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FIF Mentor Leaf

It feels good to see the steps laid out before you and all you have to do is follow them. Even before you do anything it feels like progress. That feeling is the best feeling in the world. It can be easy to slip into procrastination mode and lose that momentum, so make sure that even when you do, you procrastinate in a productive way.

For example, I have been writing recently, but some days I just don’t feel like writing. The story has gotten away from me and it is like wading through muck. So I procrastinate on the writing by doing research for the story and often my research will get me so excited to write again that BAM! An entire act flows from my fingers! When you set up procrastination or rest times so that they inevitably lead you back to your goal, there is no way you can drop it!

So follow the momentum, give your self rest days, and remember to put yourself in the path of inevitability. Then there is no way you cannot get right to the top of the industry!

Courage and bravery are not the absence of fear. They is not letting your fears control you. Making new friends and seeking new experiences, in the face of the fear of judgement, makes you very brave.

FIF Mentor Goran

One word: DREAM

I dreamt of coming to America, working in the Industry, and becoming a mentor. I’ve achieved all of them. Now I am dreaming of becoming an actor or producer! You see where I am going with this. 😉

I decided to start pursuing my dreams when I was 31 years old, when I didn’t know anything about the Industry. All I had were my DREAMS, and then taking actions, one at a time!

I’ve heard from many leaders and successful people that we have to step into unknown in order to grow and become more!

FIF Mentor Goran

You will definitely learn a ton with this Program: when I started I didn’t know ANYTHING and now I am proud to say that I am enjoying benefits of the program, like many others!

FIF Mentor Goran

Having people skills and being likable are key skills in our industry.

We didn’t allow our fears and uncertainties lead us, we went for it and we kept mowing forward towards our certainties!

The time you put into investing in educating yourself is so worth it. You will be ahead of everyone else in no time!

I remember when I joined the Program that I was uncertain even about working freebies! But I knew that I am still going to go for it!

I was tired of running away from my dreams, and I made the decision!

FIF Mentor Goran

The energy of this support group is superb, and what a better way than to be around but like-minded people who are working towards same goals!

Before I joined the Program, I used to be a lot in my lower self state, but thanks to Janet and her amazing program and the great support from mentors and other participants, I was able to get myself out! Some other mentors had different challenges and the Program was able to help them overcome the challenges as well!

I remember when I started, I was filling up pages and pages of notes I was so amazed of how much I’ve learned in such a short period of time! I knew right there and then that I want more and I was hungry and ready to do it, to work in the Industry. I was dreaming and seeing it until it become true for me 😆 as much as it did for other members and mentors and, one thing I can say is that me or other mentors are nothing special we just follow the road map to success. 😀

FIF Mentor Goran

I like your boldness of leaving Italy and moving to UK!

It reminds me of me when I decided to leave my Country and move to the USA. Did I mentioned that I didn’t know the language?

What is the price to be paid for doing it, I like to ask myself a question what would be my price that I would had to pay for not doing it.

Everyone was telling me that I am crazy and that I shouldn’t go and that all my family is here and that I don’t even speak the language! But that didn’t stopped me, and I am so glad I made a move and did it!

Being bold is taking action and sometimes taking action when we are feeling nervous or not sure what the future brings; it’s what makes us become stronger and better!

FIF Mentor Goran

I had self doubt about making it but one thing so was certain is that this program will help me achieve that dream come true!

To make my long story short, a year and few months into the program, I was debt free! 😀 I was working in the industry and loving every part of it! Before the Training, I was lost and in a big debt (About $60K!!!) but my friends were telling me this is it, and thank god I listened to my feelings!

My wish to you all is to join FIF, participate, listen, and note everything down, be a part of Yammer, and plug into live calls with Janet. It’s all PRICELESS!

FIF Mentor Goran

I remember when I first started with the training, I loved every bit of the information that I was learning from Janet Urban and the fact that my mentors were just like me when they started.

I knew about neither the industry nor Janet Urban, but you know that gut feeling when you meet someone and you instantly like that person even when you really don’t know too much about them? Well, that’s how I felt about Janet Urban and her program!

FIF Mentor Goran

Sometimes when we feel that we are not moving and improving, there is a light in the end of the tunnel, and wow what a light!

Sometimes it may be challenging to see a bright future when we have difficult experiences in the present, but our work will pay out in the end!

Can you imagine how wonderful that is, to see beyond our present barriers and look forward!?

I was standing on a crossroad last year with over $60K in debt and with nothing but an opportunity in my hand, and I had to make a decision right there and then. I knew if I haven’t joined back then and start making excuses for myself, I probably wouldn’t have joined ever!

I knew that what I was doing wasn’t working because I was in debt so doing the same thing would probably bring me to $100K in debt and I didn’t want to go that route! I had to break through my insecurities and my fears and just trust my guts! So I made a jump, and I am so happy I made that decision!

Now I am almost debt free and loving what I do!!!

FIF Mentor Goran

I used to be my own enemy and have these negative patterns telling me that “I can’t”.

I was scared of failure and also of success.

I felt hopeless; that was not good at anything!

But I said to myself, “Goran you have to get out of this ‘I wish’ cycle and break through!” So I joined Janet’s FIF training.

Today, I am in high demand on film sets, I have a healthy confidence level, and I’ve got rid of my destructive thinking! 😁

This program allowed me to do that. Janet’s weekly calls made me stronger and better and we have such an amazing community of inspiring mentors and FIF friends. Everyone here is able to push you in the right direction when you feel down and also congratulate you when you grow and succeed!

FIF Mentor Goran

I remember that when I made the decision to join, I was scared. Not about the program but about myself because I was always feeling that I never finish anything!

There is this rule of association that I love:

If you surround yourself with a five highly successful people, likeminded positive people, etc. you are most likely going to become 6th! 😃

FIF Mentor Goran

I remember when I started over a year ago, I was feeling scared to share and open up to people about my fears and uncertainties. I felt that people may judge me!

But what I found was the opposite 😁 People were very supportive and encouraging and I knew right then and there that I want to be around positive, likeminded people who were cheering my imperfections and raising my stronger side!

I was tired of letting negative people control my life and I finally took charge in my own hands!

I was scared and I was fearful but l made a move and said now it’s my time to shine, to better myself and my future!

I am so thankful to Janet Urban, and her program! It allowed me to grow and become more. I am blessed to share my experiences with others and send love and support!

FIF Mentor Sparkman

Just remember that nobody starts out amazing. They become amazing by working at it and becoming better and better. And when something is difficult, it’s not that it becomes easier. It seems easier to you once you become really good at doing it.

My first time on a proper film set was scary too. I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, I felt slow, and unprepared and dumb. But my positive attitude, my ambition to do better, my acceptance of constructive criticism and my hustle is what people remembered. Not the mistakes.

