|Written by Antoinette Salvadori|
...Thank you so much for coming out this evening and sharing your class.
I feel like this class was great for someone who knows very little and as a few people said, it was like magic to be on the Disney lot on top of it. One gentleman told me that he was feeling kind of low before the event, he now feels invigorated and that there are possibilities for him out here. There is something about you, your stories and your charm that makes everyone believe they are special. Thank for that…..You are just so damn infectious!
Director of Diversity
Walt Disney Studios
Karen is a premier resource in Hollywood, especially for someone eager and willing to make the plunge into the very competitive entry-level pool of professionals. She knows this business like the best of them and provides insightful and practical wisdom, information and direction on how to move your entertainment career forward and upward. Just a few hours with her is more inspiring and valuable than entire courses and workshops I've taken on how to make it in this business. Karen speaks, listens and shares with a genuine desire to have other people succeed. She has an eye for talent, a brilliant mind and a heart of gold. And most of all, she's a joy to be around. Thank you Karen for your tireless commitment to me and my dreams. I'm seeing them more clearly now and going after them with enthusiasm and confidence because of you!
Some of the best jobs in the film business are never advertised. They circulate through town strictly by word of mouth and only those in the know will ever hear about them. First Film Job will give you the skills and knowledge to become one of those insiders. What I have learned from Karen Kaufman Wilson has led to jobs with Denzel Washington’s Mundy Lane Entertainment and SNL Studios. Now I’m a screenwriter and worked on projects at MGM, Miramax, Sony, Focus Pictures and Rogue Pictures. Her course will give you the tools to get your foot in the door.
My producing partner and I went to see Karen for a private consultation so we could learn more about how to succeed with a tv show we created. We did not expect to learn as much as we did in such a short amount of time. Karen taught us how to maximize our script and our pitch, and walked us through a number of ways we could get in touch with some key players in the industry. But even more importantly, she believed in us and motivated us to believe in ourselves in a whole new way. I am grateful to Karen Kaufman Wilson for all that she has given us and continues to give. I recommend her to all of the people I respect in this business.
Taking this class was the best push towards my career in the film industry. Karen is very straightforward; she lets you in on the must-know terminology and traits that are essential to getting into the business. Going in, I had limited knowledge on how to go about a start in this most competitive industry, now that I have taken her course I know the correct path and proper skills I need to apply. If you are interested in making it in the film industry, this seminar will help guide your way Jessica Garcia I met Karen Kaufman Wilson in the summer of 2007 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Karen had traveled to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) to speak as a guest lecturer to a group of Native Americans interested in working in Film and TV. I was struck by how passionate she was about passing on her vast knowledge and assisting new-comers to the industry. Several months later when I found myself a finalist for the ABC Writing Fellowship, I discovered I had to undergo a three-part interview process with network executives over a three-day period. I wanted to make sure I was prepared and presented myself in the best light and I immediately thought of Karen Kaufman Wilson. Karen was thrilled to talk and advise me.
During our consultation, Karen listened to my story, my experiences and the vision I had for my life. She took the time to understand me and my goals. We discussed possible interview questions, wardrobe choices and she helped to create my own “personal log-line”- how to sell myself in a few short sentences. In addition, Karen took the time to read my spec scripts and gave me valuable feed-back. I would recommend Karen to anyone who wants to move forward in his or her career and may need some guidance. Karen is totally in your corner and an endless source of support and inspiration.
Thank You Ms. Karen!
Eva ThomasActress / Aspiring TV Writer
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class. You really inspired and motivated me with your story of being in the industry. I just wanted to let you know what a positive impact you have made on my life. Tiffany Quarles Your overview of the industry and the nuances that should be understood were extremely helpful and eye opening. The seminar was buzzing with the passion of everyone there and I felt extremely privileged to have been apart of it. Thanks again, it was truly a wonderful 3 hours that passed by much too quickly.
I took Karen's class at Cal State Dominguez Hills and it was very informative. She taught me things that they did not teach me in school such as how the filmindustry is organized, the top film companies, what an assistant does, and severaltips on what do if you get an entry-level position. In addition, she also taught me
how to dress and prepare for an interview, and impressive questions to ask the interviewer. She happily answered any questions we had and told us how to network. By capitalizing on all things she taught me, I obtained an internship shortly after I took her class. I am excited to see what other doors will open for me.
Thank You Karen, once again for teaching such an informative class.
Karen’s guidance in the entertainment industry has been invaluable. Going into my first job in film development, she eased my fears and taught me the lingo, protocol and intricacies of the business. Bestowing the lesson tat you can be business-savvy, assertive and deliver results, while still honing your skill and developing your craft. With her guidance I fostered relationships with talented writers, prolific directors, agents and producers that carried me through the Hollywood system and my current position in film development at New Line.
Navigating through the mine field known as "Hollywood" is the most difficult challenge that I have faced thus far, but after a few missteps, I quickly learned that knowledge is power and preparation is crucial. Fortunately, Karen's (First Film Job) informative class provided all the necessary tools to help me take the next step in the right direction.
Karen is a wealth of information. She teaches the nuts and bolts of the film industry. She covers every thing from who the major buyers and why to read the trades to what to wear to a meeting. What really impresses me is her great advice on how to navigate within the industry without stepping on toes. I have received a lot of great advice that has helped me advance my career.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 22 June 2008 15:27|