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Launch Class Overview - Building a Launch Strategy

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Brenda Mills

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Building a Launch Strategy
Set a schedule

Make a budget
Affordable/safe neighborhoods
Commuting time

Where to Live?

One page, clean, geared toward preferred job
Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
BFA in Motion Picture Arts; Production or Animation & Digital Arts
Order: Objective/Summary, Experience, Education, Skills
Leave off physical address
Resumes and Cover letters
Get a job, then move?
Move, then get a job?
Start applying for jobs now?
Website/Portfolio/Social Media
Killer Kart
Patrick Gines
BFA '10, runs his own small local production company.
His website acts as a craft portfolio too.
Resume embedded in business site.

Notice acting reel is included.
Waking Eloise
The about page - information is minimal
This page must be kept current
Daniel Aviles
Home page is a slide show for his photography
Hover over this
to open menu
Minimal about section
His cinematography reel - a gallery of clips
His director portfolio - just one student film
I've been working hard in an attempt to create a noteworthy example of just what can be done with a Facebook page for a short film. Even before we started getting a steady stream of content to display, I designed a lot of graphics specifically for the page's various albums, such as cast and crew bios, a timeline photo that fits properly in the allotted space and the borders for photos in the fan submission album. Speaking of which, I tried to keep the page interactive by creating an album where people can submit their own photos of creepy shopping carts, and we've gotten some great ones. Some posts on the page prove more popular than others, but the page has 330 likes, which is more than virtually all the Facebook pages I've come across for short films, and this helps create the sense to people who view the page that we're a project of some substantiality. I've been debating whether to start displaying our laurels and wins on the page but I now know that festivals do look at the Facebook pages and other marketing materials for films, so I'm trying to decide what achievements I should play up and what I should play down. Fundamentally, I want fests to visit the page and I want them to like and want to see us.
Note from director
FSU-hosted Portfolio Site
Stage 32
offers some portfolio hosting
Howie Muzika
Step by step how to build a personal website

Advice about what to include and why. Also offers a bunch of examples of people's websites

Design tips for sites

A bunch of cool portfolios
Creating a personal website
Matheny - how to get an agent
God of Love - Oscar winner
Free Pie - Short of the Week
clean and simple (generally)
easy to navigate (important info easy to find)
stays up-to-date
tone consistent with subject (film, filmmaker, etc.)
strategic (aimed at target audience)
Job cover letter:

Address to a specific person in charge of hiring

Why I want to work for YOU (films they've made, work they're doing)

What I can offer you (specific experience, hard-working, etc.)

Resume is facts, cover letter should give a sense of you as a person

who do I want to know?
where can I meet people?
am I enlarging my network?

Crown Heights
Strength of Weak Ties
Mission Statement
1st person
Not a bio
Not goals
Unique to you
Which way are you headed?
What will it look like when you
get there?
Upon graduation, I plan to gain experience in camera and lighting by interning at Panavision, and will start working in the industry to eventually become a director of photography.
Julia A. Friedman is an independent writer/director who wants to create feature-length narrative portrait films (For every interesting person, there is a story).

She plans to move to New York or Austin, and hopefully create low-budget films with her friends, write comedy sketches, direct music videos, and write plays.

She does not expect to sustain herself on this arrogant existence, but plans to support herself through unrelated work, production assistant work, script consulting and other 20-something odd job assignments. Eventually she hopes to earn a sustainable income through her passion and advantageous networking skills, and develop a mini-series or TV show for NBC, FX or HBO.

She hopes to always develop and stay true to her distinctively upsetting, arguably funny, style.
Kate Payne is a student of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, where she is pursuing a BFA in Film Production. She is now headed down a new path as a freelance independent filmmaker. She is drawn to communities on the outskirts of town, society, and reality, making do the only way they know how, shaking their fists at the known universe. She strives to tell stories that do justice and bring justice to the people living at the crossroads of myth and reality, because they are the people that should be celebrated and remembered. Ta-Nehisi Coates said that “there is a difference between navigating the world and explaining it”, and that difference is the story we tell ourselves. And that story is what keeps us human.