Focus on what you did RIGHT. Start there. Does that make sense?

NOW that I’ve had a year on film sets, I feel like I’m really good at what I do. But I still improve all the time and look for ways to do better. That’s how our program trains you to roll. I still make multiple mistakes a day. That is OK! Learn from mistakes but don’t kill yourself over them. Learn and move on, and you will be fine! 😄

FIF Mentor Sparkman

The positive vibes in our group always inspire me to keep pulling myself forward and continue to be a badass. All of these guys have done amazing things!!

You guys are going to learn how to do all of these things and and how to get there through the training.

I remembered looking at the FIF mentors and where they were, wondering how the hell I would ever get there with tons of fears. That was exactly a year ago, right when I started in the program.

It isn’t impossible at all guys!

FIF Mentor Sparkman

You know that you have the FIERCE potential to make things happen and that you have an amazing family that’s got your back and you go after what you want. That’s HUGE. Take a minute to think about how awesome that is and let yourself feel empowered by the potential that you know is inside of you. And feel the love and support that you have from your family.

Now let’s address this: “I am certain that I am a quick learner but maybe not quick enough for this industry.”

You are uncertain of if your quick learning will be enough. But focus on your certainty that you learn quickly. Think of the times where you picked something up fast and learned how to acquire a new skill. What happens when you believe in that ability to learn? What happens when you give that certainty more power?

Remember that you’re still not acquainted with this industry – you don’t know what it’ll REALLY be like. A lot of people chalk it up to be a big scary thing. But if you combine the potential that you know you have with your ability to learn quickly… doesn’t that make you feel more powerful?

“I am certain that I am suffering because I have not yet fulfilled my purpose.”

I remember when I was there in your shoes. A lot of the FIF Mentors felt the same way. But you’ve identified WHY you are suffering and know what you can do about it now. What you need to do is believe in your certainties and make the leap into bettering your life.

As far as your uncertainties and fears. I am not kidding when I say that ALL OF US. Every FIF Mentor. Has felt the same way. I know I did.

You are starting on a new journey in a new industry. It is natural to start off feeling intimidated.

But remember that every single one of the “Top Dogs” in our industry started somewhere. Nobody is born and is suddenly a big-shot successful industry tycoon. We ALL started somewhere just like you are starting from where you are.

And remember that is is NEVER too late to go after what will make you happy. I know a Props Master (top of her field) who was miserable in Advertising for over 10 years. Then she switched gears and is living her dream. I know a Stunt Coordinator (also very well known and successful) who sold insurance for 8 years before he traded the comfort of that paycheck for what he really wanted. Now he is SO much happier and loves what he does.

A successful industry member I know in the Camera Department used to own an ice cream shop way back in the day. He thought that would be his life and that’s that. But he said, “Sometimes we need to loose ourselves to find ourselves.” He now works on multi-million dollar films.

If those people could turn their lives around, SO. CAN. YOU. And they all started with fears that they had no business transitioning into doing what they’re doing now. They overcame them, so you can too!!! It starts when you decide it does :)

Does this help put your certainties, uncertainties and fears into perspective?

FIF Mentor Sparkman

Your story is one of champions FIF Mentor Parker. You are one of our people who SERIOUSLY built a whole new life for yourself through our program. Look at this person as a prime example for what is possible guys! She persevered and it paid off. She’s living the dream!

I wanted to share something special with you – this is my very first TTC that I posted on the COF group when I started the program. It feels like so long ago, but at the same time, I can’t believe I’m already here. It reminds me of how much I’ve grown.

When I started I knew NOTHING about professional film sets. I knew no professional Directors or Cinematographers, or Production Coordinators. I did’t even know what a Gaffer was or the difference between a Grip and a Best Boy. I had no idea what all the unions where called, I had no clue what walkie lingo was, and set etiquette? Psh — not something that crossed my mind.

I knew how to operate a camera, I knew how to operate a boom mic and sound mixer, I knew how to write a script etc… but what I knew then didn’t hold a candle to what I know now. Just think of how much you could grow within a year or even a few months!

FIF Mentor Sparkman

ALL of you guys will learn what all of the lingo, terms and dealio is in due time :)

It takes TIME to learn all of this. And dedications and an eagerness to learn more. It’s a lot at first, but learning bit by bit will get you all up to speed in no time :)

It’s great if you have office or film experience because that means you already have a toe in the door :) This program will show you how to get into the branch of the industry that you WANT to be in! And if you don’t know what you want, it’ll help you explore and learn!

You’ve accomplished more than you realize. You’re on your way and will only climb from here!

FIF Mentor Sparkman

This is me on the set of the feature film I just wrapped in August. This was our last day shooting out in Queens! I was the Director’s Assistant on this job. I couldn’t believe I was there and how far I had gone in just a year. It was the most beautiful evening.

I was working with Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra and Adam Devine all summer. Our Executive Producer was the executive producer of “IT”, “Project X”, “Terms of Endearment”, “Almost Famous”, “Yes Man”, “She’s the Man”…. and he started as a PA! Just like all of us are learning how to start. And here he is, top of the industry.

This will be you guys before you know it — on crews with 20 people, 50 people and 100 people. 😁 Who’s ready?!

FIF Mentor Sparkman

Before this program I was surrounded by people who WANTED to be in the film industry, who WANTED to be writers and directors and actors, but none of them had any idea how. And none of them were doing anything productive or effective about it.

Now, You are with people who WANT the same things and are taking the first step to GETTING them. Not just dreaming about it.

Once you’re with us in the program, you have access to all of these people who are out DOING it, on set, off working. You will get insight and advice on HOW to get there!

FIF Mentor Sparkman

The first shoot is always the most difficult 😁 There’s a great quote a friend told me: “It doesn’t get any easier. You just get better.” You will get better and then it will seem easy!

FIF Mentor Sparkman

This is from the first Union TV show I worked on: a comedy for adult swim. I got on this set using the FIF Methods Janet Urban teaches us in the Program!

This was the greatest experience. Our first day was an overnight shoot, so we went from 6pm until 6am!

I did so well (all thanks to Janet’s training with FIF) that I was invited back to work another 4 days on this shoot. I bonded with everyone in the camera department, got to know some G&E people during lockups (they even gave me an extra crew T-shirt!) and best of all – I was put in charge of one of our “warming vans” (to keep crew members warm since it got cold at night!).

On my last night, they chose my warming van to keep the video village! I got to watch the Director, DP and Script Supervisor work at the monitor and ask them questions – they gave me advice in between shots and even let me look at the monitor with them!! It was an INCREDIBLE experience!

