fOR THE NEXT THREE BLOG POSTS THREE SOCKS MEDIA, LLC WILL HAVE A GUEST BLOGGER. JOHN IS A SEASONED PROFESSIONAL IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.
No experience. No education. Yes, even the most successful film makers today began from that very spot. But what’s the difference between these amazing people and the ones who had good intentions, but now spend their lives sitting on their butts watching other people’s work? The successful group was willing to listen and learn. So if your inexperienced, but wanting a career in the entertainment industry I have two key pieces of advice: keep your mouth closed and your eyes open. In other words shut up and value the people around you. Watch what the experience team members are doing. Learn from them, and while you’re doing this, if we get stumped and you have an idea that could solve it, that’s a good time to open your mouth and say something. In my projects I always want newbies to know their worth and grow into leadership. Just remember, however, that there are rules and expectations that truly demonstrate your level of professionalism. For example, don’t ever approach people on the set of a movie asking for them to read your script. That is my biggest pet peeve! I don’t mind if you have fun but if you go to a talent or cast member and ask them to read your script you will be fired, NO QUESTIONS ASKED! They are there to do a job for me not be accessible to you or distracted by your script. Completely inexcusable! If you keep your mouth shut and your eyes open, you’ll learn rules like this and in time you’ll become the experienced team member that everyone wants to work with….ignore this wisdom and you’ll be just another nobody sitting in your living room watching the work of others.
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Lynne M. Smelser is an executive producer and scriptwriter. For more than 20 years she has been an active writer who has won many national awards. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.