Upon graduation, Kate will be exploring other facets of modern storytelling, including radio journalism, oral histories, folklore, ethnomusicology and podcasts, before making the big move to the Big Easy. Kate is beyond excited to live in such a vibrant, unique, passionate city where it’s rude to not greet strangers on the street. There’s also something so poignant and admirable about choosing to live in a beautiful city doomed for almost imminent destruction, and it’s that brazen, stubborn passion of New Orleanians that really draws Kate. She looks forward to breaking her way into the film industry there, and to celebrating life in the face of uncertainty.

Film comes first. I want to write and direct well-developed, character-driven films that challenge audiences with new ways of thinking about conventional and universal issues. I also want to work on projects that I find to be challenging, important or just damn fun. I plan to wholly commit myself to that pursuit.

I never want to give up traveling or learning. I want to have the time to read, study, wander and explore. I never want to lose the mountains. I want to snowboard, dirtbike, camp, hunt and hike regularly for the rest of my life

I care more about a close circle of friends than I do about a family, and I hope never to lose the good ones I've already made. I want kids, badly, but marriage doesn't sound all that appealing. I don't want to lose wonder or optimism about my own personal life and opportunities, even in the face of my growing cynicism regarding the world at large.
Tatiana says:
We live in Crown Heights, bordering Bedstuy. ALMOST ok area. Safe enough, but not nice.

$625 each for a 4bedroom, 1bath. but we don't have a living room. My room is technically the living room and one of the rooms is super small.

But we have central air and washer and dryer in the building. Dryer caught on fire, mind you, but it was ok before that.

In Brooklyn it's usually at least $750 a person for a 3 to 5 bedroom, $800 to $1500 for a 2 bedroom, and $1200 to $3000 for a 1bedroom or a studio.

Alex Cameron says:
I pay $587/month, including utilities. Big 5/3 house in Alhambra. It's a 25 minute drive from most places but I like getting away from the city/valley.

Andie says:
I pay $780 a month for a pretty small 3 bedroom 1 bathroom in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. It seems like most people are paying between $650-800 a month for a 3-4 bedroom, but you definitely get what you pay for in location and distance from the train. Hurts a lot compared to the $525.00 I was paying in Van Nuys, LA, but whadyagunnado!
Josh Smooha says:
I live near North Hollywood and when I split the rent with roommates I pay like $700 a month
Career Center
website templates
All should be one page maximum
Ryan Spindell's post-film school short
Social Media:
You're not invisible
(to employers)
Going rates in LA production in 2014, according to Kris Eber at Soapbox

PAs $100
Department Heads $100-350

“GOING STREET RATES:” (Commercial, Promo & Music Video - Short Format)
PAs $200 Flat
Department Heads $550/10 (with a $25 step down for each position, so…Keys $550; Best Boys $525; Electrics $500)
ADs $800-1200/12
Producers $750-1000 Flat
Camera Operators $750
DPs $750-2500/10 (established commercial DPs can make $3-6k per day)
Production Designers $800-1500/10
Hair & Make-Up $650/10

Very common that all of the above rates will stay the same, but be booked on 12hr (or much less common 14hr) days, meaning you don’t get overtime until the 12hr (not including lunch)

Go home and save $$ ?
Travel first?
set goals
1 Year:
In one year I’d like to have tested the waters on different art departments on a few different tv shows, studio and independent films, enough to have learned the skills from several of them. I’d like to by then know and be familiar, by experience, with how the different departments within Production Design work. In one year I want to have acquired enough skill and have learned enough from set to always be one step ahead of my superiors.

I also wanted to have networked with videogame developers and see if art direction in video games is also a fun direction to pull in. Thankfully there is a big crossover between art department in video games and film, and I want to gain experience in both.

