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Dec 14 2016

How to Ask for a Job Reference

It should be the easiest part of the job hunting process. It should only happen when both an employer and potential employee are serious about working together. But so many people screw up references. They bandy them about to any employer who will open an e-mail or they don’t have them ready when the need arises. Don’t wait any longer, get your references in place. Select ReferencesObviously, when selecting references, you want to choose people who have worked directly with you and who have a high opinion of you, but there are...

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Dec 07 2016

Peer Reviewed Staffing

When I was a young TV editor, I applied to a job for a huge national cable conglomerate. In the initial interview with HR, the HR manager asked me if I had experience with Avid Media Composer. The question caught me off guard. I had plenty of experience with Avid, but she had pronounced the name wrong. As much as I wanted to believe this HR manager knew who to hire (considering she had selected me for an interview), it struck me that someone who had a major hand in the hiring...

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Nov 30 2016

Budgeting for Film Festivals

So you’ve finished your film and you actually have some money left over. I know you’re just itching to transfer it to one dollar bills and swim around in it Scrooge Mcduck style, but you’re not done shelling out just yet. [caption id="attachment_20660" align="aligncenter" width="700"] We’re spending a lot on donuts. Who keeps buying donuts?[/caption] Regardless of what your goals are for your film, festivals are almost always the first step to get there for any completed independent film. Done right, it’s still the best outreach you can do for your film,...

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Nov 16 2016

Creating the Perfect Reel

You probably thought it as soon as you saw the title. There is no such thing as a perfect reel. And in a way, you’re right. Each person that sees the reel will have a different perspective on what makes a reel great. But if you know who is viewing your reel, you can make the perfect reel for them.  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="630"] “Sure, I’ll consider hiring you. Do you do star-wipes? I love star-wipes”[/caption] First, let’s get this out of the way. When I say reel, I’m talking about work samples,...

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Nov 11 2016

“…the stories you tell”

"Marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but about the stories you tell" -Seth Godin...

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