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. Do you want to learn how to locate the shoots happening in your area and how to speak to the people who can hire 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…

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 can 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 massive, and every project is different. There is so much to…

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

Sparkman got fired as a waitress so she made a feature film. She moved fast in the film industry. Sparkman learned 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. How did she turn things around? She got a job as a secretary of a production company. While on that job, she found that she wanted 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 an exciting business to be in. There are fun people, there are opportunities to travel, the work is creative, and every day is an adventure. For many,…

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 possibility 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 can 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. You can get paid while learning your craft. The film industry is booming. No matter where you live, shoots are happening. Fear and misinformation stops so many people from pursuing their dreams of working in the film industry. Don’t let…

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 can be tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Film school might not  land you the job you want or teach you how to get ahead. A-List Mentor Crystal went to film school, like a lot of others, maybe even like…

Here’s What You Should NEVER Do On Set

You’re raring to go in the film industry, but before you run out the door to your first production assistant job, here’s what you should never do on set. You want to make the best possible impression on cast and crew. You can avoid doing things that are so obvious not to do. Lights… camera… and… Don’t be talking on your phone. There is going to come a moment while you are on set when you are going to need to help someone. If you’re on the phone, everyone will notice. You won’t get hired again. You won’t get recommendations. In a business that thrives on networking, you want to make the best impression. You want to build the relationships that get you recommendations. If you’re on the phone at…

How To Get On A Movie Set As A Production Assistant | Who should you reach out to?

Even people with film related businesses want to know how to get on a movie set as a production assistant. They want to know who they should reach out to. These are people who have expertise that are useful in the industry. They want to get involved in a major big budget production. Whether you are in a film related business, or you are starting out, it’s important to understand that the industry is a networking and referral business. You shouldn’t just send off your resume cold and expect people to take you seriously. Sending your resume cold to the wrong person is not a good idea. Film professionals have countless people contacting them. Your resume will likely end up in the trash, and you’ll be known as someone who…