1 year: Have saved up some money and move to Los Angeles and get a paid job, while freelancing on my free time. Gain lots of contacts.
• 5 years- Have a good idea of what I want to do more specifically in the industry, have a better understanding of how the industry works and a good plan to get me where I want to go. Know my way around LA. Be completely financially independent and able to support myself. Have a good network setup. Be happy doing what I’m doing.
Lead Writer or Game Designer for my own game(?)/ Maybe getting the ball rolling on producing my own feature. / Mcdougal and Macenroy picked up by Adult Swim!
I'd say you need about 5 grand in your bank account at least to move out here. We furnished the whole apartment through IKEA and target. It was the cheapest way. Dev drove out here but I had my car shipped. Which cost 800 bucks. Finding an apartment was super hard. You definitely need to be out here to get one and see places and sign paperwork. If you haven't had a job in the last 6 months (almost all of us) then you need proof of money in your bank account and at least one guarantor. Both Dev and I have already gotten our California driver's licenses but you need to make an appt online a week in advance usually. That costs like $33 bucks.
Most apartments don't come with refrigerators which is weird but you have to buy one. And they don't have washers and driers usually. So getting an apartment with washer and drier on site it good. But you need tons of quarters to live in LA. For parking meters and for laundry.
Also there's a facebook group called FSU in LA that has been super helpful. You can ask for advice, people give away free stuff on it and post about job opportunities
Parking is super hard in LA. There are always restrictions, it's mostly parallel parking, or meters and garages. Free parking lots are like few and far between.
Basically everyone I've heard from has said that the first six months of living in LA are like just meeting with alumni and saying hi I'm here and then eventually you get work.
I got a job at this place called Lyfe kitchen, a super green restaurant, as a waitress/cashier/barista. I start early March. And my internship with panavision starts in April. I'm going to visit Panavision next week to meet the crew there. Dylan got me on one of the dreamworks TV things and Alex Mitchell got me on something with Ben Fredman. Devon is also doing dreamworks stuff and interning doing script coverage and stuff for free at a super tiny company.
Advice from Melisse Sporn
After two weeks in L.A.
Job Search Spreadsheet

Name of company
Entry level positions available?
Internships offered?
For credit? Enrollment necessary?
Where are jobs posted?
Where/how to apply
Name/position of person in charge of hiring
Contact info
Date applied
Follow-up/Thank you
basic template on Slack
Job Search Sites

LA, here I come!
Climb the corporate ladder
Work a trade, build your resume
Some stability
Some freedom
Need to be flexible
Create your own content and sell it
Financial stability
A lot of hierarchy
Artistic freedom
New Orleans
Financially challenging


Can be high profile
Aaron Moorhead
Missy Carter
David Mitchell
Matthew Lopez
Christian Klein
Jonathan King
Stephen Broussard
Anthony Cabrera
Ali Bell
Ryan Saul

George Reasner
Armando Salas
Nat Sanders
Susan Dawes
Lauren Hammond
Austin Baur
Gabe Souza

1st AD
Key Grip
3D Artist

Pick a track...
- I live in East Atlanta between the neighborhoods of Decatur and Edgewood, in a very tiny, slightly sketchy, neighborhood called East Lake. It’s 15-20 minutes out from downtown.
- Edgewood and Kirkwood are filled with well-to-do old hipsters. Edgewood is also known for a street of cool bars that are popular with young people and is supposedly full of art students.
- Decatur has its own downtown area and is sort of like its own little city, so it’s a good place to live if you find a nice residential area.
- East Atlanta Village, Cabbagetown, and the area around Little 5 Points are up-and-coming neighborhoods for artsy young people but in a very grungy way. I’ve also heard they’re not the safest areas.

- Most rentals we saw had washer/dryer connections but didn’t actually come with washer/dryers, and our house didn’t come with a microwave, so be prepared to front money for appliances like that in addition to furnishings.
- It is standard for all houses to have security systems in Atlanta. We have a system that we pay $50/month for, so about $12 per person per month.

