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Friday, April 30, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 422: How many people are pursing a career in entertainment?

Why do you want to know that? It's impossible to calculate. There are so many different classifications.

For each person who gives up and goes back to the town he came from, another new person arrives.

In my experience, under this question usually lies the question, "what is my competition?" My answer is instead of focusing on your competition, focus on what you can do to move your career forward.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 421: How am I supposed to meet a lot of people at an event when there are so many people?

This is a huge question, so I'm going to chunk it down for you. Going to a large networking event can be intimidating. Trying to figure out who "the right people" are to meet, can be impossible if you don't know who to target. Your goal at a networking event is not to meet "so many people" because that would insinuate that you "met" a lot of people and have a lot of business cards, but you didn't really start the creation of a new relationship. So, instead of going to an Expo with the intention of meeting 100 people, make the commitment to seek out and connect with 20 people over 2 days. That's 10 people a day. That's manageable. You may have to introduce yourself to 40 each day to find the 10 with whom you really connect.

I can't impress upon you enough how much MORE valuable those 20 relationships will be than 100 new business cards in your drawer.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 420: I know I don't know enough people but I hate networking, is there anything I can do?

There are tons of things you can do. The first, is stop saying that you hate networking. I used to hate being in water I couldn't see through. Then I went to a resort were I was taken snorkeling and was shocked at what I'd been missing. Now when I go to Hawaii, I go right into the water and seek out the sea turtles instead of fearing what "unknowns" may be lurking.

You clearly know you need to know more people. Make a list of the types of people you would like to meet. I personally like to meet people who are passionate, inspiring, out-side-of-the-box thinkers who don't hear no, and who take action. When I'm networking, the minute I meet a complainer, I hear him/her out and then go on my way, without asking for a card, and rarely giving mine unless they ask for it.

Instead of looking at it as networking, look at it as you being an interviewer for people who fit into your network. It's not about going to an event and being afraid of being judged, it's about seeking out like-minded people. Sometimes you find them, sometimes you don't. But you always learn from the experience.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 419: with so much new technology is it more important to spend my money on training or your coaching?

Well obviously I'm supposed to say my coaching....
Here are two scenarios, you decide which is best for you:

1. You spend five years and $10,000 on technical training. You have an amazing knowledge of all the latest equipment, and yet you're still not working. You don't know the right people, how to break into the circles of people who hire, and you're growing more frustrated, desperate, and poor with each passing day.

2. You invest under $2,000 in Career Coaching (I say under because my most expensive program is under $2,000 and my least expensive is $14.95/month). You still have $8000 for technical training, only now when you go to the trainings you have a new perspective on them. You're asking the right business questions, meeting the right people, and creating relationships in a new way that's leading to work. In addition you're continually implementing what you're learning in your coaching and you're growing more confident, more successful, and richer with each passing day.

I can't answer the question for you. You have to make the decision yourself. Most people simply don't understand what I do, and therefore don't invest in themselves. But when you don't invest in yourself to learn how to network, market, and treat your business like a business, you can have all the best skills and talent in the industry, and no work!

If you have questions about what I offer, feel free to contact me.

Good Luck to you.


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Monday, April 26, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 418: You advise on TV careers, but do you actually watch it?

Not sure how this is going to help your career, but, yes, I watch A LOT of TV. I watch every new show at least once so I know the tone and characters (unless it's a show that may give me bad dreams, in which case if I ever needed to know about the show, I'd go to HULU.com, but that's rare). I also watch shows my clients are working on, whenever possible.

But the bottom line is, I got into this industry because I've loved movies and TV since I was a kid. I'm not one of those people who "doesn't own a tv," in fact quite the opposite. I have a double DVR that works all through prime time hours, and what I can't record, I watch On Demand or on the internet.

Here is my DVR's top 25 (not that it ends there...)
1. 24
2. Glee
3. Lost
4. Chuck
5. Desperate Housewives
6. Grey's Anatomy
7. Parenthood
8. Drop Dead Diva
9. Life Unexpected
10. Flash Forward
11. Private Practice
12. The Good Wife
13. House
14. Cougar Town
15. Modern Family
16. Community
17. Brothers & Sisters
18. 30 Rock
19. The Office
20. New Adventures of Old Christine
21. Saving Grace
22. Medium
23. White Collar
24. Army Wives
25. The Soup

And of course Yankee and Giant games when they're on. I bet you're wondering how I watch all this TV and still get so much work done...

