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All I want to do is show the world the greatest story ever made.
Day 6 of 6 DONE! 2018
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!!!!!
Make sure to check your local listings! I will be on The Librarians on TNT!
Its my first co-star role for a major network TV series! MEEEPPPPPPPP!!!! Once again, check your local listings for accurate times.
I play Mercy Jones in tonight’s episode! YAYAYAYAY!
Staci working as a PROPS ASSISTANT for well-known propmaster, Martin Lasowitz, who did School of rock, Hitch, Birdman, The Dictator.
First day in the props office! I don’t officially start until after the new year but this is amazing!! I’m working under Martin Lasowitz! Check out his IMDB! He’s worked on soooooo many amazing projects! So I’m really learning from the best here!
Anyway. I’m super excited to be here today in the studio and I’M SO EXCITED TO BE ON BOARD FOR THIS PROJECT WITH AMAZING PEOPLE!!!!
FIRST SHOOT AS A RUNNER !!!
Of course with amazing Team FIF London!
Gave few business cards, and Add everyone on Facebook so we can keep in touch.
I keep working everyday on myself and I wont stop👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻
Janet Urban thank you so much ! ❤️
LOTS OF LOVE
Morning everyone! Yesterday FIF MENTOR Patrick and I had the chance to PA together on the Universal pictures Film “First Man” starring Ryan Gosling.
In this group we always have each others back! I had passed a gig on to him for the gymnastics tournaments with flo sports a while back and he helped me out too with this one! It is true that we really are Friends in Film!
I just want to say that I love love love love love love this program!
Wrapped one yesterday. Another today. Got a freebie on Monday with some really talented people. Really looking forward to that one!
Another paid after that! Could’ve had more if I wasn’t working survival job.
To be continued…
Hi FIF! I just worked on two back-to-back feature films for 2 straight months.
2 HUGE dreams came true – I appeared on an episode of “Stranger Things” AND “The Walking Dead”.
It was such a surreal experience!
First thing in the morning, I’m in the trailer, having makeup applied, and in walks Winona Ryder.
Then, in the first scene, I turn my head – Paul Reiser is sitting next to me!
The next scene rolls around, and Sean Astin comes walking into the room!
Up to that point, it was the best day in my film career.
Callsheet! 2nd AC (Assistant Camera)!
BIG NEWS! On Wednesday I joined a new production as a VFX PA! The job is from December – May!
I’ll be a VFX PA on a Feature film! The pay: £575/wk + £25/wk(box rental)
Thanks to FIF and the new perspective for making this happen!
I am officially going to say I’ve finally made it on a dream job. I wish I could tell you more. It’s so secret, we collect all the sides, call sheets, and prelims at the end of the day for shredding.
It’s been less than a year since I joined fif and I’m day playing on a union tv show that will go down in history.
They said they want to keep me on as long as I wanted to be on. So possible work til June. This is an AMC show filming in Texas…
That’s a wrap on my first feature film!! “Old Man and a Gun” with ROBERT REDFORD and CASEY AFFLECK!! (Although I was honestly completely starstruck when I saw Casey’s girlfriend who’s an actress on Supergirl….)
Friends in Film AUSTRALIA!
FIF London says:
It has been a hot second. But my first official credit on a major feature film is DONE. My name is going to be up on the screen as the Director’s Assistant :)
The shoot was long and crazy and I cannot even begin to express how much I learned. So I’m going to post about it overtime on here.
But what I did hear a LOT was affirmation that I was a goddamn rockstar at my job, a total badass, and a “breath of fresh air.” And I want to attribute that wholeheartedly to this program and what we do here.
We are taught the positive outlook and rockstar mindset FIRST THING and it brings you into this kind of work with the attitude you need to shine on set.
I modeled myself after Janet Urban so many times on set. Whenever I was about to do anything less than 110% (because I was feeling tired or lazy) I would think to myself, “Nope. Janet would do this job the best she possibly could, so you’re going to do that too.” And I did. And it was noticed.
Just the mindset Janet Urban teaches us really does make us standout guys. It’s the little changes, like holding yourself up straight, smiling that you are there, putting on rose colored glasses to see the positive rather than the negative… that is what made me SHINE the entire shoot no matter how long the days where. That’s what makes all of us shine!!
Practice that mindset and overtime it will be second nature. Because above all else, the MINDSET I had is what made me shine on that job.
WWJD. What Would Janet Do!!
Yaaay! So happy! I was working on this film on NY Unit!
