Friday, April 30, 2010
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?
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?
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?
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
entertainment industry coach Question 417: Question about a time management technique from your newsletter
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?
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?
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?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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)?
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...
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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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, April 12, 2010
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.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
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.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
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.
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.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
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.
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.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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.
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?
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.
Friday, April 2, 2010
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.