You guys can do this too – this was 7 months into the program for me!

FIF Mentor Leaf

Yes, this program will teach you everything you need to get right back where you want! I got to work at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta last winter right next to where they were film Avengers! So I know what that is like ;) and thanks to all the things that I learned within this program, the people I worked with loved me so much that they have brought me on other projects (I am currently working on finishing Season One of Valor because of a contact from that project) and last time I ran into the producer of that project he told me that they were currently working on the scheduling for their next film and he DEFINITELY wanted me on it. Talk about feeling like a million dollars!

So FIF is totally the place to learn everything you need to have that “Get It” Factor that will get you hired over and over again!

FIF Mentor Leaf

You CAN get a job on set like the rest of us mentors! FIF Mentor Sparkman isn’t lucky, she worked really hard for that position. Last year, she was right here in the COF asking the same questions you are, feeling the same fears. She jumped into the program with all her might and now she is a Director’s Assistant working with the stars!

If she can start from the same place as you and go so far, what makes you think you can’t?

That is what the program is here for. I had no idea how to find a film job until I started going through the modules. Now they find me.

FIF Mentor Leaf

The platinum members have more access to Janet Urban’s one on one coaching, which I didn’t. I also at times found myself ready to take on later modules while I was still on earlier ones and had I been a platinum member, Janet would have been able to just open those up for me, but that option is not set up for the gold members.

As a gold member I still received a quality education. So either one is good, one will get you more personal mentoring, the other is a bit more DIY. Depends on your style preference.

FIF Mentor Leaf

Remember that we need the unknown just as much as we need the known, the basic human needs Janet talked about.

I still feel the unknown at times. But I have my FIF training to fall back on, and I can use empowering questions to disperse those fears. You did really well on this assignment; those are not easy parts of ourselves to face. I have no doubt you are going to do well on the next one!

FIF Mentor Leaf

My friend Emily is an amazing SFX artist here in Atlanta and she was the one who got me in the program. She went through FIF and is now a make up artist in the film community here. Got married two years ago, moved closer into the city, and living the dream on everything she learned in the FIF program, and you can too!

FIF Mentor Kelsey

I knew I wanted to work in the film/tv industry, but I didn’t know how to get started! That’s when I found Friends in Film and now I work full-time in this business!

I studied film and received no direction on how to find work, but this program guides you and gives you methods on how to be a rockstar on set and advance your career in the film industry!

FIF Mentor Kelsey

Have faith — your uncertainty is achievable! We’ve all been where you are — stuck, not sure how to get started — but Janet will introduce you to some key methods that will help you get work in this industry throughout your entire career!

FIF Mentor Kelsey

I know it’s not easy to address our fears and uncertainties, but it is important. I think we’re all here to accomplish something great and to be the best people we can be. Those are incredibly motivating and I know they’ll help you push past your uncertainties and underlying fears — they’ve made a huge difference in my life!

FIF Mentor Kelsey

I actually dropped out of film school when I started this program. I had gone for 2.5 years, and had another 2.5 to go before I was promised my degree!! Sure, I had fun and made some lifelong friends, but my school never taught me networking skills. They never taught me how to find a job — much less that this is a freelance business!

FIF Mentor Sparkman

There are tons of FIF Mentors who started in smaller markets and moved out to LA only once they had connections, relationships, killer resumes and could hit the ground running.

Janet will show you guys the way to do just that. Once you are READY to!

FIF Mentor Sparkman

Here’s the deal: yes, Adam Driver went to Juilliard. Lots of successful people went there – Tisch as well.

I also know a graduate from Juilliard that is a restaurant manager. I know a graduate from Tisch who works at an Apple store. And this isn’t the first few years out – this is a decade out.

I’m NOT knocking those people! They loved their experiences there. They learned a lot. BUT, acting school is NOT your ticket to anywhere. It does not mean you will get hired to act. At all.

FIF Mentor Sparkman

This program will NOT hand you the keys. It will show you what you need to do to go our and find the keys yourself.

The networking aspect of this program is great. We practice here and get better and better.

I’ve seen SO many acting “workshops with casting directors” where you pay to read lines in front of them. But they know that you’ve PAID to be there. So why would they take you seriously?

With us, you are not PAYING to meet anyone, you’re not paying to get recommended, you’re not paying for someone to do the work for you.

You are signing up for step by step mentorship that will show you how to do achieve all of that on your OWN. And THAT is how people in our industry take you seriously.

FIF Mentor Sparkman

I had to work on giving myself more credit and not being so hard on myself for a very long time – I still need to work on it! These things don’t happen overnight – it takes TIME to get there. But this is a group of people who will be with you every step of the way. They will help you feel awesome about the strides you are making and offer support when you need some help.

You’re not alone when you’re with this group – we all help each other keep these mindsets UP! What could be better??

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

This program will take you as far as you are willing to go. No one knows what they are doing at first but everyone eventually learns.

Do an amazing job and people will notice there won’t be any reason to have to try to get someone’s attention.

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

In the program, you learn how to find the jobs and get experience, but you have to do the program, follow the advice and implement it. No one is going to just hand you a job and immediately get you in touch with someone who will hire you, but they will teach you how to find those people you need to be in front of and to make the connections you need. It requires time, work, and dedication.

FIF Mentor Dani

Janet covers all of people’s uncertainties in her training. You will be trained how to be and what to do on set, so that you become high demand. You’ll know who is who on set and who you should talk to to advance your career. You will learn how to get experience in different departments so that you can decide where you want to go and also how to meet people and learn where to find shoots happening near you.

FIF Mentor Dani

It’s true that there are many scams out there promising that if you pay them they will get you into acting. This program is not a scam: it is a program designed to train you how to grow yourself in the film industry. The hard work is all on you. I took that jump into this program 2.5 years ago and I feel like I’ve learned so much about who I am and my acting has improved just by knowing how the flow of set goes. I really do hope you’ll consider all that this program has to teach you, and if you do make that jump, that you’re willing to put in the effort it takes to pursue your passion! 😉

FIF Mentor Dani

The idea of this training is to get you pumped and interested in a program that will fast track your career in film, but the answers on how to do this are in the FIF program. I ended up signing up and received 3 modules of content in the first month.

As I went through them I saw that there was so much information that the program had to be real. All of the info was very insightful with the end goal of helping me get on shoots. I applied the methods I learned and I ended up becoming the production coordinator for the last 3 months of “Mythbusters”. I can only tell you how much the program has done for me and tell you I think it’s an investment worth making.

FIF Mentor Dani

I have a little something to say to all of your fears so here it goes:

1) how far is the program going to take me?
It will take you as far as you want it to. When you’re still pursuing it, you are still moving forward even if you’re feeling like you’re not, because you haven’t called it quits yet.