I out smarted my laptop!! I hooked it to the big screen and now I can sit comfy on the couch, have it on big screen and loud volume:)
Howdy everyone!! Waned to give you an update..If you didn’t know I was in Maine the past 2 months working on a tv show for Disney. They flew us out there from LA!! After that I was able to spend a week back in Ohio to visit family and friends! I’ve had about a week off since being back in LA… what I did though was inform everyone i knew that I was coming back in town. This past week I have booked 2 gigs off of those people (5 days on one, and the other is 2 days a week for 10 weeks), and have others that I’m on their list when production starts later this month!! Making lasting connections on set is HUGE!!
I had some film experience: studied screenwriting in Vancouver, wrote and directed some short films, did some work on other short films. But I had NO experience in paid film work.
Before I found this program, I didn’t know it was all around me! It took a while to make connections and then for those connections to start reaching out to me for paid work, but once they did, it was amazing!
I got a few jobs from postings that I applied to online right after I started the program, but other than that, not a lot of paid work for the first four months.
Everything came together because I was following Janet’s advice in the modules.
Bam! I went from hardly any paid work to paying my bills by freelancing as a PA so fast!
In March, I worked for ONE DAY in film.
In April, I worked ELEVEN DAYS paid and six days volunteering in film. Since then, I have been working consistently. It can all come together that fast!
At the end of last year, I had virtually no professional film connections.
Now I’m working all the time! You can do it!
Almost all of us started in the same boat, even Janet!
We went from knowing no one and worked our way up.
Just follow the program! It’s gold!
It was such a great experience yesterday to work on new Netflix Paramount “baby”, that is called Maniac with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, it was so much fun to work with period cars and gun fire! I definitely cannot wait to watch the show!!!😊😊😊
Also the Key from The Irishman was BG addl PA there, and he said he want me every day on the his shoot, but I explained that I need more time for my acting career, so he was so nice to agree to figure how we can work out our schedules!
Feeling so cool and today is one more day on Maniac and I hope more days later!😊
I wish everybody in our wonderful FIF family inspiring and kick ass day and weekend and next week!!!😎😎😎❤️❤️❤️
As most of you know my goal in the industry is acting. Like all of you here I use the methods Janet teaches and I work on crew to build relationships and to SHINE right in the faces of those who do the hiring!
Well, we were shooting a commercial in a hanger at the ATL Airport in the actual plane! It was very cool.
I was working as Casting Assistant PA. THEN SOMETHING AMAZING HAPPENED!!
Half way through the day the client (Delta) had spotted me working and asked the Director if he would run me through wardrobe and makeup because they wanted me in the commercial!
Proof that Janet Urban methods are REAL and WORK!
By the way, I had submitted for this shoot and they said I didn’t fit the criteria.
FIF is so legit you guys STICK WITH IT. Put the work in and I promise that things WILL happen for you.
This is the second time that I have been picked from my work in crew and asked to work on camera.
Patience are key. This won’t happen on every set but it will happen when it is supposed to!
I will share the commercial here AS SOON AS I GET A COPY!!!
Love y’all :)
Hey everyone just wrapped another shot for a TV pilot called Conrad.
Got to work with fellow FIF people Alana D, Krystle K, Jamie J and John W.
You guys were awesome and we couldn’t have done it without you! The shoot ran really smoothly and we even had actors who had worked with the show before comment on how smoothly things ran yesterday and how it was the best day of shooting with Conrad they had.
Our new director was awesome but it wouldn’t have gone the way it did without you guys.
Thank you! I hope to work with you all again soon!
Hey guys, hey Janet Urban!
See who was on set with me yesterday and going to come back tomorrow! FIF MENTOR Alex .
FIF mentorship is taking over the industry, where ever I go, I find another FIFer.
Congratulations Janet Urban, this program is a revolution!
Thank you so much!
This past weekend I worked my first two PA set shoots in LA!
Saturday was a beer commercial lol, great crew it was tons of fun!
The two producers that own the company were super impressed and said they’d definitely be using me again, I made tons of connections and everyone was impressed with my cards lol.
So while working Saturday I got a call about another shoot for Sunday, someone referred me and the director immediately responded and asked if I was available, and of course I said yes!! It was for a tv pilot that she’s pitching to a good networks.
It was a great weekend, I worked hard, learned, networked!
To those who just started, or those losing momentum: don’t quit! I’ve been with FIF since October, I’m not even on module 6 and here’s my story:
I started in October and focused on really studying the modules (not rushing just to move on to the next one!).
November and December were busy for my family so I stopped midway through module 3. I still attended networking events/parties.
January I finally got back to try and study, getting to module 4. That month I was blessed to work 4 days as a PA!
The next two months were a mix of paid and nonpaid work. I really focused on learning so I was a free production coordinator on a short film, a PA on some one-day shoots, and even an extra sometimes for Queen of the South. Just adding to the resume!
