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Breaking in is Hard to Do

You’ve got your film degree framed neatly above your desk at home, reminding you of all the hard work and dedication you put in getting your learn on. Now it’s time for a job. You’re an eager sort, willing to enroll in the School of Hard Knocks, but the bums won’t let you in. It’s that old Catch 22: You need experience to get the part, but you need the part to get experience.

You know you’re a talented actor, a hell of a scriptwriter, and a mean director; so how do you land that first gig, first agent, first financed film? How about the 24-Hour Film School – a traveling show of Hollywood and industry vets who know that the stuff you can’t read in a book is all-important to getting into the biz. The daylong seminar, held today at 9:30 a.m. at the Westin Hotel (400 Corporate Dr., Ft. Lauderdale), collects talents of all types to teach up the attendees: Got a yen for acting? Ed Arenas, casting director for such films as Any Given Sunday and Bad Boys will coach you on landing that first role. Got a great idea but can’t get anyone to show you the money? Kevin Mann, producer of the upcoming flick Fanboys, can show you a trick or two. And writers Shin Shimosawa and Matt Perniciaro will teach the ways of the pen, while Emmy winners Asa Eslocker and Jim Thomas hold court on TV journalism. Registration costs $299. Classes are kept intimate – only 100 folks total will be admitted – so act fast. Visit, or call 323-472-4530.
Sat., April 26, 2008