2) Do I really know what I’m doing?
Most people who are first starting out, or even those who might have been in the industry for a while, don’t know what they are doing. You learn by being on set and this program helps you to learn how to do that.

3) Is it hard getting everyone’s attention?
I’ll be honest it can be hard getting someones attention. I remember hearing Janet’s story about when she first got into film, and a lot of others have the same story, and no one would give her a break. It’s because we don’t know how to speak the language or walk the walk that the super stars in production do. In the FIF program you learn how to do this, how to look like and be a pro. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I’ve seen people on set who have been in the industry for a while and just don’t know how to be on set and then later I hear them talking about how gigs are super inconsistent for them.

FIF Mentor Leaf

Rejection is the fear of not being good enough. When I first started PA-ing I was frantic for people to like me. What I found though was that the people on sets were actually pretty cool. They assumed upon meeting me that because I was there, I belonged there.

All I had to do was do the work and it proved them right.

You will make so many friends and mentors in this career. Some people will definitely be harder to connect with than others, but you will get a feel for who you can easily connect with and those people will be YOUR people.

Ultimately, our parents love us and want us to be happy. If film is REALLY important to you, they will see that. Trust me, because you will be working your booty off if you do this program!

FIF Mentor Leaf

Hey there. I TOTALLY get where you are coming form with the sustainability fear. Not only am I an introvert, I have chronic energy problems! However, one great thing about our industry is that unless you are on a movie or TV show, this is not an every day job. We can have rest days built in while we are between jobs. On movies and TV shows you have the weekends off as well. So yes you can keep going, because you will have those days to recover.

The idea behind the empowering questions is to bolster you when you need that recovery.

Do I have a day or two off? Yes. Can I use that to find another job? Yes!

Will doing so help me to continue to feel productive, even when I am not on set? YES!

By feeling productive and resting at the same time, can I ramp up my energy for the next set? YES! YES! YES!

FIF Mentor Bridget

I’ll admit, I initially thought it was too good to be true. I thought this exceptional life Janet presented was reserved for “special” people and that definitely wasn’t me. HA!

Man, was I wrong!

I joined Friends in Film 6 years ago. But before finding the program, I was on a quest to not work a 9 to 5, travel, live an exciting, adventurous, fulfilling life and feel ALIVE every day.

However, I was STRUGGLING to put that life together.

I tried every career/job I was interested in. Everything from hospice counseling (degree was in psychology), to politics, to being hired by a British company to work in their gift shops on cruise ships, to teaching English abroad.

Even did a 3 month backpacking tour of Europe. It was fantastic. You would have thought I’d had an epiphany at some point. But it never happened.

Now don’t get me wrong, all of those jobs provided amazing and meaningful experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything. But I couldn’t figure out how to replicate that ALIVENESS I’d experienced time and time again in the form of a career. If that makes sense?

Until I found Janet’s website and EVERYTHING changed! Quickly realized the film industry was where I was meant to be. I soaked up every single one of Janet’s videos, any morsel of information she offered. Couldn’t believe I’d found someone who articulated everything I felt and wanted in a career.

Bet you all are feeling the same way?!

I immediately signed up for the program and became obsessed with building this extraordinary life!

Fast forward 6 years. Now I work on film sets in both New Orleans and Kansas City, making anywhere from $500-$1000 a day. I’m in demand, have wonderful friends, love life and most of all feel alive every day!

When I’m not on a film set, I’m usually traveling (just spent the past week in Austin!), visiting peeps, and working on my real estate investments (money that came from working in the film business!).

I’ve been able to apply the same principles Janet teaches in building a successful career in film business to building a career in real estate. As a result, I make around $20,000 on every house flip I’m involved with. INSANE!!! Thank you Janet!!!!

I’m a girl from a small town in Oklahoma, that had no film experience, connections or financial backing. If I can do this, YOU CAN CREATE THIS LIFE TOO!


So if any of you are debating whether you should do the program, don’t over think it. 😉

Go with your gut! Say yes and MAKE IT HAPPEN! Figure out how to pay (I used a credit card) and make time for it.

That’s what myself and the other mentors have done!

You guys deserve to take CONTROL of your life! The mentors and Janet are the best of the best! We will be here to help you every step of the way!

FIF Mentor Patrick

You’re going to do real well! Similar thing happened to me. I had barely started the course and BAM, I got onto a Bud Light commercial. It can happen so quickly. What’s important is to keep that momentum going.

FIF Mentor Patrick

These are all common uncertainties and fears. We all fear failing, especially when starting a new path. The best way to get over it is to take a leap and realize that it’s all part of the journey. You may have ups and downs, but eventually you’ll get to where you were headed.

You’ll totally figure out what you want to do in the industry once you start working in it, and surrounding yourself with others working in it.

FIF Mentor Patrick

Yes, you can get on set and learn from professionals. That’s what we all did.

Is there training? Yes, the FIF program. All the mentors you see here will help you when you have questions.

All of your uncertainties are normal, and we’ve all been there. And we all had to push through them in order to work in this career.

FIF Mentor Patrick

You’re trying to figure out how to tackle these obstacles. In reality, once you get out there and start meeting lots of people in the industry, it will be easier and easier. It’s taken me over a year working in the industry to really feel comfortable and have all the types of conversations I want with people I admire.

For your empowering questions, only ask “yes” or “no.” The idea is to give you empowering energy when you answer them.

Example: Will I be able to meet and learn from top writers? YES!!

Am I just as talented as others in this business? Yes!!

FIF Mentor Patrick

We’re all in the same boat: fear of failing is so common. What will get you over it is taking a leap and realizing that you can do it. Sure, nothing will be perfect. It doesn’t need to be. You learn as you go forward. Even by making a few mistakes, you learn. It’s not a big deal. Once you get out there and have a few successes, the way you think will start changing.

FIF Mentor Patrick

When you’re unemployed, you’re completely free to take jobs on set any day of the week. No restrictions. I started in Las Vegas last year. I didn’t think there were many opportunities unless a big film came to town (and the only one to do that these years was Jason Bourne – only one). As it turns out, lots of reality TV shows and commercials are shot there every week – stuff I never knew about until I was connected.

I have NO idea about Utah, but I imagine there are paid productions happening. I got into doing sound and immediately got on gigs paying $400/day. That’s the low end of it. I have friends who earn $900 – $1000 / day as sound mixers. It’s the same in the camera department. As a cam op or AC, you could be earning the same money. Even starting out as a PA, it’s $150 – $200 / day. So think about it. You get 1 – 2 paid gigs per month and you’ve paid for the entire month of this mentorship.

