5 Reasons To Say NO To A Job

 Five Reasons to say NO to a job:

1) When you have questions about the people. Life and work is all about people! if you have any questions about the boss or the crew that can't be resolved— whether it's trust or personality issues— you should consider saying NO. Working with the wrong people will make you unhappy a lot faster than doing work you don't like. Remember the old adage: When you lie down with dogs you should expect to get fleas!  The opposite is also true: working with good people, you can always learn something!

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HOW DO YOU HANDLE A PRESS TRIP GONE TERRIBLY WRONG?

         This, however, happened recently when a new cruise ship line named Haimark invited me and my wife (I had to pay her airfare) on what sounded like a wonderful autumn cruise on the Saint Lawrence Seaway, from Montreal to Quebec, on to several smaller ports, to Halifax, Portland, and home.  Neither we nor anyone on the small, 200 passenger boat (which had already had an accident that summer smashing into the locks of the canal) had any idea that the boat, named the Saint Laurent, was in no way prepared for what turned out to be moderately rough autumn seas that promised to turn fierce by the time we sailed into the North Atlantic. So uneasy was the captain and crew about sailing on the schedule that we had to spend an extra day in Quebec (not such a bad thing), but ended up missing four scheduled ports along the way.

         By the time we got to Halifax we were told that sailing further would be very risky and that if we wished, Haimark would send us on a rain-soaked 12-hour bus ride to Portland, OR, so we could drive or fly back from there, which 190 people did.  Having asked Haimark to re-book out plane tickets back to NYC, including my wife’s, I found upon arrival at home that she was charged for the return trip, even though she had originally paid for it, plus a service fee.

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MOET Film Festival Winner Adam J Richman

 

Adam J. Richman is an Orange County native who resides in Los Angeles (and Berkely).  A graduate of Chapman University, he is now a working cinematographer and graphic designer with experience in 35mm, 16mm, RED One 4k, HD, and HDSLR.  Adam has been working at perfecting the craft of visual storytelling since before his high school years.  Concurrent to high school, he attended various Saddleback College film programs, winning several awards for his submissions.  He is a prime example of recent film school graduates that are extremely competent in many aspects of the filmmaking process - from pre-production to post and everything in between.

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7 Ways To Make Your Online Presence More Impressive

Acting teacher, Mae Ross, runs 3-2-1 Acting Studios in LA and is a regular contributor to Backstage. She posted 7 Ways to Make Your Online Presence More Impressive back in December and it stuck with me.

Of course, if you're not a performer you will have to do a little interpolation to apply her 7 ways. For example, when she says, Use the Same Headshot Everywhere (#3) what she's talking about is consistency. For the rest of us, this means not only using the same logo and slogan—and using them everywhere—but any important images that we use to represent us or our business. Many creatives and freelancers in the production field (from director to writer, gaffer, sound operator and beyond) work under a business banner. This helps give our business, which is really a professional service, the impression of a being larger entity, perhaps more substantial and more legitimate. We sometimes forget that people who want to hire us for our services are more interested in our personal skill, attitude, work ethic and credits than the need to feel secure with a bigger business. So it's a good idea to promote yourself as a talented individual as actors must. Our 'headshot' might be a staged photo that looks like a production still--for a director, sitting behind a camera; for a gaffer, focusing a light; for an editor, sitting at the computer...you get the idea.

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10 Tips to Target your Demo (and VO Biz!) for Success

These potential customers may have varying degrees of experience in hiring voiceover talent, and the more you can help to educate them in the process, the closer you will be to booking the job!

Here are ten tips to help you to reach your target market for a successful 2016!

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John W. Coleman
Wow! Great advice -- and not just for VO artists! Everything here is adaptable to any other media specialty --including camera ops... Read More
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Spotlight On Marty Shindler

Marty Shindler200This article first appeared in SOCALshowbiz.com

Editor's Note:  SOCALshowbiz generally writes about the directors, actors, gaffers, and producers where we look at those who help make the magic happen behind the scenes.  This article is focused on a well respected consultant whose expertise is on the business side of the business.  

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Best Cinematography of 2015

The PLAYLIST, on Indiewire (which by the way is on RoundTable.Media's Daily Newsfeed) bills itself as "The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more." It's a great site for cinemaphiles! One of their recent posts is "The Best Cinematography of 2015" and is worth reading whether you're a fimmaker or film fanatic.

Their choices (the ever-obscure PLAYLIST Staff) are no doubt impeccable as judged by their well-researched references. I can certainly agree with their opinions on #9 Steve Jobs (cinematogropher Alwin H Kuchler), #10 Brooklyn (cinematographer Yves Belanger). #7 The Hateful Eight (cinematographer Nic Knowland) as well as #5 through their number one pick, Todd Haynes's Carol (cinematographer Edward Lachman), though I may well quibble over the final ranking. For instance i think their #12 pick, Son of Saul (cinematographer, Matyas Erdely) should move closer to #1.

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Strategizing CES 2016​

CES is an enormous show. More than 160,000 reportedly attended in 2015, a total that may represent the attendance cap for this year.Attending requires planning and a strategy to cover the exhibits. One cannot just walk around aimlessly and hope to meet the objective of seeing hot new technology from long established companies and increasingly with ...
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

This is a great time of year, filled with good tidings and hopeful outlooks for an even better future. There's no doubt that Christmas is the main driver behind the holiday sentiments, but Hanukkah with its miracle of lights contributes considerably. Even the non-religious, who celebrate the Winter Solstice as an alternative, join the majority with...
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100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter, Better and Wiser

I've always been a fan of Inc. Magazine. It's been around since before dirt was invented and of course now it's not just a rag but a multimedia digital content provider (say that fast 10 times.) It's aimed at business with a decided edge toward growth and entrepreneurship. Many articles are for individuals, not corporate bureaucracies, despite...
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