How To Give Good Meeting… and Get the Job – Part One

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Whether you’re interviewing to be an assistant or it’s your fifth showrunner meeting and you haven’t been staffed, here’s how to master the five steps of the meeting “dance.” There are different kinds of meetings in the entertainment industry — from a “general” (where there’s no specific job); to a formal interview with executives; writing fellowship gatekeepers, agents, managers, and …

I Want To Be A TV Writer But I’m Not 22

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Does ageism exist in Hollywood? Absolutely. It’s terrible, but hopefully one day, this issue will be taken as seriously as other injustices like not hiring people of because of their color or sexuality. But things are changing. I am the director of the CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program, which has launched the writing careers of more than 50 diverse writers. …

How To Navigate This Insane Business

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It’s no secret the entertainment industry has emotional and financial ups and downs and more than its fair share of difficult personalities. As a career coach, I have heard it all — from the boss on a business trip in New York, who made her assistant in L.A. order room service for her; to the producer who had to hire …

5 Steps to Developing the Most Important Hollywood SKILL

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What makes you irresistible to decision makers is not your award-winning student film or even the ivy league college you graduated from — although both are appealing assets — it’s simply having the right Hollywood attitude. What makes up this ideal frame of mind? Passion for working in entertainment + confidence in your abilities + an enthusiastic willingness to do …

Pitching Tip: To “Leave-Behind” or Not To “Leave-Behind”?

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You’ve done it! You’ve prepped. You’ve practiced. You’ve pitched. The hard part’s over. There’s energy in the air. They like your idea. You can breathe again. Now you just need to leave the pitch meeting on a high note. Believe it or not, this is where the enthusiasm and energy you’ve earned can fall apart. Quickly. From nervous, inappropriate banter …