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 417: Question about a time management technique from your newsletter

the questioncontinued, "I've been experimenting with the time-management techniques from your newsletter. I've been doing the one where I write down 3 things I want to get done for the day and then I throw the paper away. What do I do with the rest of my day?"

It sounds to me like you're a do-er. That technique is for people who can't get started or focused, or simply don't want the pressure of a long to-do list. It works really well for them. If you're finding that you're getting your 3 things done and have plenty of "business time" left in the day, you can certainly do more. You chose the 3 most important things and accomplished them. Celebrate that and then do more on the days you feel like working, or take some time to do something non-work related on the days you feel like giving yourself a break.

My newsletters are jumping off points. You have an "And...Action!" task, because I want to get you started. You've taken the bull by the horns, now make it your own.

And once again, congratulations for taking action and implementing the techniques I write about in my newsletter!

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 416: What's the best way to start a conversation with someone you've been out of touch with for a long time?

The question continued...
"Nothing bad happened we both just went our separate ways and now she's a really successful writer and I'm still trying to sell my stuff. I don't want her to think I'm just calling because she's successful, because I'm not."

Why are you calling? That's the first thing to get clear on. Once you know why you're calling you'll know what you're going to talk about and it will be clear that you're not calling her because of her success.

But the question was, "What's the best way to start the conversation..."

And the answer to that is with an authentic compliment. Well let me take a tiny step back. The first thing you want to say is, "It's been such a long time. Have I caught you at a good time?"

If she says yes, then give her a genuine compliment. That's always a great way to start the conversation.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 415: What do I do if a person keeps rescheduling me? Do I just give up on him?

INT. JESSICA'S OFFICE - DAY

We see the back of Jessica's head. The camera pushes in as she slowly turns and looks directly at you.
JESSICA
Never, ever give up!

Okay that's me being dramatic, but the message is still clear. If the person is rescheduling, he hasn't said that he doesn't want to meet with you. I imagine he's giving you reasons why he has to reschedule. If he's doing it last minute, then it's up to you to decide how valuable this relationships is because you're setting aside time that could be spent doing something else.

I have seen this scenario from both sides, and in most (not all) cases, the person is genuinely busy. If he is someone who can help advance your career why would you give up? However, if you're at the point that you're tired of scheduling out your time only to be let down, there's only so much you can take.

My periodontist's office has been calling me and sending me letters on a semi-regular basis (they clearly have a structured follow-up system in place). I was ready to call my regular dentist for a cleaning this week when I got the "final notice" letter from my periodontist. It was very nice, but basically said that because I haven't responded to their calls and letters, that they're assuming I'm not going to follow through with their care, but should I ever wish to come back, their door was open.

Good follow up! I called and made an appointment for next week. I don't want to be fired by my periodontist, even if his cleanings are more expensive than my regular dentist.

Why do you care about my gums? Because it's the same psychology. When you're at the point where you're sick of being cancelled on, you can simply send a lighthearted email or leave a kind voicemail, saying, "After having to reschedule 6 times, and knowing how busy you are, I certainly don't want to be causing you any inconvenience. While it would be lovely to meet you for coffee for an hour, if this is time prohibitive to you, I completely understand. At this time, I won't ask to reschedule. Should you find in the future that your schedule opens up and you have time to reconnect, please give me a call."

Or as Donald Trump would say, "You're fired!"

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 414: Is it wrong to take a job out of town when I want filming to stay in my state?

I recently had a client with the same dilemma. I can't tell you what's right and wrong because who's to judge? What I can say is, you want to work, you have an opportunity. There are many reasons production is going to other states. I happen to know you live in California. There are groups such as http://shootmoviesincalifornia.com that are fighting to keep production in the state. If you're not already a member of the group, get involved.

In the mean time, it's not a quick fix and you want to work. That may mean going out of state. It doesn't make you a hypocrite, it makes you a business person who is doing the best to support your business while fighting for change.

