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So you want to work in films, or the entertainment business?

Updated on September 26, 2012

You Can!


You can do it too.

Nothing should hold you back from what you want to do in life.

If you want to do something, just take your baby step first.

Ok, so maybe I'm not a big, huge superstar, but I might have mentioned it before, if you have a dream, nothing and no one should stop you from doing.

I want to work with Jackie Chan and I know I will do it.

Now I know, you have to have a job, to put a roof over your head.

But I found a way, to work a full time job and do my dream job.

I work more hours, on the days that I work, to have more days off, to work on my dream jobs.

All you really have to do, is keep a job, until your dream jobs, become your only jobs.

It is possible.

There is more work in the entertainment business, than you can believe.

I even been trying to learn how to edit videos and put them together by myself, and learn other things too.

With today's technology, I'm learning about how to run on radio show by myself, without going to school,
cause mostly everything I do, is based on hands on

If you want to act, all you really need is to look in your
area, where you live and see if there are any independent films, where maybe, you can be an extra.

There are always casting companies and yes, you can
join casting companies that actually cast all those
big named companies.

This is not a scam, a real thing and this is how I get emails, everyday from the big casting companies;
you sign up for free accounts.

Half the time, it is extra parts and you do get paid.

Sometimes it really is for parts and stand ins.

You can also be in commercials and print work and
many things.

You don't have to be a super model to act, and yes,
maybe they sometimes look for certain looks for
certain parts, but there are so many different types,
of characters for a film, that anybody can audition,
or go to casting calls.

Basically casting calls are really not auditions, per say,
you just show up amongst so many people and actually, a lot of people call them "cattle calls" and believe it or not, if you just show up to be an extra, more than likely they are going to call you.

Sometimes there are two lines when you get there,
Union/Sag and non-union.

I am non-union.

I know they might need about 75 percent for a film that
is Sag and then they pick from non-union.

I just feel personally, that I stayed non-union, it has helped me out a lot.

Now, of course paying the dues and getting sag waivers, you would get more money working on set,
but that doesn't guarantee you lead roles.

I think the best thing to do, to get real experience, is head on over the independent film side.

Let me just say, working on film sets is not easy, and not fun and games.

What people don't understand, that it is a lot more work,
than you would believe, and it is very tedious work, to
do things over and over again, and sometimes you
can be on a set 12 to 14 hours a day.

Sometimes it doesn't matter the weather, even in
winter conditions, you there to work, and if you have
to work in the winter outside, just bring thermal underwear.

The best thing on downtime, is to bring a book or something to keep yourself busy, on downtime.

The saying is true.."Hurry up and wait", cause you
have a time you have to be there, and get into
wardrobe and such.

Then when your all dressed in wardrobe, sometimes,
you can sit for hours, but more than likely you will be picked, to be part of the background, cause it is suppose to be like real life.

But to get back to indie films, sometimes you really can get parts and leads.

Now when you work on films, something important to remember:
Never, ever look into the camera while filming.

If you look at the camera, it will ruin the whole entire
take and they will have to keep shooting over and over again.

But sometimes you make friends and end up seeing them, on a lot of the same films, that you are on.

So sometimes, just showing up being an extra, when
you start, you can make connections and network.

Now I can't tell you if you should become Sag or not,
It is not for me to say, you have to decide that for
yourself, but I prefer to keep being non-union, cause
that has helped me out personally, but this is not the
case for all actors.

I am personally working on a few films now and am
very excited about it, so what I will be excited, to
be sitting in the movie theatre when it's done.

I can't tell you how happy it makes me feel to be part
of a film and sit in the theatre and see me on screen,
cause it's exciting!!

Just remember, when you see a film that is 2 hours long, it can take sometimes longer than 6 months to film and a lot can be cut from the film.

There's a lot to make one film, that you just don't realize.

Now imagine an action film or a horror film.

Usually horror films, all the make-up, like in zombie films, I can tell you from experience, from playing a
zombie extra, can take up to 2 and a half to 3 hours, to become a zombie.
The blood, the make-up, the clothing and all of the effort to become a zombie, where half the time, you
might be getting shot at, or clubbed in the head, and
other things takes a lot to do.
I have to admit, it kind of is fun to play a zombie.

With action films, with martial arts and such; the actors, that do their own stunts, it does take a lot of work also, cause they have to work out and try to stay
as fit as they can, cause you have to be on your toes,
for a fight scene.

Not everyone is a rich celebrity, a lot of people, actually have family that they raise and jobs,
AND work on sets.

People say they can't work in films, cause they have families, and let me say, I have seen even single women, that work full time jobs, and work on sets, and they work hard.

There are many people, from different backgrounds,
that act and work on film sets.

I know a big problem;

When those that want to work on sets over the age of
20, are told they need to grow up and act like an adult.

Tell those people to kiss your butt.

I think the problem lies within the people that say
very negative things to people that want to work on film sets.

The problem with negative people is they don't like,
when other people want to do something they want
to try that is new or the negative people are so
UNHAPPY WITH THEIR LIVES, they want to make
other people miserable, because they are so unhappy
with themselves.

But it's ok.

Really, because after awhile, you really are going to find people, who are like yourself and they will
support you working on film sets, because they
do the same thing too.

Sometimes you find people, who may not be your blood, but because you will have this bond to them
they do become your family from working on sets.

Those are the people, who you want, to be around.

When you do that, like myself, you will be able
to "breathe" and enjoy your own happiness.

So indeed, you can work on film sets,
cause if I can do it, you can too.


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  • Shelly Nun-Chucks profile image

    Shelly NunChucks Ninja 5 years ago from worldwide

    If I can do it, you can too :)