Jessica Sitomer
Seminars and Coaching for the Entertainment Industry
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Entertainment Industry Question 89: Is doing a reality show an "in" for an actress?

Jessica’s Answer:

Ooooooo that's a toughy. It depends on so many things: what kind of career you want, what kind of reality show, how you're edited on that show, the relationships you develop while doing that show.
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Entertainment Industry Question 88: Is late 20's too late to join the party? Read on for detailed question

Jessica’s Answer:

Actual Question: A friend has just moved out to LA from NYC and been offered a job at a great entertainment company but the pay (of course) is low. It's an assistant position with potential to grow but she's wondering if she should take it even though it's not exactly what she wants to do. She's late twenties so she's also worried that she's late to the party so to speak but knows she has to start at the bottom. What are your thoughts? Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 87: Which city has the best potential in terms of finding a job (LA, NYC or Chicago)?

Jessica’s Answer:

In order of entertainment "capitals" it goes: Hollywood #1, New York #2, Chicago #3. That said, the number of people pursuing careers are relative. The majority come to LA, next NY, and then Chicago. Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 86:What do you do if you call someone and they don't call you back?

Jessica’s Answer:

My question to you is, did you give them a reason to call you back? FYI: calling to say "I'm available" or "just checking in" doesn't warrant a return call from someone who has a full schedule. If you called for either of those reasons, consider your objective met; they know you're available and you've officially checked in. Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 85:I'm watching The Real Housewives show. Is it okay for kids that young to be in entertainment?

Jessica’s Answer:


Are you asking because you're a parent of a child who's interested in being in entertainment? I'll answer with the assumption that you are. And if you want to know for any other reason, you'll have to send a more specific question. Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 84: I don't have the reel to get work as a DP, but I'm afraid to take other work for money. Am I wrong?

Jessica’s Answer:

The people who hire DPs are not the same people who hire you in other classifications. I don't know if the work you're referring to is within the camera department (AC, OP), as a gaffer, or something else. Unless you are working for money as another head of department (Editor, Production Designer, etc.) who are also hired by the people who hire DPs, you're okay.

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Entertainment Industry Question 82: How do I spot bulls*#t artists to prevent wasting my time and effort?

Jessica’s Answer:

Actual bulls*#t artists are usually pretty easy to identify. The swagger in their physiology, the tonality and speed they use when they speak, and the overdramatic name-dropping.
 (when in doubt about their tonality, ask them a couple of questions they have no reason to lie about; where they grew up, if they have any pets, etc. Listen carefully to the pace and tone of the answer, then see if it changes when they start talking about a project or name-dropping) Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 81: What do people really want to see in a reel?

Jessica’s Answer:

It depends on who's looking at it. There are many types of people who will look at your reel. I will address 3 types: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 80: My 2 shows have been cancelled and I feel like I'm abandoning my "family" if I take a job with a new crew. Should I just wait?

Jessica’s Answer:

The question continues: Should I just wait to see if we get another show?

Another question that I can't answer for you. What I will do, is give you some things to think about: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 79: I am astonished by the amount of things you do each day and each week and wonder how you do it.

Jessica’s Answer:

The question continues: ... How do you prioritize between doing one thing and another? What criterion do you use to make that decision?

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More Articles...

  1. Entertainment Industry Question 78: Can I call people for work now, even though I've been out of touch them?
  2. Entertainment Industry Question 77: Is it true that if I take a vacation I'll get called for work?
  3. Entertainment Industry Question 76: You say I'm 100% responsible for my career but I feel I can't control anything. What do I do?
  4. Entertainment Industry Question 75: Why do your answers sometimes contradict themselves?
  5. Entertainment Industry Question 74: How do I deal with the resentment I feel towards people who are working?
  6. Entertainment Industry Question 73: Why should I go to the LA Film Fest if I don't have a project in it or know anyone who does?
  7. Entertainment Industry Question 72: I've recently suffered the loss of my spouse, is this something I should share?
  8. Entertainment Industry Question 71: Is it appropriate to approach someone after they've spoken on a panel or Q&A?
  9. Entertainment Industry Question 70: Would you represent me? (asked at the agent panel I spoke on)
  10. Entertainment Industry Question 69: Should I do a sex scene for a non-union production?
  11. Entertainment Industry Question 68: What do I need to know about the Upfronts?
  12. Entertainment Industry Question 67: How do I stay in touch with people while I'm working? I usually get absorbed in what I am doing.
  13. Entertainment Industry Question 66: Is Facebook a good place to network?
  14. Entertainment Industry Question 65: What is the best way to get into Development and work your way up?
  15. Entertainment Industry Question 64: Since I freelance and move around a lot from show to show, when I do know if it's time to get rid of some old gigs on my resume?
  16. Entertainment Industry Question 63: What should I ask as starting pay?
  17. Entertainment Industry Question 62: Part 2 of yesterday's question: How do I sell an idea for a script or project?
  18. Entertainment Industry Question 61: If I make projects with friends or want to sell an idea for a script or project, how do I go about selling it to someone to produce?
  19. Entertainment Industry Question 83: How does networking at industry social events and parties ever lead to future work?
  20. Entertainment Industry Question 60: Which industry (film, television, commercial) would you say is easiest to get work in?
  21. Entertainment Industry Question 59: Question: How do you know who to contact about getting a job when the job you want is not posted on any website?
  22. Entertainment Industry Question 58: Do I really need a good academic background to make it in Hollywood?
  23. Entertainment Industry Question 57: I just moved to LA. How do I make enough money to stay here while I try to get industry work?
  24. Entertainment Industry Question 56: How long does it realistically take to make it as a screenwriter?
  25. Entertainment Industry Question 55: Can one get a steady job in the entertainment industry?
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  27. Entertainment Industry Question 54: What do you do when your family doesn't get/support what you do?
  28. Entertainment Industry Question 53: Question: How do I stand out?
  29. Entertainment Industry Question 52: Do you have to live in Hollywood to have a successful career in entertainment?
  30. Entertainment Industry Question 51: Is it difficult crossing over from television to film, or vice versa?

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