Today was another guest speaker day filled with actresses, producers, and editors…OH MY! Rich Newey started off the day by telling us that the business is heading towards commercials. He told us that commercials are a quick way to make some fast money. Rich has dabbled in both films and music videos and has touched just about every position in the business. He says that he is always thinking of ideas and that he’s always trying to think of that next big thing.
Amanda Horning, Producer of the Voice, told us all about the wonders of reality television and how it really appeals to her. The thing that Amanda loves about The Voice is that she has to do research on people and because all people are different the research is always changing. She said she loves the ever changing data and the spontaneous work she does. The show obviously has a schedule but not knowing how people are going to react or deal with a situation makes for unique moments. She also shared with us the importance of becoming a page in order to network and learn.
The tall and beautiful actress Megan Armstrong, started her work as an extra. She started by taking acting classes and worked her way up like we all do. She started off doing commercials and finally saved up enough money to go out to LA and start working on a larger scale. She has done work as an extra in Hancock and found her calling. She is now working on her Hosting career and is happy doing it. A really useful tip she gave me I had yet to hear was how she organized her contacts into a spreadsheet to keep track of them. BRILLIANT!
Keri Kulikowsky works at casting and dealing with people in reality tv like The Apprentice. She told us that she really works at creating a relationship with that person on a basis in which she can relate to them. She often finds herself trying to put herself in the shoes of the people who sometimes don’t make it and make them feel better. She usually has to help cheer up those who are a little down too. She gave us a nice CD of music from Last Call with Carson Daly too.
Our final speakers were Daniel Rodriguez and Caroline Gilmore talked to us about being a post production supervisor, and how hard it can be starting out. Daniel is working on a very popular show called the House of Lives. He makes sure that all aspects of post are talking to one another and that budget is going the way it should go. Caroline shared her experience and how things have been going in the short amount of time she has been out in LA. She stressed the importance of keeping our contacts as fresh as possible and being able to keep them with you for as long as you can because it could get you that first step inside that microscopic door.