Like you, I have produced my own content. Now that I’m in the business, I realize my limitations trying to do it alone. I could make a WAY better film now that I’ve learned so much and have professionals who can work with me.

I don’t see your documentary being a limitation. It seems the opposite. You can use paid work to fund personal projects, and you’ll be much happier when you have real on-set experience.

As for moving, it’s a personal choice. I could’ve stayed in Vegas and kept working, but I wasn’t satisfied. I had bigger dreams. I moved to Atlanta to get on big sets. My wife stayed behind for her job and we’ve been living long distance for 8 months. I fly back to visit every other month (I’m freelance and have that freedom.) She’s finally making the move with me. This is all a personal choice. I’m not suggesting you do that (I’m very lucky my wife supported it). My point is, when you have a dream, don’t make any excuses. You sacrifice everything to make it happen.

I couldn’t be happier than I am now. I wouldn’t live my life any other way.

FIF Mentor Patrick

That’s how powerful it is, and you just started. Just imagine continuing on this road. Camera Ops make great money. So do any specialty jobs in this industry, whatever you decide.

I had barely started the course and BAM, I got onto a Bud Light commercial. It can happen so quickly. What’s important is to keep that momentum going.

FIF Mentor Patrick

One thing is for sure: films are happening everywhere — big or small, they’re happening. I had a similar realization a few years back and had to find a way to transition into this career. Now I’m working in film and TV full time and haven’t looked back to consider a 9-5 job again.

As far as being “too old,” there’s no such thing. I was just on a set with Clint Eastwood. He’s 87 and still directing! I know he started much younger, but the point is, you are never too old. It’s a long career, and you’ll be working in it for decades, so age really doesn’t matter. I’m 34, and a few years ago, was thinking the same thing — I’m in my 30s, it’s too late — obviously, I was wrong.

One thing you said is definitely right. You found this training at the perfect time. Don’t hold off any longer because you risk going more years not pursuing the career you want. Hop into the FIF mentorship program and continue on the journey. It’s changed my life, and the same goes for the other mentors you see here.

FIF Mentor Patrick

You choose the lifestyle you want. You won’t need to worry about that so early in your career, you’ll see once you’re working freelance that you decide what kind of projects you pursue. In the beginning, however, you want to gain experience on all sorts of shoots: docs, scripted TV, reality TV, commercials…
and then you can decide what you like best.

FIF Mentor Patrick

When you start making a living doing what you love to do, you’ll feel like that all the time. Constantly growing, mind changing. It will also happen because you’ll be forced out of your comfort zone and grow from it.

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

It’s never too late to start your dreams, I just turned 29 and have not grown to where I wanted to initially be but i’m making a living doing what I love!! You will do the same if you keep with this program!!

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

I felt that i was being trapped in Ohio, that i would never get out, but knew I wanted to move to another state! I was uncertain as to how I would make the move and find my way into the industry. Then I found all of that fear was the reason i was so uncertain. Janet helped me to break through that fear and fight for the life I wanted! Im no longer in Ohio and I’m working full time in the industry!

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

You came to this program on your own to make the life you always imagined.

I completely understand having to deal with stress at work. My survival jobs I had before this program were high stress and low reward. I found being able to handle that stress put me in a position to be able to handle a lot of crazy scenarios working on set. Plus being on set puts you in such a great mood that its hard to feel stress!

I feel you have exactly what it take to make it in this industry and FIF is the perfect place for you to make that happen!

Everyone had doubts when they start and are uncertain about a lot of things so you are never alone in that realm.

I would encourage you to be a part of this program more than any other program out there. The methods we use and the information Janet gives you is the top notch way of doing it in this industry! It’s good to get to know the local community and want to be a part of it! There are methods we use to get you into those circles and learn ALL about production.

The majority of people coming into this program have 0 experience, like myself when I first joined the program! You already have an insight to the world because you have worked in other jobs and you’ll be able to use that to your advantage later!

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

In the program we have weekly calls! Anyone who is in the program can dial, call, video-stream into them. As for the language barrier, if you have a good basic grasp on the English language, you will be able to move forward!

We have several others in the program where English is not their first language and they are working like crazy in the industry!!

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

Think about empowering questions that you can ask yourself and instantly reply “YES!”.

Do I have people in my life now that like me? YES!
Can I find more people that want me around? YES!
Am I capable to change my situation? YES!
Can i do small things now that will help me get to where I want to be? YES!

Other great questions to ask are:

Can I put aside my pride to make a better life for myself? YES!
Can I practice doing so in everyday routines/life? YES!
Will I gain more friends and connections by placing my focus on something other than myself? YES!

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

Lets give you more empowering questions! We want you to walk away feeling EMPOWERED and ready to conquer the world!

Have others been rejected in this industry but still pushed past it to accomplish their dreams? YES!!

Do I have the tools at my disposal to help me accomplish my dreams? YES!

Are there things I can do in my everyday life to build my confidence and show people I am serious? YES!

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

A little history about me: I started this training in October 2015. Had no idea that in under 2 years I would have moved across the country and be working full time in the Industry!

When I started FIF, I was working a lead branch administrator for a worldwide company called Robert Half. I was there for 3 years! I was at my rock bottom and everything was going WRONG. I went to college for theater and was performing regularly in Columbus, Ohio, with some paid work but nothing to live off of. One of my goals was acting in films and I was not having the best of luck in that department!

Shortly after joining this program I switched survival jobs (for personal reasons) to being a leasing consultant for another big company in Columbus, Ohio! That job allowed me to have more flexibility in my schedule to start working more in film.

I used the methods that we learn in FIF to find the work and get booked on gigs in my area. I worked sporadically around Ohio on reality TV shows that came in from LA or NYC. I made a great connection while working on the show “America’s Got Talent” in December 2016. Then in February of 2017 (yes this year) the contact I made offered me 3 different gigs in LA!! I made the trek to Cali in my car, stayed in a hostel for the first month, and since I started to make connections out here while working on that gig, had started to get more and more work. So I officially found an apartment and moved to LA!!

Now I am working full time making close to $3500-4000 a month, just moved into a better apartment because of the people I met on set and in this program! I recently worked on the Environmental Media Awards as a Stage Manager and got to meet a lot of big named actors. I am currently on screen and behind the scenes on the show Popular Opinion which airs on FB right now!!!! I’m booked for almost everyday until November 3rd and I have more potential gigs coming my way. ALL OFF OF REFERRALS!!!


FIF Mentor Jessica P.

My first step in the door was starting this program! Without FIF, I would not be living the life I wanted and I would not be nearly as happy with myself as I am today! I took the methods Janet teaches and applied them and I had my first gig 2 months into the program!

