We can do it the Disney way, right?

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I had the privilege of attending an open house at the Walt Disney Animation Studios last night. A friend of mine has worked at the studios for years now, and has always had me absolutely salivating over the chance to darken the doors of the Sorcerer’s hat.

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Musical Wheel of Fortune

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Do you remember who won Wheel of Fortune that one night? You know, the one where the wheel spun and the letters were guessed?

No?

Me either.

What does this mean for artists who are winning a new competition-style show almost monthly? Do their recording contracts and winning titles actually guarantee success?

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Wait A Second, You’re an Actor?

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For the past few days, I’ve been helping out a friend who is casting a webseries for a major studio network. Before I tell you my curmudeongly observations, I must first offer you semi-satiating disclosure. At one point in my life, I would have given my left arm to be in that casting room, reading […]

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So, What Do You Like About Your Job?

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As I’ve been moving at a bit of warp speed for the last few months, I decided it was time to dial things down a bit when my most recent project wrapped. To keep myself busy, I’ve been working on life enrichment projects, these ones based in career development.

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Lessons in Sleep Deprivation

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I need sleep.

I have not received more than four hours of sleep for the last five days, due to a very intense shoot schedule for the TV pilot I’m helping produce.

I’ve learned a few things in my fight against sleep deprivation. Bleary-eyed and far from bushy-tailed, here are my top ten lessons of work-induced sleep deprivation.

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Details Wanted: The Challenge of the Blank Slate

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I’ve just signed on to help produce a pilot for a cable network.

Like many production-related, freelance gigs, I have no earthly idea what I am getting myself into. I agreed to take on the project because I like the people I will work with, because this is a new challenge, and frankly, because I’m waiting to hear on a few full-time opportunities. Great way to pick up a few extra bucks!

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Good. Fast. Cheap.

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It was my second week of working in television when I first heard the phrase: “Good. Fast. Cheap. You can have any two.” I’m not sure exactly where the quote comes from (a Google search will turn it up “Author Unknown”), but I quickly learned it is used as a mantra in television. In fact, I heard it uttered no less than a dozen times in my first few weeks of work.

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Booking the Unicorn

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In many ways, working in television is no different than being a project manager, a communications manager, or a preschool teacher. Why? All of these jobs involve taking a wildly creative idea, streamlining it into a cohesive, concise story, and then doing everything it takes to make it come to life.

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