Hi, I’m Jessica!
Who are the FIF MENTORS?
The FIF MENTORS have been through the A-list program, and now are FULL time in the film industry. They are always working on set.
FIF Mentor Jessica completed the A-list in the Industry Mentorship program, and is now dominating the film industry. Before she did the mentorship program, she was trying to get into the film industry, just like you!
The FIF Mentors are popping in to help you and answer questions, but keep in mind, we are doing this for FREE. We are on 14 hour/day shoots ourselves during this training so we will help you when we can.
The FIF Mentors are here to show you the incredible program that Friends in Film is, and you can see that it leads directly to people working in the film industry FULL TIME.
SHOWS & FEATURES I HAVE RECENTLY WORKED ON:
Director: “The Nest-independent” (short film)
1st AD: “Conrad ‘pilot'” (TV series)
1st AD: “The Deaf Boy’s Disease” (independent short film)
Audio Assist: “Remy Man” (Commercial for hair products)
Boom-Op: “The Black Dude Lives” (Trailer for a 50s trailer competition)
PA: “In the Paint” (web series)
Camera Utility: “Aubade” (independent short film)
MY LIFE BEFORE THE A-LIST PROGRAM:
Before I got into the program I felt like working in the industry was just a dream. I felt very stuck since I didn’t know where to begin looking for work. I have been working in live events for most of my career. I work as a camera op/LED tech on major music tours and I work as a project manager and a/v tech for large corporate events. I enjoy my job and I got into it because while I was in school I was taught video by a guy who was a video director for music tours. When students and graduates were ready he would recommend us to places that had open spots on their crew. I find the work fun and creative and I get to travel a lot which I love so I was very happy with how everything was going.
One day I remember sitting on my sisters couch and I was watching one of the behind the scenes special on a movie and I just got this ache in my chest while watching it like I felt that I was missing something or had given up on what my dream had originally been. So I started to look for some opportunities to work on short films or television and it was really hard for me because I didn’t know where to start looking. I created one documentary on my own with no budget but after that I really didn’t know where to go from there. I knew the industry was probably very much like the one I work in now so it is more about who you know then what you know. I found a couple people who were working on some projects but there just didn’t seem to be any work for someone with no experience. I started to feel very down on myself like I had failed at what I really wanted. Like I had given up but since I didn’t know where to look what was the point.
MY LIFE NOW!
I came across the FIF page and figured I would give COF a try. Towards the middle of it I was starting to wonder how much it was going to cost me and what would I really gain out of it. I didn’t need another program that was just going to tell what a PA does. I needed to find the work! I needed to know where to find the people I could make connections with. I have to admit I was very skeptical at first. As I started the training it was definitely eye opening to see how many people where in the same place I was and even as move forward see the people who have been where I am now and moved on. It is also so great knowing that you can ask questions and get responses from people who have been exactly where you have been before. I do still work in live events a a freelancer but I am filling in more and more around my gigs with film, television and commercial gigs. Some are paid and some are not but I embrace the opportunities as you never know when you will meet your next contact that will lead you to your next gig.😊
JESSICA ON SET!