8 Concrete Strategies For Breaking In When You Don’t Know Anyone

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Jessica Sitomer

Webinar hosted by: Jessica Sitomer

Producer, Writer and Greenlight Coach

Jessica Sitomer has worked in the entertainment industry for twenty years as a writer, an independent producer, a development associate, a director, and an actress. She's produced three television shows, had her writing produced by an Emmy award winning producer, and while working in development she had the pleasure of being a part of Crazy in Alabama, Antonio Banderas' directorial debut (and yes he's as charming in real life as he is on screen). Simultaneously, for seventeen of those years Jessica's been a career coach for Entertainment Industry Professionals. Within that period, she served for seven years as the in-house career coach for the International Cinematographers Guild. There she coached over 1000 people one-on-one, created over 40 seminar topics, ran over 30 mastermind groups, and developed a successful mentor program. Jessica consults all classifications in the industry, above and below the line with her proven system she developed and the results speak for themselves; the credits of almost every network TV show or studio movie produced have someone with whom she has worked. As an international speaker Jessica gives keynotes, college talks, and trainings to entertainment industry organizations. Some of her speaking clients include: AFI, USC Film School, Locals 700, 600, 669, 781, The DGC, AFTRA, Film Training Manitoba, The Actors Network, The Art of Acting Studio, and the SOC (Jessica also hosted their 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards where she got to improv with Colin Farrell and honor many of the men and women she'd worked with). Want to find Jessica? She's a regular on BuZZ radio, a teacher for Stage 32, and a contributor to Cynopisis.com Advantage, Actors Ink, and author of two books including And… Action! Powerful, Proven, and Proactive Strategies to Achieve Success in the Entertainment Industry. Full Bio »

As we always say at Stage 32, perfecting your craft is only half of your job - the other half is networking! So, how do you meet the right people to move the needle on your career when you don't know anyone?

We've brought in industry veteran Jessica Sitomer, who has over 20 years in the industry as a development executive, producer of 3 TV shows, writer and career coach for the Cinematographers Guild. Through the years she has perfected the art of networking - helping creatives grow their networks from one to two people to hundreds. When she moved to Los Angeles, she knew two people and one of them moved the day after she got to LA. She made it her mission to learn how to survive and thrive in the creative industry. 

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar Jessica will go over the eight concrete strategies for breaking in when you don't know anyone and will offer plenty of tips for successful networking. There are exercises and actionable information you can use to help you start connecting and thriving! 


What You'll Learn:

  • 8 AMAZING strategies to pick and choose from depending on your level of comfort (or use them ALL).
  • How you can create deeper connections without all the phoniness and discomfort that comes from networking incorrectly.
  • 5 tips for successful networking.
  • How to create meaningful relationships from the comfort of your home.
  • How giving back can move you to success.
  • The most effective way to “lifestyle meet”.
  • What “hosting” can do for you and your contacts.
  • How to beat one of Hollywood’s biggest Catch 22s.
  • Why you should never cold call and the better solution.

You’ll be amazed how quickly you will grow your contacts by using 1, 2, 3 or ALL of these strategies!


About Your Instructor:

Jessica Sitomer has worked in the entertainment industry for twenty years as a writer, an independent producer, a development associate, a director, and an actress. She's produced three television shows, had her writing produced by an Emmy award winning producer, and while working in development she had the pleasure of being a part of Crazy in Alabama, Antonio Banderas' directorial debut (and yes he's as charming in real life as he is on screen).

Simultaneously, for seventeen of those years Jessica's been a career coach for Entertainment Industry Professionals. Within that period, she served for seven years as the in-house career coach for the International Cinematographers Guild. There she coached over 1000 people one-on-one, created over 40 seminar topics, ran over 30 mastermind groups, and developed a successful mentor program.

Jessica consults all classifications in the industry, above and below the line with her proven system she developed and the results speak for themselves; the credits of almost every network TV show or studio movie produced have someone with whom she has worked.

As an international speaker Jessica gives keynotes, college talks, and trainings to entertainment industry organizations. Some of her speaking clients include: AFI, USC Film School, Locals 700, 600, 669, 781, The DGC, AFTRA, Film Training Manitoba, The Actors Network, The Art of Acting Studio, and the SOC (Jessica also hosted their 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards where she got to improv with Colin Farrell and honor many of the men and women she'd worked with).

Want to find Jessica? She's a regular on BuZZ radio, a teacher for Stage 32, and a contributor to Cynopisis.com Advantage, Actors Ink, and author of two books including And… Action! Powerful, Proven, and Proactive Strategies to Achieve Success in the Entertainment Industry.


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