You ask some really good questions!
GENERAL QUESTIONS FOR JANET
What is FilmConnection?
We help actors, writers, DPs,editors, filmmakers, hair, make-up, sound, and other niche jobs become “in demand” in the industry. If you signed up for FilmConnection, you’ll learn how to do that.
Is this program beneficial for a seasoned professional who’s trying to break into a new city? I have experience, but no real connections.
This program is about becoming in demand, in a word of mouth industry.
That’s exactly what you need, isn’t it?
You’ve got experience, but yet, you’re not able to become “in demand”. Why?
If you say it’s that people are too close knit, or there’s not enough happening around you, then that belief will create exactly that experience.
But if you realize that belief gets you nowhere, and you want to open up something new, then you’re in the right place.
It’s great you have experience! You can build off that. As long as you don’t have a chip on your shoulder, your experience can only enhance and make you be of value.
Also, I must say… life experience is good. I find people who are in their late 20s and onward do well because they have experienced enough to be able to relate. It’s all about relationships.
Anyway, hope that helps you to get excited about the upcoming training. :-)
Do I have to come to LA to do COF?
You can be anywhere and do FilmConnection. All you need is a computer or smart phone.
Where are you located?
I am in LA.
Can I talk to you on the phone? Or talk to you in person?
Sorry, I don’t do personal phone calls or meet with people for coffee.
However, I do FIF group calls where you can ask questions.
If you join the mentorship program, you’ll be seeing me every week on Zoom and daily in the mastermind!
Also, if you’re in LA and you do the mentorship program (the paid program), you can come to our LA get togethers and we will have fun in person!
Is this going to cost me anything?
FilmConnection is free. We have other paid programs that are not free. But FilmConnection is FREE and you will find it to be the most valuable training you’ve ever done for FREE!!!
How much time will COF take? I’m not sure I have the time!
The FilmConnection training will take about 4-5 hours of your time the first week.
So, if you want to work in the film industry, if that’s what you want to do with your life, then I’d make time for it.
The training is giving you real “inside” insights on how to approach your career as a business, which is what you WANT to learn anyway. Make sense?
So, even if you are busy that week, stay up late, get up early… do whatever it takes. Successful people make it happen come hell or high water. :-)
There’s got to be some urgency in the way you approach things, where you are like, “I need to learn this NOW!”
I hope you feel that way, because that’s what has gotten me everything in my life.
Can you bring me on set to observe? Or help you out?
I’m sorry but I can’t bring anybody on set. With the NDAs, non disclosure agreements, no visitors are allowed on set.
Soon, you will learn to get on set yourself and people will be asking you to bring them on set! :-)
What if I don’t have a work permit to work here in the US?
You can still get started in the film industry. You’ll have to work for free or get paid cash until you get that work visa!
I can tell you that many people do it. If you want to be in film, you have to GET INTO FILM! There is no other way, you have to be involved and get to know professionals.
It’s not going to happen any other way.
I know you want to have the magic answer, but some thing in life, you figure out as you go. This is one of them, yes, it’s a challenge, but other people do it and you can too!
You’ll meet people in the industry, and will craft your visa papers with an attorney to get the appropriate visa so you can work here. I have several people in the mentorship program who did exactly that while they were in the program. It’s possible, you just need to go down that road.
QUESTIONS ACTORS HAVE:
Will this program will help you get into acting?
This is a long post… but take notes, because it can help you more than anything you are doing now for your career.
Here’s the bottom line: If you are an actor, the thing you need the most is connections.
You don’t need more acting classes.
What you need MOST is a way to make relationships with professionals! Thousands of professionals!
Problem is: Actors have no good way to form these relationships.
No relationships. No career.
You can’t get relationships through auditioning. You’re only in front of people for a few minutes!
You can’t get them doing web series or no pay student films – Professionals are not there.
You can’t get them through actors access. The jobs posted there are student films and web series.
You can’t get them through doing background. Professionals are busy working and don’t want to talk to background.
You only get relationships by working alongside people on professional sets.
I’m talking about a relationship… where they know you, know where you’re from, where you eat lunch, joke, laugh, and you’ve got a relationship where they care about you… they are endeared to you. Then, they can hook you up, and they do.
You need a lot of those.
Everything happens through relationships. If you don’t have professional relationships, you are stuck in amateur land forever.
There is a TON of paid jobs you can do!
Art dept, set dressing, camera, special effects, stunts, make-up, script, and tons more jobs that pay well and give you a great life!
AND you have a huge advantage as an actor because you are now connected into the professional industry.
Professionals can refer you an agent, put you IN the film, get you auditions.
– So, instead of spending the next 10 years in a low paying survival job, you can make $200-1,000/day in a niche job on set and get medical and retirement benefits.
Now that’s a career! Maybe it’s time to take control of your career. Does it feel good to know you’ve got another way to do this?
95% of professional SAG actors make less than $5000/year as an actor. If you come to LA, you can ask any professional actor about this statistic.
Acting is a hobby for the majority of actors.
Here’s the secret:
It’s pretty easy to make $50-100,000/year working in production at the same time as you do acting.
The film industry has expanded nationwide, so it’s possible to get on shoots that give you these opportunities within a few hours of where you live.
Isn’t that exciting?!
You can do ACTING and work in CAMERA!
You can do ACTING and work in the ART department!
You can do ACTING and do STUNTS! (That’s a good one because you are SAG and get residuals.)
You can do ACTING and do SPECIAL EFFECTS! Or HAIR or MAKE-UP or WRITING OR EDITING!
Those are great paying niche jobs. Then, you’re making $500-1000/day and also making $1,000/day with SAG principal roles. Now, that’s a career!
Watch the video below to see how much fun it is, to have your career working on movies, TV shows and commercials for a living!
Janet shooting at beach
BOTTOM LINE: You can do acting AND another specialty job, make a great living, and STILL get all the opportunities because of who you know. That is the best of both worlds.
Be an Actor AND a Production Designer.
Be an actor AND a Camera Assistant.
Be an Actor AND a Editor.
Be an Actor AND do Stunts.
Be an Actor and do Special Effects.
That’s where the money is. Aren’t you glad you know this?
What if there’s not much going on around me?
If you think there’s not much going on, you don’t know how to find those shoots.
You can get experience where you live. You don’t have to move to get experience, you can get going now.
Then, after you have experience, you can move to Los Angeles, NYC or Atlanta.
How can I pay for my move to LA or other big cities?
You can move to LA, NY or Atlanta with money… experience… and connections.
By the end of this week’s FilmConnection training, you’ll have a new understanding to skyrocket your career.
What if I have an ACCENT?
When you start out, you’ll want to have someone look over your emails so the English is good, so you can get in the door… but after that, once they know you, you’ll get work based on your personality! ;-)