I couldn’t find any good apartments listed online. But they must exist. Going to ATL and driving around the neighborhood you want to live in might be the best option to find the perfect apartment.
Parking is hard to find in busy areas and it usually costs a lot for a few hours. If you’re in Midtown, you should drive around the city block of your destination and find a parking garage for the plaza that you’re visiting. Seems like common sense, but it took us a while to figure out because sometimes the garage entrances are hidden. And garages are better than parallels or metered lots because you can get a ticket validated and it’s free.
- Uber is very popular in ATL. I’ve always gotten rides within 5 minutes of opening the app.
- Downloading an app that will take you on side roads around traffic is definitely worth your while. I use Waze.
My rent is just under $400 for each person and is split between 4 people. It’s an average-sized 3-bed, 2-bath house, and I’m living in a bonus room that I converted into a bedroom. It seems like East Atlanta rent ranges from $300-$500 per person if you’re splitting with several people– so pretty comparable to Tallahassee rent. And we looked at some big, gorgeous houses.

Advice from
Nora Lonergan
After a month in ATL
Film-friendly states
I used the Gypsy House Facebook Group and found a great 7-month sublease in the Upper West Side. I currently live with two opera students that attend NYU and they are terrific! Gypsy Housing is great because it’s like Craig’s List but less sketchy. It is only for artists who need a place to crash or need to rent/lease out a room for what could be days to months to years, so if you constantly check that Facebook group, you’ll find a variety of different options for price range, area, and duration of housing.

One of the most surprising things for me among my apartment searches is that it is rare to have a dishwasher or laundry facility in the building. Also, all of the stoves are gas powered so you have to be mindful of how to use it properly because your stove may explode! The building I live in has a dishwasher, laundry facility, and elevator and that is a huge blessing! Most buildings only have stairs. So look for those details because when you live on the 5th floor you will not want to carry anything super heavy up 5 flights of stairs, especially furniture.

Some expenses you should keep in mind are subway passes and food. Taxes are super high here so everything is priced so much higher than in Florida! Shopping at Trader Joe’s saves you a bundle and looking for deals and sales will help you as well. Subway passes are somewhat cheap but also add up over time. One unlimited subway pass for a month is $112. You can also pay as you ride or get a weekly pass too, so calculating how much you travel can help you determine what kind of card you need. One ride is $2.50. Downloading the “Hop Stop” app will save you hours of crying, stomping your feet in frustration, and yelling to the world “Why is the subway system so confusing?!” I used this app to get directions to any place I needed to go until I started memorizing all of the train routes and learned how to get around a lot better.
In case of an emergency or if you simply don’t want to ride the train, Uber is a great app. You sign up and give them your credit card info and if you want to take a car to get somewhere, they can pick you up in a matter of minutes by using your iPhone GPS. Prices are expensive to get around by car but sometimes there are coupons and promotions that will get you discounts off of your rides. It’s basically like a smart taxi and I feel like it’s a lot safer too.
This is also super random but as a side note, I would encourage people to invest in hand sanitizer for subway rides. I have only been here for a few months but I have seen way too many gross things happen on the subway that I will forever have hand sanitizer in all of my bags at all times.
- Rent runs from $700-$3,000 PER MONTH.
- Everything is expensive but some attractions such as museums and other events are based off of donation rather than a fixed price.
- There are free things if you look hard enough.
- You will need a job like working at a restaurant/clothing store, etc. to help support yourself and to help pay that rent
- Internships are helpful
- Expect the unexpected
- Expect to not find work until living here for 2-3 months but of course you can always get lucky
- Expect to work for free on film sets for a while until you eventually earn your way to a paid position
- Alumnis are awesome for support, job opportunities, and temporary housing.
- Being a nice person that genuinely cares about others goes a long way in getting a job/networking/being successful. For the time I have been working here, everyone that I’ve spoken to that has been working in the industry for years keeps telling me that a lot of people in the industry are mean, uncaring, and hate their jobs because of their egos and unhappiness. So be nice!
- Don’t let the idea of networking overwhelm you. Just remember you are talking to a person that is as normal as anyone else in this world, the only difference is that that they might have done super cool things like worked with a big director or film or something. Just talk about normal things and get to know them as a person. If you click well with them, they will offer you a job because people hire their friends and people that they like.
- Safety on set is important. Never feel like you have to put yourself in danger to get a shot for the film. You have the right to walk away if you feel like you are in danger. A great app to look into is “ICG Safety” so you can familiarize yourself with proper safety procedures. No one’s life or physical health is ever worth sacrificing to make a film! Protect your back because a lot of people have back problems in the industry due to lifting heavy items the wrong way. Invest in a back brace and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you can’t lift something.
- Work with likeminded people. That is where your best work will come from and your friendships will last.
- Push yourself to go out of your comfort zone and talk to as many people as possible. You never know what opportunities you will find.
Advice from
Alex Bock
After 3 months in NYC
Finances 101
Save early
Build & protect your credit
Live within (or below) your means
This is the ONLY government authorized site to get a free copy of your credit report. You can request a copy every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies. You cannot get a free credit score.
Pay your bills on time
If you're freelance, hire an accountant
Learn About Unions
Short-term sublease:
I spent this past semester interning at ****** where I performed the standard intern duties: coverage, coffee, answering phones, working reception, making runs, etc. Unlike my previous internship, ***** runs at a slower pace and is an overall small company, so there weren’t as many opportunities to work hands on in certain areas. I still got a great deal of experience and spent a week or two working as an executive assistant when the company needed a replacement quickly. This experience is invaluable when looking for employment out in the industry.

