Writer/Director, Founding Partner (Female, Age 43) in Los Angeles, CA

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Current Job

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Job Title Writer/Director, Founding Partner
Salary $200,000
Other Compensation None Set
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Company Size (not answered)
Location Los Angeles, CA
Years Experience 10 years

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a firm that employs 49 people. We develop and produce new programming for television. We started with 3 partners who each had a background int the film and television industry. We wanted to try and do TV a differnt way. We decided to capitalize on the Reality trend and came up with shows that spun a classic idea with family values and “heart”.

We do our best to nurture each other in an industry that can often be cold. We now help produce pilots that get sold to networks all over the world and we do it with integrity.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I, along with my collaborators, develop television shows for an international audience. We do this in one of three ways:

1. We develop our own projects in house, either with staff or with freelancers we bring in for a projsect we have created.

2. We purchase existing ideas from freelance artists and develop them on our own.

3. We are hired by a network to develop a show based on criteria thay set, due to a need or desire of the network.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
None,

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Well compensated.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes, every day I work with creative and talented people. This is one of the best things about my job. For me, there is nothing like having a creative conversation with my peers. I love brainstorming and being able to create something out of nothing. I like sharing feelings and opinions with others. I like the idea of creatively plaing with my peers. It is also gratifying to help others with problems or situations they need help with. Creative collaboration is what I thrive on.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
It varies. Sometimes it is my hom eor in the homes of others. Somtimes it is in production offices on location where shooting occurs. If we are hired by a netwrk and they want us on site, that is where we go. When we are out in the field shooting, a set is often where we work. It all depends on the project. I like this because I don’t get bored. The downside is that I am away from my family and can often get lonely!

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 8
Hours: 5
Co-Workers: 3
Supervisors: 4
Job Title: 7
Level of Responsibility: 6
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Conference call to an East Coast cbale network to discuss a prjcet we are in development on. On the call we disuss budget, staffing for two cricat positions and story points.
8am to 9am Still on conference call mentioned above. We are now discussing project dates and pushing production of some segments back to accomodate a cast member the network wants.
9am to 10am Off the call after 9:30. Look over list of people I need to call back, check email and consult list of projects and pitches I need to do today.
10am to 11am Calls made and answered. Emails replied to: a sampling: new staffing resumes to look over (I am looking for a second assitant), checking on rights to a book I want to develop, returned calls to an agent that wants to pitch a project.
11am to 12pm As above, heard pitch, looked at resumes, had current assistant handle staffing callbacks.
12pm to 1pm Lunch with freelancers that we are developing a series with for 2012 season. They deliver pilot script with changes I had asked for.
1pm to 2pm Read new pilot, make notes and pass along to anotehr partner for his notes.
2pm to 3pm Partner meeting to discuss slate of projects going on now and developing new client business.
3pm to 4pm Meeting continues.
4pm to 5pm Meeting ends at 4:30. Check calls, confirm 7:00 dinner meeting to develop new network client. Check on current shooing schedule for network.
5pm to 6pm Currently watching dalies of projects until dinner meeting and filling out THIS survey.
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am Conference call to London about a project we are trying to get off the ground. Discuss budget, casting, new material the client wants us to explore.

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
I partnered up with like minded peers in my industry.

What was the application process?
We all met together and disussed our vision and formed a partnership, we didn’t look at resumes per se.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
No, N/A

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
N/A

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
No, but what I learned over the course fo my career taught me to be adaptable. I don’t think you can teach creativity, though.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, I got an MFA in Directing and then worked for over 20 years in the motion picture and television industry. I was a Theater Major in college and got a BA and then came to graduate school for an MFA in Directing. I then got several fellowships to work in the professional world before finally getting a job on a major film. I wourked in the commercial industry as well. I worked my way up through assistant positions and took jobs in many different areas of film to learn the craft. For example, when I worked in feature film I worked in the Art Depertment, Ediitorial, Production, Set Production and for studios to learn everything I could.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes. I was happy to be blessed enough to go through college an dgrad school as this afforeded me opportunities to learn from the best.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Absolutely! I has two high profile internships that not only taught me what I needed to know to get an entry level position, they opened doors for me back in the days when people wanted to look at my resume. Plus, they showed future employers that I was the cream of the crop and could hold a high profile position.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
You must be educated, you need to know exactly what you want to do. You must be persistent, there is a TON of rejection in this business. You must be creative and passionate about any project you bring to the. Study the media artform you want to break into. Then, create a project you are passionate about and can explainto others WHY you are passionate about it. Identify people that can help you create your vision and get it into the hands and hearts of those that can help you relaize it. Create a team of supporters who will help you network. Keep going, even when you feel you can’t any longer. Call leaders in the field and ask to speak with them. Develop a powerful pitch and work until you find someone who will hear it. Enlist anyone you can to be on your team!

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
First, creativity! Passion! Drive! Ambition! Social skills that will allow you to network and express yourself appropriately and clearly. You must be able to clearly convey your vision to others. You must also be able to be flexible and roll woth the punches when things don’t go your way. You must be able to adapt to new situation. You need to think on your feet and be cool under pressure. You must also be able to surround yourself with a strong group of supporters. You must be able to type! You need computer skills. You need to have a basic cultural background.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes. I think even if you don’t have a college education you must be well read and informed about the world as well as a good judge of people. I have an MFA> it is useful, but not required.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Be passionate. BE patient. KNOW YOURSELF AND YOUR PRODCUT!!!! Make sure that whatever you are pitching, you love. BE friendly with everyone. Listen to what everyone has to say and consider it. Do not lose your inner voice. As everyone to help you. Work harder than you think you need to and then work even harder than that! Do not pass up an opportunity to tell people about your project and ask how they might help you. If you have no experience, take ANYTHING offered to you so you can learn, but get out before you are identified with a specfici job in the industry if that is not the title you want. Make creation your job and keep pushing your project no matter what menial day job you need to take to get on set or into a production office. Make sure to constantly polish your pitch or project. You never know when opportunity will knock. Be generous with your time and be gracious. Be humble and thank thos ethat help you. Don’t lose sight of who you are and make sure to cultivate a support network you can rely on. Do not make enemies. Love yourself.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
I am excited to be part of a partnership. It allows me to have all of the benefits of being my own boss with significantly less of the responsibilities. I never thought I would partner up though. I just didn’t see it as part of the journey I was on, but now that it is, I am delighted.

What are your current career goals?
I want to Direct my own big budet feature film.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
If you really want to get into the entertainment business, I think you should. You MUST MUST MUST be passionate about it, though. Stand in your creativity, create work that you are proud of and never stop listening to the inner voice that says “go for it!”

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Development Executive 5 years 90000 Developed series and feature script for a major studio. Supervised freelancers and staff of 40 plus. Oversaw multi-million projects from beginning to completion. Wrote pilots and oversaw series development.
Prior Job 2 Producer 4 years 100000 Produced television series for major cable network. Oversaw projects from inception to completion. Supervised staff of 25 AND freelancers on an as needed basis. Created original material on an as needed basis.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.8

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
4 UC Berkeley BA, Theater
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
4 USC MFA, Directing

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