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.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

NEW ADDITION - Dec 2016 Content Update: 

"Insiders with Insights" new interview video now published!

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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.

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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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

What 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Jobs in the Film Industry 101
01:45

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.

03:48

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.

02:47

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.

04:45

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.

4 questions

Questions to cover content covered in this section.

Section 2: Working with What You Have
02:04

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.

02:25

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

02:42

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

Working with What You Have
4 questions
Section 3: Preparing Yourself for the Job
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.

Section 4: Being Resourceful and Staying Connected
03:10

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

04:00

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).

Being Resourceful and Staying Connected
3 questions
Section 5: What They Don't Tell You about Hollywood
02:35

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.

01:54

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.

Section 6: Insiders with Insights (NEW ADDITION!)
14:00

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.

12:07

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.

Section 7: BONUS
01:03

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

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Instructor Biography

Vicki Lau, 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 GalaxyTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the recent Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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 (even prior to graduation), hitting a record number of 11 job offers per season of availability in the early summer of 2014, whilst her college 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.

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