Jessica Sitomer
Seminars and Coaching for the Entertainment Industry
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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?

Jessica’s Answer:


This was a question from one of the people in my teleseminar series.  I addressed it on the call and thought I'd share it with everyone.

Here are my suggestions for asking for referrals: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 49: How do I choose a mentor?

Jessica’s Answer:


This came to me in the comment section of question 47.  The answer: Not as carefully as you may think. Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 48: How do I find representation?

Jessica’s Answer:


Before spending valuable time on seeking representation,  do an honest evaluation of where you are in your career.

Are you making enough money to make you attractive to an agent and/or manager?
Are you so busy with work that you can't manage your own career?
Are you highly marketable (examples: just won an award, created buzz at a film festival)?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, then it may be time to seek representation- if they're not already coming for you. Here are some tips on seeking representation: Add a comment

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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?

Jessica’s Answer:


Unfortunately, there is no "right path," no clear ladders to climb, no rule book.

Fortunately, that means you can choose your own path, build your own ladder, make your own rules.

My suggestions for doing this are: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 46: Will internships in the entertainment industry lead to anything after?

Jessica’s Answer:


That question is impossible for me to answer without my Magic 8 Ball. So, let me re-phrase it as: Do internships in the entertainment industry have the POTENTIAL to lead to anything after? Now, I can give you a firm yes-- IF you treat the internship as a business opportunity, which means: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 45: How does going to a Union movie screening help me when I'm watching a movie?

Jessica’s Answer:


This must be someone who attended one of my speaking engagements recently, where I suggested union screenings as a place to network.

Here's how I see it: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 44: when you are at the top of your profession on the technical side, how do you break through into management?

Jessica’s Answer:


Great question! And for those of you who are not interested in management, simply insert any job or genre that you are interested in transitioning to. Because, that's what this question boils down to: How do you transition from one area to another.

Let me start by saying that if you consider yourself "at the top of your game," that's a huge plus. The confidence that supports that statement will back up the "perception strategy" you have to create. What's a perception strategy, you wonder? Here it is: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 43: how do you avoid getting pigeon-holed?

Jessica’s Answer:


Personally, I wouldn't advise you to avoid it. Get pigeon-holed. Be an expert at something. Build a reputation. Then, when you are ready and you have the right relationships, you can transition to something new.

The chameleon strategy is a hard one. People don't know where to put you. It's kind of like being a Jack of all trades, master of none.

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


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Entertainment Industry Question 42: how do you market and sell yourself without seeming fake?

Jessica’s Answer:


This question is too easy. Answer: DON'T BE FAKE.

Obvious isn't it? Yet, so complicated, and trust me I'm not being sarcastic. I'm sure the person who asked this question is dead serious as were the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of people who've asked me before in seminars, groups, and one-on-one.  This question is a huge concern. So, let me put your mind at ease... Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 41: How should I prepare for an informational meeting with someone I've been referred to?

Jessica’s Answer:


Preparing for an informational meeting with a referral is similar to preparing for a job interview. The differences being: Add a comment

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  2. Entertainment Industry Question 40: Should you “settle” for work that may not be exactly what you want to pursue?
  3. Entertainment Industry Question 39: Why is it important to BCC my mass emails?
  4. Entertainment Industry Question 38: How do I deal with finding work in such a bad economy?
  5. Entertainment Industry Question 37: Should I get on Facebook for work reasons?
  6. Entertainment Industry Question 36: What do you do when someone is stealing the conversation? Part 2
  7. Entertainment Industry Question 35: Question 35: What do you do when someone is stealing the conversation? Part 1
  8. Entertainment Industry Question 34: Should I go to film school?
  9. Entertainment Industry Question 33: What do I do if my boss won't move me up?
  10. Entertainment Industry Question 32: Should I re-rate?
  11. Entertainment Industry Question 31: I live in a small town and want to move to LA. What should I do?
  12. Entertainment Industry Question 30: Is creating rapport manipulative and phony?
  13. Entertainment Industry Question 29: What is rapport? Part 2
  14. Entertainment Industry Question 28: What is rapport? You keep talking about it. Part 1
  15. Entertainment Industry Question 27: Do you recommend sending postcards as thank you notes?
  16. The Internship
  17. Entertainment Industry Question 26: What if I can't find anything on the person I'm researching?
  18. Entertainment Industry Question 25: Why doesn't talent count for anything?
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. Entertainment Industry Question 22: Are there any no-nos for staying in touch with people?
  22. Entertainment Industry Question 21: Should I stick to one thing (directing/acting/camera) or diversify?
  23. Entertainment Industry Question 20: What if I have to leave a message?
  24. Entertainment Industry Question 19: When is a good time to call someone?
  25. Entertainment Industry Question 18: How do I get work when so much depends on luck?
  26. Entertainment Industry Question 17: When are you too old to make it? Everyone seems to want younger people.
  27. Entertainment Industry Question 16:How do I artfully turn down work with someone I'd like to work with again later?
  28. Entertainment Industry Question 15: How can you get yourself known on the web, without seeming annoying or cheesy?
  29. Entertainment Industry Question 14: How do I sharpen my negotiating skills? (ex: day rate)
  30. Entertainment Industry Question 13: What do you do when you're calling people who talk about nothing but gloom and doom?

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