How To Get A Paying Job In The Film Industry

From Internships To Development Executive Positions!
Hosted by Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom


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Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom

Webinar hosted by: Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom

Writer (Netflix's YOU), Producer (SHORT TERM 12)

Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom is an independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Prior to branching out on her own, she worked in development and production, helping to found Animal Kingdom. During her tenure there, she co-produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW 2013. She was also an incremental part of seeing films like David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, Justin Tipping's Kicks, and Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs move into production - and optioned David Carr’s The Night Of The Gun. Amanda has also worked with Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) on his short film Here for Starwood hotels. Prior to working at Animal Kingdom, Amanda was Director of Development at Locomotive, where she worked closely on Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom, Producer and Independent Filmmaker (Short Term 12, Friends With Kids, It Follows)!

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar you will learn the answer to one of the most asked questions there is in regards to film: how to get a paying job.

Whether you’re new to the industry, trying a different line of work, or getting back into the industry after a hiatus, it can feel like walking on to a minefield – it’s tough to know where to begin, how to get your foot in the door and how to get away from unpaid positions. Your host Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom is here to explain how she got her start in the business, how she worked her way up to a Development Executive position, and give you detailed advice about how to navigate getting a paying job in the industry.

You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • If it makes sense for you to get an internship or not.
  • What different jobs exist in the industry - and if they'll still be around in 5 years.
  • How to get a paying job in the film industry rather than unpaid positions.
  • How to write a great resume and cover letter.
  • How much money you can expect to realistically make in different jobs - so you know how much to ask for.
  • What makes the most sense for you, your interests, and your lifestyle when pursuing paid work in the film industry.

Your host Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom has spent the past 7 years working in the independent film industry in New York. She’s headed up development and production at Animal Kingdom, where she co-produced the multi-award winning Short Term 12 – and worked closely on projects like It Follows. She understands how to get a job – and is working exclusively with Stage 32 to share her know-how with you.

What You'll Learn

  • Where To Start.
    • What to major in at college?
    • (Do you need to go to college?)
    • Getting your foot in the door.
    • Where should you live?
  • Internships.
    • Are they worth it?
    • What distinguishes a good internship from a waste of time?
  • A Typical Film Career Trajectory.
    • From intern to assistant to executive to badass big-time job.
  • Where To Look For Jobs.
    • Tracking Boards.
  • Telling People You’re Looking For Work.
    • The Do’s and the Don’ts.
    • Seeking career advice.
  • Writing Your Resume.
    • Make yours stand out.
  • Cover Letters.
    • The recipe of how to write a good one.
  • How To Stand Out In An Interview.
    • How to put your best foot forward.
  • How Much Can You Expect To Be Paid?
    • So you know how much to ask for.
  • What Are People Looking For When Hiring?
    • Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
  • How To Stand Out In The Industry and Actually Get Hired.
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Amanda!

About Your Instructor

Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom is an independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Prior to branching out on her own, she worked in development and production, helping to found Animal Kingdom. During her tenure there, she co-produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW 2013. She was also an incremental part of seeing films like David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, Justin Tipping's Kicks, and Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs move into production - and optioned David Carr’s The Night Of The Gun.

Amanda has also worked with Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) on his short film Here for Starwood hotels. Prior to working at Animal Kingdom, Amanda was Director of Development at Locomotive, where she worked closely on Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids.


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