While I may not have been given as much to do because of the company’s smaller size, ***** came to know me on a more personal level than the previous internship and respected my opinion. On multiple occasions I was brought a script, or even another intern’s coverage, and asked for my opinion on the script in question. They didn’t want me to summarize it or perfect the coverage in anyway, they just wanted to know my thoughts on the script because they genuinely valued my opinion. It’s this bond that helped solidify my biggest takeaway from this internship experience: contacts matter.

It’s such an easy and well-known truth of the business but when you’re just starting out (and antisocial), it can be a hard one to really understand the importance of. The employees of ***** were wonderful people and my supervisor took such a liking to me that they connected me with multiple people for various opportunities. During this semester, I’ve taken more interviews than I can remember because of contacts ***** has. These are interviews I would have never gotten on my own, but because I impressed people at *****, they sent an email off recommending me and within a few hours I’d get an email to setup an interview.

I’d recommend an internship at ***** for anyone that is looking for a low-key, intimate environment. They’re not face paced and you’re not going to meet a lot of people, but you’re going to meet a few great people and work closely with them. It’s also nice that the offices are located on the Warner Brother’s lot. You can’t really beat that.
(she used squarespace)
1. Internship? Benefit?
2. First paid job? How did they get it?
3. How did thesis film benefit them?
4. One piece of advice
5. Freestyle question

Quick summary

Quick summary (how'd they get where they are?)

1 year
5 years
10 years


Start with Why
Georgia Production Guide
Camera - local 600
Script Sup, Post - local 700
POC, APOC, office jobs - 861
Greens, G&E, Sound, Craft, Art - 479
New program gives City of Atlanta residents training and direct workforce access to Georgia's growing film industry
About the City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program

Mayor Kasim Reed and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local (IATSE) 479 recently launched the City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program, the first job training program in the United States focused on helping the film industry build a talent pool of trained below-the-line workers with relevant experience.

The program, which is a four entity partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, IATSE Local 479, the film industry and the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA), is currently in its pilot phase.

At no cost or liability to production companies, the City of Atlanta’s Workforce Development Agency will identify qualified applicants for positions as trainees in motion picture and television productions in Atlanta. AWDA will also pay trainees’ wages for the length of the program, which is up to 17 weeks. Once trainees are accepted into the program, IATSE Local 479 will orient the trainees to the film industry through an intensive two-day workshop and work with production to place trainees on set.

The City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program is organized through cohorts based on current productions that participate in the program. Depending on the production, the positions open to Atlanta residents vary, which means that the number of participants for each cohort will also vary.

