A quick note on internships

Quick rule of thumb on internships. If they ask for or require class credit, they tend to mean it. This means you need to get it through school. If you are a film student, you can ask me. We should be able to apply summer internship work to the fall, so you may not need to pay more for it. If you are a grad and they ask for class credit, you likely aren't eligible for the position. You can, however, take a specific class at some community colleges designed to give credit for an internship. I'd only consider that if you have the money to do it and it's a great position. Some NBC interns have done that. Some people apply and then get the course if they get the position. If there's no mention of class credit, keep in mind that some places are more flexible on requiring interns to be students. Some places are happy to take graduates. They tend to be older, more experienced, and have more available hours. If the ad says "college credit is offered," that can mean they offer it if YOU want it. They may not require you to get it. Which means they may not require you to be a student. The requirement that students get credit is so that companies technically fulfill a legal requirement that the position has an education component. Some worry about that. Some don't. Most bigger places do worry about that, though, and want interns to get credit. Some places pay interns AND require college credit as a precaution. Make sense?  

Most of the concern is over this case. As of right now, the interns have lost, but it has changed the business. http://deadline.com/2015/07/black-swan-interns-lawsuit-overturned-1201467302/




Folks, if you are going to apply for any job/ internship with a producer, agency, or management company, you have to know what coverage is. Coverage is a 2-4 page report on a submitted script, book, or project. When someone submits a script, 95% of the time it's not read first by the executive but by an intern, assistant, or reader first. And they write coverage, a report which lets execs know what the script is about and lets them know if they should read it. The info on the form is fairly standard across the industry, but the actual forms vary widely. You may well be asked for sample coverage. They will likely send you a script. I'd ask them if they have a form they use. Check this carefully. Grammar mistakes will likely cost you the job. Have someone else check it. Read it aloud to yourself. Here's a sheet from Columbia University I came across that's pretty helpful on it. http://students.colum.edu/learning-studio/pdf/Coverage%20How%20To.pdf

For schools, references matter

As I mentioned before, I am rarely asked for recommendation letters for professional work, either from students or from those hiring. The industry tends to work more informally with that. BUT if you want to go to grad school, those letters can be critical. From what I've seen, they can help a borderline applicant get in or elevate someone who otherwise wouldn't be considered. Realize that not all teachers will write them for you. I only will consider them if a student got an A in a class of mine or was exceptional in some way, and I have turned down people. I once had a B- student from a class 2 years earlier ask me. There's no way I could write a strong one, so I didn't write one at all. For people who work after school, sometimes you can use a mix of school and professional people to write them. What does this mean? If you want a good letter, you may have to impress someone enough to write it for you. If not, your application may be at a severe disadvantage. So what do you do? You have cultivate a relationship with people. Networking.

Please check my facebook page!

Make sure you like and follow my facebook site. https://www.facebook.com/gettinghollywood.  I'm posting some quick tips just there. For example:

Some summer internships at NBC are already being posted. These are paid and some of the best for experience. They have rolling admissions but they fill slots as they go. Get applications in early. https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=25354&siteid=5108&jobid=285318

For you animators, Laika is hiring. It is of course based near Portland. https://laika.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.allpositions&company_id=15887&version=2

Quick tips on email

As I wrote before, respond quickly to email. I’d say 4-5 hours would be the max when you are trying to impress someone. I would always respond that day. But if you are reaching out to someone who is not expecting it, the rules are a little different. Generally speaking, you should email between Monday afternoon to Thursday afternoon. Don’t email in the evening or on weekends. Why? Because if you do, your email could get buried. I had one student email a potential contact Friday night, and he never heard back. Turns out the email was buried under hundreds of others by Monday morning. Two more quick tips, which I’ll get back to later. First, a strong subject line is key. If you were referred by someone, that should be your subject line. Whatever your strongest connection is to the person should be in that line. Second, be brief. No one wants to see a long email from someone they don’t know.

Best place to look for jobs and internships?

Best place to look for jobs and internships - the UTA job list. The best place to find it?  At the Anonymous Production Assistant Blog, which is also a helpful page especially for advice on being a PA.


Here's one: Artemple- Hollywood (“Gone Girl”, “Entourage”) is seeking both production and artist interns (compositors, CG artist, animators proficient in Maya and/or Nuke software) in exchange for college credit. Artemple- Hollywood specializes in producing “invisible” and seamless visual effects that enhance the storytelling process. We’re offering a wonderful opportunity to students aspiring to be in the world of visual effects and design for feature films, TV, commercials, theme park entertainment, and special venue projects. Interns will learn how to work within a professional environment, learn administrative duties, and write coverage for scripts. Please email resumes to: shelby@artemplehollywood.com 8/28

Here's another: A boutique literary management/development company located in Sherman Oaks seeks fall interns. Must be able to receive college credit and work 3-5 days per week for a few hours each day. This is a fantastic learning experience working on staffing writers and directors as well as on developing TV and film projects with clients. Our company has two features set up at studios, as well as a number of TV projects which we are producing. Our clients work on virtually all scripted cable and network dramas. Ideal position for an aspiring writer/director or someone who’d like to pursue a career in management or development. Duties will include reading scripts and giving notes, coverage, backing up assistant, submissions and phone coverage. Please send resume and brief cover letter to litmanagementintern2015@gmail.com. 8/28

Check this constantly.


Quick tip! Reach out!

Quick tip: Don't be afraid to reach out. We all do it. We all constantly ask for help. A lot of times it's the people who ask the most who succeed. If you are shy, just put that away. The worst you will likely hear is nothing, which is exactly what you would also get if you never tried at all.

Act Fast!

Just so you know how this all works, let me tell you a few stories. I have a friend at a top television show. They really needed a PA last year. With a few hours of just a few people there asking for people, they got hundreds of resumes. And those were all the candidates she needed. Interviews took place the next day. And a person was hired that day. That's how fast it can go. A job tip could be done within hours. Too many people want these positions. How you apply for work will often determine if you get the job. Always have a resume and generic cover ready to go at all times. I always suggested PDFs. They won’t pull up a spell and grammar checked when opened. And their format various less from program to program.

On the BFF Berkeley networking board I run, someone just posted about a PA job at a great animation company. Within 2 hours, she had her pick of people to choose from. And she was done. If you weren't on the board then, you would have missed it. If you weren’t prepared to apply professionally and quickly, she wasn’t interested in you.

I also got an email this week from a friend who is helping a friend hire. They're trying to find a post PA (production assistant in post-production) on a studio film. These spots are a fantastic way for people to break into post and are highly desirable. These folks looking can't afford the time to do a wide search, so they reach out to people they know and trust. And my friend trusts me. I want to do well by him because he is a friend. But I also know if I refer someone sub-par, he might not ask me again. So I'll be careful. There's a recent grad I know who would be great for this. But she's very slow to respond to my emails and didn't once. So she's off my list. I won't refer her because she might do that when going for this job. I think she'll be smart enough not to, but it's not worth the risk for me. She’ll look unprofessional, and in turn so will I as I referred her. How you correspond with people often determines if you will get a career going in this industry. When I would hire, I knew how someone interacted with me was the best they would ever do. Because now they wanted something, in this case a job, from me. And if it wasn't good then, it certainly wouldn't be good on the job.  They were done with the first failed email. Contacts and careers are lost on this.