Jessica Sitomer
Seminars and Coaching for the Entertainment Industry
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Entertainment Industry Question 12: With so many commitments, how do I manage my time?

Jessica’s Answer:


I chose to answer this question today, because it's 1:30 am.  You see, I made a commitment to YOU, to answer a question per day, and guess what? For me, life showed up today.  I didn't have time to blog because of my other priorities.  Now, because this is a priority for me, I'm doing it before I go to bed, so I am in fact answering within "my day." Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 11: What is a realistic number to meet at a networking event?

Jessica’s Answer:


Yesterday's comment becomes today's question...

"Realistic" is going to be different for each individual and each networking situation.  Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 10: What 3 things should you do when you go to a networking event?

Jessica’s Answer:


1. Set a goal for the number of new people you will meet Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 9: How do I know when it's time to give up on my dream?

Jessica’s Answer:


Oh, this question kills me!  It breaks my heart.  As someone who has been in this business for 20+ years, I've struggled with it myself.  As a coach, I've had this conversation with countless people. I'm telling you this so that you know you're not alone.  I can't tell you when it's time.  You have to decide.  What I can tell you is what I ask myself and my clients: Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 8: What tools can I use to not bring work home with me?

Jessica’s Answer:


This is an important question for many reasons.  I'm going to focus on one.  Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 7: How do I stay in contact without being a pest?

Jessica’s Answer:


I've heard this question asked in many forms:
How do I politely stay in contact?
How do I avoid being a pain in the ass?
How can I let people know I'm available without being annoying?

Here's the thing...

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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)

Jessica’s Answer:


In Question 5, I wrote about the economic part of this question.  Today, I'm going to write about the "mental" part of this question.

Discouragement is a feeling... an awful one.  I know, I've been there. Which is why I've had to come up with solutions to help me get through those confusing arguments with myself: to give up or to keep going.

Here are two helpful exercises: Add a comment

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Tropic Thunder

Why NOW is the time to think about getting an agent


Rick Peck is the agent we dream of. He fights for Tivo in your contract, gives advice on how to better your craft, and always ends a call with a positive affirmation. He’s the “agent fantasy” we dream of, where we are the top priority and the agent’s life revolves around making our career dreams come true.

And now is the time for you to find your “Rick Peck.” Why? There are cycles in the entertainment industry and typically, May is the month where agents clean house and meet with new talent.

The mistake most people make is...

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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)

Jessica’s Answer:


I have two answers to this one.  I'll give you one answer today, and one answer tomorrow.

To answer this question, first I must dispel a tragic myth in our industry.  That myth is: Unless you're making money at your "craft/career/art" you're a failure.  Add a comment

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Entertainment Industry Question 4: How do I turn a cold call into a warm call?

Jessica's Answer:


As I pointed out yesterday, people in the entertainment industry don't respond well to cold calls. If you want to "warm up" your call, the BEST way, is to get a referral to the person you're calling.

If you don't know anyone who knows the person you're calling, do research on the person.  Find a common link, something you admire, or a question that only he/she can answer.  

Whenever possible, send a personalized letter introducing yourself and explaining the reason for your call  BEFORE you make the call.  This way, the person can absorb what you're calling about and be expecting your call.

If you have a question, put it in the comment section.

To your success!

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