How to Apply

Admission into this program is on a rolling basis. You must be an Atlanta resident. Not sure if you live within city of Atlanta limits, find out here. Atlanta residents who are interested in participating must be 18 years of age, have a valid Georgia Driver’s License and must register with AWDA and go through the intake process.

After you register, you must attend an AWDA orientation session, which is offered every Monday at 9 a.m. Please be sure to bring all documents listed on the AWDA registration page.

Once you've completed the intake process, you will be assigned a skills development advisor. Your skills development advisor will work with you to complete an individual employment plan, discuss how AWDA can support you if you want training from one of our approved training providers (Georgia Tech, Atlanta Tech, etc.) and update you when we start our next cohort in the film training program.

Your skills development advisor will help you register for an interview slot once we are ready to start our next cohort.

Registration for the film training program is done on a rolling basis - we interview prospective participants as soon as we find production entities who are looking for placements.

For further questions, email atlfilmtraining@atlantaga.gov.
101 Essential Filmmaker Sites
positive emotion

engagement (the feeling of being lost in a task)



Get Smart
Deadline Hollywood
Get Smarter
TED Talk: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Get Smart
Deadline Hollywood
Get Smarter
The blurb you put on your resume that summarizes all your production experience
Standard resume blurb for MFAs

Production experience on 40 short films in ATL and BTL positions, as well as pre- and post-production: producer, production designer, cinematographer, assistant editor, sound mixer/boom operator, script supervisor, 1st and 2nd camera, best boy electric, key grip, and gaffer.

Standard resume blurb for BFAs

Over 1000 hours of experience in multiple ATL and BTL
positions on 30+ student films through pre-, post-, and onset production. Positions included 1st and 2nd Assistant Director, 1st and 2nd Assistant Camera, Unit Production Manager, Script Supervisor, Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Best Boy Grip, Key Grip, and Gaffer.

VFX jobs
You want your bio to single you out from everyone else. You want someone who reads your bio to form an idea about who you are, and you want to have some control over that idea.

If you can say something concrete and memorable about yourself, your reader is more likely to remember you. In general, we don’t care when and where you were born. We know you love movies; we all love movies or we would be doing something else.

Once you’ve got some experience under your belt your bio will be easy. Amy Vincent was the cinematographer for Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and Footloose. Done. I remember her.

You’re going to have to work harder. Having learned every job on a set here at the College of Motion Picture Arts is a start. That differentiates you from a lot of people. But how are you different from your fellow film students?
Your bio should be
• Brief
• Unique
• Strategic

Don't tell us where you were born unless there's something really interesting about it.
Don't refer directly to your current film.
Don't say you're passionate about filmmaking - it's a given.
Avoid bragging or any statements that could be accompanied by an orchestra.
Don't speak in first person in your bio. It's just not done.
Although he’s not a mouth breather, it is easy to find Santiago gazing open-mouthed while observing how light affects a person or thing. He is interested in people, simple stories, seafood, and soccer.
YueCheng is from Northeast China, where their claim to fame is comedians and gangsters. She leans toward the latter, and she does like to cut things up. She’s an aspiring editor and director, and she’s funny, but only in Chinese.
Christopher realized he wanted to be a filmmaker during his first weeks of college. Instead of studying for chemistry and biology, he chose to watch movies. With words of encouragement from his parents (“Please don’t start using heroin”), he’s been making short films and writing features since 2007. Christopher wants to tell modern-day stories with classical Hollywood techniques.

In his spare time, Chris has become an Eagle Scout, a Jeopardy! Champion, and an Honorable Kentucky Colonel.

