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- September 8, 2019 at 1:28 AM #72023469graceemilee02Participant
I am extremely new to this industry and looking for some hints and tips to assist me with making this an exciting career path.
Looking for any tips on breaking into the industry from screenwriting, digital editing or possibly acting!
Looking forward to hearing your feedback.
- September 9, 2019 at 11:39 AM #72023535JackWolcottParticipant
Many years ago a reporter asked Willie Sutton, the bank robber, why he robbed banks. “Because that’s where the money is,” he replied.
Same advice applies here. Go where the writing, editing and acting activity is: New York or Los Angeles. Get involved with the “scene” — the clubs, associations, professional groups who work with film and video. Keep in contact with your classmates if you were in film school. Be prepared to work for free for a while, as an apprentice or as an assistant to professionals. Offer to be a go-fer or grip in exchange for the opportunity to be part of a production. If you are good at what you have to offer you’ll find paying jobs.
If acting is what you’re after, try to take beginning jobs that will result in a union card — SAG, AFTRA and Actors Equity. These won’t guarantee work but will certainly help with audition calls and salary negotiations.
Recognize from the start that you’ll almost certainly need a “day job” and that there’s no shame in this. Find work that has the flexibility to accommodate your film and video activities; waiting tables, barista, etc., are classics. And persevere; it may take several years before your become sought-after and more-or-less steadily employed.
- September 16, 2019 at 10:07 PM #72024124dennymarkovichParticipant
Not scared just do it
- September 24, 2019 at 1:30 PM #72024840bobspezParticipant
Grace, what knowledge, experience, training, education do you have? Where do you live? What work are you doing now? Without knowing basic facts about you, it’s not really possible to give any advice that can help you make this a profession for you. In the meanwhile you can show your screenwriting, editing and acting on youtube, and hone your skills for free, while creating a show reel.
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- November 21, 2019 at 5:11 AM #72030548velmajdennisParticipant
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