Ever see yourself working at Disney Animation Studios?

If your passion is drawing, you may have wondered what it would be like doing animation for a living. Last week I worked on a project where we interviewed animators creating the characters for the upcoming Tinkerbell movies.   We were lucky to get in there. Previously, no cameras were allowed inside. The Disney Toons building is a nondescript brick building, no whimsical landscaping or statues, just a plain brick ivy-covered building in Burbank, CA. Security is tight. You must have a pass to enter the building. Once you enter, you see telltale signs of Disney: the colorful walls, bright colors on the floors, everything feels cheery and energetic. When you get off the elevator, the first thing you see is a huge painting of ‘Fairy Gary’. The sign on the…

Effortlessly Get Work on a Filmset

Tamara was hired as an extra for $600 to walk in the background of a commercial. To get the job, all she did was make another connection like she’d done a million times before, chat with them a bit on a shoot, and shortly after had an opportunity for a fun, easy job with great pay dropped at her feet. The same thing will be happening to you, too, with just a bit of effort on your part. We know that success in the entertainment industry is all about making connections, so how exactly is that done? Well, there’s quite a bit to it, but the basis of it is this: become magnetic. Be thoughtful and giving, put everything you have into each job and people will love you for…

The Impact Of Negative Energy On Those Around You When Networking In The Film Industry

We all need to work to control negative energy that comes up on set or in our personal lives. Either consciously or unconsciously, people pick up on how you feel. Regardless of whether or not you feel your frustration is justified, getting upset with others will only breed more negative energy. This can hurt networking opportunities and if it happens too often could actually put your career in jeopardy. You want to get into film? It doesn’t matter what department you’re working in or trying to get into— if you want to be successful, focus on staying in a good state of mind and be helpful on set. Be the person you would love to work with. Be the person you would love to be around. Become the best version…

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…

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…

Best school for film? the film set!

The film set is the best school for film… because you learn all the things to do and not do! And how to respond when things don’t go to planned. Which happens a lot! Transcription: Don’t run around with the energy of like your head cut of. Not good. Centered. Breathe. Pay attention. Listen do your best job and if you make a mistake it’s okay we make mistakes all the time. For instance, I recently worked with Oscar award winning Damien Chazelle, the director of La La Land. I am the head of the sound department. My job is a sound mixer. And this was the last day of the shoot… and it involved music playback that the talent was dancing. The AD yelled, “Play back!” So I’m playing…

Hollywood center studios

OMG, I love Hollywood Center Studios.   It's so quaint!   They filmed The Player, When Harry Met Sally, Karate Kid and a bunch of old time shows like Adams Family, I love Lucy, The Cosby Show, Beverly Hillbillies.   It's the cutest little studio in the heart of Hollywood.  We shoot there a few times a year, every year.  You got to let me know when you shoot there.   For a little heads up, watch this video!  

Double dipping to make BANK.

Are you wondering how to better connect with people in the industry? Tamara used Friends in Film to become a sought-after wardrobe stylist and actress on film shoots.  She makes $900 per day as a Wardrobe stylist and $1,000 per day as an actress. In the video below, she shares what has worked for her to connect with people who HIRE her.