How to Get a Job in Hollywood (with 1-on-1 mentoring)
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How to Get a Job in Hollywood (with 1-on-1 mentoring)

Want to work on blockbuster movies? Learn from a Hollywood insider on what it takes to get a film job in Hollywood.
4.5 (12 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,138 students enrolled
Created by Vicki Lau
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Work towards getting their first job in the Hollywood film industry.
  • Identify their dream job in the Hollywood film industry and hone current skill sets towards the ideal job.
  • Know how the Hollywood film industry works and apply tips learned to stay competitive in the film industry.
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  • Passion and Good Follow-Through
  • Pen and Paper OR Digital Notebook
  • Word Processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word, WordPad)
  • Optional: Web Hosting and Building platform (e.g. Weebly, Wordpress)
  • Optional: Image-Editing software (e.g. Photoshop, GIMP)

NEW ADDITION - Jun 2017 Content Update: 

"Insiders with Insights" new interview video now published (last installment of series)!


NEW ADDITION - Mar 2017 Content Update: 

"Insiders with Insights" new interview video now published!


NEW ADDITION - Dec 2016 Content Update: 

"Insiders with Insights" new interview video now published!


NEW ADDITION - Sep 2016 Content Update: 

"Insiders with Insights" section added to curriculum, to be updated every 3 months featuring interviews with people who have already made it, or are currently working with the "in-crowd" of the Hollywood film and television circle.


Having worked on movies and television shows such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Walking Dead and Hemlock Grove in visual effects, an active professional in the Hollywood film industry will reveal the tips, tricks and steps to getting a film job in Hollywood. If you have been trying to break into the Hollywood film industry without any luck, this course will provide the tools and key takeaways you need to increase your odds of success in getting into the game.

Understand What it Really Takes to Make it in Hollywood's Competitive Film Industry.

Learn through real-life examples and personal observations about what current professionals in the industry do and what recruiters, studios and producers look for in new hires, as well as tips to preparing the resume and website for a first-timer in the industry.

Why This Course?

  • Taught by a real professional in the industry who worked on actual Hollywood blockbusters
  • Step-by-step guide with lots of in-depth information
  • Debunking of myths about breaking into the industry
  • Active discussion is encouraged between students and instructor
  • Networking and open collaboration opportunities with instructor and students
  • Coaching and mentoring on discussion boards included!

Learn How to Leverage your Current Experiences, Skills and Passion to Maximize your Chances of Breaking into Hollywood.

You will Learn How:

  • The film industry phases work
  • Various types of entry-level positions get you into different specializations in the film industry
  • To climb the job ladders of hierarchy
  • To identify your current Experience, Skill and Passion levels
  • To gauge where you stand against the professionals in the film industry
  • Recruiters, studios and producers hire candidates for most film jobs
  • To select the right projects and productions to work for
  • To create a film resume and website that makes sense for your position
  • Existing online resources and other surprising resources help in getting a job
  • To stay in touch with new connections with authenticity and good email etiquette
  • Hollywood myths circulate and what really matters in Hollywood

Complete with additional resources, a fun and engaging teaching style and - SPOILER ALERT - a wide unpredictable variety of content delivery methods, students who complete the course will also be awarded with a bonus section - kind of like that bonus clip is you sit through the entire credits roll at the end of a film.

If you participate in this course, you will walk away becoming more enlightened and empowered with these new insights and knowledge about how the Hollywood industry truly works, which would put you much ahead of the curve of everyone else who is trying to break into Hollywood.

But if you walk away from this page right now, you will always be left wondering what might have and could have been, if you had taken this first step.

Who is the target audience?
  • Film Enthusiasts with low to no prior film experience
  • Film students and graduates
  • Professionals from other industries looking to work in film
  • This course might NOT be necessary for seasoned independent film professionals who have been in the industry for at least 5 years
  • This course is designed mainly for students seeking for production and crew jobs. Some concepts MIGHT apply to aspiring actors.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Jobs in the Film Industry 101
4 Lectures 13:05

Introduction to the course, course goals and how the course is structured - including instructor-student communications and additional resources - to see if this course meets your expectations and goals as a student.

Preview 01:45

Brief overview of the five phases of film production in the Hollywood film industry - an essential primer for those who are completely new to the film industry.

Preview 03:48

Detailed look into three main phases of film production, as well as the potential job opportunities available in each phase. This is not an exhaustive list.

The Three 'P's

Following up from the previous lecture, this part examines the positions one would start with, pertaining to different departments in the three phases of film production, to get a first crack into the industry.

Working from the Bottom Up

Questions to cover content covered in this section.

Film Industry 101
4 questions
Working with What You Have
3 Lectures 07:11

Introduction to self-awareness of the three essential components that constitutes any career decision - experiences, skills and passion - and how to examine yourself based on these three elements.

Preview 02:04

Insights on different tiers of experiences in the film industry and how to leverage these experiences to one's benefit or personal improvement.


