LA Anniversary Gift List

When people move to LA, they start counting their anniversaries. I know it sounds weird, but it's just how it is. Every year on the anniversary of the day we moved, we announce to the (Facebook) world that it's our LA anniversary. Yesterday was my 6 year anniversary, and after my obligatory Facebook anniversary post, I started thinking: there are gift guides for wedding anniversaries, why not LA anniversaries? I felt compelled to make one. It only includes the important years, though. I hope you enjoy it—let me know what you think in the comments below!

Cold Emailing: Tips From The Other Side

As I send my cold emails, I am thinking about all of you. I'm in your shoes, only with a little more wisdom. I wanted to share some of this wisdom with you, in hopes of making the process easier for you. It's interesting to be where I am now, because as I send cold emails, I am receiving cold emails from readers and others interested in moving to LA or working in the film industry. Now that I'm on that receiving end, I have completely new insight...

Starting a Career as an Assistant

Starting at the bottom is not always fun or easy. Long hours, crappy pay, and passionless tasks. But this is your chance to shine; your chance to show the big guys that you have what it takes and can be trusted to facilitate their process. And you finally get to be part of a team that makes a difference. So, if you want to succeed, stick with Maxine Hillman. She has all the insider tricks to ensure you’ll be hired again (and again)...

Secrets to Breaking into the Film Industry

Breaking into the film industry is no easy task. You have to get creative and be persistent. This means knocking on a 100 doors, and possibly only getting 1 answer. But all it takes is 1 to get you started. I am going to share with you the things I did to break in. If you’re interested in a job in production, take note! (If you’re an actor, stay tuned for next week’s post. Don’t worry, we’re not forgetting about you!)