Jessica Sitomer
Seminars and Coaching for the Entertainment Industry
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Entertainment Industry Question 78: Can I call people for work now, even though I've been out of touch them?

Jessica’s Answer:

The person who asked me this knows how I feel about re-establishing relationships first. While that is usually the case, that would mean that  you would have had to re-establish in April, before the up-fronts.

This person did not. This person still needs to get work though. Therefore, try these tips: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 77: Is it true that if I take a vacation I'll get called for work?

Jessica’s Answer:

The question continued...
"because I haven't taken a vacation in two years, nor have I gotten much work. I really need a vacation!"

I'm going to answer this question with a story... Add a comment

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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?

Jessica’s Answer:

True, there are very few things in the entertainment industry that you can truly control. When you look at other industries, though, I'm sure you'll find plenty of people who struggle with the same issue; the stock market, changing technology and trends, etc. Since I focus on entertainment let's address what you CAN control: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 75: Why do your answers sometimes contradict themselves?

Jessica’s Answer:

This is what I get for asking for something to sink my teeth into. Here goes...

While it may seem that my answers sometimes contradict themselves...
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Entertainment Industry Question 74: How do I deal with the resentment I feel towards people who are working?

Jessica’s Answer:

You've made the choice to feel resentment. You could have chosen to feel inspired by them, happy for them, excited for their success, motivated by their success, curious as to how they accomplished their goals... Add a comment

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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?

Jessica’s Answer:

Well, let me count the reasons: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 72: I've recently suffered the loss of my spouse, is this something I should share?

Jessica’s Answer:


First, I want to express my sincere sadness for your loss. And that is what will happen, either people won't know what to say, or they'll immediately feel sympathy. How can we not? As humans, losing someone we love is one of our greatest fears. So, allow people, to express their sympathy, empathy, and even allow them their discomfort.
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Entertainment Industry Question 71: Is it appropriate to approach someone after they've spoken on a panel or Q&A?

Jessica’s Answer:

It is appropriate IF you are being professional.

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Entertainment Industry Question 70: Would you represent me? (asked at the agent panel I spoke on)

Jessica’s Answer:

Even though this isn't my typical format (taking a question someone asked a panel of agents as opposed to submitting directly to me), I felt compelled to address it, so that you will learn from this mistake.

The actress who asked the question, prefaced it with a little history about her past agency and how it was closed and then asked... and then there was the "uncomfortable pause..." you know the one-- when you've just put someone (or in this case a panel of experts) on the spot and he/she doesn't want to say yes, but doesn't really know how to say no politely... Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 69: Should I do a sex scene for a non-union production?

Jessica’s Answer:

I have to apologize to the girl who sent this, for making her wait until Question 69... I couldn't resist.  

Wow, this is not the kind of career advice that I ever thought I'd be giving. Definitely NOT in the career coach manual.  Just goes to show, you never know what kinds of questions you'll get when you open it up.  So, back to the question at hand... Add a comment

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  1. Entertainment Industry Question 68: What do I need to know about the Upfronts?
  2. 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.
  3. Entertainment Industry Question 66: Is Facebook a good place to network?
  4. Entertainment Industry Question 65: What is the best way to get into Development and work your way up?
  5. 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?
  6. Entertainment Industry Question 63: What should I ask as starting pay?
  7. Entertainment Industry Question 62: Part 2 of yesterday's question: How do I sell an idea for a script or project?
  8. 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?
  9. Entertainment Industry Question 83: How does networking at industry social events and parties ever lead to future work?
  10. Entertainment Industry Question 60: Which industry (film, television, commercial) would you say is easiest to get work in?
  11. 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?
  12. Entertainment Industry Question 58: Do I really need a good academic background to make it in Hollywood?
  13. 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?
  14. Entertainment Industry Question 56: How long does it realistically take to make it as a screenwriter?
  15. Entertainment Industry Question 55: Can one get a steady job in the entertainment industry?
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  17. Entertainment Industry Question 54: What do you do when your family doesn't get/support what you do?
  18. Entertainment Industry Question 53: Question: How do I stand out?
  19. Entertainment Industry Question 52: Do you have to live in Hollywood to have a successful career in entertainment?
  20. Entertainment Industry Question 51: Is it difficult crossing over from television to film, or vice versa?
  21. Entertainment Industry Question 50: I read your list of people to get referrals to on page 79 but how do you ask for them when people are so competitive?
  22. Entertainment Industry Question 49: How do I choose a mentor?
  23. Entertainment Industry Question 48: How do I find representation?
  24. Entertainment Industry Question 47:It seems like every successful person took a different path to become successful. How do I know what the right path is?
  25. Entertainment Industry Question 46: Will internships in the entertainment industry lead to anything after?
  26. Entertainment Industry Question 45: How does going to a Union movie screening help me when I'm watching a movie?
  27. Entertainment Industry Question 44: when you are at the top of your profession on the technical side, how do you break through into management?
  28. Entertainment Industry Question 43: how do you avoid getting pigeon-holed?
  29. Entertainment Industry Question 42: how do you market and sell yourself without seeming fake?
  30. Entertainment Industry Question 41: How should I prepare for an informational meeting with someone I've been referred to?

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