Jessica Sitomer
Seminars and Coaching for the Entertainment Industry
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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?

Jessica’s Answer:


I wonder how you found out about a job that isn’t posted on a site. Whoever gave you the lead is where I would start.
 
Let me rephrase this question to help a larger scope of people.
 
How do you pursue a job that you want, when there’s currently no opening? Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 58: Do I really need a good academic background to make it in Hollywood?

Jessica’s Answer:


Well, that’s what my parents told me… but that was so I’d have something “to fall back on.” Add a comment

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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?

Jessica’s Answer:


Well, you broke many of my rules regarding relocation (see question 31).

That said, congratulations and welcome to LA! This question varies depending on classification. Actors, specifically, generally need their days free for auditioning. If you are not an actor who auditions regularly, follow the guidelines I'm about to share.
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Entertainment Industry Question 56: How long does it realistically take to make it as a screenwriter?

Jessica’s Answer:


First, let me re-phrase that question to add in any classification in the entertainment industry. Then, let me give you the answer you may not want to hear, but it's the answer you need to hear.

There is no realistic time table, in fact there's no time table at all. I'll go even further to say there's barely a measure of someone who's "made-it." I work with Oscar and Emmy winners who are out of work. People who you view as successful, are scared of losing the ground they've gained. You've watched huge names like Travolta, Roberts, and Rourke go from huge to vanished to huge again...

Some people vanish and never make it back, some people make it, yet aren't a "household" name. So what's a person who needs more stability to do? Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 55: Can one get a steady job in the entertainment industry?

Jessica’s Answer:

Is any job really steady this day and age? For the most part, positions in the entertainment industry are freelance. There are some studio and agency jobs that are contract jobs, but the reality is, nothing is truly stable in this industry.

Some people are fortunate enough to get on a series that lasts for ten years. They, unfortunately, have their own set of complaints.

If you were a teacher or a janitor and had tenure, your union would protect your job. In the entertainment industry, a union protects your contract and safety. An entertainment union can not guarantee/secure a job for you. Basically, you are a business owner, so the success of your business depends on you.

Knowing this, I suggest multiple streams of income.

If you have a question, put it in the comment section.
To your success!




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PITCH PERFECT

Joining a Group and Networking There


Beca, a freshman, joins The Bellas, her school’s all-girl singing group. Within that group there are different personalities as with any group. There is competition and comradery which in the end proves beneficial for all.

I was sent an inbox message on Stage 32 from a gentleman wanting to know the best way to approach networking through the site. Here’s what he wrote, “I'm a screenwriter from South Africa so I obviously want South Africans in my network as well as international contacts. My strategy in LinkedIn is to network with producers, directors and actors rather than writers and it works. I never accept people I don't actually know or haven't corresponded with. But here on stage 32 I have all these random invitations. I actually feel like deleting everyone and starting over. Advice?” Of course, I always have advice!

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Entertainment Industry Question 54: What do you do when your family doesn't get/support what you do?

Jessica’s Answer:

This is a tough scenario. I've coached a lot of husbands whose frustrated non-pro wives, give them ultimatums, young adults whose parents "give them a few years," and friends who joke "Are you still doing that (insert your talent here) thing?"

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Entertainment Industry Question 53: Question: How do I stand out?

Jessica’s Answer:


You already do, you just have to own it. Every person brings his/her uniqueness to what he/she does. Where you get stuck is when you’re in the presence of someone who can hire you, or who impresses you. All of a sudden “you” leave the room. You start trying to be someone you’re not. You start saying what you think people want to hear. Be yourself. You won’t click with everyone, but you will click with people who have likeminded sensibilities and that’s what great careers are built upon.

If you have a question, put it in the comment section.
To your success!


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Entertainment Industry Question 52: Do you have to live in Hollywood to have a successful career in entertainment?

Jessica’s Answer:


You don't HAVE to do anything. How successful do you want to be? If you wanted to be a ski instructor and you lived in Miami, Florida (snow ski, not water ski), how successful could you be? I don't recall the last time there was snow in Miami. That said...
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Entertainment Industry Question 51: Is it difficult crossing over from television to film, or vice versa?

Jessica’s Answer:


Back in the day, you were one or the other. In recent years, the business has changed and people go back and forth. Is it difficult? That depends. Do you have solid relationships with people who can hire you in both? Do you have individual marketing materials for each medium? Do you have a recognizable name?

If you didn't answer yes, to any of the questions, it can certainly be a challenge. Now you know what's missing, and you can work to build in those areas to make the cross-over easier.

If you have a question, put it in the comment section.
To your success!




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  1. 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?
  2. Entertainment Industry Question 49: How do I choose a mentor?
  3. Entertainment Industry Question 48: How do I find representation?
  4. 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?
  5. Entertainment Industry Question 46: Will internships in the entertainment industry lead to anything after?
  6. Entertainment Industry Question 45: How does going to a Union movie screening help me when I'm watching a movie?
  7. Entertainment Industry Question 44: when you are at the top of your profession on the technical side, how do you break through into management?
  8. Entertainment Industry Question 43: how do you avoid getting pigeon-holed?
  9. Entertainment Industry Question 42: how do you market and sell yourself without seeming fake?
  10. Entertainment Industry Question 41: How should I prepare for an informational meeting with someone I've been referred to?
  11. SEX TAPE
  12. Entertainment Industry Question 40: Should you “settle” for work that may not be exactly what you want to pursue?
  13. Entertainment Industry Question 39: Why is it important to BCC my mass emails?
  14. Entertainment Industry Question 38: How do I deal with finding work in such a bad economy?
  15. Entertainment Industry Question 37: Should I get on Facebook for work reasons?
  16. Entertainment Industry Question 36: What do you do when someone is stealing the conversation? Part 2
  17. Entertainment Industry Question 35: Question 35: What do you do when someone is stealing the conversation? Part 1
  18. Entertainment Industry Question 34: Should I go to film school?
  19. Entertainment Industry Question 33: What do I do if my boss won't move me up?
  20. Entertainment Industry Question 32: Should I re-rate?
  21. Entertainment Industry Question 31: I live in a small town and want to move to LA. What should I do?
  22. Entertainment Industry Question 30: Is creating rapport manipulative and phony?
  23. Entertainment Industry Question 29: What is rapport? Part 2
  24. Entertainment Industry Question 28: What is rapport? You keep talking about it. Part 1
  25. Entertainment Industry Question 27: Do you recommend sending postcards as thank you notes?
  26. The Internship
  27. Entertainment Industry Question 26: What if I can't find anything on the person I'm researching?
  28. Entertainment Industry Question 25: Why doesn't talent count for anything?
  29. Entertainment Industry Question 24: I am meeting a director I would like to work with. I've researched him but I don't know what to say.
  30. Entertainment Industry Question 23: I've been out of the industry for 2 years because I was sick. Is it possible to get back in?

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