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The production company receptionist who can’t be bothered to answer a few questions about project submissions? The film production supervisor who won’t return your call about available positions? The agency that sends your screenplay back unread? The below-the-line agent who never gets around to watching your DP reel? Here are the things you’ll never know… The production company receptionist is a frustrated screenwriter herself, and she’s got nineteen phone lines to answer. Plus, Ryan Gosling just walked through the lobby and she didn't even get to see him. The supervisor of that film you want to work on is being innundated by calls from the nephew of one of the studio executives and he’ll get the open PA job for sure, even though she can already tell he’s going to be trouble. The agency that sent your screenplay back unread, like most agencies and production companies and all of the major studios, fears nothing more than being sued because your screenplay bore some resemblance to a project they already have in development. They didn’t even look at the cover page, much less flip it open. The below-the-line agent who never got around to watching your DP reel? — Oh wait, he just called. He liked your reel and wants to meet in person! Sometimes people are helpful. Sometimes they are not. When they are not, move on. Don’t take it personally and don’t look back. Jenny Yerrick Martin, founder of YourIndustryInsider.com, has amassed 20+ years as an entertainment industry professional including almost 15 as a hiring executive and five as a career consultant. She's become an indispensable resource for people who want to break into entertainment, as well as those in entertainment looking to reach the next level or course-correct in their already-established careers. No call back job image from Shutterstock
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