to work in the film industry, you can feel like Jeremy did— disconnected…

Reaching Out & Following Up | Networking Tips From The Film Industry

In the film industry, your success depends on reaching out and following up. It’s a relationships business, so you need to know how to make and maintain connections. In many ways this network will literally become your career. Many film professionals get stuck doing the same job for a long time. It’s not uncommon to hear about people who were production assistants for five, even ten years. They had aspirations of moving into a craft but instead found themselves stuck doing the same thing. They were trapped because they didn’t know how to make the connections that could have moved them forward. If they’re lucky, they at some point have an opportunity to progress randomly land in front of them. That isn’t at all what we want for you. The…

Film School vs FIF

Like many people in the film industry, A-list Mentor Crystal went to film school thinking a degree would get her ahead in the film industry. Upon graduation, she found that not to be the case, and was having a hard time figuring out how to even get in. There’s another, better way to break into the professional industry. Like many people in the film industry, A-list Mentor Crystal went to film school thinking a degree would get her ahead in the film industry. Upon graduation, she found that not to be the case, and was having a hard time figuring out how to even get in. There’s another, better way to break into the p Film is a creative field built on something very similar to apprenticeships. When you’re getting…

Hotels.com Shoot at My House!

Watch this Hotels.com shoot at my house! Getting into the film industry can be a great decision. There are all kinds of creative career paths you can take in the film industry. I work in commercials and I love it. Are you dissatisfied with your re Watch this Hotels.com shoot at my house! Getting into the film industry can be a great decision. There are all kinds of creative career paths you can take in the film industry. I work in commercials and I love it. Are you dissatisfied with your regular job? There are many opportunities for creative work in the film industry. You can also get opportunities to work with professionals who become your friends. I knew people who worked on the Hotels.com shoot at my house….

We need to be love

I came across a good article about pain many African Americans experience. I read an article that really impacted me. Below I put the section that stuck with me the most. I feel that what people need is to be seen and loved. They need to feel validated, like they matter. There’s still work to be done, but more than ever before marginalized people are being given a voice without fear of being seen as lazy or like they’re complaining. Pain is pain is pain. Life can be painful, and I can’t truly understand what it’s like to be unable to express that pain because of my race. So, please be heard… you can express your pain. It does wonders to get it out of you and onto paper or…

What CASTING DIRECTORS and PRODUCERS WANT in an Audition

What actors think casting directors and producers want is often different from the reality of what they want. This knowledge can’t be found in film school and will drastically increase your chances of getting a role. Bonnie Gillespie and Judy Greer came to my house recently. Bonnie is a casting director and Judy is an actress. I got to ask them what directors and producers look for in the audition room. Their answer boils down to this: they don’t want an actor. They want you— “1000 watts” of you, as they said. They want to see someone interesting and passionate, enjoying their life. They want a personality. What actors think casting directors and producers want is often different from the reality of what they want. This knowledge can’t be found…

Don’t wait for a career to happen magically. Go and create one for yourself!

Parker is an inspiration to everyone hoping for a career in film. Through the network she built, she got a job with the Disney Channel in Maine. She was the only production assistant they flew out for the shoot. Parker hopes her story will inspire you to keep rolling. In this video, notice how her connections lead to more work with more responsibility. Her success isn’t an accident, it’s something she built intentionally. Parker is an inspiration to everyone hoping for a career in film. Through the network she built, she got a job with the Disney Channel in Maine. She was the only production assistant they flew out for the shoot. Parker hopes her story will inspire you to keep rolling. In this video, notice how her c Parker…

85% of people hate their jobs. You could be full-time working in film!

A-Lister Danielle wasn’t just out of college, she’d been in the corporate world for a long time. She was depressed and dissatisfied with her job. She followed the methods in the A-List program and wound up on set in less than a month. Within ten months, she had developed a name for herself. People come to her because they’ve heard of her. She has jobs flying all around, and works mostly as an assistant director today. That’s an absolutely INSANE pace, and that’s what we want for everyone in our program. A-Lister Danielle wasn’t just out of college, she'd been in the corporate world for a long time. She was depressed and dissatisfied with her job. She followed the methods in the A-List program and wound up on set in…