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Friday January 14, 2011

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The Oy-scars

Thursday February 26, 2009
If you happen to see the Oscars show this past weekend, you probably shared my sentiment. Oy. Quite dull indeed.

Although Hugh Jacman was great in the first ten minutes, the show just seemed to drag on and on and on, etc.

To get you thinking like a producer, what would you have done differently? What did you see production-wise (e.g., the horrible back and forth shots of the in-studio monitors so that we couldn't see or read the information on screen) that they could've done to make the show more visually appealing?

Whom would hire as host next year? Did you miss Jon Stewart?

I know this is a break from my regular posts, but the Oscars is a huge event in this town and you would think it would go off without a hitch. But there are some years where it just feels 'off' in some way -- and this was unfortunately one of those years.

Let me know your thoughts!

Q & A: When Should I Call to Find Out About Open Jobs on a TV Show?

Sunday February 22, 2009
Dear Phil,

I was wondering, do I have to wait until pilot season ends before I call a production company to find out if there's any jobs?

DC

Dear DC,

Actually, the idea of "pilot season" is starting to fade more and more each and every year. Most networks and cable stations are taking more of a year round approach to their show development. Mainly so that they don't have to rely on having all of their eggs in the Fall/Autumn basket so to speak.

That said, there is certainly no reason why you should wait to contact a production office. If they don't have anything available, or the show isn't being produced yet, they'll tell you. But -- the sooner you make the connection the better it might potentially be as you never know when they'll need someone. If they have your name, resume and contact info at the ready, you might very well be the person they hire.

So, the short answer is -- don't wait. Once you get the info on a potential job opportunity -- jump on it. You never know where (or when) it might lead.

Good Luck!

Pay Your Dues!

Sunday February 15, 2009
If you're a member of a guild or union, be aware that if you don't stay current on your membership dues, you might be prevented from working on future projects.

Guilds and unions are set up to help protect you both WHILE you're working and while you aren't. They provide a support group of peers whom you can turn to for information, comraderie, or what have you. They set up your health insurance and fight against production companies and studios to make sure you are being paid a fair (or more than fair) wage.

As a member of a guild, you are responsible for paying your dues on time. That's pretty much it. The guild will take care of the rest. But, if you default then the guild can contact your employer and inform them of your failure to pay and your employer is usually required by law (because of the contracts they sign) to fire you. Sound harsh? Well, it can be; but it's not something you will ever have to be concerned with if you pay your dues regularly and on time.

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