The industry is always changing. Now it is expanding to other states. That may be advantages for other people who don't live in California. Again, you can't say what's right or wrong, you just have to get involved in creating the change you want to see.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 413: How do you find out if an acting agent is legitimate?

The internet is a great resource to investigate. When in doubt, have Sag check it out. There are SAG branches in so many cities across the country. www.SAG.org. For those of you who do not know what SAG is, it is the Screen Actors Guild, a union that represents actors. If you're a member, they have a list of agents. If you're not a member, you can still call, because if there is a suspicious person out there claiming to represent actors, SAG will want to know about it.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 412: How important is it for me to separate the different things I do (act, direct, produce, write, edit)?

It depends on the conversation you're having. If you're talking to a casting director whom you don't know very well, you want to present yourself as an actor. It's not important to them that you edit because that's not what they're hiring you for.

If you're talking to a producer as a writer/director, be careful about mentioning that you're an actor because the first thing they'll be concerned about is that you want to connect yourself to the project and it will be a deal breaker.

If you are talking to someone about partnering on an independent film that you've written, want to direct, and have a small acting role in, it would be advantages to mention that you edit because so many projects fall apart in post.

The bottom line is, you have to assess the circumstances and the relationship with the person, before revealing all of your hats.

Whatever you do, make sure you have separate marketing materials. Any business card that has all of those slashes can make someone think that you do a little of everything but don't have fabulous talent in one area.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 411: How do I use my film credits on my film resume when the producer/director is a shady user type...

"... and I can't trust him for a work reference. Do I add the film to my resume, but explain to the next prod exec the nature of the shady producer even though that can put them off on me?"

No, No, No, No.... and in case I wasn't clear.... NO! You put the credit on your resume but you DON'T list the producer as a reference. If they need a reference from the production, find someone who will sing your praises. In most cases, if they are looking over your resume and they don't recognize the production or the producer, they're not going to be asking for a reference anyway. It's up to you to create that relationship in the interview and prove why you're the one for the job. Bringing up negative working experiences will do just the opposite. It's a total turn off!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 410: Based on what you said in Q 408, can I take some time off? I’m burnt out!

Yes, you can take time off, in fact, if you’re burnt out, it’s a terrible time to be looking for work. People can sense your lack of passion. Do something exciting that you can keep people up to date on so you stay in contact with them.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 409: I want to cut my hair but I don’t have $ for new headshots, can I just write “short hair now”, on...

"... my current pictures?"
NO! If you want to be a professional, you have to present yourself as one. Either save up some money for new pictures or hold off on the haircut. Nothing pisses off casting directors more than calling you in for a particular look and then having you come in looking completely different. Well, maybe some things piss them off more, but that’s up there.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 408: I gave up on my camera career 10 years ago and now I want to come back and everything’s changed. Help!

Okay, first of all you have to get up to speed on technology. Once you feel you’re ready to use the equipment then get back in touch with your old contacts. Have a really passionate story about your desire to return to the industry. I’ve coached MANY people back in. It’s totally doable.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 407: Should I have a separate Facebook page for business and personal?

I personally don’t think so. Different people have varying opinions, but my feeling is the point of social networking is so that people get to know the personal side of you so they can learn who they relate to on a personal level. That said, don’t 0ver share. It is business. And don’t turn your FB wall into an “available list” that just makes you look desperate. I have lots of blogs on Facebook advice, so check them out.


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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 406: I’m doing a scene where someone shoots me. Can I get hurt?

I will never forget the horror I felt when I heard that the gorgeous young actor Jon-Erik Hexum was accidentally killed as a result of a firearms accident. However, that was a fluke. Is it possible? Obviously. But safety precautions have tightened up because of the tragedy. Ask the stunt coordinator or firearms wrangler questions. Don’t let it get in the way of your acting.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 405: How do I go from being a big fish in a small pond to Los Angeles?

Strategically! Do some ground work in LA before making the move. If you’re doing well where you are, save your money and start building relationships with people who live in LA. If you move here cold, with no contacts, you’ll literally be starting from nothing and it can take 2-5 years to build up your career and that’s if you’re working strategically.


