Producing : Finding a Mentor by Kris Monroe

Kris Monroe

Finding a Mentor

Hi Stage 32 Producers, Hoping you are all doing well, I am reaching out for guidance in finding a serious Producing apprenticeship. I have spent the last handful of years wading into the industry through the camera department, finding a strong knack for logistical organization, managing a team, and casting, however raising funds currently appears to be a skill that needs help. My Producing experience is riddled with learning how not to do something and what does work, and I do have two big projects on the horizon that are going extremely well. So I am not perfect but have experienced enough up and down to know that I can be an asset. Do you here, with all of your diverse experiences and levels of expertise, have advice or a need for someone willing to work their butt off? There is surely a collection of others looking for the same advice, so I know we all look forward to the conversations ahead. Thank you, so very much, for your thoughts. Best, Kris Monroe

Dan MaxXx

move to Los Angeles.

Kris Monroe

Thank you, Dan, for the quick response! While moving to LA is a viable first step, do you have any comments on the larger process that would follow relocation?

Dan MaxXx

start researching LA based prod companies, indie producers. Buy a subscription to imdbpro. com. Learn Names of people , what they do, where they work at. Join a gym. Volunteer at Film Festivals. Work for free at American Film Market. Work at a trendy, expensive coffee shop like Urth Cafe or Aroma. Dont wait for Luck. Make your own. Put yourself in places where people with $$$ who work in Entertainment hang out/socialize.

Amanda Toney

I agree with Dan. You have to make your own luck. One of my instructors in a webinar once recommended for people to volunteer at a local film festivals and local theaters that give Q&A's. I'd highly recommend that. It's a great place to start networking locally off-line.

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