Looking for movie jobs or need guidance on how to attach talent to your script? First Film Job offers private coaching designed to help you reach your creative goals. Perhaps, you have been working in the film but can’t get to the “next” level? Maybe you have an idea for a film or TV but need help “fleshing it out”. I offer private coaching sessions for those looking for movie jobs or need direction with their projects. After a one hour private coaching sessions, I will give you a very specific outline of what to do and who to approach. Is my coaching effective?
Here is an example of how I work:
Disney asked me to teach my FIRST FILM JOB seminar on the Burbank lot. In my workshop there was a young assistant Andrea with dreams of being a TV writer. After submitting her pilot to the Disney Fellowship, she was thrilled that she had made it to the final interview. She contacted me because she was to sit down with a panel of showrunners to discuss her material. Understandably, Andrea was nervous because it felt like she was interviewing for a movie job. So I had her send me the pilot then we set an appointment to meet.
After reading her GREY’S ANATOMY sample, I gave her critical, blunt analysis of the work. Initially her body language and responses were nervous then quickly became defensive. What she didn’t know was I purposefully putting her through this series of rollercoaster emotions. The key to impressing someone in an movie job interview, is to remain poised, , confident and savvy. I then taught her tactics to endure the difficult “notes” process.
As with any movie job interview, you must be able to get past what is called “false objections” in sales. We went over how she could explain her plot choices then give her ideas of how to improve the project. From there, I outlined the verbal and body language signals which indicated she was doing “good in the room”. Finally, we discussed wardrobe choices for both the meeting and the cocktail party. Because how you present yourself is critical in a movie job interview.
Did she get in? No, but she made such a strong impression that they encouraged her to reapply the following year. The next year I read the project before she turned it in. I bet you can guess the happy ending to this story. Yes, she got in and is now a working TV writer. Though most of my coaching sessions have been with writers and directors, I have also counseled makeup artists, production designers, production accountants and costumers.