Before I joined Friends in Film, I was a recent college grad with a writing degree and a vague idea of wanting to do film. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, I just figured I’d give it my best. After all, I was in Atlanta, and everyone was telling me “Oh Atlanta is the place to BE if you want to do film!” I told myself I’d give it a year and if I still couldn’t break in I would do grad school for film and try to make connections through that. I had worked on several indie projects for my friends during college, so I figured I knew my way around a set.
One day I was volunteering on one of those indie sets and my friend on set was staying with me. The day after set she said “Oh I’ll come to lunch in a minute, I just have a conference call to be on.” When I asked, she explained she was doing this program called “Friends in Film” and all the things it was teaching her and doing for her career. I decided to take the free week trial course and at the end of that week I was hooked. I had to know all the secrets Janet could teach me. Even my mother got on board with Janet’s teachings.
How I got my first set job: I noticed a production studio near my house, so one day I walked in with a resume and a business card, explained that I was a PA in their area and would love to work with them. The couple who owned the company were so impressed that they invited me onto a set the very next week. They said they didn’t have it in the budget for a PA so I said I would do it for free! When I got to set, I had very little technical knowledge but I had my notebook and asked intelligent questions. The gaffer was so impressed that I was actually listening that he really began to teach me: how to wrap cables, how to carry a C stand properly, how to tie knots to balance a light way above our heads, and lots of other useful knowledge. That very day i was booked for their next project – paid this time. Only two or three months in and I already was getting paid work!
By the time I completed the training I had quit my safety job, begun working full time in the film industry through freelance work, and was working on side projects of my own. I have gained the tools I need to vector my life in the direction I want it to go!
The impact this program has had on me has been monumental. Not just for my career, but for me as a person. Janet taught me how to look at the way I was thinking and change it to one that would help me. I had a lot of anxiety when I started this program. It certainly prevented me from opening some doors. I still have that anxiety to some degree, but now, thanks to the thing Janet has taught me, I am able to lift myself out of it-out of doubt, out of fear, out of self deprecation. It was like the life coaching course I’ve needed all my life and as a bonus I get an amazing career out of it! I am a happier person for it. I smile more, I laugh, I invite people to share my glee and people love it and they love me! And you know what? I love me too. Thanks Janet!
Join my free Career on Fire Workshop
Join us on our FREE Career on Fire live call training this weekend!
10 am pacific Saturday and SundayLearn more
Here’s what you’ll learn in this workshop:
- Freelance work you can be doing online to gain acting, VO, singing, camera, and writing experience for your resume, so you can hit the ground running when the business resumes. (It’s going to be gangbusters in 1-2 months from now!)
- Use this time to work on yourself – Overcome fear and doubt so you can put yourself out there and get working!
- What you NEED to focus on right now, first, second, third to make real progress in the next 2 months towards your PROFESSIONAL career.