Posts from Into the Industry mentorship program
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! ;)
It’s my first week as a DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT for a feature film that’s coming to NYC this summer! It stars Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect and How To Be Single). I’m hired from pre-prod all the way through editing – about 6-7 months of work!
And the perks continue to FLY in. The production company gave me a rental car to have for the duration of the job to drive the director around! They pay for gas and everything!!
Friends in Film in ACTION in London!
Every week I get a check from a production company and NOT a restaurant!! OMG it feels so good to work hard in the industry I LOVE.
Thanks to Janet and FIF.
So it’s a good thing I haven’t read the books yet to watch the show (my preference) or I would’ve had to hold back from being a star-googling fan! Pretty cool working on a large set with big stars attached, much higher level in quality work! Also…………..THIS is how you film “Carpool Karaoke“, lol. Link goes to more info on the show.
Hi FIF Fam!
Having an amazing time working on a Netflix feature in CO with Robert Redford & Jane Fonda! We have 2 & a half weeks left of shooting and I’m really sad to finish – I love all of the people I’m working with! Looking forward to what’s next!
Hope you all are having an amazing week!!
Hey Yammer Folks! Just finished the last module in FIF training!
Since starting the program, having never been on a real set in my life, I have now worked my way into the art department side of things and I am making more money than I have ever made in my life!
I am addicted to the set and excited to see more opportunities come my way.
The force is with us friends!
Stay positive and never stop visualizing the future that you want to see!
Hey guys! I had the absolute privilege of working on a new spin off reality show for America’s Next Top Model. It’s called “Top Photographer.”
I met amazing people and learned a lot about working with people that are celebrities and super stars. It’s all about mindset folks–you have every right to be working with them–don’t ever let yourself feel inferior :D
I’m already making LA contacts so hopefully a visit to LA and meeting you is only a few months away ;)
Thanks so much Janet :)
I am just checking in and I would like to say that:
Everyday I feel more like me and less what others expect of me!
I would like to tell you how much I appreciate having you in my life! Thank you Janet for creating this amazing program … I finally feel like I fit in and I am just getting started!
Lots of love and smiles!
Ok y’all! This is my very first PAID SET DESIGN job! I did this Lil backyard platform. All solo. So huge for me to be head of a department, to have a PA helping me it was so humbling.
It played so well on camera!
So my first set design gig is in the bag! $600 pay day not too shabby!
AJ was homeless in NYC when he started the mentorship program.
From homeless to…. this?
Here’s a photo from the indie production I AC’d for! That’s ASSISTANT CAMERA!
That’s me and the DP on the monitor :) We had great times – I learned a ton! SUCH AS:
– When you’re on camera, you gotta be on your toes! Have the slate READY for the next scene, if you zone out, the whole team will be waiting on you.
– When you have the slate close to the actors, do NOT slam it – slate softly!
– How to pull focus electronically
– Film school is very VERY unnecessary (the crew either marveled that they never needed it or complained that it was a waste of money)
Had my second PA opp last night and look who I got to meet and work with…the legendary FIF MENTOR Patrick! After working my day job and then being here through the night, it made for quiiiiite a long day (27 hours), but it was yet another learning experience and I still enjoyed it! It was great getting to chat with Patrick and see him in action and of course just be on a movie set :-D
I just wrapped on ABC’s the Match Game hosted by Alec Baldwin. I was PAing for that gig, and I’ve been working ferociously on NBC’s Give.
Since getting into this program and watching the Modules, and the adopting the mindset of the Get It Factor. Literally opportunities have been opening up for me left and right.
At the Wrap Party for match game the HMU Dept Head, came up to me and asked me all about myself.
She told me that she thought I had great energy, and a sharp mind. She said I should be one of the producer’s personal assistants, and proceeded to introduce me to all of the shows writer’s and producers!
That experience was incredibly validating and a sign that we’re all on the right track and that Janet is literally giving us gold.
Thank you Janet for putting this together.
So since I started FIF a month ago I’ve worked for NBC, ABC, JP Morgan Chase, Advil, and a few others I don’t even remember.
Thank you Janet Urban…and thank all of you supportive bat team members.
Every time I leave set I’m like giddy to come report back to you all.
This week, I was on set working as a Toy Tech for a commercial (super fun, got to play with Hot Wheels cars all day and get paid my top rate!!)
I got $250/day to play with toy cars. 3 day shoot. Mind-blowing!
