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Advancing Your Career: Advice from 2 Agents and a Publicist

Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re not really ready for an agent or a publicist yet, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t use some advice from one on how to grow your career.  The following was garnered from publicist Gabriella Belzer of Impact 24 PR and two partners from the Worldwide Production Agency:  Kristen Tolle-Billings and Brian Goldberg. Don’t be a slasher This one’s probably going to rub you the wrong way, so let’s get it out of the way first.  You’ve heard it before. Despite the success of many a filmmaker such as Reed Morano, Kelly Reichardt, Steven Soderbergh, or the Brothers Coen— the powers that be caution you to stay in your lane…at least while you still have to sell yourself.  The phrase “Jack of all Trades, Master of None,” was thrown into the ether, which personally really annoys me, but in my experience most producers and agents do believe you can only be good at one thing. Does this mean you can’t pursue more than one avenue in production? No, it just means you need to streamline your presence. For instance, you should have separate websites for your directing career and your cinematography career. They even advise to have separate websites for writer/directors. If this seems like too much to maintain, then pick the one you need a website and/or social media presence for the most, and focus on it. As you advance, in one field, you can grow or transition into another, but you don’t want to deter the folks that sign the checks in the...

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Published By: Cinema5D - Thursday, 14 June

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