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

Really glad you are already trying to break in and move up in the industry! Love the combination of your majors. I also started with Theater & Massage Therapy. Props to you for going into Chemistry though!! You are in the best place possible to help get you to the next step! :D

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

The best part about FIF is you don’t NEED to have any experience to start. I came into the program with only having theater credits and after following the methods and taking advice from Janet I started to unveil the industry abound me and that helped me to get on set as a PA (production assistant). Now I live in LA and am working full time in the industry doing all sorts of things: camera utility, PA, coordinating, stage managing, acting!

FIF Mentor Patrick

You know what to do. Follow that passion and that fire inside. You will become the best version of yourself when you’re working toward it.

FIF Mentor Lera

I started FIF in April 2016 and before I checked it through “Career on Fire” training, I was suspecting some kind of fraud, because these days you need to be smart to protect yourself. So I started COF not knowing much about film industry. I was a theater actress, so it’s obvious.

My biggest issue was that I’m from Russia and I live in America, so the language and paperwork could be a problem. In the case of paperwork, I was already on my way to solve it because I meant to do it anyway. I spoke the language, but pronunciation and understanding was still a bit problem so I was a bit shy and self-conscious, but listening to the training and watching helped to get that feeling that I’m on a right way and to gain confidence!

I joined the program with no doubt, and after 2 month I was working in the industry, I got supporting role in feature and bunch different opportunities!

And now I wrapped 2 major motion picture, the first one is “The Greatest Showman” with Hugh Jackman, you can find the trailer on YouTube, it was one of my favorite experiences, and a few weeks ago I wrapped Mr. Spielberg feature film, you can find it on IMDb as The Papers, and next week I’m helping with Talents on Gotham!

So life is exciting! Can’t wait what’s next waiting for me!!!

FIF Mentor Lera

I love this message! Your energy always shines through your posts and your growth is phenomenal! What an exciting future is waiting for you, just around the corner?! :)

FIF Mentor Leaf

Before Friends in Film, I was a recent college graduate. I had decided that the film industry was where my future lay and I live in Atlanta, so i was in the best place I could be. I had no idea what I was doing, so I told myself I would give myself a year to try to get in and if I couldn’t, I would go to grad school for film and try to make connections there.

Then I found FIF and learned the truth about my “brilliant” plan: not only is film school expensive and unnecessary (a fact confirmed for me on my first set ever), but I could be on sets and getting paid while I learned about the industry! After only two months in the program I was already finding myself on sets and making connections and sharing my stories on Yammer. It was great because I received so much support and encouragement from the rest of the people in the program.

Now I have a nationwide (and international!) network of friends who PA. I work on shows like “Valor” and “Manhunt” (just aired this August on Discovery). I work on films like “Pitch Perfect 3”, and when I want a break from that I work on indie short films and commercials. I have worked with celebrities like Caleb Mclaughlin from “Stranger Things”, Liam Neeson, and Roz Ryan. Next Wednesday, I get to work with my mother’s personal hero, former president Jimmy Carter!

Everything I paid for the program, I made back in my first year in the industry. Last December I bought my own townhouse. Thanks to the freelance nature of what I do, I can pick whenever I want to go on vacation, so in July I went camping, went to my sister’s wedding, and went to Pennsylvania for two weeks and now that I am back I already have work lined up. That is how fast you can get somewhere in this industry.

If not for FIF, I would now be in my second year of grad school, swimming in student loans that would take me years to pay off. I most likely would have given up, because I would have technical knowledge, but still have no idea how to get jobs. So this program really saved my butt and has set me on a path for life! If all your bills were taken care of, what would you want to spend your days doing? If the answer is film, then this program is the one to make it come true.

FIF Mentor Lauren

I had no idea how to get into the film industry in Wisconsin and wondered if I would have to move to LA. Now, because of the FIF methods, I work full time in the industry in Wisconsin! Where or when I’ll move next is still up in the air, but I embrace that uncertainty instead of fearing it. I know I’ll figure it out! FIF will also teach you how to combat your fears and feel comfortable with your uncertainties.

FIF Mentor Lauren

We are here to answer your questions, no matter how long you’ve been in the program. Even us mentors are still learning! We want you to be successful too, and we know that FIF has greatly contributed to our success in the film industry!

FIF Mentor Lera

“Am I good enough? Likable enough?”

This is always the biggest question in the beginning. Trying to measure your value in eyes of others is just gonna bring you doubts! Once you open up and are ready for challenges, you get some kind of charisma around you and it’s like a magnet will attract people. They will become your mentors, friends, colleagues who will inspire you as well!

“Will my parents/friends/boyfriend understand and be supportive?”

First of all parents are the people who want the best for you, but at the same time they always try to protect you from “Big Scary World”, because they love you so much, but that’s why they usually don’t want you to risk, to change, challenge yourself! And this is what you need to do in case to become successful, reach your dream, be happy, because living in the safe place never brought anybody anywhere!

By the end of the day who is living this life? Your parents or YOU? They will support you anyway once they see how passionate you are and how much it means to you!

But once you overcome these uncertainties you will become much stronger and it’s gonna feel so great that you’ll want bring more challenges in your life to reach more exciting experiences!

FIF Mentor Lera

Your energy is will increase and your badass attitude will bring you wherever you want to be in your life.

And never doubt yourself through the eyes of others, the best art is made for yourself. Not to please people around! 👏🏻

FIF Mentor Ali

I did not do the Platinum because at the time I joined, I didn’t think I could get the 1st month payment. I thought I could work some odd jobs to get the lower tier.

I eventually broke it down like this, once you get on working on a set you will find that 3 days of work a month pays for 1 month of the Platinum and 2 days a month on set pays for a month of the Gold tier..

Had I figured that out in the beginning I would have done Platinum for more Janet personal coaching. Which as you have gotten to taste is pretty amazing!

However, all tiers of the FIF program walk you through methods to climb and navigate and get into the film industry. No matter which one you do, you will you will learn what you need to get into and carve a career in the Film Industry.

FIF Mentor Ali

I had started paying but I wasn’t acting nor was I on set. I was still auditioning and getting work and not getting work. 😃

Currently I am casting for this and next month a show. To get the part is a lot of who you know. I got sent a guy that an exec said we needed to fit into a show, the guy to hire is an exec at a very large production company. He may have been an actor, however I am to cast him somewhere in the show.

I got offered a role from another producer because I fit what she was looking for, my agent sent me a voiceover script with a deadline for that night and two days later a friend gave me the same script because she was casting. I was fast tracked to the source.

Will you get hired for acting constantly by being in production? Maybe maybe not. However if you take the methods of the FIF program to get into the business & to help communicate your passion, then likely you will be given opportunities and it is up to you to be ready and act.

For me the navigation of the industry and the support of the FIF community and the thousands of tips for the industry have continued to move me forward.

