Jessica Sitomer
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Entertainment Industry Question 31: I live in a small town and want to move to LA. What should I do?

Jessica’s Answer:


Here's the advice I've given to people who have successfully made the move to Los Angeles:
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Entertainment Industry Question 30: Is creating rapport manipulative and phony?

Jessica’s Answer:


The actual question on yesterday's blog read, "Isn't this manipulative? I mean, if you're thinking and intentionally copying someone, that seems phony."

Therefore my response to "anonymous" is, "What is your intention?"
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Entertainment Industry Question 29: What is rapport? Part 2

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Yesterday, I talked about why rapport is important.  Today, I'm going to tell you how to create rapport. It's actually quite simple- rapport is established by matching and mirroring. Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 28: What is rapport? You keep talking about it. Part 1

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It's true, I do keep talking about it.  Because rapport is one of those unconscious ways of communicating that can make or break a conversation.  Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 27: Do you recommend sending postcards as thank you notes?

Jessica’s Answer:


Since I know an actress asked this question, first I have to clarify to the other classifications, that actors make postcards with their headshot and contact info on them. Some people have the opinion that sending your postcard as a thank you note, is another way to get your face in front of the casting director. Add a comment

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The Internship

                                 
This week is the presale of my new book From Burnout to Bliss. To say I’m excited is an undepresale launchrstatement!! I’m giddy!!! This book not only applies to entertainment industry professionals, it’s for everyone who is experiencing or is on the brink of burnout.

Because the book is opening me up to a broader audience, I thought, “Better Google myself and see what’s showing up and where.” It’s an important exercise to do for yourself. Today’s article explains why.

And if you want an autographed copy of my new book for yourself and others you know are burning out, click HERE and in the “second address line” please ask for an autograph. Thank you in advance for your support in this early stage of my launch. It means the world to me!!

Three reasons you should Google yourself


Billy and Nick are salesmen whose careers have gone down the tubes because of the digital world. They “sell” their way into a Google internship surrounded by tech-savvy geniuses. They proved their relevance and so did Google.

Google is a made up name that is now a verb. “To Google” is to search for information about (someone or something) on the Internet using the search engine Google.

While you wouldn’t tell someone, “Hey, I Googled you,” (seriously don’t, they may get creeped out!) it is a good idea to “Google” when you are researching a person with whom you’re about to meet. But what are they finding when they Google you?

I Google myself once a month and here are the three reasons why: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 26: What if I can't find anything on the person I'm researching?

Jessica’s Answer:


So, I'm assuming you've googled, IMDBd, and polled your friends and there is nothing to be found on the person you're meeting with. Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 25: Why doesn't talent count for anything?

Jessica’s Answer:


This question was followed by:
"I'm sick of seeing people whose reels aren't as good as mine getting work when I'm not!"

So, to answer the question, yes, talent does count for something.  To comment on the comment that followed: Add a comment

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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.

Jessica’s Answer:


It sounds like your question is: How do I craft questions for a person I've researched? If I'm wrong and I haven't answered your question, please clarify with more specifics in the comments.
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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?

Jessica’s Answer:


The curse and the blessing of our industry is that there is no rule book.  It's a curse because there's no manual to follow, no steps to take, no correlation between hard work & commitment=success. However, the blessing is, because there are no rules, no one can tell you that "you can't."
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More Articles...

  1. Entertainment Industry Question 22: Are there any no-nos for staying in touch with people?
  2. Entertainment Industry Question 21: Should I stick to one thing (directing/acting/camera) or diversify?
  3. Entertainment Industry Question 20: What if I have to leave a message?
  4. Entertainment Industry Question 19: When is a good time to call someone?
  5. Entertainment Industry Question 18: How do I get work when so much depends on luck?
  6. Entertainment Industry Question 17: When are you too old to make it? Everyone seems to want younger people.
  7. Entertainment Industry Question 16:How do I artfully turn down work with someone I'd like to work with again later?
  8. Entertainment Industry Question 15: How can you get yourself known on the web, without seeming annoying or cheesy?
  9. Entertainment Industry Question 14: How do I sharpen my negotiating skills? (ex: day rate)
  10. Entertainment Industry Question 13: What do you do when you're calling people who talk about nothing but gloom and doom?
  11. Entertainment Industry Question 12: With so many commitments, how do I manage my time?
  12. Entertainment Industry Question 11: What is a realistic number to meet at a networking event?
  13. Entertainment Industry Question 10: What 3 things should you do when you go to a networking event?
  14. Entertainment Industry Question 9: How do I know when it's time to give up on my dream?
  15. Entertainment Industry Question 8: What tools can I use to not bring work home with me?
  16. Entertainment Industry Question 7: How do I stay in contact without being a pest?
  17. Entertainment Industry Question 6: How do I deal with discouragement and the feeling that I have to give up on my dream in tough economic times? (PART 2)
  18. Tropic Thunder
  19. Entertainment Industry Question 5: How do I deal with discouragement and the feeling that I have to give up on my dream in tough economic times? (PART 1)
  20. Entertainment Industry Question 4: How do I turn a cold call into a warm call?
  21. Entertainment Industry Question 3: What is the best way to make a cold call to get work?
  22. Entertainment Industry Question 2: What is the purpose of doing a set visit?
  23. Entertainment Industry Question 1: How do I generate Union work without Union contacts?
  24. Wild
  25. NICK OF TIME
  26. Good Will Hunting
  27. THE SWITCH
  28. Vision Quest
  29. The Karate Kid
  30. Elf

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