I was asked to work by 4 (FOUR) other productions!
I had to say “I’m booked, but thanks for thinking of me!!” to each one, but holy crap!!
4 different productions asking me to work for them in the same day?! YES!
It’s unbelievable what Janet’s training and mentoring can do for you if you put in the effort to apply it.
It may not feel like it every day, but keep at it, keep smiling and bringing positive energy, and working your hardest, and you’ll hit that success before you ever imagined you would!
Peace and love everyone! Hope to see you on the call tomorrow!
I wanted to share a win!
Last week, I just saw a post about needing a PA. I immediately jumped on that opportunity and I said that I just finished a shoot for a McDonalds commercial a couple of weeks ago.
He quickly replied “Hey Ashley, you did that shoot with Fon?” (Fon was the line producer for the shoot) and I said “Yes!” and he said “Oh cool! So you are available Monday then?” and I said “Yes I am :)”.
The next day he sent the call sheet and I am on the shoot for 5 days!!!!!
Its so cool to see how everyone is interconnected!
Because I worked with someone he knew, I got the job!
This program is awesome and has transformed my life.
When you work with great people, you become great!
I cannot thank Janet enough. :)
So many amazing things happening!
FIF is perfect! I think I will finally be able to make an in person call next Sunday. I’d love love love to talk about what people can accomplish within just the first two months in the program if you are in need of someone to speak to on the call.
I’m working on module 6 but have already made enough money to pay off the program, in like 7 weeks!
Janet asked if I could speak on the call tomorrow, but ya know what I told her? “I’m BOOKED on a shoot!” :D
Now, I don’t say this to brag. The other amazing people in this program don’t say these things to brag!
We post about these things to show you that this is REAL, and that success is out there and so much closer than you can possibly imagine.
Good morning friends! Just checking in, good things are happening here in LA! Landed roles on back to back auditions this past week, a historic event for me as I will have my first official role with dialogue!
And you know what guys?! The inspiration from all of YOU, as well as Janet, and the guidelines of this program have enabled me to break free of that old Corporate America 9-5 life that was holding me back from growing and being happy in my career choice!
It’s a bittersweet feeling having to turn down another boom op gig next week, but that is due to the role that I landed at my audition on Wednesday and I cannot pass it up! Will check in soon with more updates and some pictures from the set this weekend in DTLA!!
Have a wonderful weekend and keep grinding!
I. Am. Doing. It! So yesterday I was on my on my first PAID shoot!
It was a great shoot! And it was also hotter than hell outside! lol. I wish I could share some photos with you guys, but once it has been released I definitely will.
At the end of the night after we wrapped the director said “I appreciate you coming out. Welcome to the team… ”
I was like oh man. I also told him that I was an actress and he said he’d be happy to put me on as talent! Ahhh! Yes!
So yeah…my day was filled with joy after a long 12 hour day. =)
I just came back from my very first paid PA gig and it was awesome!
It was a 3 day job. Wow I cant describe the way that I feel! It was absolutely amazing, I was on professional shoot and I believe the budget was $200,000.
We were shooting for a history channel commercial with a hi tech robot.
I worked my ass off but let me tell you guys! People were so appreciative I had at least 5 people telling me that I rocked the day ( I knew I did I got Get it Factor lol Thanks Janet Urban)
They even though that I was a swinger lol I was everywhere doing anything that I can to help while the other PA were standing on the side and chit chatting I was all eyes and ears.
Yes, honestly I wasn’t even sure if I could get on a volunteer jobs when I started the program but your videos and examples of others give me a strength and guided me towards this job!
Everything happened so fast and when I got the offer I didn’t even blink I just said yes and had a positive thoughts “Yes I can do this. “
Thanks to your confidence training and videos I was bold to go for it.
Before FIF I couldn’t even imagine it and now its Reality!
Working at a stage today! Tommy Hilfiger shoot :)
Also got some good feedback from the emails Janet Urban challenged me to send!
Casting director said welcome back! And could I hold a date and the Coordinator said she has a job coming up in the next 2 weeks with more details to come!
Working with supermodel Gigi Hadid today!
Before finding FIF, I was frustrated, angry, discouraged and felt hopeless in the film community. I was frustrated my agent was not sending me out more, and felt that I was stuck in my day job. I stumbled upon the program randomly (I think by facebook) and decided to go for it.