Lastly if you do decide to do the FIF program, believe in it and have patience and persistence. Once I decided to focus on the methods of the program I had things move in leaps and bounds.

FIF Mentor Erin

Something pretty beneficial to me was learning that people are never judging you as hard as you think they are… never. Especially nowadays… sadly the attention spans have lessoned and in all reality they most likely have a quick thought about ya then move to the next. My goal is to make sure that the few seconds I give a person to ponder about me are positive and memorable. Janet has taught me so many tips and tricks on making that lasting impression, building the connections that matter and making sure that it’s all positive judgment. 😁

FIF Mentor Erin

It’s up to you to take the training and use it to your advantage :) Get the most out of it, follow the modules, then get out in the industry and utilize it. Much Like I did! Congrats on making the decision!

FIF Mentor Erin

YOU have the right attitude. I wouldn’t be were I am if it wasn’t for Janet and this program! I think she even threw videos of me into the mix hahaha. Gosh It’s so crazy because I started right where you are now… I would have NEVER thought I’d be where I am.

FIF Mentor Erin

I remember my empowering questions and I had the same “Were people just like me when they started?” It’s so fun to think about because it’s so true! Now I work full time in video production. :) I had no idea where my life would take me but I knew I needed to get out of the dead end restaurant life.

FIF Mentor Erin

When your loved ones see the happiness it brings you (and the money), I promise they will be on board. PLUS they will almost always think that what you do is pretty cool. My wife loves hearing stories and fun things about what life is like working in film. :)

FIF Mentor Erin

I copied this paragraph from and article in “Pop Sugar”:

FIF Mentor Dani

Uncertainty of not knowing has always been the biggest wall between me and my goals. I let that fear sink in deep and keep me from going after what is uncertain.

The coolest thing about the FIF program is that you have a clear path on getting into the film industry so it’s not a game of guessing on how to do it!

FIF Mentor Dani

When I joined FIF, I had a group of people who were also going through the program with me, learning the same things, and encouraging me. I had training and homework to guide me down a clear path on what to do, and I had Janet there to answer my questions and encourage me when I let my lower self get me down.

I also could see my fellow FIF members taking chances and getting results so it gave me that confidence as well. 😃

FIF Mentor Dani

I have so many dreams but they all relate to one thing. I want to be an actress.

The cool thing is I am already building my way there. I have gotten some really amazing experience being on set and working in this industry that FIF helped me get. I learned and am still learning how to not let life’s NO’s get me down and Janet is a big part of that. That amazing thing is I’ve done some small projects but this weekend I get to fulfill a life long dream of being in a movie. Sure I’m a small part but this is great experience and something I can put on my acting resume. It’s a speaking role with more than 5 lines, which is a big deal in the industry. I got here because of everything Janet taught me. :) I feel so lucky!

FIF Mentor Dani

Your underlying fear may be deep and raw. By opening yourself up, you’ve taken a good look at the thing that is dragging you away from what you love!

Now that you’ve faced it you can replace it with your truths which are you empowering questions. Think of these questions as ones you already know the positive answer to. An example would be:

Do people generally like working with you? YES!
Are you a hard worker? YES!
Have you ever pushed through something before that you thought you would fail at? YES!!!

After reading this, what are you new empowering questions?

FIF Mentor Dani

It took me a while to get back to you as well because I’m out there working in the industry! :) We should be building each other up. That is what I love about the FIF program. No one get’s left behind that works hard towards their goal. We are in this together!!! Having a community really makes a big difference.

FIF Mentor Dani

There is a moment in your life where you need to step back and take a mental picture. Life is rough and you want to change your future. You have drive. You have passion. Now you have to find a path that you can go down and put those 2 qualities to use. You are here, and you are learning that this path is wide open for possibilities in tv and film.

Before I started FIF I saw the path my life was going down and it was bleak. It was filled with things I wasn’t passionate about and everything just felt grey….if grey can be a feeling. I didn’t want this for my life so I searched for a bit to find it but I always knew what I had wanted to do. I joined FIF and used my drive and passion to really dig deep and follow what Janet was teaching us and what she told us to do. My world went from grey to colorful because I have a career that I love.

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

I started in Columbus, Ohio, in late 2015. I worked on set as much as I could while working a full time job in leasing! I made contacts in LA through our FIF methods and that lead me to move to LA at the beginning of this year. I have been working full time in the business around LA and just got back from a travel gig where I was in Maine for 2 months working on a Disney show!!

The best part about the methods that we have is you can put them into practice in ANY market you’re currently in. Even in Columbus, I was able to find work that I had no clue was there… follow what Janet shows you and you will be rocking it out in no time.

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

With you starting to make money in film, you can deduct so many items on your taxes, Janet tasks all about out in the program and literally jars you some tools to use to get you started..

Also, are you able to drive with Lyft or Uber or get another job for income purposes until you start working more in this business?

FIF Mentor Jessica P.

I am absolutely loving all of the periods who will be coming over to FIF soon!! You all have put in an awesome amour of effort and truth to your fun work and it will pay off for you!!

Because of this program I have been able to save several thousand dollars for my savings, travel back home after a gig and be able to not worry about $ or my next gig, have the opportunities to go whitewater rafting for work!! And many many more experiences.

This is where change happens and where you can pursue those dreams you’ve had for years!!

FIF Mentor Parker

You will find that making connections can be one of the best things for you. THE BEST thing for you though is learning how we find and make those connections through our methods. It is the best and changed my whole life to allow me to save and make $$$ at the same time.

Very excited that you are here and keep up with the training. If you have an issue with the video send a reply back to Janet to make sure you’re not missing out on anything.

FIF Mentor Parker

This is sooo exciting!!!! Love how you have constantly kept yourself involved in some way! I come from a theatre background and I am working my way into the camera department in Film and still working towards acting in film. This program has so much to offer and you can learn tons from it.

FIF Mentor Alex

All of my persistence and focus happened with more trust and faith because I saw the growth in not only myself but others. Watching you guys struggle and then overcome was fuel to keep moving forward with. It was ESSENTIAL to my success and I’m sure everyone else’s because I remember how innocent, naive and eager most of us were when we started and now we’ve got way more knowledge and experience to lead us into the next chapters of our careers. :)

FIF Mentor Alex

Janet Urban demystifies the vectoring process and will give you the tools to be able to move forward even when you feel all that uncertainty is still there. The only way to move past your fears is by taking the right kind of action. Action that is proven to be effective in this program because it’s based on Janet’s teachings and her/our experiences in the industry.

You’ll start believing it IS possible to have that dream career! Keep doing the career on fire training!