Note: While his bio is catchy and pretty brief, it also tells us a lot about him (smart, Southern, dedicated), without him having to spell any of that out.
An example of a solid personal introduction
Reel Jobs NYC
Hollywood Drive
What are the five Ps?
Personal Brand
cover letter/resume
color palette
fonts, style
social media
business card
Personal Pitch
Who you are
How you're unique
How you're prepared
Where you're headed

Tips for being a
personal assistant
Overall: Show you care about what you’re doing

1. Personality is everything
2. Wait at least a year before you show your script to your boss
3. Don’t spend too much time social networking at work
4. Don’t be precious – no job is beneath you
5. Learn how to be a walking IMDB (watch as many films as you can, know who’s doing what)
6. Be a team player; treat everyone like you’d want to be treated
7. When you make a mistake: FIRST fix it, then own up to it
8. Volunteer for overtime
9. Ask for help, ask for directions – listen and learn
10. There isn’t one way to get where you want to go

1st assistant stays at the desk, rolls calls, manages the schedule
2nd assistant does random stuff, researches travel, gets to be on set assisting because 1st is stuck at desk

Will was Robert Zemeckis’ assistant, then his producing partner’s assistant, then became a post coordinator at ImageMovers Digital (which Zemeckis started).

from Will Sherrod (BFA 04)
From Carrie Hunter (BFA 09) “I'm finishing up my second summer working in NYC and was just thinking about the journey to get here. I had a tough time finding living arrangements where I felt safe coming home from set at four in the morning. If you're about to graduate and looking for a room, I would suggest that anyone who comes here look at some of the boarding house style buildings the Catholics run. There is the Kolping Residence in the Bronx (co-ed) and St Marys (female only) St Agnes (female only), and Jeanne D'arc residence (female only) in the city. I've lived in two of these places and they are a great deal for someone just starting since they are month to month and relatively cheap. Most of them have a waiting list of a few weeks so you'll want to get on their list as soon as you figure out you want to move. “
More NYC housing advice
And/or try Huntr
I’m an office PA and making $750 a week minus taxes etc. but then I get some money for mileage (and have a fuel efficient car) so I take home about $600 to $625 a week or about $2,400 a month. My expenses per month are usually around $1600 or $1700. I came out to Atlanta with about $8,000, so that put me in a pretty good spot. I got a job on the drive up to Atlanta, but after that one week I didn’t work for three weeks. So it’s definitely important to go out with at least a full month if not two plus moving money, because it does happen where you can’t find work for a bit.
Do you need savings to make the move?
I worked as a writers' assistant from Nov - May and was able to save up a little war chest. Which really worked out, as I pretty significantly underestimated how difficult it would be to find a job after our show wrapped. I've been lucky though. During my first couple of months before Funny Or Die started paying my, and during these last few months of "self-employment," I've been able to dig up freelance shooting and editing work. Combining that with a few well-timed dog sitting gigs, I've been able to stay afloat. A big part of that is sharing a 3 bedroom apartment in Glendale, so our rent is only $800 a month per person.

The job hunting part is pretty discouraging, but my writing's going well and cool things seem to be coming up, so I keep thinking it will work out long term if I can just stay above water in the meantime.

Looking back, I probably wasn't financially ready to make the move to LA. But, if I hadn't moved when I did, I wouldn't have gotten into a writers' room and the good things I have cooking wouldn't be possible. If I had to do it over again, I would still jump out of the nest. I think I would recommend the same to graduating students. They just have to be ready to claw everyday and save money every chance they get.
personal pitch
research and job tracking
cover letter resumes
interview skills

(And sure...tell a good story)
Freelance for Storyhunter
If you're going into Post
Blue Collar Post Collective - a group for editors. There's one in LA and one in NYC. They have monthly meet-ups and an active FB page.

Diversity Summer Internship with the Academy

An Internship Case Study
Distributing Your Film
A case study of Sundance film UNREST, a doc about chronic disease

Indie Game The Movie distribution case study
Columbus distribution case study
Don't Stop at Networking
Interesting advice about how to see and build on networking.
Making a Feature Film
in 84 Steps
Virtual Student Federal eInternships
Many hundreds, if not thousands, of Internet-based internships for different departments of the U.S. Government. Quite a few are in video and animation, not to mention other cool areas. To be eligible you'd have to be a student for the nine month duration of the internship, starting in September. Deadline to apply is July 31.
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