Other jobs got me referrals to more jobs. I knew jobs were starting to stack and soon I’d have to quit my day job to keep going (I was already starting to turn down film work in March because of my day job!).
Then March 24th I got a phone call. The AC from my very first PA job referred me to work on Little Women Dallas……for THREE MONTHS!!
The scariest part was leaving my day job, knowing that after the show, it was going to be constant job hunting. But even during the show I got other job offers!
This is my calendar for July, I try to separate different shows by color. I have 4 days off in July! And when I’m not on a show, Texas Flip n’ Move picks me up as a frequent dayplayer and they film year-round!
A show in Midland picked me up because of my experience, it’ll be my first show outside of DFW spanning more than two months!
Janet, THANK YOU!!! I left my 9-year job. My dreams are the CRAZIEST reality and I can’t believe this is all in less than a year!
Magic is real guys! This program has been amazing with teaching me how to network. I’ve been on many sets since I’ve started the program and am now making $250 a day.
I’ve been able to get in contact with the gaffer, the UPM, Props master, set designer, etc.
They all want me as their assistant!
So excited and feel so blessed to be doing something I love.
Thanks Janet Urban. I owe it all to you!
Planning to head to LA in November!
Day 2 of 7 working for FOX Sports at the US Open Golf Tournament!
Hi FIF Fam,
I started off working on Top Chef last month and worked on that for about a week. I’ve definitely never worked with 40 PAs at a time before! What was even more special about it was that I got to work with so many FIF members, including FIF MENTOR Jen Jorgenson, who started as a PA on the show, but vectored her way into a line producer! FIF graduates Anton Church and Tiffany Tapp were also on set: they were proving to be some of the strongest PAs on the project :)
The show was definitely a little challenging at times. The production coordinator was always switching up PAs’ call times, or giving call times to them extremely last minute, thus creating a negative energy around the other PAs. I really had to separate myself from this environment, and it proved to make a really strong difference! I was washing the dishes one evening, and another PA near me started complaining about something to the APOC. After she finished, the APOC turned to me and said my name. I looked over, ready to help. He said he didn’t have a task, he just needed a smile. He noticed a lot of people were in a sour mood and appreciated my joyfulness and positive energy.
In between working on Top Chef, I also worked on a documentary for Showtime. I worked with the same crew back in February and I was SO excited to work with them again when they called me back! I always learn a ton and everyone is so nice and fun to work with!
I just got a call about working on a documentary for the three days. I’m picking up a rental car and some equipment today, then I’m picking up two crew members at 3am tomorrow to take them to the location 5 hours away! It should definitely be an exciting set!
On top of all of this, I’m starting a production company to create videos for small businesses. I made a few videos for businesses a few months back and it’s quickly become something I’m passionate about! I’ve learned so much on these sets that I know will help me professionally establish my small business.
I love this program, I love what we do in this industry, and I’m loving life! I hope you all are having a wonderful week!
So I’m back working on the national geographic show the long road home.
I got asked to work one day, then the entire next week, and now mon-wed this week.
Today we are filming interior helicopter scenes in a studio. Unfortunately my lock up is outside watching the roll up door.
Last week we had a car on a trailer, filmed in a bar, in a cemetery, had an anti war rally, and more.
It’s been fun.
Hey Friends in Film Fam-Bam!
I usually don’t share stuff like this but I think this can be a source of inspiration for you all.
When I first started doing FIF, my family was supportive but skeptical. No one was more skeptical than my mom. LOL.
I had graduated from college with student loan debt of course. So when I walked away from my full-time job to pursue film full-time, mom was not very happy.
“How are you going to pay your debt?”
“What about your bills?”
“Is this program ACTUALLY going to help you?”
To be honest, I told her this:
“You know mom, I don’t know 100% what the outcome will be, but I DO know I need a change! And I have faith this will work. There is absolutely no other option for me.”
Through Friends in Film and Janet’s methods, I have made more money IN 1 DAY than I have made in an entire month working a full-time job.
This check is when I worked on the Librarians. Now, this post isn’t all about the money. Yes, money is important. BUT this is from doing what I love to do!
My mom sees the hard work I put in and sees that I get paid for what I do. She fully supports my decision! Your family may have their concerns but move forward anyway. :)
This is your life. You only get one chance! Live it well with love and power.
I thought I’d share a photo of me working the reflector! :)
This method of networking is unlike any other training I have had in my life. Not only am I seeing results, but I’m changing as a person!
I feel so empowered every time I leave a set.
I don’t worry about “I hope they liked me.”
Keep the FIF mindset and you’ll be soaring! ;)