Since joining the program, I have been able to get into the industry. I have gained confidence, relationships, networks and WORK.
I have learned so much about the industry, and learned how to involve myself without much prior experience.
I used to walk on set meek and timid, and now can walk on with confidence.
I have been able to book more work as an actress, as I have found ways to keep level headed and not intimidated. I have gained a sense of worth, confidence and found my firm stance in my calling.
I have learned how to connect and talk to Casting Directors, Producers, execs, and higher ups without being awkward or too pushy.
I have met the man of my dreams on one of my shoots, and couldn’t be happier. One specific experience that I had was when I met my boyfriend. I ended up coordinating the extras and worked alongside the DP, so I was promoted to 2nd AD!
The Producer later then also made sure that I was featured because I worked to help out the crew.
THEN later that day, the Producer came up to me and said that the Director specifically asked for me to come back the next day.
Throughout all of this, I was working alongside and coordinating with my now boyfriend, so it was a win-win for all! It was one of the most amazing experiences that I have had while on set. : )
WE are the future of the film world. I am excited to be collaborating with creatives NOW! SO exciting!!!
I believe that “Friends in Film” is greater than we imagine and that its effect on the industry will take on a life of its own and become generational, and I hope to be a part of it.
Furthermore, I feel as though “Friends in Film” is the answer to my prayers. See, though I have an education in film — before FIF, I had never worked professionally in the industry. And I had kind of gotten preoccupied with “real life” i.e. …available Work, Budget, Family and “friends.”
Now after finding FIF: I have realized that there is industry work available in my immediate area, that the income from working in the industry can be awesome. I can both have an “Amazing Career” in film and make friends in film that have a great deal in common with me, and develop lifelong friendships.
I started with FIF in Feb of this year. Like a lot of people I saw the Career on Fire advertisement in my newsfeed on facebook. It was free so I was like let me check it out. I’ve always wanted to work in film but I didn’t know where to start.
I went to school but they didn’t teach me how to get a job so my school training wasn’t any help.
Since day 1 of starting with this program I did exactly what Janet told us to do in the training and I have learned so much and I have been getting work.
I got 2 checks today from different projects and I’m overwhelmed because I never thought I would be working in the industry making money in less than a year!
I’m not putting up these checks to brag but to just give someone who may be doubting themselves hope. FIF is one of the best investments I have ever made! Just stick with it! I know 2016 is going to be crazy!
Before Friends in Film, I was at the lowest point of my life thus far. I was depressed, felt that I was no good, that there was no hope for me. I was living with my mother, and I had absolutely no money, and a job that made me feel like I was dirt. Before then, I had been attempting to start a life in Vegas, with no help, no connections, and no idea how to even begin! Once again, I felt like a total failure, because I hadn’t been trained properly. Even before then, just fresh out of college, I was still depressed, living with mom, with no idea what direction to go in, or even what motive. So, in all, I was severely depressed for over 2 years!
Then my girlfriend found Friends in Film. We had just moved out of my mom’s house and into a new one. I thought, ‘Oh, this is probably not going to help me, but eh, I’ll give it a shot’, and did the free trial. I was instantly hooked, because you, Janet, were giving little tips an hints of how to get in the business, and I hadn’t even paid yet! I had to get into the program.
Now, I’m doing what I have wanted to do since graduating college! I’m a professional SFX makeup artist; I’m confident in saying that I’m one of the more talented ones out in Atlanta, because I’m told that constantly by my colleagues!
I’m making my own schedule, I’m booked nearly every weekend, I’ve made THOUSANDS of dollars since starting, and I’m only going to make THOUSANDS more! And I’m just at the surface with indie films! I’m still doing the program, and I’m learning how to get into even BIGGER businesses, and to be honest, I already feel like I’m on the right path.
Yes! This program doesn’t only help you with jobs, but it really helps you find your best self, and more confidence. It gives you positivity and whenever you feel doubtful, you know Janet and the gang are going to be there to tell you that you’re amazing.
Did my first volunteer shoot on Sunday and it went great! I had a blast and everyone was so nice : ) The Director and 1st AD both said they were impressed and took my card! My next gig is suppose to be Saturday for another film. Here are some pics from the shoot!
Cool story! The shoot last shoot that I was on offered a chance to whoever wanted to go skydiving now was their chance. So I got to go skydiving with professional military skydivers that actually train military officers! I love my job and life!