FIF Mentor Alex

I used to ALWAYS struggle with fear for YEARS, most of my life actually. I felt I wasn’t enough and that manifested in my confidence and how I related to other people. NOW I walk on set and I love who I am in front of ANYONE. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your title is, I know I deserve to be there and can bring value – thanks to the FIF program 😁

Janet Urban made us realize that there is a lot of work in all markets! Work is happening in your area! You’re just not in the inner circle yet and you’re not hearing about those jobs because it’s all WORD OF MOUTH! Whatever job roles are left or last minute ends up on the fb groups or craigslist, etc…

This program shows you how to network properly and how to BE to make sure you get referred for work.

A lot of your financial uncertainties are fears that I and many others struggled with as well. If you follow the program to a T and stay connected and on top of it, your uncertainty of “how to balance all this work coming in!” will disappear. Someone will teach you how to do that and you’ll have to come up with a new uncertainty. 😆

FIF Mentor Alex

Before FIF I definitely felt like I was outside of the industry always HOPING to be involved in a real way. NOW I am in the film industry full time and most importantly I feel like I belong – it’s all thanks to FIF methods shared by Janet Urban through this mentorship. Hands down, without a doubt, I would not be prepping props for an upcoming tv show starring Tracy Morgan this week! Ordering props for the Production Designer, driving to the prop houses, working out of Highline Stages in NYC, working with people I enjoy being around and who are impressed by my professionalism.

The confidence that I gained over months of implementing Janet’s teachings is what got me to this point. It comes from implementing the FIF method, making mistakes and staying focused on what Janet has proven works time and time again by the success of FIF people 😁 What makes the program even MORE worth it is the inner work you do that will change you for the rest of your life. You won’t experience the same lows after the program because of the enlightenment you’ve gained.

Everyone who works with me loves me, I know my worth, I get the job done and it all feels so, so good every single time. Thought I’d share my transformation. Thank you Janet ❤

FIF Mentor Alex

You are certain that this is the right path, that your family will benefit from you pursuing your dreams, certain you have a burning desire, certain you are cut out for it, certain you can overcome your fears, certain that once you’re in you’ll be successful!!!

These are really motivating certainties!

Janet Urban shows you how to get noticed. How to vector towards it all and how to focus that desire and get you to shift your hoping into doing. She provides you with the knowledge, the tools, the WAY TO BE. It’s such great insight. So valuable.

FIF Mentor Alex

I love how even when you’re brainstorming the uncertainty you still find moments to include humor. I think it says a lot about your personality. I feel like you could really push past the few uncertainties you’ve listed with the insight Janet Urban has. She’ll show you how to be efficient and how to get good fast and move fast. 😃

FIF Mentor Alex

This is a great place to be because Janet Urban will show you how to make sure you never fall for scams again and take advantage of your availability on the weekends and transition to full time in the industry. Keep watching the modules and doing the exercises!

FIF Mentor Alex

Usually the certainties section is meant to be empowering, but I see you’ve included your certainty about not having money and believing “there’s no way I can pay for the program”. When you have certainty over things those are things that you accept/choose as your truth and reality so be very selective about what makes it into this category!

We had a member who bounced back from homelessness by going through this program and his story is so powerful.

I only want you to feel encouraged. Yes, you have a family to support, have a house to pay for, have debt, but it doesn’t define you as someone who can’t progress in their life. It doesn’t mean because you lack money that you lack the ability to further your dream career.

It’s not money that holds you back now, it’s what you’ve let the lack of it mean for you and your life. That’s just the sense I get from the share.

Based on your certainties it sounds like you want positive CHANGE in your life. I’m here to tell you that’s happened in this program for me and many others. And based on some of your uncertainties about wondering if you’ve used your time wisely or whether you will progress in life I know you are capable of much more and among your people. Because we all shared those same uncertainties. I had my own unique ones too!

These were limiting beliefs for sure and it’s scary how it can hinder our lives if we’re not aware of it. ❤

FIF Mentor Jessica L.

This program will help you to get started. It will show you how to move into the paid work! Remember you will be rejected, probably more than once but that doesn’t matter because for every rejection there is someone else who will recognize the value you bring to the production.

Don’t focus on the rejections. Focus on the acceptance.

FIF Mentor Jessica L.

This program will definitely help you navigate the industry so that you can work in the industry. It will put you in front of the people you need to be in front of to get the acting gigs. This is the place! it is never too late to start, I am just coming into the industry now and I am loving it!

FIF Mentor Jessica L.

Don’t look at anything as a lesser opportunity.

Every set you set foot onto is an opportunity to network and you never know who will go on to do bigger things. You work hard for them they will want to take you with them.

You never know if there is someone who normally works on big productions who is giving their time to help a friend or work in a position they don’t normally get to. I was just on an independent film that had no budget and the DP was a guy who works as a camera op in the 600 and he has worked on the major TV shows in the area but he wanted to work on something where he could be a DP so he did the film. He gave some really great advice and even said if he hears of someone needing a PA on set he will pass along my info. The director from that film is also talking to investors about shooting another project and asked if I were interested.

If you believe in yourself and have the confidence to share your creativity, keep going even when you get frustrated and treat every gig like it is your big opportunity then in 5yrs you will be proud of where you are.

FIF Mentor Jessica L.

Don’t worry about not knowing enough. A lot of people come into the program knowing nothing. It teaches you what you need to know to start finding work and then you will learn things along the way. You start at the bottom and work your way up so no one will expect you to know everything. If you are a fast learner they will want to teach you and continue to work with you!

You will become more adventurous as you gain confidence in yourself which this program will also help with.

FIF Mentor Jessica L.

For the (single or married) moms and dads thinking about joining this training — Your children will remember one day that you followed your dream, that you never let anyone hold you back that even though you sacrificed for her you also gave her someone to look up to because you never quit. Don’t quit dreaming unless you want your children to learn how to quit dreaming as well. You can do and you will be her hero!

FIF Mentor Jessica L.

I think the older you get the more responsibility you end up with and the more you get into being used to what you always have done and it’s harder to take a risk. But then you got to ask yourself what will make you happiest and bring more to your life. You don’t ever want to regret not taking a chance.

FIF Mentor Jessica L.

Don’t worry about your age, you will bring experience to things that younger kids can not! When I started getting work I started getting it in live entertainment.

I was/am a Roadie for music tours and a project manager for live corporate events. I started doing it b/c it was fun and it still is but I had originally thought I wanted to do film and television. My connection was in live events. I do not regret that I pursued it, I do have a lot of fun but about a year ago I remembered that it wasn’t my goal and I really did want to still try and get into film and television so here I am at 36 trying to get jobs as a PA and I keep getting them as an AD (for small independent stuff for now) but it’s my experience that helps me!