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Monday, April 12, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 404: What if I only want to make Christian value movies?

What’s stopping you? There are lots of likeminded people out there with the same values wanting to make the same type of movies. Use social media to find them, word of mouth, and research. Join organizations that combine filmmaking and Christian values.


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Sunday, April 11, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 403: How can I get my dog in movies?

Believe it or not there are agents for animals. Research them and find out the guidelines. Oh, and be sure your dog is well trained.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 402: How do I get in with a “tight” crew?

You create relationships with all of them in a non-threatening way. You DON’T ask for work, and as time goes by and they get to know you, like you, and trust you, the possibility of them offering you a day playing job will increase. A good strategy is to target multiple crews instead of focusing on just one. Also target crews that work on bigger productions and need more people on certain shoot days.


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Friday, April 9, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 401: I’m afraid to call in sick to work because I might be replaced.

What if you replaced yourself with someone you already know and trust? People can get pretty pissed off if you show up on set sick.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 400: Do you have to be in a union to take pictures on set?

Not only do you have to be in a union but you have to be a still photographer. In some cases they let cameras on the set for continuity and wardrobe, but to take stills of the shoot you must be a still photographer.

Now if you are a still photographer and you’re not in the union, you can get your days toward getting into the union by working on non-union projects, but be sure to check with Contract Services to make sure you are saving things like pay stubs, etc. so your days will qualify.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 399: I heard you can buy the clothes that characters wear on tv. Is this true?

In some cases, yes. Google “where can I buy the clothes I see on TV?” There are stores in LA and online. Sometimes the clothes haven’t even been worn because the costume designers buy clothes they can’t return.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 398: Why is it such a Catch 22 to get into a Union?

Because being a union member means that you have a level of experience that you have to prove. Producers who hire union members expect that level of expertise. Therefore you have to work a certain number of days to get the experience to be allowed into the union.

Monday, April 5, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 397: Does the camera I use to shoot my short film matter? Some people use cell phones.

It depends on your objective for making the film (Don't kill me camera friends). For the most part content is king, soif it's a really well written and well acted short, you can get recognition even if it's not shot on 35.

On the flip side, if it looks terrible, it can take away from the acting and writing. so see what you can do. There are so many talented people out there with equipment looking to build their reels.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 396: I didn’t get into the film schools I applied to but my parents want me to go to college.

"Should I go for the sake of going?"

Are you trying to get me in trouble with your parents? Let’s put it this way: you’re asking a girl who wanted to be an actress since she was four and was forced to go to college so she could have “something to fall back on.” Can you go to a school in the same city as a film school you applied to? Then you can socialize and create relationships with people at the film school. Can you still work on your craft even if it’s not part of your curriculum? Can you compromise by getting an entertainment industry internship during your breaks?


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Saturday, April 3, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 395: I got injured and can’t work for a while. Should I be honest with people?

I’m not a big fan of “the little white lie” but in this case, what they don’t know, won’t hurt you. I’ve had too many clients tell people they were injured, then when they got better, people were concerned that they would be a liability. If you trust the people completely, then tell them the truth. But why would you be asking me if you trusted them completely.

PS word spreads fast! And the grapevine tends to exaggerate as it grows.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 394: What is golden time and why are some people against it?

Golden time means you’ve been working waaaaaaaaay over time and the production has to pay you lots of money. Some people are against it because they are sacrificing their health, time with family, and in tragic cases their lives, due to excessive hours and lack of sleep. This is a very serious subject for me because my first day of work at the Cinematographers Guild, a camera assistant fell asleep at the wheel and lost his life leaving behind his wife and young children. Google "Brent’s Rules" to find out more about the subject. Making lots of money is great, but you have to know your limits and know when you’re too tired to drive home.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 393: How many times can I call someone in a week if the job is coming up in 10 days?

Ohhhh boy! Tread lightly my friend. I know you’re anxious because time is winding down, but bombarding someone with phone calls is a risky (and not in a good way) strategy. Instead, if you have mutual colleagues who can make a recommendation call on your behalf, they may help your case, or find out if the position has already been filled.


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