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. Film is a creative field built on something very similar to apprenticeships. When you’re getting started in the industry, you’re going to need mentors to teach you and help point you towards resources and connections if you want to move fast. There are many opportunities to create these kinds of relationships on set. Working on a lot of sets as a production assistant will, among other things, give you crucial face time…

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 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. Some of them didn’t even know we were shooting the commercial at my house. I’ll never forget their reactions when they realized they were shooting at my place. The film industry is built on relationships. You can be working again and again with people you like. Often,…

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. You want to maximize your chances at every audition. Many roles are looking for a certain look, and that’s not something you can…

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 accelerated her career using A-list methods, taking on the right energy and bringing nothing but positivity to set. She is known for her bright attitude and exuberant energy. This is a who-you-know industry, and you want people to know you because you’re great to work with. The right attitude and mindset will get you connected and…

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. We don’t want people to be stuck as production assistants for 10 years. That’s why our methods are designed to get you on set as soon as possible and give you the necessary tools to move up quickly. It’s…

Road to professional acting?

There are few people on the real road to professional acting. There are millions of actors in acting schools, taking classes, yet they aren’t working. Careers in the film industry are launched right on set. With all of the out-of-work actors out there, it’s easy to think there is almost no chance of working. What is an actor to do? One way is to get on set doing other jobs. On set, you make the important connections with the people who can put you in front of the camera. This means you can become a professional actor by  working on set. You can meet the people who can put you in the show. What’s good about working on set is that you don’t need any experience to begin.  Insiders often…

How to work when you’re worrying

When you know how to work when you’re worrying, then you’ll be a powerful force in the film industry. Most people get nervous about working in the film industry. Opportunities abound to make a big impact on the world, and you can connect with top industry insiders on set. The key is to work anyway. The last thing you want is for worry to derail your career. Everyone in this industry has their fears. We think that the more we worry the more we can figure things out. All of your worrying is only going to make you suffer. Once you realize that everyone is worried about something, you understand that everyone is having a similar experience. You aren’t unique. Everyone else wants to look good, just like you. You…

Black lives matter thoughts

I thought I had this morning as I am reading the news and learning more about black lives matter, history, oppression and reading about these police forces. I’m wondering, even in the wake of understanding the racism out there that exists, and it is something that our black people have been putting up with their whole lives, and now the world is getting educated on what that has been and how that feels. So I’m wondering, how do we go forward? For someone who is black, what kind of worldview do we need to have to be able to have success? so that we are in a great state and can create these amazing lives that we all want? Of course we all know that being angry, or being guarded,…