Film School vs No Film School vs Online Film School

Hollywood actor Parker explains film school vs no film school vs online film school. After working on film sets in Ohio she began implementing what she learned to start getting on bigger projects in Hollywood like America’s Got Talent, Disney Fairy Tale Weddings and wielding a Chinese broad sword in the Dance Gavin Dance music video “Head Hunter”. She’s even worked on set with Terry Crews! You might have a Hollywood opportunity to wear many hats on set like Parker did working on this Walmart job with Terry. They kept changing the script so she started writing cue cards for Terry! As well as helping the 1st AD. Working on set will teach you things that you will not learn at film school! The best way to learn any craft…

How to Become a Stuntman or Stuntwoman

Have you thought about how to become a stuntman or stuntwoman for movies and music videos? Parker is a professional action actor doing character work on Disney Fairy Tale Weddings and the Dance Gavin Dance music video “Head Hunter”. In this video she goes over stunt double requirements and how to find job openings in Hollywood. Finding a niche in the film industry like stunts does huge things for your career! Now Parker has this additional skill and unique experience for her passion which is acting! Building connections with people is how you get work in this industry. So building relationships with the people you train with is important! That is how we get most of our work, through referrals from friends. Now Parker is working out in gyms you…

Finding Success in the Film Industry

Pursuing your dreams to work in the Film Industry can often seem like a maze that doesn’t have a clear entry or exit. Life before Friends In Film is different for everyone. Even finding a network of support, or an understanding of what it takes to build a high-paying career in the Film Industry often appears to be an uphill battle. But, the good news is – there’s plenty of people who are or were in the same spot! Crystal, who resides in Texas, began Friends In Film from the recommendation of a professor while obtaining an undergraduate degree in film and graphic design. After college, she spent years on small independent film projects with little to no-pay, but couldn’t understand why it seemed so difficult to break into paid…

Why a degree isn’t needed in the film industry

A lot of people struggle to decide if film school is worth their time and money. They wonder if spending tens of thousands of dollars will help them achieve their film industry goals of becoming a director or producer. We had the opportunity to speak with A-lister Jocelyn. A-list enabled her to quickly quit her successful corporate-world career as a commercial real estate agent in Atlanta. She loves to share her insight about her rapid rise to assistant director since joining the A-list mentorship program. Jocelyn dreamed of working in film. She believed she would easily land film industry work with an expensive film degree. Instead, she found the A-list method before spending tens of thousands of dollars on traditional schooling. Breaking into and advancing upwards in the film industry…

Is film school worth it?

First of all, I love learning. I know how valuable it is and I’m not saying that you won’t learn anything in film school. If there is something you want in your life, a class can jumpstart you to do all the right things to make it happen. But a lot of people assume that film school is the only way in and even worse, they think film school will somehow give them an edge in the film business. This just isn’t true. Film school requires a massive investment. Most film school graduates spend upwards of $60,000 on their degrees with no guarantee that they’ll ever get enough work to pay that off. The payment plan can easily amount to $600 per month… for 20 years! A debt of $60,000…

how do you start as an actor with no experience

What if you have no experience as an actor? What do you do? Do you start taking acting class, or find an acting group? Both are good! You just need to start exercising those acting muscles! One mistake I see, is actors waiting until they are good to get involved in the film industry. If you do that, you could end up waiting a very long time, and miss out on roles that would have been perfect for you! There are many nice people in the film industry that you’ll meet when you get involved. And you can make relationships with them and have them know you as an actor. Many people take years to get going as an actor, because they have day jobs outside the business and they…

How do you deal with uncertainty in your film career?

If you worrying about how you’re going to make our career in film, I felt the same way when I started. We lay in bed at night, thinking, “Am I moving fast enough? Am I moving too quickly? What if I can’t pay my bills?” This is normal. In fact, I had the same anxieties and fears. I’d compare myself to others. I’d worry that I wasn’t moving as quickly as others. I’d wonder if I had what it takes. The fact is you need to be comfortable with being freelance in the film industry… where there is constant change… and also massive excitement and creativity! Sometimes, you have to be OK with getting 4-5 hours of sleep because, the next day, and you’re back on set. In fact, if…

how to network in the film production world

Many people have fear when it comes to networking. They don’t know what to say to start the conversation or what to say after. So, they may shy away from talking to precisely the people they should be talking to. A lot of people view small talk and networking as something they “have to” do. Which makes them a victim to it, instead of something they “get to” do. If you can shift their focus off of yourself and onto all the wonderful people putting themselves out there, covering up their own vulnerabilities and being brave themselves, you’ll be able to just BE with people. Just a smile opens things up. Here are some insider tips to use at film festivals and film networking events: Do Your Research If you…

COVID-19’s Effect on the Film Industry & When are Jobs Coming Back?

Do you feel like just when you were getting things going for your film career, the coronavirus hit and now you’ve got nothing? Obviously, this pandemic has caused substantial in income loss to the film industry, just like any other business around the world. All of the productions around the world are in a pause mode until they can all safely start shooting again, there are some productions that have already started up because the fact is: Production cannot stop for long. Let’s think about a simple question. “When is it the best time to start anything and get ahead quickly?” When everything and everyone else is at a standstill! Life is uncertain. You know that. You could ask yourself if it’s a good time to get into the film…

Online film school

Is it possible to go to online film school, and have it lead to paid professional work as a director, or screenwriter or producer? The answer is yes. In fact, what Friends in Film is teaching is how to get the professional work, which is the OUTCOME that people are going for when trying to choose the best film school. They really just want to make sure they start right. They want to have all the help or accreditation they can get. However, is the student debt that you get into, worth it? The cost of film school is typically $40,000 to 100,000 per year including room and board. So, film school can take 20 years to pay off, and the monthly payments can easily be $600 per month… for…