Insights on different tiers of skills in the film industry and how to leverage these skills to one's benefit or personal improvement.

Preview 02:42

Working with What You Have
4 questions
Preparing Yourself for the Job
1 Lecture 10:56

Introductory primer to how to draft a resume and website to host your portfolio of experiences and showcase your skills - including tips on website construction and what to put (and not to put) on a resume.

Resume and Website to Showcase Skills
Being Resourceful and Staying Connected
2 Lectures 07:10

Brief overview of various networking sites and resources to use in getting additional jobs or staying connected in the Hollywood film industry.

Networking Websites

Tips on staying in touch with colleagues and crew members via email - including email etiquette and insights on how to not be seen as an email spammer (because it's annoying).

Staying in Touch via Email

Being Resourceful and Staying Connected
3 questions
What They Don't Tell You about Hollywood
2 Lectures 04:29

Insights on what really matters getting in, and staying in, the Hollywood film industry - including the stuff they don't tell you about getting a job in the Hollywood film industry.

What Matters in Hollywood

Conclusion to the course with a summary of the course content, goals and additional resources available - including instructor-student communications - ending on a positive note.

Insiders with Insights (NEW ADDITION!)
4 Lectures 53:48

Emmy-nominated TV writer-producer (Joan of Arc, Deadliest Catch, Fast N' Loud) Graham Flashner shares his insights, tales and lessons learned working in the Hollywood scene in New York and Los Angeles.

Meet Graham Flashner - Senior Writer/Producer

20-year visual effects veteran, compositor and cinematographer (Titanic, Avatar, Man of Steel) Christophe Ivins shares his stories and lessons learned working in the Hollywood visual effects industry in Los Angeles.

Meet Christophe Ivins - VFX Compositor/ Cinematographer

From hotels to working at Disney and back to running his own design business, theme designer, fabricator and sculptor Mitch Mitton shares his insights taken away from working on various design projects in the Hollywood and local film industry, to interior design, and even the tourism industry. Get an exclusive glimpse of his work shed and his sculptures on display!

Meet Mitch Mitton - Theme Designer/ Fabricator/ Sculptor

Transitioning from the music industry to the film industry, Vincent Levy Bryant shares his experiences that has shaped him to becoming a sought-after film and music composer in the local Georgia film industry and beyond.

Meet Vincent Bryant - Music Composer/ Sound Mixer
3 Lectures 02:26

BONUS: Staying in the course for networking with the instructor and potential film production collaborations (Los Angeles area only).


BONUS: Looking to learn to be a generalist and take your visual effects skills to the next level? Here is your chance to get in, cheap. Learn the entire visual effects pipeline from modelling, animation to compositing with three software in one (Autodesk Maya, Photoshop, After Effects), from start to finish in this innovative learning movement of learning through film (Filmtorial®). Limited discount coupons are available for interested students of this course.

Bonus Lecture: "Creating a VFX Shot from Scratch with Maya and After Effects"

BONUS: Looking to take After Effects to the next level? Here is your chance to get in, cheap. Learn both basic and advanced compositing with the popular software After Effects, including relevant and current compositing-related tips and tricks not available in other After Effects courses on Udemy. Limited discount coupons are available for interested students of this course.

Bonus Lecture: "VFX Compositing with After Effects"
About the Instructor
Vicki Lau
4.4 Average rating
401 Reviews
12,859 Students
5 Courses
VFX Professional, Emmys 2014 Attendee, TEDx & SMPTE Speaker

Vicki started as a humble student of digital media back in the small city of Singapore with a background in visual effects and programming in film and television. Without any contacts or connections in the United States, she began her career at the age of 18 from Singapore, working her way up into the Hollywood film industry and landing her first break working on AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead (Season 4), as well as other movies such as Guardians of the GalaxyAlice Through the Looking Glass and the recent War for the Planet of the Apes.

Already recognized by her country and by major organizations as an expert in her field, Vicki has made great strides for someone her age, being in consistently high demand for jobs - averaging about 4 job offers and requests for interviews per freelance month(s) of availability, whilst her peers are still struggling to find their first entry-level position in the field. At only 24 years of age, she was one of the youngest speakers and presenters at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference in its time, where she was a panelist and speaker for virtual reality in motion pictures.

She gave a TEDx talk on visual effects and virtual reality in May 2016 at Napa Valley, CA.

Why Learn from Vicki?

What makes Vicki different from other VFX instructors is that she actually worked IN Hollywood, California itself, brushing elbows with many names and even being invited to the Emmy Awards in 2014. Vicki shares with her students REAL insights that people in the Hollywood industry uses.

Learn from someone who actually worked IN Hollywood, CA at the MAJOR studios and blockbuster hits, and not some project outsourced to a small country or city at an unknown studio or from someone who claims to know "the secrets," by mimicking other successful instructors' language and content.

Trust, but verify. You can check out Vicki's IMDb page as proof.